November 24-25
29th Annual Victorian Christmas

Make your way to the Halifax Citadel as the historic fort takes on a festive air with Victorian carols, crafts, games and, of course, Father Christmas. Enjoy some hot cider and don’t miss the Parks Canada Victorian photo booth - it’s the perfect way to capture some holiday magic to share with family and friends. Event runs 12 noon to 4 pm both days and admission is free with a donation to FEED NOVA SCOTIA (non-perishable food item or cash donation).

12:00 Stadacona Brass Band Quintet
12:30 Amethyst Dancers of Nova Scotia
1:00, 3:00 Children’s Parade with Father Christmas
1:30 Fine Tuners
2:00 36th Canadian Brigade Group Band
3:00 Thistle Scottish Country Dancers

12:30 Amethyst Dancers of Nova Scotia
1:00, 3:00 Children’s Parade with Father Christmas
2:00 36th Canadian Brigade Group Band
2:30 East Coast Carollers
Throughout the day Sunday – A Touch of Brass Quintet

Parks Canada wishes to thank Mix 96.5, Atlantic Fabrics, and our volunteers for their wonderful support and all of the performers for donating their time.

Illustration of Victorian holiday gathering, Halifax Citadel

Past events:

July 5 to October 27 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights)
Halifax Citadel Ghost Tours

Join a spirited tour of the historic fort after dark and discover the haunted secrets and fascinating history of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Tours are 70 minutes long starting at 8:30 pm at the front gate. For fees or to book a private or group tour, call 902-426-1990. Purchase your tickets online at Cancellations will be posted on

October 13-14
World War II Travelling Exhibit

Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site welcomes members of the Atlantic Canadian Military History Association who will exhibit private collections of rare artifacts from the Second World War. Group members will be dressed in the uniforms of Canadian troops, including the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC), as well as British, American, German and Russian troops. Don't miss the opportunity to interact with this knowledgeable group during the weekend. This special exhibit will be open Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm. Take the opportunity to delve deeper into 20th-century military history by visiting the 300-foot First World War Western Front trench exhibit and touring the Army Museum's extensive World War exhibits.  

November 10-11
First World War Commemorations at the Halifax Citadel 

Parks Canada, and the Army Museum Halifax Citadel are honoured to commemorate the centennial of the end of the Great War during a special Remembrance Day weekend. The Halifax Citadel and Army Museum will be open 10AM to 3PM on both days with free admission. Visitors are invited to tour select exhibits including the impressive 300 ft. First World War Trench exhibit and the brand new ‘Shaping the Hill’ multi-media exhibit. 

Of special note, the Army Museum will host an open house on Saturday, November 10th, from 10AM to 3PM for veterans, their families and members of the public to visit their First World War exhibit, Road to Vimy and Beyond, which honours the sacrifice of the soldiers, many of them from Nova Scotia. In addition, visitors are invited to watch a special short film entitled “George”, during this commemorative weekend. Shot in Nova Scotia by Breakwater Studios, this moving film tells the story of George Price, a Nova Scotia soldier, and the last Commonwealth soldier to die in action on November 11, 1918. On Sunday, November 11th, the 1st Field Artillery Regiment will fire a 21-gun salute from the Citadel’s saluting battery starting at 11AM followed by the noon gun.  

2018 Special events in Mainland Nova Scotia