The Halifax Lights Festival Makes the Holidays Shine in Downtown Halifax

November 16/18
The Halifax Lights Festival Makes the Holidays Shine in Downtown Halifax

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) is pleased to launch the 2nd Annual Halifax Lights Festival, a week-long celebration of the holiday season in Downtown Halifax, taking place December 1-8. This year’s Festival features many family-friendly events and activities throughout the Downtown.

“The holidays are a wonderful time of year to welcome visitors, locals, and families to Downtown Halifax,” said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. “The Halifax Lights Festival will showcase what the area has to offer for shopping, dining, and entertainment. The interactive light show and fun family activities make Downtown fun for everyone.”

Argyle Street, Cornwallis Park, Scotiabank Centre, and DHBC’s storefront will host a full program of family-friendly activities and events during the day and evening, including: visits from Santa and Rudolph, The Big Sing, fire performance, carolling, Silent Disco Party, Chilli Warm-Up, 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, and a few surprises throughout the Festival.

Schedule (subject to change):


Dec. 1, 12:00-3:00 pm – Santa Photo Booth & Family Fun
Dec. 1, 7:00-9:00 pm – Silent Dance Party with Rudolph
Dec. 2, 12:00-3:00 pm – Chilli Warm-up
Dec. 4, 7:00-8:30 pm – The Big Sing on Argyle
Dec. 8, 12:00-3:00 pm – Pet Photos with Santa
Dec. 8, 7:00-9:00 pm – The Jugglin Bubblers Fire Performance with DJ Nausikaa


Dec. 1, 12:00-3:00 pm – Petting Zoo with Rudolph & Frosty
Dec. 2, 12:00-3:00 pm – The Jugglin Bubblers Bubble Performance & The Holiday Train
Dec. 8, 12:00-3:00 pm – The Holiday Train with Frosty & Polar Bear


Dec. 4 & 6, 12:00-1:00 pm – Free Ice-Skating at Scotiabank Centre


Dec. 5, 12:00-1:00 pm – Holiday Treats from Around the World at DHBC (1546 Barrington Street)


Look for our festive holiday carollers who will be brightening the streets of Downtown Halifax, 4:00-6:00 pm: Dec. 3, 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21

For updates and full schedule, visit or like the Downtown Halifax Facebook page and follow @DowntownHalifax on Twitter and Instagram, with the hashtag #HalifaxLights.