DHBC is pleased to launch The Halifax Lights Festival, a month-long celebration of the holiday season in Downtown Halifax from November 17 to December 21. The Festival’s anchor attraction is a winter-themed, nightly interactive light show, called Splendour in the Park, which will take over Cornwallis Park. DHBC received $16,150 from Deputy Mayor Waye Mason’s Participatory Budgeting in District 7 towards the light installation, which will remain up until mid-January 2018.
The Festival will launch with the official switching on of the music and light show in Cornwallis Park on Friday, November 17, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. There will be carollers and hot beverages by Scanway to warm the visitors as they roam through the park and explore the surrounding lighting elements.
The park will also host a full program of family-friendly activities and events during the day and evening, including: visits from Santa and Rudolph, sing-alongs, carolling, ice sculpting demos, Silent Disco Party, pet portraits with Kris Kringle, and a petting zoo – just to name a few. All events are free and open to the public.
Other activities and events taking place throughout the Downtown area include roaming carollers, holiday promotions and specials at the local businesses, Chili Warm-Up and Family Fun on the newly transformed Argyle Street, and a few surprises throughout the Festival.
For updates and full schedule, visit downtownhalifax.ca/halifaxlights or like the Downtown Halifax Facebook page and follow @DowntownHalifax on Twitter and Instagram, with the hashtag #HalifaxLights.
Schedule (subject to change):
Nov. 17 (6:00-8:00 pm) – Launch of the Halifax Lights Festival and light show in Cornwallis Park, with East Coast Carolling, hot drinks, and switching on of the lights and music!
Nov. 28 (11:30 am-1:30 pm) – Quadrangle Carollers throughout Downtown Halifax
Nov. 30 (11:30 am-1:30 pm) – Quadrangle Carollers throughout Downtown Halifax
Dec. 1 (6:00-8:00 pm) – East Coast Carolling throughout Downtown Halifax
Dec. 2 (1:00-5:00 pm) – Petting Zoo in Cornwallis Park
Dec. 3 (1:00-4:00 pm) – Pet Photos with Santa in Cornwallis Park (humans welcome, too!)
Dec. 8 (6:00-8:00 pm) – East Coast Carolling throughout Downtown Halifax
Dec. 9 (11:00 am-3:00 pm) – Chili Warm-Up and Family Fun on Argyle Street, with chili contest and family games
Dec. 10 (11:00 am-5:00 pm) – Miniature Holiday Train rides in Cornwallis Park
Dec. 10 (1:00-5:00 pm) – Visit from Santa in Cornwallis Park
Dec. 15 (6:00-8:00 pm) – Quadrangle Carollers throughout Downtown Halifax
Dec. 16 (1:00-4:00 pm) – Ice Sculpture Demonstration in Cornwallis Park
Dec. 16 (7:00-9:00 pm) – Silent Disco Party with Rudolph and Snowman in Cornwallis Park
Dec. 21 (6:00-8:00 pm) – Quadrangle Carollers throughout Downtown Halifax