The Best Christmassy Things to Do in Nova Scotia

Christmas wreath | © Jez Timms / Good Free Photos
Christmas wreath | © Jez Timms / Good Free Photos
Photo of Kate Horodyski
22 November 2017

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.

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

Mahone Bay 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

Father Christmas Festival

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 | Courtesy of Communications Nova Scotia

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