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 2021 – Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events Around HRM!

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. Click on each heading for more information.

Halifax parade of lights 2016

Halifax Parade of Lights 

November 20th – Don your mittens, hats, and glow-sticks for the annual  Halifax Parade of Lights!



Glow Gardens Halifax

November 24th to January 2nd – Celebrate the magic of the season with Christmas Glow Halifax, back for their 2nd year! Laugh, stroll, and play under the twinkle of a million lights as you explore the light gardens and illuminated structures.


HSC ChristmasSanta’s Reindeer Forest at Halifax Shopping Centre

November 25th to 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 26th to December 19th – Bundle up and get ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Halifax’s newest holiday experience – the Evergreen Festival!


Halifax Tree Lighting

Halifax Tree Lighting

November 27th – Celebrate the holiday season at the Grand Parade with music, entertainment, and fireworks! The Jolly ol’ Elf will help to light the beautiful tree in Halifax’s Historic Parade Square – guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!


New Ross Christmas Festival

December 3rd to December 5th – 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’.


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 2021 Christmas Markets and Craft Fairs!

Christmas Shows in HRM

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 be 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!