Experience the joys of the season in your favorite Parks Canada destinations. A variety of Christmas activities and special events await. Discover one near you and make new memories to cap off 2022!


A group of friends in front of the illuminated Signal Hill star.

The Signal Hill star: a holiday tradition

Location : Signal Hill National Historic Site, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Dates : December 3

Times : At 5 pm

Come see the Signal Hill star light up as it marks the beginning of the holiday season and illuminates the site and the surrounding area. The lighting of the star is a local holiday tradition that takes place every year on Cabot Tower. Take it in with your own eyes during this special time of year.

Contact Signal Hill National Historic Site: 1-709-772-5367

Father Christmas and a Highlander holding a lantern in front of the Halifax Citadel entrance.

Citadel by candlelight holiday tour

Location : Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dates : November 18 to December 16, on Friday nights

Times : At 7:30 pm

Join a Candlelight Holiday Tour with a 78th Highlander for a rare glimpse of the citadel at night and learn about their holiday traditions. You might even get to meet Father Christmas! Perfect for the whole family.

A group enjoying beverages at the Halifax citadel.

Raise your holiday spirits!

Location : Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dates : November 18 to December 16, on Friday nights

Times : At 7 pm

“Raise Your Holiday Spirits” puts a special holiday twist on the popular Halifax Citadel spirit tastings. Celebrate the holidays in the tradition of the British Military with a special 75-min tour and tasting with a kilted 78th Highlander. Savour Halifax Citadel-aged spirits, crafted by Compass Distillers, with artisanal cheeses and sweet treats.

An inside view of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

Baddeck Christmas market

Location : Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Baddeck, Nova Scotia

Dates : December 3

Times : At 10 am to 2 pm

Join us as we open our doors to local producers, bakers, and artisans for the Baddeck Christmas Market. Find great gift ideas for your friends, family, coworkers, and of course – yourself! Help us spread the spirit of supporting local this holiday season.

A young girl enchanted by the period gifts and decorations, accompanied by a heritage interpreter in a Victorian style dress.

Victorian Christmas at the Cartier house

Location : Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site, Montreal, Quebec

Dates : December 3 to 18, every Saturday and Sunday

Experience the magic of the Holidays at the Cartier houses! Dive into the festivities of a 19th-century bourgeois Christmas and discover the fascinating origins of a multitude of holiday traditions still practised today. A magical and memorable experience awaits!

A young boy gazes into the distance while enjoying a winter day.

Winter readiness – virtual classroom presentation for elementary

Location : Lachine Canal National Historic Site Virtual event

Dates : December 14

Times : At 1:15 pm

From the comfort of your classroom, join our enthusiastic team of Parks Canada experts as they guide you through this active workshop. The team will cover topics such as outdoor winter activities, how to stay warm and how to plan your future outings. Will you be joining us?

Woodside National Historic grounds lit by lanterns.

A King family Christmas adventure

Location : Woodside National Historic Site, Kitchener, Ontario

Dates : December 3 (rain date: December 4)

Join us for our first ever outdoor King family Christmas adventure! Warm yourselves by the fire with a warm beverage as you enjoy caroling, storytelling, games and more in this interactive adventure presented by costumed interpretive staff. Tickets on sale now! Advance purchase only.

Guests partake in making crafts of the era in the soldiers’ barracks at Fort George.

Garrison Christmas

Location : Fort George National Historic Site, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Dates : December 10

Come experience Christmas traditions from the early 19th century, including crafts, activities and games for the whole family! See Fort George decorated in traditional holiday greenery while enjoying the grounds and live musket demonstrations. Join Parks Canada and the Friends of Fort George for some jolly Christmas fun!

A child practicing writing with a quill ink pen surrounded by traditionally wrapped gifts.

Lower Fort Garry Holiday Market

Location : Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, Manitoba

Dates : November 19 and 20

Join us at Lower Fort Garry for some holiday cheer! Peruse handmade treasures from curated local artisans, browse the bespoke gift shop, and share in the festivities.

A family of four snowshoeing in Prince Albert National Park on a sunny winter day.

Christmas tree harvest

Location : Prince Albert National Park, Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan

Dates : December 1 to 23

Get into the spirit of the season and start a new family tradition while protecting Waskesiu from potential wildfires. Fill a thermos of hot chocolate, pick up a free permit from the Visitor Centre, and start the search for a Christmas tree that fits your family. By harvesting a young tree in the Waskesiu Community Fuel Break, you are helping to maintain this critical fire management tool.

A family trying their hand at curling at Cave and Basin National Historic site.

Banff Winter Carnival returns

Location : Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff, Alberta

Dates : Starting December 17, Wednesdays through Sundays

Times : From 11 am to 5 pm

Immerse yourself in winter magic! The Banff Winter Carnival returns to the Cave and Basin. Try curling, challenge your family and friends to outdoor games, and check out vintage films from the Banff Winter Carnival's glory days.

A copper star alongside a hammer and nails.

Build your own copper star and moon

Location : Fort Langley National Historic SiteVirtual workshop

Dates : December 2 and 9

Times : From 7 pm to 9:30 pm

Join our talented blacksmith for a virtual crafting workshop and build your own copper star and moon decorations, just in time for the holiday season.

Two lit copper lanterns standing on an outside table.

Build your own copper lantern

Location : Fort Langley National Historic Site, Fort Langley, British Columbia

Dates : December 3 and 10

Times : From 12 pm to 4 pm

Join our talented blacksmith for a crafting workshop and build your own copper lantern to warm up your space with a seasonal glow this winter.