The holiday season is one of our favourites! The city lights up, communities gather, and it's the perfect excuse to treat yourself at your favourite local boutique or eatery.
Luckily there's no shortage of festive things to do in and around Halifax this season. We've organized a list of all the Tree Lightings, Holiday Parades, Craft Markets, festivals, and holiday displays you won't want to miss out on this season.
Bishop's Landing Tree Lighting
Kick off Good Tidings at Bishop's Landing November 18 at 6pm with East Coast Carolling. Click here for more details.
Sackville Tree Lighting
Celebrate the season with live music, treats and a visit from Santa. 6:30pm - 7:30pm November 26th, 2021 at Acadia Park, 650 Sackville Drive. Click here for more details.
Fall River Tree Lighting
Located at the Fall River Dairy Queen from 6:30pm to 8pm November 27th, 2021. Click here for more details.
Halifax Tree Lighting
Meet Santa Clause, enjoy live music, fireworks & more! 6pm - 7pm November 27th at Grand Parade. Click here for more details
Cole Harbour Tree Lighting
The Cole Harbour & Area Business Association's tree lighting will take place at the Cole Harbour Fire Station, 1150 Cole Harbour Road, November 28th from 4:30-5:30pm. Enjoy hot chocolate & a visit from Santa. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted by the Cole Harbour-Westphal Firefighters Association Hamper Drive.
Hydrostone Tree Lighting
Celebrate the season at Hydrostone Park on Young Street with the Hydrostone's annual tree lighting December 3rd from 6:30-7:30pm. More details on the event here.
Dartmouth Tree Lighting
Along with the lighting of the TD Christmas Tree, the TD Lights of Dartmouth Christmas program includes spectacular light displays, the Christkindlmarket, the Grince & more.
Bedford Tree Lighting
December 4th from 5pm to 8pm at the Old Bedford School. Enjoy musical performances, a holiday market, meet Santa & more! Click here for more details.
Shubie Park Tree Lighting
December 5th from 4pm to 6pm at 54 Locks Road, Dartmouth. Enjoy marshmallow roasting, hot drinks & fireworks! Click here for more details.
Eastern Passage Tree Lighting
Enjoy hot chocolate, music, candy canes, and meet Santa at Eastern Passage's Holiday Tree Lighting on December 12th, 4pm-6pm at Quigley's Corner, 5 Cow Bay Road, Eastern Passage.
November 12th-December 19th
Christmas at the Cove
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 12th to December 19th, shop locally made goods from the Shops of Fisherman's Cove in Eastern Passage.
Festival of Trees
The Mental Health Foundation's Festival of Trees celebrate's it's 30th year supporting mental health initiatives in Nova Scotia.
Parade of Lights
The Parade of Lights returns for another year of festive floats, holiday music, dancers, and Santa Clause! The parade begins at 6pm, find information on the parade route and more here.
Light Up Bedford Parade
The Light Up Bedford Parade returns for it's 23rd year! Beginning at 5:45pm, enjoy the parade on the Bedford Highway between Convoy Run and Bedford Place Mall. Designated Parade Hot Spots will be offering a place to warm up and festive treats.
November 26th-December 19th
Evergreen Festival is bringing the Halifax area to life through festive light installations, musical performances, markets, & more!
November 26th & December 3rd
Shopping Under The Stars
Shopping Under The Stars returns this season! More information to come.
November 26th to January 1st
Light Up the Park
Acadia Park at 650 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville will come alive with over 4,000 festive lights every night from 5pm-11pm. More information here.
November 27th to January 1st
Halifax Public Gardens Holiday Lights
Visit the Halifax Public Gardens between 6pm and 9pm from November 27th to January 1st to see the gardens aglow and see a festive light and music display at the bandstand.
November 27th to January 1st
Holiday Projection Show on City Hall
2021's Holiday Projection Show on City Hall premiers November 27th. The show will run nightly from 6pm tp 10pm.
Spryfield Santa Claus Parade
The Spryfield Santa Claus Parade begins on Punch Bowl Drive, down Herring Cove Road at 2pm. More information here.
The Menorah Lighting in Grand Parade will take place on Monday, November 29th, 2021.
Beginning December 1st
Enjoy a vibrant holiday light show will be projected against The Halifax Memorial Library at Grafton Park nightly from 5pm-11pm..
TD Lights of Dartmouth
Celebrate the season with light displays, the lighting of the Downtown Dartmouth Christmas tree, and lots more holiday fun in Downtown Dartmouth on December 4th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Find the event map here.
Eastern Passage Holiday Parade of Lights
Eastern Passage's Third Annual Holiday Parade of Lights will be on December 5th, leaving Fisherman's Cove at 6pm and heading to the Eastern Passage Legion.
The Rustic Crust Christmas
Enjoy a Christmas craft market, tree lighting, and live music December 5th from 3pm-7pm at The Rustic Crust, 10 Sonnys Road, Upper Tantallon.
November 12th-December 5th
Christmas at the Forum
Christmas at the Forum's boutique shows begin November 12th and continue every weekend until December 5th at The Halifax Forum, 2901 Windsor St. Halifax. Tickets are $5 +HST per show and can be purchased here.
November 20th-December 18th
Christmas at the Cove
Fisherman's Cove will be holding three craft fairs as part of Christmas at the Cove November 20th, December 4th, and December 18th from 10am to 4pm at the Fisherman's Cove Heritage Centre, 4 Government Wharf Road, Eastern Passage.
Lawrencetown Craft Fair
A two-day event at the Lawrencetwon Community Centre, 3657 Lawrencetown Road. November 20th 9am to 4pm and November 21st 10am-3pm. More information here.
Holiday Market at Seaforth Hall
Seaforth Hall at 6060 NS-207, Head of Chezzetcook will be hosting their holiday market November 20th from 10am-3pm. More information here.
Warm Up to Winter Outdoor Craft Market
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum's is hosting their outdoor craft market November 20th from 11am-3pm. Find their Farmyard at 471 Poplar Drive. Click here for more details & a list of vendors.
MCSOD Christmas Craft Show
The Melissa Connick School of Dance will be hosting their 2nd annual Christmas Craft Show at St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 29 Westwood Boulevard, Upper Tantallon from 10am to 3pm November 20th. Non-perishable food item or nominal donations will be collected at the door for our local food bank.
Christmas in Spryfield
Find over 30 vendors at the Spryfield Lions Rink, 111 Drysdale Road, Halifax November 21st from 10am-2pm. Visit the event's Facebook page here.
Changing Seasons Craft Market
Shop over 25 local vendors November 21st at the Sackville Kinsman Community Centre, 71 First Lake Drive, Lower Sackville from 9am to 3pm. Click here for more details.
November 26th & 27th
The Dartmouth Makers Winter Market
The Dartmouth Makers' Winter Market will take place November 26th 5-9pm & November 27th 9am-5pm at Christ Church Parish Hall, 61 Dundas Street in Downtown Dartmouth.
November 26th-December 19th
Shop Evergreen Festival's Evergreen Market on the Halifax Waterfront Wednesdays to Sundays from November 26th to December 19th. Click here for times and vendors.
Sackville Christmas Craft Show
Lower Sackville's 7th Annual Christmas Craft and Vendor Show is November 27th at the Sackville Legion, 45 Sackville Cross Road. Admission is $2 or a non-perishable food donation. Click here for more details here.
November 27th-December 11th
Christmas at the Barn
Christmas Markets at the Hubbards Barn, 57 Highway 3, are taking place on November 27th, December 4th, and December 11th, 9am to 1pm. Click here for a list of vendors!
North by Night Holiday Market
North by Night, Holiday Edition! From 2pm to 9pm, Agricola Street will be closed to traffic and filled with live music, family activities, local artisans, food trucks and more.
Eastern Passage Holiday Craft Fair
A craft fair in Eastern Passage taking place at the Eastern Passage Legion, 1341 Main Road, Eastern Passage from 9am-2pm November 28th.
Takin' BLK The Holidays
Shop local food & handmade goods and enjoy live music while supporting Black businesses at the Takin' BLK Holiday Market at the Halifax Brewery Farmers Market, 1496 Lower Water St. Halifax from 4pm-8pm.
Alderney Landing's Christkindlmarket will feature live music, a carousel ride, family activities, food & more.
Halifax Crafters Society Winter Market
The Halifax Crafters Society's Winter 2021 Market will take place at the Olympic Centre at 2304 Hunter Street in Halifax December 3rd 5-9pm, and December 4th & 5th 10am-5pm.
December 4th & 5th
Holiday Hygge Weekend
The Halifax Brewery Farmers Market at 1496 Lower Water Street in Halifax is hosting a Holiday Hygge Weekend December 4th 8am-1pm and December 5th 10am-3pm. Enjoy live music while shopping locally made gifts & food!
The Foggy Goggle Holiday Market
Shop local makers on December 4th from 12pm-4pm at The Foggy Goggle, 2057 Gottingen Street in Halifax.
Hammonds Plains Christmas Craft Market
The Hammonds Plains Community Centre at 2041 Hammonds Plains Road will be hosting a Christmas craft market from 1pm-5pm December 5th. Admission is $2 with a portion of the proceeds going toward Freedom Kitchen.
December 18th & 19th
A Very Listless Christmas Market
Good Robot Brewing Co. at 2736 Robie Street's craft fair market for last minute shoppers will take place December 18th & 19th 11am-4pm. Grab a brew & happy shopping!