Ottawa puts the “full” in “first full weekend in December.” As usual, the Ottawa Weekend Calendar gives you the full story on all the great things happening this weekend.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, Dec. 6
Tonight marks the start of the 13th annual Alight the Night Festival at Ontario’s favourite historical town, Upper Canada Village. Enjoy beautiful heritage buildings covered with over a million lights as you partake in shopping, dining, sleigh rides, and other fun family activities.
Join Matthew Larkin and the Nick Cochrane Combo at Christ Church Cathedral this Friday for a night of cool holiday standards at Live Jazz with St. Nicolas. Proceeds go to support the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys.
Shrek and his friends are back together on the Centrepointe Studio Theatre stage for Shrek the Musical. On from Thursday to Sunday, bring the whole family and enjoy the hilarious hijinks from these fairytale creatures.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, Dec. 7
Celebrate the best of pop culture this weekend at Ottawa Pop Expo 2013 at the Ernst and Young Centre. This two-day festival features Q&As from celebrities, concerts, photo-ops, workshops, and so much more. Celebrities attending include cast members of The Walking Dead and ’Sylvester McCoy from Doctor Who.
Jerry Granelli is the last remaining member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, the jazz group who recorded the soundtrack for the famous A Charlie Brown Christmas movie, and he has a story to tell. Join him and his new trio at the Ottawa Little Theatre for a truly original experience that is part oral history, part live performance, and part screening of the classic Peanuts film.
Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators suit up this Saturday night for the next chapter in the Battle of Ontario saga when they take on Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre. Come and cheer for your Senators…or your Leafs — it’s up to you.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, Dec. 8
Today is the last chance to see this year’s production of The Nutcracker at the National Arts Centre. Choreographers Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, give this Tchaikovsky classic a Canadian twist that the whole family will enjoy.
Billings Estate, one of Ottawa’s National Heritage Sites, is the beautiful setting for Christmas Tea — an afternoon of finger-foods and beverages presented in the English Christmas tea fashion. Come and enjoy a historic tradition in a historic setting.
Comedy fans gather this Sunday night in the Byward Market’s biggest Irish bar for Gather’round at the Heart and Crown, an evening of great stand-up comedy. Seven local laugh-makers will create chuckles for a good cause; proceeds from the event will go to Valérie’s Flutter Foundation, a not-for-profit that raises awareness and money for rare cancer research in Ottawa.