Looking for some fun things to do this winter in the Halifax area? There's lots of exciting festivals and events happening all over Halifax Regional Municipality in the coming few weeks, so bundle up and get out there to make some winter memories!

Family outside enjoying Winter

1. Downtown Dartmouth Ice Festival

January 27th-29th | Downtown dartmouth

The 2023 Downtown Dartmouth Ice Festival is back again this year for another exciting three days of ice sculptures, live music and Winter fun!

It all starts on Friday, January 27th with an Ice Carving Workshop at 9am. Celebrated ice carver Richard Chaisson will be holding the workshop right outside of Alderney Landing. If you're interested in attending the workshop, the festival asks that you let them know through this…

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If you're looking to give someone in your life something to wear as unique as them, this is the gift guide for you. Today's Local Experts Gift Guide features clothing and accessories from local businesses around HRM that the fashion-forward person in your life will look and feel great in!

Halifax and area fashion gift guide

Sock It To Ya Socks

Socks are one of my favourite things to gift my friends and family. Everybody wears them, and there's so many designs you can always find a pair that perfectly encapsulate the person you're buying for. Sock It To Ya is my favourite sock shop, there's truly something for everybody! Whether they're a cartoon enthusiast, art-lover, gamer or REALTOR®, Sock It To Ya has the perfect pair of socks for them!

Arcane Angel Jewelry

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Do you have a cat lover in your life? Someone that loves their cat(s), the cats of the world, and any and all homewares or clothing items that feature the precious creatures. If you're like me, you know a few cat lovers and are one yourself! These cat-themed gifts can all be found at locally-owned businesses around HRM and are all absolutely adorable!

Halifax and area gifts for the Cat Lover

Cat Mom & Dad Keychains

I found both of these sweet keychains while browsing the Fisherman's Cove Shops last year and they've been proudly hanging from our keys ever since!

The Nova Scotia Licence Plate "Cat Dad" keychain is locally made by Blue Crab Creative Design. They have tons of designs, including local areas like Waverley, Timberlea, and Cow Bay! Purchase one online here or find them…

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Experiences are always better than things, and they make great gifts for that special, hard-to-buy for person. Give the gift of an exciting night or a relaxing afternoon, and the chance to make memories together.

The Local Experts Gift Guide: For the Experience Seeker

Wine & Cheese Tasting Session at Obladee

Last Christmas our Team was gifted a Wine & Cheese Tasting Session at Obladee, a wine bar in Downtown Halifax. We tasted four wines, each paired with a different kind of cheese. Our host taught us how to tap into our senses of sight, smell and taste to fully experience each of the four pairings. It was such a fun time; we all got to try something new and we learned a lot about the world of wine!

Tastings are offered for groups of four or more, if you're looking for a unique group gift for the…

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Do you have a "Foodie" in your life? Someone that lives for flavour, the friend that's always looking for the best of the best for their tastebuds? This gift guide is for them. Although I'm not an adventurous person when it comes to food, the rest of our Team has great taste and loves trying out new food spots in HRM. Read on for our favourite HRM Foodie gifts!

The Local Experts Gift Guide: Gifts for the Foodie

Rudi's Hot Sauce 

Rudi's Hot Sauce is a locally-owned and operated line of high quality, flavourful hot sauces. David (CENTURY 21 All Points' Broker-Owner), is a self-proclaimed foodie himself, and Rudi's are the sauces he swears by. Order online at RudisHotSauce.com or find them at one of their Retailers!

Rousseau Chocolatier

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You know the person that enjoys the comfort of their own home much more than being out and about and in a crowd of people (maybe you are that person, I am!)? Today's Local Experts Gift Guide is for them, for the person in your life that loves to spend their free time relaxing at home, taking care of their space, their family and themselves. Everything in The Local Experts Gift Guide are things we own, use and personally love, we hope you love them too!

Halifax local gifts for the homebody

HaliFolks: The Faces and Stories of Halifax

The concept is pretty simple, a spur of the moment portrait of a street passerby along with an excerpt of an interview taken at the same time. What you get is a collection of faces and stories of the people that make up Halifax. Stories of happiness,…

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Small businesses around Halifax Regional Municipality are my favourite places to find Christmas gifts. I can always find the most thoughtful, personal gifts, and browsing shops that were lovingly curated and decorated is just so much nicer than stressing amongst the crowds of big box stores. Everyone wins shopping small - you find the most unique, high quality items while supporting your local community!

So as part of #C21AllPointsHomefortheHolidays, we're sharing the small businesses that make our home so special! Every Tuesday and Thursday until Christmas we'll be sharing some of our favourite products from local businesses all over Halifax Regional Municipality, we hope you get some ideas to treat that special someone - or yourself!

The Local Experts Gift Guide

Circle &…

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The cold of winter is coming to Halifax sooner than later. With rising oil costs and general inflation, using (and paying for) more energy in your home than you actually need is something we'd all like to avoid.

Before cranking up your thermostat, and in turn your heating bill, here's five other things you can do to keep your home cozy and warm, all while keeping your energy bill low.

Family in warm home during winter

Fix Drafty Windows and Doors

Cold air can sneak through windows and doors in any home, cooling your home overall and leaving you reaching for the thermostat. So next windy, cold day check around your home for drafts by looking out for a soft breeze around your windows and doors. Stop these drafts in their place by re-caulking and weather stripping where…

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One of the most important days of the year is just around the corner, Remembrance Day. The day we reflect on our history, show our gratitude for those who served, and thank those who continue to serve our country today. Every one of us wouldn't have the life we do today if it weren't for the thousands of brave, selfless people that made our country what it is today.

Remembrance Day poppies on memorial

Listed below are Remembrance Day Ceremonies taking place all over Halifax Regional Municipality.

2022 HRM Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Halifax

Time: 10am

Location: Grand Parade, 1770 Barrington Street, Halifax

Time: 10am

Location: Sailors Memorial at Point Pleasant Park

Dartmouth

Time: 10:30am

Location: Sullivan's Pond

Hammonds Plains

Time: 10:40am

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Not much else brings a community together like public art. Something for all to enjoy, carefully crafted by the community itself.

This has been a big year for art in Halifax and surrounding areas. With initiatives like Downtown Halifax's Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Program, Sackville Business Association's Mural program, and the Halifax Mural Festival, murals have popped up all over Halifax Regional Municipality! Keep reading for a list of Halifax's newest murals, the stories behind them and where to see them for yourself.

Sound of Time

1326 Barrington Street, downtown halifax | ABSEN | August 2022

ABSEN's red toned mural on the side of Barrington Consulting Group's brick heritage building is one of Downtown Halifax's newest additions,…

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