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Ottawa's finest festive events

A Christmas Carol This is final performance of the NAC EnglishTheatre’s production of Charles Dickens’ cherished holiday story, AChristmas Carol. Dec. 26, 2 p.m. The National Arts Centre.

• A Christmas Carol This is final performance of the NAC English Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens’ cherished holiday story, A Christmas Carol. Dec. 26, 2 p.m. The National Arts Centre.

• Christmas Lights Across Canada Canada’s Capital comes alive with over 300,000 dazzling Christmas lights. One of the most significant achievements of this program is the way it brings Canadians together and links the capital region with Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. Nightly, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. through Jan. 7, 2010, Parliament Hill.

• Mamma Mia The ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again combines ABBA’s greatest hits with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Dec. 29 to Jan. 3, The National Arts Centre.

• New Year’s Eve dinner and show with the music group Les Monocles A tradition has been launched and it will be swinging again this year at MIFO. On the menu: traditional music as well as good fun. Dec. 30, 8 p.m., Orleans Cultural Centre, 6600 Carrière St.

• Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Geggie and Guests Geggie and Guests features John Geggie on the double bass, the vocals of Tena Palmer, teller Paul Rainville, Mark Ferguson on the piano and Charles Gay on the drums. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. The National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage

• First Annual New Year’s Eve Salsa Marathon Come celebrate the New Year at the only salseros community gathering in Ottawa-Gatineau. The only 100 per cent salsa, cha-cha, bachata and merengue New Year’s Eve party in town. Dec. 31, 9 p.m. All Saints’ Anglican Church, 317 Chapel St.

• The Girlfriends Rock group The Girlfriends play a free concert. Dec. 28, Zaphod Beeblebrox.

• The Flying Canoe In conjunction with the special exhibition Profit and Ambition: The Canadian Fur Trade, this is an exciting holiday tale about a group of voyageurs, and their dramatic journey home in a birchbark canoe on a long-ago New Year’s Eve. Four shows daily from Dec. 27 to 30. Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Special Exhibitions Gallery E

• Bell Capital Cup The Bell Sensplex and various hockey rinks around the city. This is the world’s largest hockey tournament, with 485 teams set to compete for the Holy Grail of Minor Hockey. Dec. 30 to Jan. 3.

• Alight at Night More than 250,000 lights adorn this historic site. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, shop at the Village Store and dine at the Harvest Barn. Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, until Jan. 3.

• Bits n’ Bots Get charged up about robots and explore the science of robotics. Until Jan. 3. The Canada Science and Technology Museum.

 
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