Top 6 FREE Holiday Events in Halifax – 2016!


We’ve just entered November, which means it’s the time of year where everyone’s social calendar is about to get just a little fuller. Between holiday parties, inevitable shopping, happy hour meet ups and family events, it’s hard to ensure you’re not missing anything in Halifax and that you are keeping an eye on your budget!

That’s why I pulled together this list of 5 FREE holiday events that you should be making space for in your calendar.

  1. The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights

What’s a holiday season without a parade? While many communities around the HRM host their own smaller parades, the marquee event is Halifax’s Holiday Parade of Lights.

Taking place on Saturday, November 19, stake out your spot along the downtown route to see local businesses, radio stations, theatre groups and of course the jolly man himself light up the night. Grab a hot drink and your favourite holiday treat (candy canes, anyone?) and I’ll see you out there!

  1. Red Nose Run

Taking place immediately before the Holiday Parade of Lights, the 2nd annual Red Nose Run is “the only nighttime fun-run through downtown Halifax guided by hundreds of blinking red noses!” The event is open to both runners and walkers and $5 from every $35 entry fee goes to support the QEII Foundation.

Children under the age of 5 are FREE.

Sign up today.

  1. Victorian Christmas at the Citadel

A Halifax tradition in its 27th year, the Victorian Christmas at the Citadel is a two-day event that invites the city to get into the spirit of the holidays at the historic fort. Featuring Victorian carols, crafts, games and a visit from Father Christmas, admission is FREE with a donation to Feed Nova Scotia.

Running November 26 – 27, It’s the perfect way to learn how Christmas was celebrated years ago.

  1. Halifax Tree Lighting

It always makes the nights feel a little cozier when you can walk past Grand Parade and see the lights twinkling on the Christmas tree. Join in on the fun of the annual tree lighting festivities this year on November 26th from 6pm – 7pm.

More than just plugging in the family extension cord and hoping all the bulbs work, the Christmas tree lighting has music, entertainment for kids, a special visit from Santa Claus and fireworks!  What better way to spend an evening in November. Learn more about the event here.

  1. TD Dartmouth Tree Lighting 

Did you know Dartmouth has a tree lighting as well? They do, and this year it’s taking place on December 3 at Sullivan’s Pond.

Bring the whole family and enjoy a free ride on the Kiwanis Santa Claus Express Train, visit with Santa, listen to live music, and take in the holiday fireworks. FREE refreshments and glow sticks while quantities last!

6. Tree for Boston Sendoff

Halifax and Boston share a special relationship that extends past their shared location on the east coast of North America.

After Halifax was devastated but the explosion that rocked the city on December 6, 1917, Boston responded swiftly by sending aid workers to help those in need. That’s why each year the province of Nova Scotia sends a Christmas tree to be lit on the Boston Common for the holiday season. For the first time, the tree is coming from Cape Breton!

Want to send the tree off in style? The official sendoff party takes place in Grand Parade on November 16th from 11:30 – 12:30. Learn more about it here.

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