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What to do this weekend in Ottawa, Dec. 2-4

It's finally December and we're not holding back on chances to see Santa and enjoy the lights.

It's finally December and we're not holding back on chances to see Santa and enjoy the lights.

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It's finally December and we're not holding back on chances to see Santa and enjoy the lights.

1. Alight at Night (all weekend)

Stroll through the “postcard” setting of Upper Canada Village this weekend, decked out with thousands of lights for the annual holiday spectacle. Victorian Santa will be visiting and available for photos from Dec. 2-23. Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for youth.

2. Chanukah Ball 2016 (Saturday)

Hillel Ottawa is hosting its annual Chanukah Ball, a chance to dress up in your finest and celebrate the festival of lights. There will be drinks, food and a DJ. The event takes place at Eggspectation on Bank Street beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday. Ticket prices are $15.

3. Howliday Pet Portraits (Saturday)

Get your furbabies into the holiday spirit on Saturday at Masters ‘n Dogs in Westboro, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photographer Leslie Yeow will be taking photos of your pets with santa, Photos are $15 and proceeds will go to the Ottawa Paw Pantry.

4. Mayor’s Christmas Celebration (Saturday)

Head to City Hall Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the mayor’s annual Christmas party. The Rink of Dreams will open and there will be hot chocolate, BeaverTails, marshmallows, maple taffy and horse-drawn wagon rides. Admission is a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.

5. Santa Shuffle (Saturday)

On Saturday the Santa Shuffle – a 5K fun run and 1K Elf walk – takes place this weekend to help fundraise for the Salvation Army. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. in the Horticulture Building and the first run will take place at 10 a.m. Registration costs $30.

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