Best Places to See Santa in Halifax
Christmas is a time of wonder. The lights, the presents, and the music all add up to a season that fills our minds with memories and our hearts with delight. None of this is more evident than through the eyes of a child. Many of us have memories of leaving out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve and then waking up to gifts under the tree in the morning. Visiting Santa is a highlight of the season for many children as they sit on his lap and verbalize their gift list. Even though we as adults know that it’s just a kind soul donning a big belly and red suit, we still love seeing the awe in the eyes of the kids as they visit Santa himself.
If seeing Santa is on your list of things to do this holiday season, then we have suggestions for you on the best places to see Santa in Halifax. From attractions to stores, prepare that holiday list and get the kiddos ready to visit good ole’ Saint Nick.
If you are looking for a Christmas market, light show, and live entertainment, then Christmas Glow is the place to go! Not only do they have visits with Santa, but their holiday theme this year is all about the jolly guy. Children can help Santa and his elves on “Santa’s Sleigh Adventure” as they try to find Santa’s reindeer after he crashes his sleigh. Not only can kids tell their Christmas wishes to Santa, but they can also play on playgrounds, stroll through the Christmas Light Gardens, and ride on Glen the Glow-comotive. Adults can peruse the market filled with local artisans and enjoy seasonal beverages. Christmas Glow truly has something for everyone, no matter his or her age. The best part? The entire thing is under roof, so you can enjoy all of the activities regardless of the weather.
Halifax Shopping Centre
During the holidays, taking the opportunity to donate to those in need is important and also spreads cheer. That’s how things work when children see Santa at Halifax Shopping Centre. For $10 kids can visit and chat with the big guy while going home with a festive treat and a 4×6 photo. The perk is that the money is donated towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation, so you can teach the little ones about being generous while receiving a memory in return. That’s a win-win for everyone!
Light Up Bedford Parade
Although it’s not in Halifax proper, Bedford is about 20 minutes northwest and is worth the drive to visit the Light Up Bedford Parade. Santa arrives in a hand-constructed sleigh, and kids have the opportunity to play Santa themselves! How? Well, the parade partners with a local radio station to do a toy drive, so children of all ages can bring toys to donate to those in need. Seeing Santa AND getting to ensure that others get presents from Mr. Claus this Christmas? Count us in!
Halifax Christmas Tree Lighting
Fireworks aren’t just for Canada Day anymore. Everyone loves them, so why not incorporate them into holiday festivities? That’s exactly what happens at the Halifax Christmas Tree Lighting. Enjoy the lighting of the tree, a parade, fireworks, and – of course – a visit from Santa Claus. What a fun event for the whole family to enjoy together. As a sidebar, did you realize that Nova Scotia sends a Christmas tree to Boston each year as a gesture of goodwill? The town is filled with holiday spirit and giving to others.
Halifax Santa Shuffle
If you want to include a different way to see Santa into your holiday plans, then experiencing the Halifax Santa Shuffle may be the way to go. Designed as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army, children can participate in the 1km Elf Walk or the 5km Fun Run. Kids of all ages can prance, run, or walk their way along the running path, and there will be lots of “Santas” in view as participants dress up as Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and just about anything Christmas related. Although this event doesn’t involve photos or listing off gift wishes, it does let people focus on raising money for those in need while burning a few calories at the same time.
Shh, don’t tell the kids, but you can totally pass off The Ghost of Christmas Future as Santa Claus. That secret can be just between us! The Neptune Theatre brings the holiday classic of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to life on the stage. Watch Scrooge himself transform from a miserly grouch into the most generous guy around. It’s a great way to watch a heartwarming story of being charitable around the holidays, and this theatre produces it with a fun not-so-scary spin.