Going into the holiday season, it's normal for many people to feel extra tight on cash. Let's face it — the Christmas season can be expensive between all the decor and gifts you need to buy. Not to mention the Christmas food and treats that complete any holiday. But just because you don't have any extra spending money, doesn't mean you can't still have fun. There are lots of free things to do in Halifax this winter if you're broke.

To have fun on a budget this winter, you'll want to enjoy all the free festive celebrations happening around Halifax. There's a tree lighting ceremony, holiday parades, homes covered in twinkling lights to admire, and even firework shows that you can enjoy, all without spending a dollar.

Plus, you'll want to make sure to take in the snowy winter wonderland outdoors. You can invite your friends out for a fun afternoon of sledding, which will make you feel like a kid again. Another classic activity you can't miss is skating at The Emera Oval. Not only is it free to enjoy ice skating, but if you need to, you can borrow skates for free, too!

It's time to start planning what you want to do this winter. Here are nine free things to do in Halifax that you can check out if you're broke:

Explore The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail

Price: Free

Address: 2890 St Margarets Bay Rd., Timberlea, NS

Why You Need To Go: You can go on a picture-perfect hike through a winter wonderland.


Skate At The Emera Oval

Price: Free

Address: 5775 Cogswell St., Halifax, NS

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy an evening skating for free with your friends.


Halifax Christmas Tree Lighting

Price: Free

When: November 23, 2019 

Address: Grand Parade, 1770 Barrington St., Halifax, NS

Why You Need To Go: Celebrate the start of the holiday season by watching the lighting ceremony of a giant Christmas tree.


Halifax Lights Festival

Price: Free

When: November 30 - December 7, 2019

Address: Multiple locations

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy free ice skating, a petting zoo, and seeing plenty of twinkling lights.


Go Sledding

Price: Free

Address: Multiple locations

Why You Need To Go: There are so many wonderful places to go sledding this winter with your friends. Some of the best spots are Dartmouth Commons, Mother Hill, and The Pit.


Photograph Christmas Lights

Price: Free

Address: Multiple locations

Why You Need To Go: Go on a tour in your car, or bundle up and take a stroll to see all the incredible Christmas lights in your neighbourhood.


Visit The Art Gallery Of Nova Scotia

Price: Free

When: Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Address: 1723 Hollis St., Halifax, NS

Why You Need To Go: Stay warm indoors and browse some amazing art at The Art Gallery Of Nova Scotia.


The Herald Holiday Parade Of Lights

Price: Free

When: November 16, 2019

Address: Starts at Upper Water St., south of the CFB Halifax Dockyard, Halifax, NS

Why You Need To Go: Cheer on the Christmas floats, dancers and bands in this year's holiday parade of lights.


New Year's Eve Party

Price: Free

When: December 31, 2019

Address: Grand Parade, 1770 Barrington St., Halifax, NS

Why You Need To Go: This is the largest outdoor New Year's Eve celebration in Atlantic Canada. There will be free concerts (Said The Whale) and a fireworks show to ring in 2020. 


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