Halifax in December is a wonderful place to visit, where
Christmas trees and fairy lights illuminate the streets and you can
really get into the festive spirit.
The city has a great selection of parks, art galleries and museums for those looking to learn about the history of Halifax. Or perhaps take a stroll along the Halifax Harbourwalk, over 3km of boardwalk where you can find many of the city’s tourist spots including the Immigration Museum at Pier 21, museum of the Atlantic and there are a plethora of shops to peruse on route.
Get yourself warmed up with a cup of hot cider from the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market as you peruse the stalls and stock up on fresh goods and maybe pick up some of the local craft work.
For the last couple of years there has been a wonderful pop up Christmas market (The Halifax Lights Holiday Market) at Historic Properties 1869 Upper Water Street, with an array of artisan wares and entertainment.
Looking to recapture your youth, then grab you sled and head to Citadel Hill for hours of fun, the kids might enjoy it to! There is also snow shoeing, snow boarding and cross country skiing for those looking for a more active holiday.
Lastly, don’t miss out on a trip to Peggy’s Cove, especially of you’re a keen photographer looking for iconic shots. With fewer tourists milling about, you’ll be able to capture the lighthouse surrounded by snow, just beautiful.
Get your party hats on (and a nice big warm coat!) for New Years
Eve in Halifax and head on over to the Grand Parade at City Hall
where all the action is and mingle with the thousands of other party
goers looking to celebrate. The Grand Parade hosts an annual, huge,
free party with live music from some fantastic performers, the new
year countdown and fantastic fireworks display at midnight.
Families will love it at the Emera Oval, with free ice skating, live music and fireworks, both at 7pm and at midnight, so the kids can enjoy all the festivities!
There are some fantastic events planned throughout the city, from Dinner Dance and Charity events, to Comedy evenings or Live Music Gigs, there is something for everyone when it comes to seeing in the New Year.
Get your reservations in for dining out on New Years Eve in Halifax, the popular restaurants will be booked out quickly when their menus/events are announced, so be ready:
2 Doors Down
Chives Canadian Bistro
The Bicycle Thief
The festivities are due to be broadcast live on Eastlinks Community Channel
There’s also a webcam at Emera Oval
Halifax is a popular destination for New Years Eve, especially
with the big concert at Grand Parade, so the hotels will fill up
quickly, book as soon as you can:
Comfort Hotel Bayer's Lake
Prince George Hotel
Courtyard Halifax Downtown
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.