Part of the magic of the holiday season is that moment when your family is perched shivering on a curb, waiting eagerly for Santa to go by on his float, and then finally seeing that sleigh and red suited man coming into view! Luckily in the Halifax region we have several chances to make that magic happen for your family.
I’ve got all you need here to plan out your parade watching fun this year. If I happened to miss one though, please leave the information in the comments below so that others can check it out!
Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights Saturday, November 17 at 6pm
This is the biggest in the region and is held downtown. It is two hours in length so bring lots of warm clothes and blankets to stay cozy during it. The Red Nose Run is immediately before it at 6pm, and the runners lead the parade. Cash and food donations are collected for Feed Nova Scotia along the route. Route information from the site: "The Parade begins on Upper Water Street, south of the CFB Halifax Dockyard, and continues onto Barrington Street via the Cogswell Interchange. The Parade continues down Barrington Street and turns right onto Spring Garden Road, continuing along Spring Garden Road and turning left onto South Park Street. The Parade then turns right from South Park Street onto University Avenue, past the IWK Children's Hospital, and ends at the corner of University Avenue and Robie Street."
Light Up Bedford Parade Sunday, November 18 at 5:45pm
This parade goes along the Bedford Highway from DeWolf Park to the Bedford Place Mall. Along the route they collect food and monetary donations for Beacon House and toys for the Q104 Toy Drive. Select businesses along the route host "hot spots" with treats like cookies, hot chocolate and popcorn - check out their page for where to find the hot spots!
Spryfield Santa Claus Parade November 25 at 2pm
This parade is the one I grew up going to so it always gives me warm fuzzies! They'll be collecting food and monetary donations along the parade route. More information can be found about the parade and route in the link above. I can't find a confirmed route for this year but in previous years the parade goes along Herring Cove Road from Highfield (Ultramar) to Dentith (at the No Frills parking lot).
Fall River Christmas On the Canal November 25 at 5 pm
This parade has now merged with the community tree lighting celebration for the first time. It runs the usual route, starting at the LWF Hall on Fall River Road and heads up towards the Fall River Shopping Plaza where the tree lighting events will start at 6:30 immediately following the parade. Food will be collected along the parade route for the Lions Christmas Express food drive.
Beaver Bank Kinsac Parade of Lights November 25 at 6pm
This is a wonderful community event. The parade goes along the Beaver Bank Road, starting at Barrett's Lumber Yard and ending at the Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre with hot chocolate and cookies at the centre after the parade.
Musquodoboit Harbour Parade of Lights December 1 at 6 pm
This parade is in its sixth year and includes lots of community activities before and after the parade. Food, cash, and toys will be collected for the local food bank. The route starts at the high school, turns right onto West Petpeswick, right again onto the #7 Highway, moves through the centre of the village, and turns left onto Park Road and into the rink parking lot where it ends with an after party at the Old School, hosted by Eastern Shore Mental Health.
Which parade is your family's favourite? Did I miss one? Please leave it in the comments below and I'll add it to the list!