It's the most wonderful time of the year! From Christmas parades to charming markets to stunning holiday light displays, there's tons of festive fun to be had all over Halifax Regional Municipality. We've rounded up Halifax's most exciting holiday events so you don't miss a second of seasonal cheer!

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Christmas Tree Lightings

Gathering around your community's Christmas tree for its first lighting of the season makes such a magical night. There's often cheerful music, warm hot chocolate and maybe even a visit from Santa himself. It's a a great way to get the kids together and share some holiday cheer with your neighbours. Christmas Tree Lightings happen all over Halifax Regional Municipality every year, keep reading to find one happening near you!

Halifax Grand Parade Tree

Halifax Tree Lighting/Holiday celebration

WHEN: November 25, 2023, 4:30-5:30pm

WHERE: Peace & Friendship Park (Corner of South Street & Hollis Street)

Find more information here.

Sackville Tree lighting

WHEN: November 25, 6:30pm

WHERE: Acadia Park

Find more information here.


WHEN: November 25, 2023 at 4:30pm

WHERE: 3260 Lake Thomas Drive

Find more information here.

Cole Harbour Tree Lighting

WHEN: November 26, 2023 at 4:30pm

WHERE: Cole Harbour Fire Station

Find more information here.

Beaver Bank Tree Lighting

WHEN: November 26, 2023 at 7pm

WHERE: Beaver Bank Community Centre

Find more information here.

Africville Museum Tree Lighting & Ceremony

WHEN: November 26, 2023 at 5pm

WHERE: 5795 Africville Road

Find more information here.

Hydrostone tree lighting

WHEN: December 1, 2023 at 6:30pm

WHERE: Hydrostone Park

Find more information here.

Dartmouth Tree lighting

WHEN: December 2, 2023 at 5pm

WHERE: Sullivan's Pond, Dartmouth

Find more information here.


WHEN: December 3, 2023 at 6pm

WHERE: Porters Lake Community Centre

Find more information here.

Hammonds Plains TREE LIGHTING

WHEN: December 3, 2023 at 5pm

WHERE: Hammonds Plains Community Centre

Find more information here.


WHEN: December 10, 2023 at 4pm

WHERE: 54 Locks Road, Dartmouth

Find more information here.

Holiday Parades

Bundle up, pour some hot chocolate into your thermos and watch the bright, festive floats go by! From nighttime parades with sparkling lights to daytime parades with creative festive floats, several unique holiday parades are happening all over HRM this year!

Halifax Parade of Lights

Parade of Lights

WHEN: November 25, 2023

WHERE: Cogswell Street at North Park to Barrington Street at George Street

Find more information here.

Quinpool Pet Parade

WHEN: November 25, 2023 at 11am

WHERE: Starting at Oxford Taproom back patio

Find more information here.

Spryfield Santa Claus Parade

WHEN: November 26, 2023 at 2pm

WHERE: Punch Bowl to Spryfield Mall

Find more information here.

Beaver Bank Lions Holiday Parade of Lights

WHEN: November 26, 2023 at 6pm

WHERE: Beaver Bank Road

Find more information here.

Eastern Passage Christmas Parade

WHEN: December 10th, 2023

WHERE: Eastern Passage

Find more information here.

Holiday Light Displays

What's the holiday season without lights?! Getting out to see bright, shining light displays bring so much warmth to this cold, dark season. There's lots of creative displays scattered all around HRM to explore.

Evergreen Bright

WHERE: Halifax Waterfront, Downtown Halifax and Downtown Dartmouth

WHEN: November 24th-December 17th, 2023

Find more information here.

Halifax Evergreen Festival Light Tunnel 2022

Delightful Downtown Holiday Projection Show

WHEN: November 19-December 26, Dusk until 11pm

WHERE: Former Halifax Memorial Library at Grafton Park

Find more information here.

Delightful Downtown Projection Show 2022

Peace & Friendship Park Tree

WHEN: November-February

WHERE: Peace and Friendship Park, corner of Barrington and South Streets

Find more information here.

Delightful Downtown Tree in Peace & Friendship Park


WHERE: Acadia Park, Lower Sackville

WHEN: November 25th-December 31, 2023

Find more information here.

Acadia Park Light Up the Park Lower Sackville

Christmas at the Cove

WHERE: Fisherman's Cove

WHEN: Thursdays-Saturdays 12-6pm & Sundays 12-5pm

Find more information here.

Christmas at the Cove

Super Mike's Convenience & Video

WHERE: 2 Central Avenue, Fairview

Christmas statues on Super Mikes Convenience

Festive Events

From outdoor concerts to holiday movie screenings, there's tons of exciting ways to celebrate the season!

Evergreen Stage

WHEN: November 24th-December 17th, 2023

WHERE: Foundation Wharf across from the The BG (The Beer Garden)

View the lineup here.

Evergreen Stage Halifax Waterfront

Holiday Movie Screenings on the Waterfront

WHEN: Weekends November 25-December 17, 2023

WHERE: 1549 Lower Water Street, Halifax Waterfront


Shopping Under the stars

WHEN: December 1, 2023, 5-9pm

WHERE: Spring Garden Road

Find all the details here.

Shopping Under the Stars Spring Garden Road

Snow Folk Shuffle Holiday 5k run/walk

WHEN: December 2, 2023 10am

WHERE: Quinpool Road

Find more information here.

Pet Portraits on the waterfront

WHEN: December 9th & 16th, 2023, 12-4pm

WHERE: Halifax Waterfront

Find more information here.

pooches & pints

WHEN: December 16, 2023 12-4pm

WHERE: Burnside Brewing, 21 Frazee Avenue

Find more information here.

Jollytails Winter Woofs

WHEN: December 16th, 6-9pm

WHERE: Jollytails Lady Hammond, 6390 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax

Find more information here.

Holiday Markets

Find unique gifts made with love by local artisans at one of the many holiday markets around HRM! From handmade jewellery to unique homewares to baked goods, you'll find something for everyone on your list!

Evergreen Market

WHEN: November 24th-December 17th, 2023

WHERE: Halifax Waterfront

Market Hours

  • Monday-Tuesday | Closed
  • Wednesday-Friday | 4pm-9pm
  • Saturday | 11am-9pm
  • Sunday | 12pm-7pm

View vendors here.

Evergreen Market 2022

Christkindle Market

WHEN: December 1-3, 2023

WHERE: Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street

Market Hours

  • December 1 | 4pm-9pm
  • December 2 | 10am-9pm
  • December 3 | 11am-4pm

Find more information here.

Christkindle Market

Ability Makers Market

WHEN: December 1 & 2, 2023

WHERE: Easter Seals NS, 22 Fielding Avenue Dartmouth

Market Hours:

  • December 1 | 4pm-8pm
  • December 2 | 10am-3pm

Find more information here.

Holiday Market at Pacifico

WHEN: December 3, 2023, 12pm-4pm

WHERE: 5171 George Street, Downtown Halifax

Holiday Makers Market

WHEN: December 8 & 9, 2023

WHERE: Pier 22 Pavillion, 1031 Marginal Road, Halifax

Market Hours:

  • December 8 | 4pm-8pm
  • December 9 | 10am-5pm

Find more information here.

Yuletide Gifting Faire

WHEN: December 9 & 10

WHERE: Halifax Forum

Rad Holiday Market

WHEN: December 9, 11am-6pm

WHERE: 2177 Gottingen Street

Homo for the holidays

WHEN: December 10, 12-4pm

WHERE: Halifax Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water Street

Christmas At the Brewery

WHEN: December 17, 2023 10am-2pm

WHERE: Halifax Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water Street

Find more information here.

Haligonian Vendor Market

WHEN: December 17, 2023 12-5pm

WHERE: Light House Arts Centre, 1800 Argyle Street

Santa Visits

Make holiday memories by getting the kids’ photos taken with a Mall Santa! Halifax Shopping Centre, Mic Mac Mall and Bedford Place mall are all offering visits with Santa in support of various charities.

Young girl whispering in Santas ear

Halifax Shopping Centre

WHEN: Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 23rd, 2023

Click here to schedule your visit.

Sensory Santa visits are also offered in partnership with Autism Nova Scotia. Schedule your Sensory Santa visit here.

Mic Mac Mall

WHEN: Monday-Saturday 12pm-7pm & Sunday 12pm-5pm until December 23rd, 2023

Walk-up or book online here.

Sensory Santa Visits:

  • December 3rd 9:30am-11am
  • December 10th 9:30am-11am
  • December 17th 9:30am-11am

Find more information here.

Bedford Place Mall

Photos are $5/photo, cash only in support of The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

View Santa's visiting hours here.

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Our Team here at CENTURY 21 All Points wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season this year!

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