Plan a Winter-Inspired Getaway to Halifax Nova Scotia with Destination Halifax

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Experience a flurry of winter activity with all the festive things to do on your Halifax holiday this season.

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Symphony Nova Scotia’s classic holiday production of The Nutcracker is one of many longstanding Halifax holiday traditions that will fill the winter cultural calendar in December.

Travelers looking to take a break from their winter routine need look no further than Halifax, Nova Scotia. Consider all the Halifax holiday events scheduled for the 2013 season. As the last leaves of autumn fall from the trees, winter in Halifax offers plenty of fantastic reasons to tempt people out of hibernation.

Visitors will be welcomed by the holiday spirit that fills the air this time of year, no matter what type of winter experience they enjoy. Shoppers will be delighted by the unique handmade gifts and stocking stuffers found at craft fairs including Alderney Landing’s Christkindlmarket, and thrilled by the great deals found at holiday sales events such as Shopping Under the Stars. Those in search of great Halifax gift ideas will find inspiration on Destination Halifax’s new Pinterest board, Give the Gift of Halifax at

Halifax’s rich heritage and culture puts the festive in Halifax festivals and events. Symphony Nova Scotia’s classic holiday production of The Nutcracker is one of many longstanding Halifax holiday traditions that will fill the winter cultural calendar in December. The TD Dartmouth Christmas Tree Lighting is a glowing example of a perfect family night out, or Halifax vacation activity, complete with music and fireworks.

The spirit of the season ramps up later in December with evenings of sheer entertainment. Fill your belly and laugh until your sides ache at either the Ha! Ha! Ha!idays night of comedy featuring Greg Morton & Friends, or Grafton Street Dinner Theatre’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”. Then kick off 2013 with some of the hottest live music events of the New Year: the CTV Two New Year’s Eve event in Halifax’s Grand Parade and the In the Dead of Winter Music Festival happening across various venues in January.

For culinary connoisseurs, there’s no better time or place to satisfy the palate than winter in Halifax. In addition to the customary selection of fantastic dining experiences featuring world-class chefs and their signature dishes, 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Savour Food & Wine Festival. No Halifax holiday this winter is complete without visiting this celebration of great food and wine featuring a different marquee event each weekend in February and a month long prix fixe offering at participating restaurants. To discover all that this culinary adventure has to offer visit

Throughout the winter in Halifax, visitors can choose from a variety of Halifax outdoor activities to keep their hearts pumping and their cheeks rosy. Bundle up for a sleigh ride at Hatfield Farm or a skate around the Emera Oval. Just minutes from the downtown core, thrill seekers will find outdoor adventure by hiking Halifax’s many nature trails or by riding the waves along the Eastern Shore beaches that are ripe for cold water surfing.

Visit our itineries page for more inspiring winter Halifax vacation ideas that will spark the imagination.

About Destination Halifax
Destination Halifax is a partnership of the Province of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia, and participating industry members. Since its inception in 2002, Destination Halifax has operated with a goal of promoting the Halifax Regional Municipality as a year-round destination of choice for business and leisure travelers.

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