Having just blown all your money on Christmas gifts and winter tires, it can be kind of a rough time of year for that cash flow. We all wish we could just film our lives and get paid like the Kardashians, but when that dream gets put on the back-burner it's nice to know there are things you can do in Nova Scotia that wont cost you a penny.
We researched events and festivals that will be taking place all across the province this season for you to enjoy free of charge! Take a look at the awesome stuff we've selected below, and ward of your winter blues with these sweet activities.
1. Go skating at the Emera Oval
You can rent skates for free if you bring a government ID - have fun all day skating in circles and enjoy the feel-good community vibes.
2. See a Goofy Moose show
The Halifax comedy community gathers at the Toothy Moose every Sunday night to keep you laughing until the next weekend - they sell popcorn and booze, but the show itself is free!
3. Go sledding
Nova Scotia has many hills that are perfect for sledding - Citadel Hill being one of them.
4. Check out the Atlantic Fashion Week Pop-Up Christmas Market
In Dartmouth Crossing from December 16th - 18th you can check out all of the amazing local fashion enthusiasts and buy anything from clothes to bath and body items!
5. Visit the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market
There are so many vendors that can meet all of your winter buying needs, oh and of course you can get some of the best hot apple cider in the world.
6. Check out a Student Art Gallery
Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent University, NSCAD all have different exhibits almost every month that are free to the public and feature mostly local artists.
7. Visit the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame
It's free and located in the Scotiabank Centre! A great spot to check out on a cold day for those who are major sports enthusiasts.
8. Attend an event at the Lion and Bright Cafe
With parties and art shows, this cafe hosts a ton of the fun, free activities for your early morning or late night needs.
9. Visit the Nova Scotia Province House
Tours are free and you can learn about the long political history of N.S. while checking out the Harry Potter style library.
Make sure you get everyone on your christmas list checked off at the Halifax Lights Holiday Pop-Up, going on from December 16th to 18th all over the city. This market is also offering a discount on tickets to their production of "Dickens’ A Christmas Carol".
11. Customer Appreciation Night At The Seahorse
At the one and only Seahorse Tavern, a huge group of artists including Dead Horse Beats, KDZ and Wet Paint will be thanking the regulars for an awesome year of fun with heavy beats that will have you grooving out into the new year.
12. January Assembly
Free cookies and coffee at this event that celebrates...well...why we celebrate! Anthropology professor Marty Zelenietz will be talking and sharing some insight on his views at the Halifax Public Library on January 22nd at 2:30pm.
13. All Access Ladies’ Night The Dome Nightclub
There's free cover for ladies every Friday night at The Dome from 11pm-3:30 pm! #domeishome
14. Open meditation sessions
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays visit the Shambhala Centre on Tower Road for an evening of peace - you might need it after all of the shovelling this winter
15. CBRMNYE December 31st
Celebrate The New Year with Capers on the Sydney Waterfront, fun for all ages and it's on da pier by.
16. Snowshoeing at the Pictou Library Branches
Grab your library card to rent a pair of snowshoes from december 20th on at any Pictou Library Branch. You really can have fun with a library card!
17. Go for a Dip at the St. F.X. Alumni Aquatic Centre
In Antigonish from 1:00-2:50 pm until March 18th you can put your trunks on and reminisce on warmer times
18. Visit the tallest wooden church in North America
In Church Point Sainte-Marie Catholic Church has one of the most beautiful hand painted ceilings you'll ever lay your eyes on, located in Church Point Nova Scotia.
19. Ring in the New Year all over Halifax
This New Years Eve, Canada will begin it’s 150th year of confederation, and the City of Halifax is going to be full of awesome free celebrations that you won’t want to miss! In partnership with Eastlink, the HRM will be putting on incredible free shows on the night of the 31st at the Grand Parade and the Emera Oval.