Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events Around HRM

Christmas Event Guide

The holidays are just around the corner and that means it’s time to enjoy everything Merry and Bright! This time of the year is also a great opportunity to spend time with your family and take a break from the rat race to make memories you will cherish. There are lots of fun, exciting and family-friendly events going on this year. You can join in the festive fun with Tree Lightings, Concerts, Shows, Music, Dance, Special Events and of course, Santa! Check out all that’s in store for Holiday Fun with our Christmas 2019 – Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events Around HRM!

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Christmas Markets

Christmas Craft Markets

Christmas Craft Fairs and Holiday Markets . . . whether you are searching for the perfect gift for someone special or keeping with the holiday traditions, there will be lots of amazing finds at the many markets in Halifax, Dartmouth and beyond. Get in the holiday spirit and shop local by visiting one of the many 2019 Christmas Markets and Craft Fairs!



School Craft Markets

Family Fun Halifax has a great list of annual Christmas Markets and Craft Fairs, but we’ve also created an additional list of School Christmas Fairs: smaller, local craft fairs, run by your local Parent-Teacher association or daycare. Support your local schools while taking care of your Christmas list.


Holiday Concerts and Shows

Kids love the sounds of Christmas, and in Halifax we are blessed with a huge variety of concerts and shows to get your family in the Christmas spirit. Here’s our list of when and where you can enjoy all your favourite seasonal concerts and shows.


Tree Lightings

Tree Lightings in HRM

Nothing says the holidays quite like the majestically lit Christmas Tree! Santa is going to busy helping to light all the trees in HRM but if anyone can do it, it’s Santa! Join in the festive fun at these Tree Lighting Ceremonies – FREE family fun for the whole family!

best place in Halifax to see Santa


Santa Sightings

Want to know where in HRM to see Santa? He’s a busy guy this time of year and we had a hard time catching up with him but here is where you can find him leading up to the big day!



Here are some of the bigger Holiday Events Going on Around HRM that you won’t want to miss! For a full listing of events, check out our calendar.

Halifax parade of lights 2016

Halifax Parade of Lights and Red Nose Run 

Saturday, November 16th – Don your mittens, hats and glow-sticks for the 24th annual Chronicle Herald Halifax Parade of Lights and 5th Annual Red Nose Run.



Victorian Christmas

Victorian Christmas at the Halifax Citadel

Saturday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 24th – Join Parks Canada and the 78th Highlanders for their 30th annual Victorian Christmas celebration at the Halifax Citadel.


Halifax Lights

Halifax Lights Festival

November 30th – December 8th – 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.


New Ross Christmas Festival

Friday, December 6th to Sunday, December 8th – The New Ross Christmas Festival is a  family-friendly weekend-long event just one hour from Halifax. This family-friendly festival includes the tree lighting ceremony and the ‘Children’s Parade of Lights’.

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