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Best Family-Friendly Christmas Activities in Halifax

Christmas is all about being festive and spending time with your family. With all of the events happening in the area, it makes sense to take the entire group out for some fun. We’ve listed the best family-friendly Christmas activities in Halifax so you can celebrate the last bit of 2019 in style.

Family Christmas Glow

Christmas Glow Halifax

When the weather outside is cold, you stay toasty inside with this magical event. This indoor wonderland gives you the chance to help the elves and Santa find his reindeer. You will explore the different ways to deliver presents using planes, hot air balloons, motorcycles, trains and more. Once your mission is over, wander among the interactive light gardens and illuminated structures while you indulge in festive food and drink warm beverages. As you enjoy a million sparkling lights on display, you will feel the warmth of Christmas overtake you. This will become a family-favourite tradition.

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Christmas Lights

Eastern Passage Parade of Lights

The information isn’t set in stone for this year yet, but you can look forward to the lights sparkling throughout the town from the Fisherman’s Cover to the Legion. Everyone is invited back to the Legion once the parade is over to enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies. Last year, the event was held on December 8th.


A Beary Merry Christmas with the Stadacona Band

The dates for this year aren’t available yet, but they should be out anytime. Take the family on a big band adventure and promote a good cause with all funds going towards The Salvation Army. You can kick off the season with wholesome entertainment and enjoy the spirit of giving at the same time.

Halifax Lights Festival Banner

Halifax Lights Festival

Head to the downtown area to experience the most holiday magic possible. You can enjoy the memorizing light show and holiday music in Cornwallis Park. There is also plenty of carolling, holiday shopping, food options and hot beverages. Make sure you check the schedule of events because there is always something new happening.

Christmas Parade

The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights

It’s a tradition to attend the parade and kick off the holiday season. If you haven’t visited yet, this is sure to become one of your family’s favourite Christmas activities. The Herald Holiday Parade of Lights is put on with the help of Eastlink. You get to enjoy all of the festive floats, creative dancers and energetic bands. Don’t forget that Santa Claus is always a part of the action as well. Just watch your kids’ eyes light up with joy when the big man comes to town.

Light Up Logo

Light Up Bedford Parade

Head a little out of town to find another fun parade for the entire family. Bring your unwrapped gifts and they will be picked up for charity during the parade. You can also give your kids’ letters to Santa. Enjoy more floats, music and festivities than you thought were possible in one night.

Christmas Village

Old Fashioned Christmas in Sherbrooke Village

On the opening night, you can watch the tree lighting for a memorable experience. Then, there will also be a candlelight procession, karaoke and fireworks. While this event is only taking place over two weekends, you will want to make sure you spend time there with your family. During the operating hours, you will find craft sales, festive dining, a concert, lots of workshops, Victorian teas, storytime for the kids and a closing night parade. You will wish it was open for several more weekends. Make sure you create new family memories as you enjoy the Sherbrooke Village type of Christmas.

There is no question that you have a lot of options available to you this year. Halifax is alive and bustling during the Christmas season and you won’t want to miss out on any of the action. Let us know what your favourite family-friendly Christmas activity is in the city and what you wish there would be more of.


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