Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Halifax

Lights are gleaming, decorations are sparkling, and the festive atmosphere is palpable. Ah yes – it’s officially the holiday season!

Looking for unique, local gifts? Festive feasts and yummy eats? Bright and cheery lights? Holiday shows and live music events? You can find all that and more in Downtown Halifax!


Here is a rundown of Holiday happenings in Downtown Halifax this season:


DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN is a series of vivid light shows and installations around Downtown Halifax. Check out our light projection shows at Grafton Park, the 26-foot-tall tree in Peace and Friendship Park, the DELIGHTFUL Gift Box on the Halifax Waterfront, and all the trees wrapped with lights across Downtown! Learn more here.


Photo credit: Stoo Metz Photograhpy

Downtown Halifax Holiday Gift Guide

The 2022 Downtown Halifax Holiday Gift Guide features gift ideas from over 100 businesses in the Downtown Halifax and Spring Garden area. View the online version of the Guide hereor pick up a copy at a participating business or at DHBC's Welcome Centre at 1546 Barrington Street. 


Evergreen Festival - Nov. 25 – Dec. 18

Develop Nova Scotia and Discover Halifax’s 3rd annual Evergreen Festival is a four-week-long, winter celebration of Nova Scotian culture, food, spirits, craft, art, and memorable experiences.

Don’t miss Evergreen Bright (lights, lights, and more lights!), Evergreen Market (open-air local shopping), Evergreen Stage (merry music), and the Evergreen Cocoa Trail (special hot chocolate).

For more information, visit evergreenfestns.com.

Photo credit: Develop Nova Scotia & Discover Halifax

Shopping Under The Stars - Nov. 25 & Dec. 2

DHBC is excited to partner with Spring Garden Area Business Association (SGABA) on the Shopping Under the Stars (SUTS) event this holiday season. SUTS is two special evenings of shopping and holiday fun. The first night takes place on Friday, November 25 from 4 - 9 pm; and on Friday, December 2, for the first time ever, there will be a special holiday market on Spring Garden Road from 2 - 8 pm. 

Learn more and see all the participating businesses by visiting springgardenarea.com. And if you're in Downtown Halifax on December 2, make sure you check out the Starry Night Gallery Hop.

Halifax Christmas Tree and City Hall Holiday Light Projection

Don't miss the Halifax Christmas Tree and the City Hall Holiday Light Projection at Grand Parade (1770 Barrington Street). The City Hall Light Projection will run nightly until January 1. 

Photo credit: Michelle Doucette Photography

Downtown Halifax Online Events Calendar

Find other holiday events and promotions in Downtown Halifax at downtownhalifax.ca/events.

Photo credit: Michelle Doucette Photography

Parking for the Holidays

Don't let parking stop you from coming Downtown this holiday season! Make your parking plan here.


DHBC is offering FREE on-street parking on Fridays, between 4:00 – 6:00 pm, until December 23! (Note that on-street parking is always free after 6 pm and on weekends.)


Some parking lots and parkades around the Spring Garden area will be offering FREE parking during Shopping Under the Stars (SUTS) on November 25 and December 2. Learn more about free parking during SUTS here.

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Read more about the 'dazzling displays and celebrations' in Downtown Halifax here