Come to Canada’s capital and experience Winterlude 2020! From our delicious ByWard Market Stew Cook-Off | Concours de ragoût du marché By to food tours with C’est Bon Cooking, Copper on Ice at Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, The Grand Ice Bar at The Grand, Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis to Creos Light and Sound Installations: Cycle by Serge Maheu – studio / Illuminart and Oscillation by The Urban Conga, Disegno Fine Jewellery One-Time-Per-Year-Only sale, Sur-Lie Restaurant Ottawa Tastes of Winterlude, Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa Downtown Hot Cocoa for CHEO + FUN Family Day activities: LEGO pop-up with Dymond Bricks, FREE wagon rides with Cundell John Stables and a petting zoo the kids will LOVE + Anna & Elsa from Frozen visit The Grand — ByWard Market is the perfect destination to celebrate Winterlude 2020!

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ByWard Market’s 29th Annual Winterlude Stew Cook-Off

When: Friday, January 31, 11:30am to 2pm
Where: CTV Parking Lot, 62 York Street

Join us on York Street for the 29th Annual ByWard Market Winterlude Stew Cook-off. For only $10 get all the stew you can eat from over 20 ByWard Market restaurants. Vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Awards. Celebrity judges will pick their favourites for the Judge’s Choice Awards. All proceeds will go to the Lowertown Community Resource Centre.

COURTYARD OTTAWA DOWNTOWN – Hot Cocoa for CHEO – January 31 and February 1, 2-5pm

Friday, January 31st, 2pm to 5pm under the Courtyard Ottawa Downtown canopy: Hot Cocoa for CHEO. We will set up a hot chocolate station with toppings and all proceeds will go to CHEO. If it’s successful, we will do it every Friday of Winterlude. Hot chocolate station will be inside the hotel on Saturday 2pm – 5pm as well with donations. If anyone wants to pass by if they are in the market!


When: Feb. 1 – Feb. 15
Where: Disegno Fine Jewellery, 100 Murray Street in the Byward Market, between Parent & Dalhousie
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 11-3 (later by appointment); Thursday & Friday 11-6; Saturday 11-5. Closed Sunday & Monday
Disegno Fine Jewellery’s One-Time-Per-Year-Only sale with savings up to 70% off on 18k gold, platinum and sterling silver jewellery. Specializing in Custom Designing in 18k gold and platinum by designer and certified gemmologist Pamela Coulston (GG, FCGmA)

Sur-Lie Restaurant: Tastes of Winterlude – 110 Murray Street

January 31 – February 17: 5pm – close every night
Tastes of Winterlude: Enjoy an all Canadian inspired Pre-fixe menu for only $45
Enjoy an all Canadian inspired Pre-Fixe menu. Three courses for only $45 at one of Ottawa’s award-winning restaurants in the heart of the ByWard Market.

Byward Beer Market – Winterlude Edition

When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 11am-5pm
Where: Lowertown Brewery

The Winterlude Edition of the Byward Beer Market is set to take place on Saturday, February 1 from 11am – 5pm. Join us and celebrate local independent craft brewers in a relaxed indoor/outdoor setting located at Lowertown Brewery.

We’ve got you covered with a great combination of outstanding craft beers, spirits, wine, ciders, delicious food and live entertainment.

Admission is FREE and this is a family friendly event in the heart of the ByWard Market.

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LEGO POP-UP with BrickmanGraeme – LEGO Master

When: Saturday, Feb. 15, Sunday, Feb, 16, and Family Day: February 17, 2020, 10am-5pm
Where: Urban Barn, 22 York St unit b, Ottawa, ON K1N 5S6

LEGO® Master BrickmanGraeme joins us for Winterlude 2020 from 10am-5pm on Saturday, Feb. 15 to Family Day, Monday, Feb. 17. Kids of all ages can come help build a wintery theme with Graeme with your favourite building blocks! FREE!

C’est Bon Cooking – Winterlude 2020 – ByWard Market Winter Warm-Up Tour

A family-friendly 2-hr guided, walking food tour of the ByWard Market. Sample foods from various specialty food shops, producers and restaurants in the area all while learning about the history of Canada’s oldest market. Savoury bites, hot beverages, and sweet treats – including the world-famous BeaverTail™ – are included.


Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 800m
Price: $58 per person, plus tax
Discount for 4+ tickets purchased
Afternoons on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of Winterlude: Feb 1-17, 2020

2020 Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis

When: February 15, 2020
Where: York Street and Dalhousie

The annual Accora Village Bed Race for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the highlights of Winterlude. 50 teams of 4 runners and one rider compete with modified and decorated beds for honours and prizes as the fastest bed, the best decorated bed and the best fund raisers. Put your team together for the race on February 15, 2020. This will be the 40th running of the Bed Race, and the 18th organized by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.

The event will take place on York Street near Dalhousie with a large number of other activities. This event is a lot of fun for participants, and the funds raised goes to support the Kiwanis Aktion Club and other Kiwanis Club of Ottawa’s projects and the Queensway Carleton Hospital FoundationRegistration is available now ->

CREOS Interactive Light and Sound Installation: Oscillation and Cycle

When: Friday, January 31 to Family Day: Monday, February 17, 2020
Where: York Street and William Street

Creos offers original and powerful interactive installations that redefine, enliven and embellish public spaces all over the globe.

Oscillation (in front of The Grand)

Creator and owner: The Urban Conga
Tour producer: Creos

Giant crystals that come alive through movement Oscillation is an interactive installation that uses sight, sound, and movement to spark community activity and social interaction through play. The installation acts somewhat like a theremin, an unusual musical instrument that you can play without touching it. As you walk toward the piece, it plays different sounds and pitches depending on your distance from it. And as you move and dance around it, colours reflect and refract light in different ways based on your angle and position. Oscillation is made up of five parts that are deconstructed from a solid cube using a Voronoi algorithm. The crystal-like forms can be moved around and placed in a variety of formations. The result is totally immersive experience that breaks down social barriers and fuels joyful conversations between strangers.

Cycle (William Square)


Creation: Serge Maheu 
Production: Illuminart (Montreal, Canada)

Tour producer: Creos

Inspired by the revolutions of the sun and the moon, Cycle is an interactive installation that illuminates your open space. Composed of a series of modules allowing various configurations, and equipped with several light animation sequences, Cycle delights with its variations in intensity and colour. Diffusing brightness from its core, it evokes the halo effect of an eclipse. In a maestria of light and sound, Cycle comes to life at the rhythm of bystanders’ interactions. By moving to the beat of the ambient music, the young and the young at heart transmit their energy to Cycle, transforming it into a larger-than-life musical sequencer.


Ottawa’s tallest rooftop lounge, Copper Spirits & Sights keeps patio season alive in the Nation’s Capital

Ottawa’s downtown patios are the backbone of the summer cocktail scene, but Ottawa’s luxury and lifestyle boutique hotel Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market will soon extend that scene into Winterlude, the Capital’s winter celebration. Copper Spirits and Sights, the hotels rooftop lounge will officially launch its second rooftop ice bar event presented by JP Wisers Canadian Whisky on Friday January 31st , just in time for guests arriving from across the region and out of the province to celebrate Winterlude. Hotel guests, tourists, and locals alike can chill out (literally) this year at Winterlude and experience breathtaking views while ordering winter themed cocktails from an ice bar. Copper on Ice will serve as a full service bar for the entire three weekends of Winterlude with special programming including “luge funneling”, live DJs, Canadian maple syrup taffy, and classic cozy cocktails inspired by JP Wisers Canadian Rye Whisky. The entire outdoor terrace will create a one-of-a kind Canadian winter experience right in the heart of the ByWard Market. With heaters and fire pitsto keep you warm, you can take in the National Capital’s views with a cocktail in hand and embrace the magic of winter in a truly Canadian way.

“The Andaz brand strives to enhance guests’ unique experiences” said Matt Graham, General Manager of Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market. “We can’t think of a more Canadian way to celebrate Winterlude and greet our guests than with an outdoor ice bar on our rooftop.” Tickets can be purchased online for $10 which grants attendee’s access and maple taffy.



Come chill out at Ottawa’s only Outdoor Ice Bar, in the ByWard Market. 10ft bar made of crystal clear ice blocks, featuring Stoli Vodka, Bearface Whiskey,  seasonal cocktails & Kichesippi Beer (Craft Brewed in Ottawa). Enjoy maple taffy & roast marshmallows around our fire pits or warm up with hot chocolate, tea and coffee. A unique Canadian winter experience.

GRAND ICE BAR open on Winterlude weekends Jan 31 – Feb 17
Opening times: FRI 4pm / SAT 12pm / SUN 12PM

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Anna & Elsa from Frozen visit The Grand

Wander into a wondrous wintry moment and come face-to-face with the princesses from Frozen. Enjoy an enchanted afternoon at our outdoor patio, warm up by the fire pits, and have a pizza or two. Meeting, greeting and photo opportunities. We will have hot chocolate and seasonal beverages. This is a FREE event, please no outside food!

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Complimentary Wagon Rides and Petting Zoo

When: Sundays: February 2, 9, 16, Saturdays: February 8 & 15, and Family Day: Monday, Feb 17, noon – 4pm
Where: Pick-up and drop-off is at William Square for wagon rides / York Street/ByWard for Petting Zoo

Relax and explore the ByWard Market in a horse-drawn wagon like they used to back in the day! Let Cundell Stables show you around the neighbourhood during Winterlude and discover what’s beyond the core, all free of charge.

Bring your family so the kids can enjoy our Petting Zoo, open Family Day Weekend: Feb, 15, 16 and 17 from 11am-3pm.