Things to Do on Christmas Day in Halifax

Things to Do on Christmas Day in Halifax

Credit: Discover Halifax

Take a walk with your loved ones through a sparkling winter wonderland and explore what Halifax has to offer on Christmas. Have a festive holiday when you check out the things to do on Christmas and Boxing Day in Halifax listed below.

Things to Do During Winter/Christmas Holidays in Halifax

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Go Skating at the Emera Oval


Grab your skates and helmets, and head out for an afternoon of family fun at The Oval. The snow fun does not have to stop when the rink closes for the day. If there is snow Christmas, spend some time having a snowball fight with the family or even build a snowman.

Due to recent public health directives, the details for reopening the Emera Oval have not yet been confirmed at the time of publishing this article. It is usually open on Dec 25th.

Christmas Day Lunch/Dinner

Support local restaurants this holiday season and order your holiday meal.

Restaurants to Order Christmas Dinner Takeout in Halifax Metro

Hemlock Ravine Park

Hemlock Ravine Park is a beautiful place to go for a walk any time of the year but it is especially gorgeous during winter. The park starts at the heart-shaped pond and has three looped trails that visitors can hike. The park offers amazing views of the Bedford Basin.

40 Kent Avenue, Halifax

See Christmas Lights

  • Grab a warm coat and stroll the 150-ft Tunnel of Hope that stretches along the Salter Street boardwalk.
  • See towering light gardens, glowing activities, delicious treats, and daily live entertainment… all under the twinkle of a million lights at Glow Gardens. Open on December 26.
  • Experience an immersive holiday projection mapping with music on the old post office at the corner of Queen and Wentworth Streets. Dartmouth Holiday Lights Show
  • The trees surrounding Acadia Park will be lit with over 4,000 shining white lights to create a winter wonderland at the Light Up The Park. The park will remain lit for the holiday season.

Places to See Christmas Light Displays in Nova Scotia

Go Tobogganing

The Pit is not for the faint of heart. This famous hill is located in Merv Sullivan Park. Its steep incline will have you flying down the hill at breakneck speeds. So, you will definitely need a helmet to go sledding safely on this hill.

3791 Novalea Drive, Halifax

Halifax’s most known sledding hill has lots of places to sled down. The Wanderer’s Grounds on the west end of Citadel Hill is popular for is a steep slide and long landing area. Pick your routes carefully, because you could end up sledding into the road.

5425 Sackville Street

Outdoor Winter Adventures In and Around Halifax

Do a Christmas /Boxing Day Bird Count


Do a Christmas bird counton Christmas Day and enjoy a crisp morning walk! If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.

15 Places to Go Birding in and around Halifax

Enjoy a Walk

Enjoy a family walk in the green spacesin Halifax. Plan to spend an afternoon outside playing games with your loved ones. Explore the trails and pathways at regional and local parks.

15 Places to Go Winter Walking in Halifax



Discover the many geocacheslocated throughout the city This family-friendly activity uses a mobile app or a GPS device. This is also a fun way to interact with nature while getting mild exercise and explore new areas.

Watch The Great Conjunction

The Great Conjunctionof planets Jupiter and Saturn take place from December 12 to 28. Although the planets will not be at their closest approach on Christmas day, they can still be viewed together.

Online Concerts

Online concerts have kept people entertained with the temporary closure of many concert halls. You can enjoy performances from all over Canada and the World!

Online Theatres

There are many online theatreperformances you can enjoy online! The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol are some of the performances that can be enjoyed.

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