Top 9 Christmas Events in Halifax
Christmas Glow Halifax
Christmas Glow Halifax is the best winter festival in the city. Not only can you find it indoors with a warm atmosphere, but it features a wide variety of live entertainment and local vendors that can help you complete your Christmas shopping list. There are also interactive light gardens and dazzlingly decorated structures that everyone will enjoy. Stop by one of the many eateries if you get hungry during your stay or pick up a cup of hot cocoa to warm up even more. Best of all, kids can participate in Santa’s Sleigh Adventure, helping Claus himself find his reindeer and figure out how to deliver his presents in time for Christmas! Christmas Glow Halifax runs from November 27th to January 4th.
Halifax Parade of Lights and Red Nose Run 2019
The 24th annual Chronical Herald Halifax Parade of Lights kicks off on November 16. This special tradition begins at 6 PM and starts on Upper Water Street, ending on University Avenue and Robie Street. The parade features appearances from Santa Claus and several other Christmas celebrities, plus elaborately decorated floats that will draw the eye and lift the spirit. The parade further collects nonperishable food and cash donations for the FEED Nova Scotia organization, plus new and unwrapped toys for underprivileged children.
Victorian Christmas at the Halifax Citadel
Some of the best Christmas traditions are rooted in history. You can mix historical splendour and Christmas cheer on November 23 and 24 at this 30th annual event by stopping by the local Halifax Citadel. This fortress features a visit from Santa as he checks on local actors dressed as soldiers from bygone eras. This event is a great opportunity to find out what Christmas during the 19th century would have looked like. The event also includes guest performers, including live musicians and dancers, plus a craft room and several Victorian-era games.
Have Yourself a Gothic Little Christmas
The 10th annual “Have Yourself a Gothic Little Christmas” show combines genres from several interests. It’s a unique mix of fairytale stories, medieval legends, steampunk, and Gothic aesthetics, and fantasy and Victorian sensibilities. The result? A show that’s great for the whole family or for diverse groups of friends with different aesthetic preferences. It’s located at the Halifax Forum on November 30 and December 1. The show also accompanies several local artisans, so it’s a great opportunity to complete your Christmas shopping and get some quality crafts before or after attending the show.
North by Night Holiday Market
Halifax’s North End is a great spot to visit when you’re trying to fill out your Christmas list or buy presents for your friends and family. Check out this holiday market to browse stores from local vendors and enjoy bites from the best food trucks in the Halifax area. There are even several family activities to entertain your kids, including a visit from Santa Claus on Saturday, November 16. The market only runs from 4 PM to 9 PM, so be sure to stop by to get a chance to browse all the shops and enjoy live entertainment.
Halifax Christmas Tree Lighting
Nothing heralds the arrival of Christmas like lighting up a huge tree. Join the Halifax tradition at downtown Halifax on November 23 between 6 and 7 PM. This family event is perfect for bringing your kids to, as there’ll be live entertainment specifically intended for children throughout the event. Santa will even show up to help light the tree and produce magical fireworks that will brighten the sky and finish the evening. Best of all, this event is totally free!
Symphony Nova Scotia Presents The Nutcracker
This iconic play is one of the best holiday traditions to experience. Symphony Nova Scotia has lots of experience with this performance, having brought it to Halifax citizens for 25 years. This performance features beautiful ballet dancing and outstanding giant puppets that help tell the classic story alongside an enchanting performance of the Nutcracker sweet by the Symphony itself. There are multiple showtimes running between December 6 and December 15, and each day has different runtimes. Check out the program’s website to find a show time that works for your schedule and don’t miss this quality Halifax tradition.
Halifax Jazz Festival – Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas
On Sunday, December 15, the Jerry Granelli Trio and Sacred Heart Children’s Choir will join forces to perform their annual holiday fundraiser for musical education. Since Jerry Granelli himself performed the original recording of A Charlie Brown Christmas over 50 years ago, this rendition has more than musical talent to back it up. The iconic music at this performance will warm your heart and fill you with nostalgia for simpler times. You can buy matinee or evening tickets; the matinee performance is perfect for kids, featuring games and snacks while the evening performance is ideal for adults who like to reminisce and relive the memories of their childhood. There’s even a chance to meet Jerry Granelli himself.
Christmas with Heather Rankin and Friends
From November 29 to December 1, you can enjoy the beautiful performances of the Halifax Boys Honor Choir and East Coast music icon Heather Rankin. This symphonic festival will perform renditions of many classic Christmas favourites, ending with a Christmas Carol sing-along section. It’s a perfect chance to bring your family to enjoy some holiday music. Ticket prices vary from seat to seat, so register early to get the places you like the best!