This weekend, holiday festivals all over Nova Scotia will begin to kick off in anticipation of the winter months!  Christmas tree lightings and seasonal parades will be happening in cities and towns across the province, so we decided to put together a list of some noteworthy celebrations that you can’t miss.

Drive out to a couple of these amazing festivals and take in all the incredible fire work displays, LED light shows and winter markets these holiday events have planned.

1. Holiday Parade Of Lights

Tomorrow night at 6pm the 21st Annual Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights will kick off with a Red Nose Run, before visitors and floats begin to walk from Upper Water Street To University and Robie in celebration of the holidays.  Join hundreds of Haligonians, marching bands, dancers and Satna Claus himself on this memorable night to celebrate the Christmas season.

November 19th, 2016


2. Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas

Drive out to Sherbrooke Village in Guysburough County later this month for their annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration to experience the ultimate Nova Scotian holiday festival.  Sherbrooke has preserved many of it’s original 19th century buildings to create a historical time capsule that brings a different time to life along the St. Mary’s River.  Actors dressed as villagers from over one hundred years ago share the regions history with visitor’s year round.

November 25th – December 4th


3. Mahone Bay Father Christmas Festival

Visit Mahone Bay between November 25th and December 4th to experience their 12th annual Father Christmas Festival, a community-wide celebration of the Christmas season!  Go for a tour of local homes dressed with amazing Christmas decorations, indulge in Tastes of the Season at the Yuletide Gourmet Market, and take in the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30pm on Friday the 25th at the Town Bandstand!

November 25th – December 4th


4. Halifax Christmas Tree Lighting

Next weekend gather at the Grand Parade around 6pm to watch Halifax’s Christmas Tree come to light, as more than 4000 LED lights and decorations will be unveiled to the city.  2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, and to celebrate there will be live music and an amazing fireworks show on the night of the 26th!

November 26th


5. Christmas on the LaHave

Starting on the weekend of November 26th, the Chronicle Herald will be throwing their annual Christmas festival on the LaHave river in Bridgewater, with events running around town until December 10th.  Enjoy the Holiday Parade and firework display scheduled for Saturday the 26th, and drop by the children’s toy store at the Michelin Social and Athletic Club on December 3rd.  All week festival goers will have the chance to drop by Riverside Park and decorate a tree, while Christmas House tours will be taking place on the 9th and 10th.

November 26th – December 10th


6. Festival Of Lights

Head out to the municipality of Barrington between December 1st and 10th to celebrate their annual Winter Festival of Lights, in honour of both the beginning of Lobster Season and the Christmas holidays.  Highlights of the festival include the parade of lights, the fireworks over Barrington Bay and the lighting of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree!  For tons more awesome festival events, check the itinerary here.

December 1st – 10th


7. Dartmouth Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 3rd Dartmouth will be kicking of the Christmas season with their Tree Lighting Ceremony at Sullivan’s Pond around 4:30pm.  Enjoy a free ride on the Santa Claus Expree Trains, free hot chocolate and a ton of fun Christmas carolling.

December 3rd


8. Christmas On The Mersey

The South Shore community of Liverpool puts on a historic Christmas festival every year that will take participants through the seasonal traditions that have been celebrated by Nova Scotians for hundreds of years.  After the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Town Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, participants will embark on a candlelit walk across the bridge to Lanes Privateer Inn, where Acadia First Nations will come together to join around the Great Fire Pit in a celebration of light.  For more festival events and itineraries from Christmas On The Mersey click here.

December 2nd – 4th


9. Pictou Christmas Light Up

Beginning at 6pm on December 4th at the Marina Centre in Pictou, there will be a candle lit carol sing to Market Square before a tree lighting ceremony and LED light exchange take place.  There will be hot drinks and prizes available, so be sure to stop by!

December 4th


10. Christmas At The Beach

Book a two night Christmas package at White Point Beach Resort from the 24th to the 25th and enjoy multiple complimentary buffet services for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Relax and let the White Point staff take care of all your holiday needs while enjoying White Point’s festival of lights, beachside bonfires and carol sing alongs.

December 24th & 25th


Photo cred - heatherbarnesrd

11. Sweet Heart Limousine Tour

If you’re looking for something absolutely unique, check out Sweetheart Limousine’s Holiday Light Tours. Rent out a limo and surprise your love with a tour of some of the nicest holiday light displays around Halifax. Take in all the awesome Christmas lights and decorations people put out in front of their houses along this route that’s customized for the ultimate holiday light experience.

*The cover picture for this article was taken in Port de Grave, Newfoundland and Labrador


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