Cruisers looking to take a break from their winter routine need look no further than Halifax, Nova Scotia. Consider all the very merry Halifax holidayactivities happening this season plus the exciting events planned for 2013. As the last leaves of autumn fall from the trees, there are plenty of fantastic reasons to tempt people out of hibernation and travel to Halifax.
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.
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, 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 “The Heist Before 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 place to satisfy the palate than Halifax this winter. 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. The festival serves as a 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.
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.
For more inspiring winter vacation ideas that will spark the imagination, visit the Halifax Itineraries page at https://www.destinationhalifax.
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