Halifax happenings that will put you in the holiday spirit

December is here, and with it come many events happening all around our beautiful city to help you enjoy the season.

A ski hill covered and snow with many green trees. There are many people populating the hill. Photo: Jason Petersson

If you're spending the winter holiday break here in Halifax, there are many things that you can do to make the most of the season. Here are just a few of your options.


The Tunnel of Hope

Dec. 1­–Jan. 2

This beautiful tunnel of lights was a total success last year, so this year it will be running again for a month. The tunnel is located along the Salter Street Boardwalk on the Waterfront. As you travel through this illuminated tunnel, you'll hear music that adds to the holiday spirit! The installation also comes with a powerful message, representing the “light at the end of the tunnel” in support of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.


Evergreen Festival

Nov. 26–Dec. 19

This festival takes place along the Waterfront and around downtown Halifax. The event will be a showcase of Nova Scotian cultures, food, craft, and art, and is sure to be an unforgettable experience for all who attend. Restaurants, retailers, hotels, and public spaces around the city will also set up illuminated installations to give more life to the city and create a festive atmosphere. Make sure you check out the light shows on City Hall, the old public library on Spring Garden Rd., and the ones in downtown Dartmouth!


Glow Gardens

Nov. 24–Jan. 2

Stroll under the sparkle of a million lights while you explore the light gardens and illuminated structures at the Halifax Exhibition Centre. You can enjoy beverages, delicious food, and live music as well as shop in the vendor market from the best local artists in the province. Plus, it’s a great place to take some Instagram pics!


Light up the Park

Nov. 26–Jan. 1

Acadia Park in the Sackville area will be all lit up this holiday season. It begins with the Annual Sackville Christmas Tree Lighting and will remain this way until the new year. The trees in and around the park will be full of twinkling lights, creating a winter wonderland. So bring some hot cocoa and stroll under thousands of lights!


See a show

There are several shows coming to Halifax during the holiday season. If you are a fan of plays, you should definitely check out the Neptune Theatre for shows like Alice in Pantoland (Nov. 23–Jan. 9) and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Nov. 23–Dec. 26). Symphony Nova Scotia will also be performing their Home for the Holidays concert at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on Dec. 11.


Do you have a favourite spot to spend the season? Comment it down below!