Cap City’s Xmas Lights Shine Tonight! 

How’s this for a light show? Every night, starting tonight and continuing through January 7, Cap City will glitter and shine as more than 300,000 dazzling Christmas lights illuminate the heart of Ottawa–Gatineau. Why not take in the illumination ceremony tonight at 7 p.m. at Parliament Hill? It’s a fun (and free!) way to celebrate the start of the holiday season. The lights will be on each day from 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Parliament Hill and at many sites along Confederation Boulevard.

A Charlie Brown Christmas With Jerry Granelli Trio

Tomorrow, December 4, Ottawa Jazz Festival is presenting A Charlie Brown Christmas Concert featuring the Jerry Granelli Trio. It starts at 7 p.m. at Dominion-Chalmers United Church. This concert will feature excerpts from the Emmy Award-winning television classic, with the soundtrack performed by the trio, including Jerry Granelli on drums, Simon Fisk on bass and Chris Gestrin on piano.

Jerry Granelli, as one third of the legendary San Francisco-based Vince Guaraldi Trio, recorded this Christmas classic in 1965:  the soundtrack to the animated A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Today Granelli is the only remaining member of the famed trio and this Christmas season he’s on the road to share the story of the band that recorded the famous soundtrack. Part oral history, part concert, and part screening of the Christmas classic with musical accompaniment by the trio, this performance promises to be an unforgettable holiday experience. Granelli and his band will be joined by a local youth choir, the Cross Town Youth Chorus. For tickets, see

The Ottawa Tea Festival

Tea drinkers are in for a treat. The Ottawa Tea Festival is set for December 6 and 7 at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street. You can sample tea from around the globe, explore teahouse expositions, and meet local producers of gourmet tea-related foods.

Enjoy the unique combination of cultural celebrations including tea ceremonies, seminars and workshops, and music and dance by local performers representing diverse heritages and backgrounds. For tickets and details, see

A Christmas Carol by Dufflebag Theatre

Saturday, December 6, Ottawa International Children’s Festival presents the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge in a whole new way. The “Nearly World-Famous” DuffleBag Theatre Company is back with its rendition of A Christmas Carol. The show starts at 1 p.m. at the Ottawa Little Theatre.

This humorous, interactive version of Dickens’ beloved tale of Scrooge is unpredictable as selected audience members will be brought on stage to play various roles in the story. For details and tickets, see




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