November 17, 2021
The weather’s getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the kids are starting to try really hard to be good! It can only mean one thing — the holiday season is here! And this year, we’re excited to share that amazing events are taking place all around the Maritimes. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone special or simply want to get caught up in that festive feeling, the happenings in the Maritimes this season are sure to put you in the ho-ho-holiday spirit!
Here are a few fantastically festive events you can look forward to.
On Prince Edward Island, Cavendish and its neighbouring communities are bringing the good tidings to you with their Good Tidings on the North Shore event. Running every weekend through December 12, this event features fun local shopping, pop-up activities at different businesses, special holiday workshops, trail hikes (yes, actual walking in a winter wonderland), community theatre, and so much more.
Learn how to make a wonderful holiday wreath, or practice your knitting skills, fuel the holiday fun at Burger Blitz Sundays, or take in a performance of A Christmas Carol at the Watermark Theatre. And, of course, be sure to shop local at the many beautiful boutiques located along the Island’s North Shore.
Anyone who’s spent time in Charlottetown during this time of year knows they take the holiday season very seriously — and this year is no exception! In fact, not only are they once again hosting their annual Charlottetown Christmas Festival, they’ve expanded it to be bigger than ever! Running through December 19, this magical festival is full of fun for folks of all ages. There are plenty of craft and artisan markets for the holiday shoppers, highlighted by the Victorian Christmas Market November 26-28. For Grinch fans (but not Grinches!), there’s the return of Whoville — where more than 50 unique, handmade Whoville-inspired characters are on display to greet visitors along the Confederation Centre Plaza and Victoria Row. And that’s just the beginning! When you visit Charlottetown this season, you can enjoy Peake’s Wharf Christmas Village, horse and wagon rides, wine tasting, and more. On, and don’t forget about the holiday projections on the Plaza — they’re sure to put you in the spirit!
In New Brunswick, Saint John is getting in on the seasonal fun you can enjoy as soon as you arrive aboard the Fundy Rose. On December 3 — and running all season long — join us as we light up Uptown in holiday lights and cheer at Uptown Sparkles! The Mayor of Saint John will be on hand for the tree lighting ceremony, and the historic City Market will be lit up in full holiday mode! Not only that, but there will also be Victorian carollers, horse trolley rides, a holiday craft market full of local vendors, specials and treats at Uptown restaurants and boutiques, and much more. No doubt about it, this will be a perfect night to see all that Uptown Saint John has to offer.
Beyond Saint John in the village of St. Martins, they’re celebrating the season right with Christmas in the Village. November 27 – December 5, St. Martins will transform into a holiday wonderland, complete with vendors offering a wide selection of hand-crafted, locally-made gifts. You’re sure to find something for everybody on your list. And, if you’re looking for even more holiday markets, make your way to the Holly Jolly Holiday Makers Market in Fredericton on November 27 from 10am to 5pm. Here more than 60 local makers will be selling their goods just in time for the season.
If you’ve visited Halifax during the holiday season before, there’s no doubt you’ve heard somebody mention Christmas at the Forum. After all, this is a holiday tradition! In previous years, this event took place over one bustling weekend, but this time around, there’s too much magic for one weekend to hold! This year, Christmas at the Forum is running every weekend through December 5. That means more time to browse, shop, and find the perfect gift for everybody on your list, from your hard-to-shop-for spouse to the aunt who has everything. You’ll even find gifts for your pets that are sure to get their tails wagging!
Music is in our DNA here in the Maritimes. And when the holidays roll around, there’s nothing we like more than singing songs with the ones we love. Luckily, there are plenty of performances on the calendar this year — with music for fans of every style!
On December 19, you can check out Reeny Smith’s Family Christmas at the Chester Legion. This show mixes gospel with contemporary R&B and Jazz for a performance that, just like the name implies, will be loved by the entire family!
This holiday season, Lenny Gallant will be bringing his fourth annual Innkeeper’s Christmas tour across Nova Scotia (and all the Maritime provinces). The show is in support of his album, Christmas Day on Planet Earth, and is sure to be filled with new songs and holiday classics alike — as well as maybe a few of Lenny’s best-known favourites!
Matt Anderson and Friends are also bringing the joyful holiday noise this season with The Snowman’s Ball! This show makes stops all over the Maritimes, including Charlottetown, Saint John, Halifax, Glace Bay, Pictou, and more. So if it’s holiday singalongs you’re after — this is the show for you!
If you’re in the mood for four weeks of fun this holiday season in Halifax, you’ll want to experience everything the Evergreen Festival has to offer. Running November 26 – December 19, this winter showcase is all about highlighting the things that make Nova Scotia so great. There are arts and crafts, food and spirits, beautiful bright lights, and all kinds of culture.
Are holiday lights your thing? You’ll love the glow of Evergreen Bright, an outdoor trail of twinkling lights and storefront displays throughout downtown and along the waterfront. And while you’re on the waterfront, be sure to visit the Evergreen Market, where local vendors will be selling the coolest seasonal goods. There are themed Soups & Sips at restaurants around town that are certain to keep you feeling full and warm as you explore. And if you’d like to dance the night away, be sure to make your way to the Evergreen Stage presented by the Jazz East Rising Association, where the weather won’t be frightful, and the tunes will be so delightful!
Make your list, check it twice, and make sure you get out and explore the Maritimes this holiday season! And when you do, be sure to include a voyage on Fundy Rose, or mv Confederation, in your plans!
Here’s to a safe and happy holiday season! We look forward to sailing with you soon!