CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN DOWNTOWN HALIFAX
Just because things are different this year, doesn't mean the holiday spirit is lacking in Downtown Halifax.
From local holiday shopping to the Evergreen Festival, you can still enjoy the holidays in Downtown Halifax.
As Mayor Mike Savage says, come downtown, enjoy the lights and decorations, keep your distance, wear your mask, and try to support local if you are able to.
Here's a rundown of holiday happenings around Downtown Halifax:
SHOP LOCAL WITH THE DOWNTOWN HALIFAX HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Downtown Halifax is where you'll find an amazing selection of gifts by talented local artists and makers. Visit the online Downtown Halifax Holiday Gift Guide filled with local holiday shopping ideas from almost 80 businesses in Downtown Halifax and Spring Garden area. For everything local this holiday season, shop Downtown Halifax.
AND remember, many local businesses are still offering curbside pick-up, local delivery and/or shipping options, making it easier than ever to shop local!
SHOPPING UNDER THE STARS - November 27 & December 4
Shopping Under the Stars is going virtual! While some retail store remain open, we are encouraging people to shop online this year. Participating businesses are offering their special holiday promotions all day on November 27 & December 4 along with curbside pick-up, local delivery and/or shipping options. Let's think local first this year. See the participating businesses here.
EVERGREEN FESTIVAL - November 28 - December 20
Be a part of the experience as the community comes alive with music, light, and joy for Halifax's new Evergreen Festival.
The Evergreen Festival has had to adapt to the new restrictions and some of the elements have moved online.More information here.
EVERGREEN MARKET - ONLINE
Browse the online Evergreen Market with links to Evergreen Market vendors' online shops to get your holiday shopping done. Check out the online market here.
EVERGREEN SCREEN - ONLINE
The Evergreen Stage performances have moved online so you can now enjoy them for FREE from the comfort and safety of your home. Performances run Friday-Sunday from November 28-December 20. Tune in to get into the holiday spirit and show your support for the local artists and musicians. More info about the Evergreen Screen here
EVREGREEN BRIGHT - Halifax Waterfront, Downtown Halifax and Spring Garden area
Follow the glow of Evergreen Bright, a walkable outdoor trail of twinkling holiday lights and storefront displays along the waterfront and throughout Downtown Halifax. See where the lights will be here.
Book an Evergreen Getaway and turn your Evergreen Festival experience into a magical overnight stay or a fun holiday weekend in downtown Halifax! More information here.
PEACE & FRIENDSHIP PARK
Wander through Peace and Friendship Park on Hollis and South Street to enjoy the winter-themed lighting, complete with LED lit tree-wraps and snowflakes decorations. The tree-wraps include 9,000 high-efficiency bulbs, consuming less than two amps. The LED holiday tree is back but it’s bigger and more beautiful than ever. Standing at 26 feet tall, it’s a must-see this year. In addition, PBJ Design, as part of DHBC’s Gritty to Pretty placemaking grant program, has set up an interactive, glowing hallway in the park.
CAROLLING AROUND DOWNTOWN HALIFAX
Enjoy festive holiday carolling around the Downtown Halifax area during the holiday season.
Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market - 1209 Marginal Road
- Saturdays from November 28 to December 19, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Sundays from Novembre 29 to December 20, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
PARKSMART FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Wondering where to park Downtown for the holidays? Here are some suggestions:
HRM is providing the first 15 minutes free at all paid on-street parking locations around Halifax for the month of December to help businesses and their customers with loading and curbside pick-up. More information here.
Develop Nova Scotia will be offering free parking in the pay-by-plate lots along the Waterfront Saturdays and Sundays from November 28/29 to December 19/20 during the month of December. The lots include:
- Foundation Place, 1549 Lower Water Stret
- Salter Lot, 1521 Lower Water Street
- Bishop's Landing, 1475 Lower Water Street
- Cunard Lot, 1325 Lower Water Street