2018 Christmas Events in Halifax

Published Nov 15, 2018

Your schedule of the best Christmas events you don't want to miss this 2018 season! Gather your family and friends and get in the Christmas spirit with these awesome activities. 

Christmas is in the air! We just love this time of year, the build up to Christmas is almost more exciting than the day itself! As we start to see all the pretty Christmas lights appear and Santa's around, it's impossible not to start planning out the fun things to do to get your family in the Christmas spirit.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the most wonderful kids Christmas Events in Halifax this season.

You can see our full calendar of Christmas events on ChatterBlock, but here's our highlights of the best and brightest events of the year:


Your Very Happy Holiday Party

Kick off the holiday season with magical visits with Santa, giveaways from the Grinch & Santa's elves, jolly holiday games, free cake while quantities last, *unlimited* hot drinks from Tim Hortons, Santa's Petting Zoo, and rides on the North Pole Express train! Read More...

Saturday November 17th, 2018 from 11am - 4pm
Parade Route: Pondside Amphitheatre in The Village Shops at Dartmouth Crossing


Holiday Parade of Lights

Join the fun at the Annual Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade with lights, music and entertainment…And a visit from Santa Claus! Don’t forget to bring a donation of non-perishable food or cash for FEED Nova Scotia, a new, unwrapped children’s toy for the C100/Cineplex Toy Drive, and your letter to Santa for Canada Post! Read More...

Sunday November 18th, 2018 at 6pm
Parade Route: Begins on Upper Water St and continues onto Barrington St via the Cogswell Interchange. Turns right onto Spring Garden Rd, left onto South Park St, right onto University Ave, ending at Robie St.


Light Up Bedford Parade

Parade galore! For another parade option not far from town, the Bedford Parade will be taking place on the same night. This year, the kick off to the Q104 FM Toy Drive starts with the Light Up Bedford Parade. Bring your unwrapped gifts and they will be picked up along the parade route! The Volunteer Fire Fighters will also be collecting letters to Santa! Make sure you add Santa’s Address and your kids address to the letter! Read More...

Sunday November 18th, 2018 at 5:45pm
Parade Route: Dewolf Park along Bedford highway to Bedford Place Mall



Victorian Christmas

A family tradition for 28 years! Kick off the season by sharing some holiday cheer. Make your way to the Halifax Citadel as the historic fort takes on a festive air with Victorian carols, crafts, games and, of course, Father Christmas. Enjoy some hot cider and don’t miss our Victorian photo booth – it’s the perfect way to capture some holiday magic to share with family and friends. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item to Feed Nova Scotia. Read more...

Saturday & Sunday November 24th-25th from 12pm-4pm
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site


Old Fashioned Christmas in Sherbrooke Village

This spectacular event will feature an opening night tree lighting, candle light procession, fireworks and karaoke. Over the two weekends there will be Christmas craft sales and workshops, a concert, festive dining, Victorian teas, children’s Christmas Tea with storytime, closing night parade and more! There’s something for everyone this holiday season so get your “Hands On History” while getting into the holiday spirit at Sherbrooke Village!” 

Saturday & Sunday November 24-25th and Saturday Dec 1st, activities all day with $5 daily admission
Take a sneak peak for opening night (Friday November 23rd) for free admission, 2pm-9pm
Sherbrooke Village



Christkindlmarket

A popular traditional Holiday German Market at Alderney Landing on the Dartmouth waterfront. Featuring market fare, free family entertainment, carousel rides, Maritime Marionettes, and more. Lots of fun for everyone. Free admission.

November 30th - December 2nd, see times & schedule
Alderney Landing


TD Dartmouth Christmas Tree Lighting

A free Christmas event for the whole family, featuring rides on the Kiwanis Santa Claud Express Trains, visits from local mascots, free samples, Santa, glow sticks, free hot chocolate, Christmas tree lighting and FIREWORKS! Read the timetable of events...

Saturday December 1st, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6pm
Alderney Landing

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The Nutcracker

Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker has been Halifax’s favourite holiday tradition for 25 years! When a little girl’s toy comes to life, she’s whisked away to an enchanted world where she meets magical creatures, colourful new friends, and the ferocious Mouse Queen! Complete with larger-than-life puppets, spirited dancing, and Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful music, this tale of wonder and fantasy is a delightful seasonal treat for all ages. (multiple shows)

9 Shows from December 7th - 16th See All & Get Tickets
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie University




Halifax Jazz Festival Presents Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas (Sold Out)

Get ready to have a Charlie Brown style Christmas. Bring the whole family out to listen to the soundtrack performed by the Jerry Granelli Trio. The event is produced by acclaimed jazz percussionist, Artie Irwin. and features the Tuesday Night Band, Kitty & the Katz, George Hebert & Standard Time, and the Back Alley Big Band, ft. Doris Mason.

Sunday December 9th at 2pm
Spatz Theatre



For more Kids Christmas Events in Halifax check out ChatterBlock’s popular events page!



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November 18, 2016, 10:12 a.m. Flag

How do I go about getting a Christmas Craft & Vendor fair added to this list ?

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