The Best Christmassy Things to Do in Nova Scotia

Christmas wreath
Christmas wreath | © Jez Timms / Good Free Photos

Get into the holiday spirit with our list of the best “Christmassy” things to do in Nova Scotia.

Christmas Craft Shows

Shop local over the holidays at one of the many Christmas Craft Shows around the province. Browsing through busy markets filled with local crafts, treats, and products is an annual tradition for many, and you can find the season’s craft show schedule here.

1. Holiday Shows at Neptune Theatre

Every year, Halifax’s Neptune Theatre puts on holiday performances, including classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol.

Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 429 7070

A Christmas Carol | Courtesy of Neptune Theatre

2. Chester’s Gingerbread Festival


If you love gingerbread houses (and really, who doesn’t?), you need to head to the town of Chester for their annual Gingerbread Festival. Gingerbread house competitions, a gingerbread market, and hundreds of wooden gingerbread men are all part of this fun celebration!

Chester, NS, Canada

3. Christmas at the Beach


Celebrate the holidays at White Point Beach Resort with their Christmas at the Beach Package. You’ll enjoy two nights of accommodations, Christmas dinners and brunches, beachside bonfires, carols, and so much more.

White Point Beach Resort, 75 White Point Beach Resort Rd, Hunts Point, NS, Canada, +1 902 354 2711

Christmas at the Beach | Courtesy of White Point

4. Mahone Bay Father Christmas Festival

Father Christmas Festival

Head to the South Shore town of Mahone Bay in late November/early December for their annual 10-day Father Christmas Festival. The picture-perfect town is filled with handcrafted life-size Father Christmas figures, carolers, vendors, and family-friendly events.

Mahone Bay, NS, Canada

Courtesy of Father Christmas Festival

Tree for Boston Send-Off

Every year, Halifax sends a Christmas tree to Boston to thank them for their help and support during the 1917 Halifax Explosion. Before the tree begins its journey to Boston, a send-off ceremony takes place in the Parade Square. Complete with lights, fireworks, and live music, the celebration offers a real sense of pride for the city. Join the event and stay up to date on the tree’s whereabouts on its Facebook page!

Tree Lighting in Halifax

5. Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas

Celebrate the holidays the old-fashioned way with Sherbrooke Village’s Old Fashioned Christmas. The event, which runs over two weekends, features an opening night tree lighting, candlelit procession, fireworks, festival dining, Victorian teas, and more.

Sherbrooke Village, 42 Main St, Sherbrooke, NS, Canada, +1 888 743 7845

6. Christmas at Alderney Landing


Experience a traditional German Market in Dartmouth at Christmas at Alderney Landing. You’ll find market stalls, carousels, horse and wagon rides, and, of course, a visit from Santa!

Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS, Canada, +1 902 461 4698

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