Happy New Year, Halifax! Check out our list of Family Friendly New Years Eve and New Years Day Events in Halifax including family-friendly concerts, fireworks, polar bear swims and levees. For adult events, check-in with our friends at Destination Halifax, or to learn more about levees, read this interesting article about The Maritime Levee Tradition by Stephen Archibald of Halifax Bloggers. Happy New Year, everyone!

Welcome 2020 – New Year’s Eve Events

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New Year’s Eve Family Extravaganza

This family New Years Eve event features a variety of land and water-based activities, contests, games, arts and crafts. What a great way to say goodbye to 2019!
When: Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Canada Games Centre, 6 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax

New Years Eve Family Party at Cole Harbour Place

New Year’s Eve isn’t just for adults! The whole family can ring in 2020 at Cole Harbour Place with swimming, skating, bouncy castles, crafts and snacks.
When: Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, Cole Harbour

New Year’s Eve Public Skate and Fireworks at the Halifax Oval 

The New Year’s Eve event at The Halifax Oval is a great celebration for families with kids of all ages. This is a FREE family-friendly event. Night skates: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, and 9:00 pm – 12 midnight. Fireworks at 7:00 pm and midnight.
When: Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm-midnight
Where: Halifax Oval

New Year’s Eve at Grand Parade

Join in the biggest outdoor New Years Eve celebration in the city and countdown to 2020 with a great lineup of musical entertainment and dance performances. The celebration will finish with the largest fireworks display in Atlantic Canada at midnight.
When: Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Time: 11:00 pm – 12:15 am
Where: Grand Parade, Halifax

2020 Polar Bear Swims

Herring Cove Polar Bear Dip for Feed Nova Scotia

This polar bear dip has been going for 25 years! Register in advance. Not suitable for children (but fun to watch)!
When: Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm (Registration at 10:00 am)
Where: Government Wharf in Herring Cove

2020 New Year’s Day Levees

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Events in Halifax

New Year’s Day Levee at City Hall

When: Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Mayor Mike Savage and members of Regional Council
Halifax City Hall, 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax

New Year’s Day Levee at Government House

When: Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Hosts: His Honour Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Her Honour Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc
Where: Government House, 1451 Barrington Street, Halifax