Winter Celebration

Winter Celebration

The Governor General invites young and old alike to Winter Celebration on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rideau Hall. All activities are free of charge.


Come to Rideau Hall with your family to enjoy fun winter sports such as skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.


Lace up your skates in the Winter Pavilion, a stunning heritage building, and skate on the refrigerated historical outdoor rink.  Be sure to check out the exhibit on the history of winter sports at Rideau Hall.


Stop at the residence to visit the State rooms where the governor general fulfills official duties, welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians.


Try traditional foods from Nordic countries and other seasonal treats while keeping warm with some hot chocolate.


Bring non-perishable food items for the Ottawa Food Bank and Moisson Outaouais or winter clothing for the Snowsuit Fund.


Post your photos of the day’s activities on social media by using the hashtag #WinterCelebration.


Free parking will be available on the streets in the surrounding neighbourhood. Limited parking for guests with mobility impairments will be available on the Rideau Hall grounds via Princess Gate.


This event is made possible thanks to the generosity and participation of different embassies and organizations that are connected to winter activities in the national capital region.