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Best Christmas Markets in Halifax

As winter fast approaches, it’s time to start thinking of the best way to soak up that Yuletide celebration and Christmas cheer. We’re highlighting the best Christmas markets and activities Halifax has to offer and suffice to say there is no shortage of festivity and joy. Embark on a magical adventure with Santa Claus to deliver presents in unique and exciting ways or bask in the glow of Downtown Halifax’s annual light show. There is something for every kid and kid-at-heart this season; fun the entire family will enjoy!

Help Santa and his elves find his reindeer and discover new ways to deliver presents!


Santa is about to take on a magical adventure, and you’re invited! Help him discover new ways to deliver presents using hot air balloons, planes, trains, motorcycles and more! This world-renowned, family-friendly indoor winter wonderland is a captivating and enormous celebration for the whole family. Launched in 2017 near Vancouver, Canada, two years later, Glow has become one of the world’s largest indoor Christmas festivals, illuminating 11 cities in 3 countries.

Explore lighted trails filled with beautiful light displays or visit the fabulous vendor market, featuring unique gifts from over 30 different artisans and local businesses. LED swings and a ‘Glow-comotive’ trackless train will provide fun and entertainment for the entire family. For the Instagram artists in the crowd, hanging picture frames under the glow of thousands of twinkling lights will be the perfect romantic image for your feed this year. t’s all the wonder of an outdoor winter festival, hosted entirely indoors at the Halifax Exhibition Centre and it happens from December 27 to January 4.

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Enjoy the magic of Christmas with this annual holiday tradition.

The Halifax Light Festival

From November 30th to December 7th, this annual tradition has been a staple for many Halifax locals and out-of-towners. With glowing bright lights, plenty of options for holiday shopping, festive drinks and delicious food – not to mention fantastic entertainment – this event has become a go-to for any lover of the season. The plethora of events happening over the week of this festival are almost overwhelming at first glance, but rest assured you’ll find something to satisfy every member of your friend group or family.

Take the kids to the Petting Zoo with special guests, Rudolph & Frosty or listen to some Carollers as you enjoy a hot chilli cook-off. Free ice-skating at Scotiabank Centre is the perfect way to spend an afternoon, topped off with a visit and photo with the big man in red, himself. And if a leisurely stroll to appreciate the glow of thousands of sparkling lights is all you need to warm your heart, they have you covered. For a full list of events, visit The light festival runs for one week from November 30th to December 7.

Relish in your creative side with this unique holiday craft expo.

Musquodoboit Festival of Trees and Crafts

Running two days only, this Christmas Craft Show is an absolute must-see. Stroll through an eclectic array of natural Balsam Fir Trees, all of which have been exquisitely decorated with tinsel, ribbon and beautiful, glowing lights. Stop in and visit over 100 local craft vendors and artisans to find that one-of-a-kind gift for your loved one this year. To add to the Yuletide charm in the air, hot apple cider and fresh gingerbread are available while you roam. The Festival of Trees and Crafts is open December 7th and 8th only at the Natural Resources Education Centre.

A true Halifax experience matched with the magic of Christmas.

Seaside Christmas

Whether you have lived in Halifax all your life, are new, or are simply showing family and friends alone, make the Seaside Christmas a part of your holiday planning. The 30th Annual Seaside Christmas takes over Nova Scotia’s expansive Eastern Shore for a limited time only from November 15th to November 17th. Dozens of crafters, artisans, bakers and more will fill the coastline providing you with the perfect gems for the special people on your list. Beautifully numbered wreaths will guide you along the path of the shore to discover countless antiques, unique shops and cafés.

Oceanside concerts will fill you with nostalgia and warmth as will the night markets and numerous food festivals. As you travel along the guided shore, be sure to fill out a ballot at each stop along the way for your chance to win cash prizes. The more stops you visit, the greater your chance of winning! Don’t miss this incredible Christmas market and festival from November 15th to the 17th, only.


Best Christmas Markets, Events, Family friendly

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