From winter festivals to kid-approved activities, step into the new year with our list of 10 things to do in Halifax this January.
1. Dive into Halifax's live music scene during Open Waters Festival
Kick off the new year with some incredible new live music at Open Waters Festival. Celebrate the flow of new and improvised music from a variety of genres across a number of charming Halifax venues during this week-long festival. Grab a festival pass for access to all shows, or purchase tickets for individual concerts.
Open Waters Festival | January 8-14 | Multiple locations
2. Get your sports fix
3. Dine along the Nova Scotia Chowder Trail
When the chilly weather hits, nothing says cozy like a bowl of seafood chowder. From casual to upscale, discover the most unique and delicious chowders across the province with the Nova Scotia Chowder Trail – you can even collect stamps from the Chowder Trail restaurants to put in your passport and win prizes.
Discover National Geographic’s journey following the Chowder Trail in Nova Scotia.
4. Take the kids out for an unforgettable day
Looking for something fun to do with the kids?
If your kids love getting hands-on with science experiments, make your way to the Discovery Centre for a fun-filled Winter Carnival.
Take some time to unwind with your kid during a children’s yoga session at Nature Folk for an afternoon of pure bliss and relaxation.
Venture out to the Eastern Shore and get outside for a tour around Ataraxy Farm, where you’ll meet all kinds of furry friends.
Winter Carnival | January 20 | Discovery Centre
Children’s Yoga + Parent/Guardian Circuit | January 21 | Nature Folk
Ataraxy Farm Tours | Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays | Ataraxy Farm
5. Raise a glass (or shell) to Nova Scotia's seafood and craft beverage scene
Get familiar with the local flavours of Halifax and indulge in an evening of perfect pairings at Sip n’ Shuck. Savour Nova Scotia’s world-renowned oysters and seafood, and sample local award-winning wines, beers, spirits, ciders, and craft beverages.
Sip n’ Shuck | January 25 | Hotel Halifax
6. Go skating at the Emera Oval
Whether you choose to bring your family, friends, or a date, skating at the Emera Oval is the perfect winter activity for everyone to enjoy. If you don’t own skates, don’t worry – free rentals are onsite with inclusive sizing options – bring a piece of government-issued photo ID and you’ll be on the ice in no time.
7. Get crafty at the Halifax Central Library
Did you know that the Halifax Central Library hosts drop-in crafting sessions almost every day? From candle making to embroidery and everything in between, these sessions are the perfect way to get busy with your hands and try a new hobby. Plan to go with your pals, take the kids, or go solo and meet some new friendly faces. The best part? All the materials will be provided, and it’s completely free.
Drop-in arts & crafts sessions | Throughout January | Halifax Central Library
8. Celebrate the winter season at the Downtown Dartmouth Ice Festival
Downtown Dartmouth becomes a magical winter wonderland from January 26-28 as the streets fill with whimsical ice sculptures. Grab your friends or pack up the kids and head out to the Ice Festival Street Party on January 27 to enjoy tons of live music, family-friendly games, and other fun activities. Local businesses of all kinds will be offering in-store specials, so it’s the perfect time to explore all that downtown Dartmouth has to offer.
Downtown Dartmouth Ice Festival | January 26-28 | Downtown Dartmouth
9. Explore Musquodoboit Harbour on a serene weekend getaway
Venture off the beaten path and explore Musquodoboit Harbour with a curated itinerary. Stay in a dreamy lakeside glamping dome, sample the local flavours of the region, and visit some of the charming local businesses around the community during this 48-hour itinerary. You’ll also get in touch with nature as you meet some furry friends and explore the scenic landscapes of the area.
10. Take part in one of Scotland's most celebrated traditions
Transport yourself to Scotland for a night of feasting and entertainment as you celebrate the national poet of Scotland, Robbie Burns. Sit down to a traditional roast beef dinner with authentic Scottish fare, including cock-a-leekie soup and haggis. After enjoying your feast, jump into some fun Scottish traditions, including the Toast to Lassies, the Selkirk Grace, and the Ode to the Haggis. With delicious eats, incredible entertainment, and high spirits, this is an evening you won’t want to miss out on.
Robbie Burns Night | January 27 | Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre