7 Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Halifax

Fireworks during New Year's Eve in Halifax

A time for celebrating new beginnings, New Year’s Eve is a great time to visit Halifax, as the city comes to life with numerous celebrations, parties, and family-friendly attractions. Start the year right with these seven unforgettable ways to ring in the new year in Halifax.

The 7 Best Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve In Halifax

1. Watch or Partake In The New Year's Eve Celebrations at Grand Parade

Nova Scotia's biggest New Year's Eve celebration is held right here in downtown Halifax's Grand Parade Square. Organized by the Halifax Regional Municipality, the city's New Year's Eve celebrations kick off with a great lineup of live musical performances before leading into the Annual Atlantic Countdown, finishing with the largest fireworks finale in the province. Residents and visitors are invited to join the festivities at Grande Parade or to tune in to the live TV broadcast on Eastlink Community TV.

2. Go Public Skating at the Emera Oval

Promising free public skating, the Emera Oval is a great way to ring in the New Year with family-friendly activities. Along with offering public skating throughout the night, the Halifax Oval traditionally hosts live entertainment and a fireworks show at both 7 pm and midnight, allowing children to partake in the New Year's Eve festivities before the larger celebrations kick off at Grande Parade.

New Year's Eve Halifax Harbourfront lights

3. Join The New Year’s Eve Celebrations At The Halifax Glow Gardens

The Glow Gardens’ New Year's Eve Celebrations at the Halifax Exhibition Centre are a great way to celebrate the new year during the day, with the event kicking off at 4:00 pm and concluding at 8:30 pm. The event itself promises family-friendly entertainment, including enjoying a drink at the onsite bar or dancing along with the tunes under a million lights on the dance floor. The whole event wraps up with one of the city's most vibrant firework displays.

4. Bring The Little Ones To Cole Harbour Place's New Year's Eve Family Party

Promising plenty of family-friendly activities, Cole Harbour Place is a great spot to spend New Year's Eve with your family, with its New Year's Eve Family Party running from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Throughout the festivities, guests can enjoy swimming, skating, crafts, bouncy castles and more. Just be sure to grab your tickets in advance, as this popular activity is known to sell out quickly.

5. Take A Scenic Stroll Along The Halifax Harbourwalk

The Halifax Waterfront promises a quieter way to ring in the New Year while avoiding the bustling hubs of the city's more active parties and celebrations. Home to several museums, food stalls, restaurants, and seasonal festivals, a day exploring the many sites of the historic harbourfront is both a great New Year's Eve date idea and a great way to experience the city with your family. Just be sure to find a good spot for watching the midnight fireworks display as the harbour becomes a popular haven for enjoying the evening's light show.

A New Year's Eve Party in Halifax

6. Take Advantage Of New Year’s Eve Sales At The Halifax Shopping Centre

While most malls are closed on New Year's Day, New Year's Eve is a great time to visit these shopping centres to take advantage of the season's sales. The Halifax Shopping Centre, Mic Mac Mall, Park Lane Mall, and more are all open December 31st and make for a great day, perusing fantastic deals. Just be sure to check specific store hours before visiting, as many stores may close early for the holiday.

7. Attend A New Year's Eve Party In Downtown Halifax

From local favourite restaurants to upbeat nightclubs and bars, downtown Halifax promises plenty of ways to ring in the New Year. For a quieter, laid-back evening with your significant other, you can book a dinner at a popular restaurant, such as 2 Doors Down, Hermitage, or the Barrington Steakhouse. Meanwhile, the city's active nightclub scene is perfect for those looking for an upbeat party with live music, with the Level 8 Nightclub and The Dome being some of the most popular party spots for spending New Year's Eve.

Where To Stay In Halifax On New Year's Eve

Need a great accommodation for exploring all of Halifax’s exciting New Year’s Eve celebrations? Well, Cameo Suites delivers the best base for visiting all the holiday’s top parties and attractions from its convenient location in the heart of downtown Halifax’s historic Entertainment District. Within walking distance from the top venues, restaurants, and parties, our cozy suite options promise plenty of comfort for ringing in the New Year. Reserve your room now as spaces are limited.

Getting Around Halifax On New Year's Eve And Day

On New Year’s Eve, the Halifax Transit offers free bus and Alderney Ferry Services from 6 pm until around 2 am, with the last ferry at 1:30 am. Meanwhile, buses operate on their regular holiday service schedules on New Year’s Day. All ferries are closed for January 1st.