It’s a busy week in the capital with the start of some great Christmas events. Here’s what to check out this week:

November 30th – Trees for Hope CHEO

Take part in the 18th annual Trees for Hope to support the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario held by the Fairmon Chateau Laurier. Join the decorating party on November 30th. These trees are then placed throughout the halls where you can vote on your favourite tree while making a donation to CHEO.

You can sponsor a tree for $1000 and all proceeds go to CHEO. You can also take part in the silent auction featuring over 100 auction items. For more information visit the official website of Trees of Hope.

December 2nd  – Christmas lights Illimination Ceremony

Gather on Parliament Hill at 7pm on December 2nd for the official illumination ceremony to kick off the 31st edition of Christmas Lights Across Canada.

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The Christmas Lights Across Canada program launched in 1985. This nationwide effort brings Canadians together to brighten capital cities with thousands of holiday lights.

The lights brighten Confederation Boulevard which includes Wellington Street, Mackenzie Street, Elgin Street, Sussex Drive, Laurier Street in Gatineau and the Alexandra Bridge. Some of the best places to experience the lights are Parliament Hill, Confederation Square and the Alexandra Bridge.

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Get there early to enjoy beavertails and hot chocolate. Watch as beautiful light projection is played against the Peace Tower and Centre Bock of Parliament. Catch these projections nightly from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm. For more information visit the official website of Christmas Lights Across Canada.

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You can see the lights from December 2nd, 2015 to January 7th, 2016 from 4:30pm to 2am.

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December 3rd – NGC Tree Lighting

Join the National Gallery of Canada on December 3rd from 5pm-8pm for the official lighting of their Christmas tree. I went last year and I can honestly say it is the most stunning Christmas tree I have ever seen. They’ll also have music and hot chocolate. It’s a great opportunity to join in some festive activities and look at some of the art. Admission is free. For more information visit their official website. The tree will be on display until January 3rd  giving plenty of time to stop by.

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December 4-6 Upper Canada Village Alight at Night

Head to Upper Canada Village from December 4th-6th for Alight at Night. See Upper Canada Village transformed into a winter wonderland with close to one million lights. There is plenty to see and do with so many beautiful lights, horse drawn wagon rides, caroling, festive dining and more. Find out more information from the official website of Upper Canada Village.

Don’t forget to share what festive activities you’re up to with me on Twitter and Instagram.

Featured Image Credit: Hernan Pinera