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10 Things To Do in Halifax This December


Bring on the bright lights, sweet treats, and holiday spirit – make the most of this festive month with our list of 10 Things To Do in Halifax This December.

1. Sweeten up the holidays with treats from a local bakery

Every meal deserves to be finished on a sweet note, especially during the holidays. No time for baking this season? No Problem! Hang up your apron and head out to a local bakery for desserts that will please any crowd.

2. Warm up to winter with the Evergreen Cocoa Trail


Local businesses across Halifax are offering decadent hot cocoa creations for the holiday season. Grab a cup to-go and wander through the twinkling lights displayed throughout the city for the sweetest holiday stroll.

3. Catch a Thunderbirds Game


The Halifax Thunderbirds are kicking off the National Lacrosse League season with a home opener on December 2 at the Scotiabank Centre. If you've never been to a Thunderbirds game, expect intense fast-paced plays that will have you on the edge of your seat.

December 2 | Scotiabank Centre

4. Ring in the holidays at a local restaurant

With a busy holiday season ahead, grab your friends and family and enjoy a special holiday meal at a local restaurant. If you're looking for a no-fuss holiday dinner at home, order gourmet take-and-bake dishes that'll wow any crowd. 

Enjoy a holiday meal at one of these local restaurants:
Christmas Brewers Dinner | Saturday, December 3
Kyo Kitchen Holiday Dinner | Sunday, December 18
Morris East Holiday Menu | Available until December 30
Seaport Social Holiday Happenings | Multiple dates throughout December
Ori Foods | Prix-fixe, family-style, and tasting menus for groups of 6-10 throughout December

Order a holiday box or take-home meal from one of these local businesses:
Obladee Holiday Gift Boxes | Festive holiday food box
Boxalis Holiday Box | Festive holiday food box
Jane's Next Door | Take-and-bake meals
Anemone Dining | Take-and-bake meals

5. Experience Halifax in full holiday glow


Halifax is decorated in gorgeous glittering lights for the holidays. Throw on your coziest clothes and set out for a stroll through the city to see dozens of light displays and installations. With so many festive lights, you'll feel as though you've stepped onto the set of a Hallmark movie.

Here are some festive light installations and displays to check out:
Evergreen Bright | Until December 18
Delightful Downtown Holiday Light Show | Until December 26
City Hall Projection Show | Until January 1

Halifax Public Gardens Holiday Lights | Until January 1
Downtown Dartmouth Holiday Lights Tour | Multiple dates

6. Check out a new restaurant

New restaurants are popping up around Halifax this month – it's the perfect excuse for a night out. Keep an eye out for these new spots to open. 

Daryâ | 1709-110 Lower Water St | Open
Fawn | 1589 South Park St | Opening soon
Mera Café & Bar | 1595 Barrington St | Opening soon
PMQ Restaurant | 1537 Barrington St | Opening soon

7. Get cozy with seaside screenings of holiday classics


Grab the kids, bundle up, and catch your favourite holiday classics for free on the Halifax waterfront every Saturday evening during Evergreen Festival. Enjoy popcorn, dipped cheesecakes, warm waffle sticks, and sugar shack maple taffy as you settle into a magical movie screening under the stars.

The Polar Express | Saturday, December 3
The Grinch (2018) | Saturday, December 10
Home Alone | Saturday, December 17

8. Experience a traditional German Christkindlmarket


From December 2-4, experience a traditional German-style holiday market, complete with live music, a carousel ride, family activities, and gourmet fare. Whether you bring your friends, family, or a date, the Christkindlmarket is the perfect place to eat, drink, and be merry.

December 2-4 | Alderney Landing

9. Mix history with the holidays at the Halifax Citadel

Whether you're looking for a family-friendly experience or something just for adults, look no further than the Halifax Citadel for fun holiday events. Tour the Citadel by candlelight to see how British army soldiers celebrated the holidays and learn about the mysterious haunted tales that took place behind the fort walls. 

If you're looking for an elevated experience, go behind the scenes and savour three Halifax Citadel-aged spirits crafted by award-winning Compass Distillers, plus their perfect-for-the-holidays Spiced Rum, paired with artisanal cheese, crackers, and sweet treats.

Catch one of these live shows:
Raise Your Holiday Spirits | December 3, 9, 16, 17
Citadel by Candlelight Holiday Tour | December 3, 9, 16, 17

10. Find the perfect gift at a local shop

With so many incredible local businesses across the Halifax region, it’s easy to see why Halifax is known as the shopping capital of Atlantic Canada. Cross off your holiday shopping list with unique gifts across the Halifax region – whoever you're shopping for, you're bound to find the perfect gift here.

Complete Guide to Shopping in Halifax

Note: While we have made every effort to ensure that the information listed here is accurate and up-to-date, dates and times of events are subject to change. Make sure to check the relevant event websites or social media channels before attending.

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