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, 5 Ways to Give Back with your Kids this Holiday Season, 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 12-December 11): Nothing says the holidays quite like the majestically lit Christmas Tree! Santa is going to be busy helping to light all the trees in HRM and you can join in the festive fun at these FREE Tree Lighting Ceremonies!

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (November 23-December 26): Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is back on stage in Halifax, at Neptune for its 18th year! Take a break from the holiday rush and settle in for this dramatic telling of this holiday classic.

Alice in Pantoland at Neptune Theatre (November 23-January 9): When the evil Queen of Hearts threatens the magical land of Pantoland, Alice and her friends will need to save the day! Get ready to sing along with punchy pop songs, and zany antics as we take a trip down the rabbit hole this holiday season!

Halifax Glow Gardens (November 24-January 2): Celebrate the winter season under the twinkle of a million lights with Glow Halifax – A Fairytale Christmas!

Santa’s Reindeer Forest at Halifax Shopping Centre (November 25th – December 23rd): Experience the magic and wonder of the season with in-person and virtual Santa visits with Santa’s Reindeer Forest at the Halifax Shopping Centre!

Evergreen Festival (November 26-December 19): Enjoy 4 weeks of outdoor family-friendly festive fun with Halifax’s newest holiday experience – the Evergreen Festival! Take in the lights, markets, and special events to get you in the holiday spirit.

Christmas at Alderney Landing (December 3-5): Get in the holiday spirit with the Traditional German Market, Food, Drinks, Carousel Rides, and lots of festive fun at The Alderney Landing!

Musquodoboit Harbour Christmas Parade of Lights (December 4): The 8th Annual Musquodoboit Harbour Christmas Parade of Lights is a great community event with hot apple cider at the library before the parade! Non-perishable food items and toys for the local food bank will be collected along the parade route.

Ross Farm Christmas in the Country (December 4-5): 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.

A Dollhouse Christmas- A Family Musical (December 11): A Christmas Dollhouse is a musical for all ages based on a true story that took place in Nova Scotia during the 1930s. Talent Studio Halifax will be performing two shows at the Bella Rose Arts Centre.

Reel Family Movie Night (December 18): Movies are back at the Alderney and tickets are FREE! Enjoy Arthur Christmas at the Reel Family Movie Night at Alderney Landing. This month’s feature is Arthur Christmas!

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 HistoryAfricville Museum, Halifax LibrariesArt Gallery of Nova ScotiaShearwater 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!