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Festivals & Events / Seasonal December 3, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About Halifax’s Evergreen Festival

Halifax’s second annual outdoor holiday festival is happening from November 26-December 19, 2021 and this year is bigger, better, and more festive than ever. Find out everything you need to know about the 2021 Evergreen Festival – from light display locations to live music schedules, where to park on the Halifax waterfront to hours of operation for the seaside Ferris wheel.

What is Evergreen Festival?

Evergreen Festival is a four-week-long outdoor holiday festival showcasing Nova Scotian culture, food, spirits, art, and music in celebration of the season. Local retailers, restaurants, hotels, attractions, and public spaces throughout the Halifax region are creating magical illuminations, festive entertainment, and special holiday offers for the occasion.

The festival was created as an opportunity for locals and visitors to explore undiscovered corners of the city while safely supporting the community and celebrating the holiday season.

What can you do at the festival?

The festival is comprised of a number of elements throughout the city, including the Evergreen Village on the Halifax waterfront, which includes the Evergreen Market and Evergreen Stage, presented by the team that organizes the annual Halifax Jazz Festival.

Evergreen Village

Evergreen Village is a collection of festive activities and attractions on the Halifax Waterfront. The Village includes the Evergreen MarketEvergreen Stage, the Mental Health Foundation Tree Lot of Kindness, a seaside Ferris Wheel, and a kid-friendly Hay Bale Maze!

All elements of the Evergreen Village will be running through the same hours as the Evergreen Market:

NOV 26-DEC 19
Wednesday-Thursday: 4pm–9pm
Friday-Saturday: 12pm–9pm
Sunday: 12pm–6pm

Explore Evergreen Village »

Evergreen Market

Shop local on the Halifax waterfront! The Evergreen Market is a collection of 24 cozy wooden chalets with vendors from across the province offering a variety of local food, drink, apparel, and gifts.⁠

MARKET LOCATION: The Salt Yard, Halifax Waterfront (1601 Lower Water Street)

MARKET HOURS:
Wednesday-Thursday: 4pm–9pm
Friday-Saturday: 12pm–9pm
Sunday: 12pm–6pm 

See all market vendors »

Evergreen Stage

Bundle up and get cozy stageside to hear some of your favorite local bands and musicians perform live on the Evergreen Stage.

Pay-what-you-can tickets can be purchased at the door, or book online to reserve a cozy propane fire pod for up to 10 people, or a picnic table pod for groups up to 6.⁠

STAGE LOCATION: Foundation Lot North, Halifax Waterfront (1549 Lower Water Street, next to Waterfront Warehouse)

STAGE HOURS: Thursdays-Sundays, Nov 26-Dec 19

Evergreen Stage schedule & performers »

Evergreen Bright

Evergreen Bright is a collection of holiday light installations and displays across the waterfront, throughout downtown Halifax, and across the harbour in downtown Dartmouth.

Explore light displays »

Soups & Sips

Local restaurants have created holiday-themed Soups & Sips specials to keep festival-goers warm as they explore the event.

Soups & Sips offers »

Evergreen Getaways

Local hotels in Halifax and Dartmouth are offering special rates and holiday packages to help visitors and locals experience the festival. Book an Evergreen hotel package and enjoy a magical overnight stay or holiday staycation in Halifax.

Getaway packages »

Things you’re probably still wondering…

Are pets allowed to attend the festival?


Yes, pets are more than welcome in all public areas!

Where can I park?


Find parking options on the Halifax waterfront and throughout downtown Halifax:
Parking in downtown Halifax
Parking on the Halifax waterfront

More Halifax parking information

What COVID-19 safety protocols are in place?


The festival organizers have consulted extensively with Nova Scotia Public Health and Communities, Culture and Heritage to ensure that all public health and safety guidelines and recommendations for safe outdoor gatherings are in place.

Some of the safety protocols include:
– Each pod at the Evergreen Stage is physically distanced from the others.
– Hand sanitizer and extra face masks are available at the festival site.

Visit the COVID-19 Policies Page to learn more, or visit NovaScotia.ca/coronavirus for further public health and safety information.

Experience #EvergreenFestNS

Where can you learn more about the Evergreen Festival?

The best way to stay up-to-date on all things Evergreen is by following the festival on social media:

Click ‘Going’ on the Evergreen Festival Facebook event for event updates and use the Evergreen Festival website to plan your festival experience, and find out what’s happening when.

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