Christmas Tree Lighting

Thursday, December 5, 2019
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST
National Gallery of Canada Scotiabank Great Hall
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

  5 pm: Activities   6:30 pm: Tree lighting

Join us for a little holiday magic as we light up this year’s Christmas tree. There is lots of fun in store for visitors of all ages, including special treats, family art-making activities, and free access to our current exhibitions.

  • Cozy up in the Garden Court and make your own Christmas corsage and flower brooch.  

  • Enjoy a ride aboard VIA Rail’s Christmas Mini-Train on the outdoor Plaza.

  • Take a holiday selfie by the tree, inside our festive picture frame.

  • Listen to the melodies of Stellae Boreales, and sing along to your holiday favourites.

  • Savour a complimentary hot chocolate and a holiday treat.

  • Share your photos! #NGCTree.


Be sure to arrive early!
Given that space is limited in the Scotiabank Great Hall, visitors will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year’s dazzling Christmas tree will remain in the Scotiabank Great Hall until Sunday, January 5, 2020.


Special Offer for Members

On December 5, from 10 am to 8:30 pm, take advantage of a 25% discount on purchases in the Gallery Boutique. Not a Member yet? Join now.


Proud sponsor of the National Gallery of Canada Christmas Tree:


The Christmas Tree Lighting is supported by:

  • Lecompte Electric Inc.

  • Lafleur de la Capitale

  • Regional Elevator / Ascenseur Regional

  • Swing N Scaff Inc.


Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5:00 pm 8:00 pm
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