What’s happening around our beautiful city? Enjoy this month-at-a-glance listing of ongoing events in December, happening in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, Sackville and beyond!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! December is here and it’s time to eat, drink, be merry and check out all the festive events that are happening around HRM. We are getting into high gear with the Family-Friendly Holiday Concerts and Shows, Santa Sightings and our Christmas Event Guide. As you take time this season to make memories with your family, check out our Christmas Traditions to Share with Your Kids and Holiday Lights Listing which is being updated daily as new destinations are added.
Here is our month-at-a-glance which highlights some of the family-friendly events in December and if you are looking for upcoming events, the Family Fun Halifax calendar is continually being updated with the latest news. Also, each Wednesday, we publish our ‘Weekend Roundup’, family-friendly Halifax events for the upcoming weekend. Happy December, everyone!
Tree Lightings in HRM (November 15-December 8): Nothing says the holidays quite like the majestically lit Christmas Tree! Santa is going to busy helping to light all the trees in HRM and you can join in the festive fun at these FREE Tree Lighting Ceremonies!
TAG Theatre presents ‘The Wizard of… Oz?’ (November 21-December 7): TAG Theatre takes you on a magical, musical journey with their annual holiday Pantomime. This familiar tale has all your favourite characters, lots of silliness and fun for the whole family!
Peter Pan at Neptune Theatre (November 26-January 5): Get into the Christmas spirit with the ultimate family show for the holidays. This age-old tale tells whisks you away to never-land with the latest pop songs, hilarious jokes and fun for the whole family!
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (November 27-December 28): Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is back on stage in Halifax, at Neptune for its 16th year! Take a break from the holiday rush and settle in for this dramatic telling of this holiday classic.
Christmas Glow Halifax (November 27-January 4): Celebrate the magic of the season under the twinkle of a million lights with Halifax’s newest holiday festival, Christmas Glow Halifax!
Halifax Lights Festival (November 30-December 7): Come to downtown Halifax and experience some holiday magic! Enjoy an enchanting light show and holiday music in Cornwallis Park, holiday shopping, carolers, family fun, entertainment, food and warm drinks. Check out the Halifax Lights Festival Schedule of Events including the ‘Cornwallis Park Light Schedule’ so you don’t miss a thing!
Yule Ball (December 5): Halifax Central Library’s 5th Annual Yule Ball is an AMAZING evening of fun for the older kids. There will be live music, a digital photo booth, craft making, holiday goodies, prizes and a magical pop-up escape room! This event is FREE and for ages 12 and older.
Elfin’ Around Holiday Circus Show (December 6-7): The elves from Studio In Essence will be spreading holiday joy as they showcase their circus skills at their FREE family-friendly holiday performance. These entertaining elves will be collecting donations at the show to sponsor children from low-income homes to attend circus classes in 2020.
Musquodobit Harbour Christmas Parade of Lights (December 7):
The 7th Annual Musquodoboit Harbour Christmas Parade of Lights is a great community event with activities throughout the community before and after the parade. Non-perishable food items and toys for the local food bank will be collected along the parade route.
Symphony NS presents The Nutcracker (December 6-15): Symphony Nova Scotia’s presentation of The Nutcracker has been one of Halifax’s favourite holiday tradition for over 25 years. This magical Christmas tale played out by some of Nova Scotia’s finest performers, will delight adults and children of all ages!
Ross Farm Christmas in the Country (December 7-8): Enjoy a traditional old-time Christmas at Ross Farm’s Christmas in the Country. Sample delicious traditional holiday dishes, enjoy some of your favourite Christmas carols and weather permitting, there will be horse-drawn rides. Ross Farm Christmas in the Country is part of the New Ross Christmas Festival.
Breakfast with the Grinch (December 7-8): The Grinch’s heart has grown this Christmas season as he hosts Breakfast with the Grinch in support of the IWK Foundation. Head to the Chickenburger in Bedford for a yummy pancake breakfast where the Grinch himself, will be making a special appearance!
Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas (December 15): The Halifax Jazz Festival presents ‘Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas’, featuring Halifax jazz legend Jerry Granelli, and the Jerry Granelli Trio. This year the and Jerry Granelli Trio will be accompanied by the Sacred Heart Children’s Choir.
Alderney Landing ‘Reel’ Family Movie Night (December 20): Head to the Alderney Landing to enjoy Reel Family Movie Night – a great family night out with FREE admission to a Christmas classic – ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’!
New Years Eve Celebrations (December 31): Happy New Year, Halifax! Ring in 2020 with some great family-friendly events happing around HRM including family-friendly concerts, skates, fireworks, polar bear swims and levees.
Don’t forget, in addition to the events above, there are lots of ongoing activities at these great Halifax attractions:
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Discovery Centre, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Museum of Natural History, Africville Museum, Halifax Libraries, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Shearwater Aviation Museum, Ross Farm Museum and Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.
Be sure to visit our calendar for current events happening in your community. Have a fantastic December everyone!
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.