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Festive Fun

Municipality of Chester

"Christmas is the season for

kindling the fire of hospitality"

Washington Irving

The festive season is a magical time in the Municipality of Chester - filled with warm traditions, great gatherings and all things bright and merry.  Whether you're looking for a fun filled day with the family, a romantic get-away during the holidays or getting just the right gift for that someone special - we've got it all going on.

Have a look at what's in store and celebrate the season with us!

Forest Heights Community School Christmas Craft Fair

Forest Heights Community School students traveling to Europe in April 2020 are having a Christmas Craft Fair at the Chester Legion, Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 10 am to 3 pm. Table rentals are $25 per table.  Admission is $2 or Food Bank item donation. To register contact Krista at 902-275-5921 or

Hubbards Area Lions Club Christmas Craft Sale - Early November

The Hubbards Area Lions Club is holding their 8th Annual Christmas Craft Show to raise funds for their Christmas Hamper Program on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Local artisans will be selling beautiful handcrafted items.  There will be knit and crocheted items, jewelry, beaded tree ornaments, leather items, and so much more!  Come out to support a great cause and get some early Christmas shopping done!  Admission is only a cash donation.  There will also be a canteen on site.  And the Lions Club will also have a bake table, which will cure any sweet tooth!  For more info call Shirley 902-718-7591.

Annual Western Shore Craft & Bake Sale - Early November

Do your Christmas shopping and baking all in one day at the 5th Annual Craft & Bake Sale will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9:30am to 2pm at The Western Shore & Area Improvement Association (6485 Hwy3, Western Shore).  All Crafts with no two vendors the same style. Great Door Prizes and Admission is FREE!

Craft and Food Fair in the Forties

Get set for the season at the Craft & Food Fair at the Forties Community Centre, 1787 Forties Road, New Ross on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Admission is FREE plus there'll be door prizes and great canteen food.  A second sale has been schedule for December 7th from 8am to 4pm with a Turkey Dinner set to run on both December 7th and 8th for more information click here.

Annual Blandford Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale - Early November

The Blandford Holiday Arts and Craft Fair is the perfect way to kick off your holiday shopping as the District 1 Blandford Community Centre fills with local vendors offering unique hand-crafted works great for Christmas giving but perfect for year round gift giving too. There are great hourly draws and a door prize too!  Hosted as a fund raiser for the Community Centre, admission is just $2 for Adults with Children under 12 admitted for Free.  There's a canteen and lunch plate and of course oodles of Blandford community spirit.  The 30th Annual Blandford Holiday Arts & Craft Fair will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 10am – 3pm.  For more information visit their Facebook page here.

Annual Chester Basin Christmas Craft Fair - Middle of November

So many wonderful creations - even Santa himself is stopping in for visit.  Come to the annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Chester Basin Legion AND the Aenon Baptist Church in Chester Basin on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Santa arrives at the Legion 11:00 am and at the Church 11:30 am. Kitchen canteen open.  Handmade goods!  FREE Admission.  For more info call Jayne MacKenzie at 902-275-8391. 


Country Christmas Music Concert - Mid November

Be there as Nova Scotia Hall of Famer Matt Balsor takes to the Chester Basin Legion stage for the Country Christmas Music Concert.  The show goes from 2:30 - 4:30pm on Sunday, November 17, 2019 (doors open 1:30 pm).  There's be a  bake table, cookie sale, 50/50, Christmas Basket tickets, Door Prizes and canteen.  Proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society’s “The Lodge that Gives”.  Let there be Christmas. For more information click here.

Blandford Christmas Bazaare - Late November

Make plans and be in Blandford for the Christmas Bazaar at the District #1 Community Centre, on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.  Bake table, handwork, fudge, and more!  Free Admission.  Lunch of chili or soup, plus dessert, tea/coffee.  Adults $8 and Children (6-12 years) $5 and under 5 years are free. Sponsored by the St. Barnabas Ladies Guild.

Christmas at the Barn, Hubbards - November/December

Every year - just in time for the holidays - the Hubbards Barn fills with over 40 local vendors carrying the wonderful crafts, art, jewelry and more - perfect for gift giving greatness.  And whether it's sweet, savoury or spirited you taste buds will be filling festive too!  Be sure to take it all in Saturday, November 23, Saturday, November 30 and December 7, 2019. For a complete list of times, vendors and other market details visit their Facebook page here.

Western Shore & Area lmprovement Association's Afternoon With Santa

Join in the festive fun as the Western Shore & Area lmprovement Association hosts and afternoon with Santa - Sunday, November 24th from 2pm - 4pm. There will be entertainment and treats for the kids and of course - SANTA himself! Admission is FREE See you there at 6485 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Western Shore, NS.

Chester Municipal Heritage Society Victorian Christmas Show and Sale - End of November

The Chester Municipal Heritage Society is proud to present the 2019 Victorian Christmas Show and Sale.  The show will be held at the Lordly House Museum located at 133 Central Street in Chester, NS.  Heading south on Central Street, we are just past the Fire Hall and the EMS building.  This year we feature the works of 20 plus vendors with a wide selection of items including wooden creations, knit and crochet works, glass items, jewelry, soaps, hooked mats, quilts, specially vinegars, and many more!  Featuring the work of many local crafts people, this show promises not to disappoint those folks looking for unique Christmas gifts for family and friends. This year the show runs from Thursday November 28, 2019 till Sunday, December 1, 2019, 10:00 am till 5:00 pm.  There is a small show entrance fee of $1.00. This will get you a chance at the door prize.  Fifteen percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Chester Heritage Society for work in the community.

St.Stephen's CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - End of November

The St.Stephen's Hospitality Committee invites you to their Annual Christmas Bazaar (54 Regent Street, Chester) on Saturday, November 29, 2019 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Lunch starts 11:00 am.  Enjoy a variety of homemade soups, rolls, pies for dessert, tea/coffee.  Adults $9, Children under 10 years $5.  Come browse the bake table, new or gentle used items, Christmas items, books, crafts and pick up a beautiful decorated Christmas wreath – lots to see.

CHESTER VILLAGE CHRISTMAS - First Weekend of December

Join the Shops of Chester as they kick of the Christmas Season with the merriest weekend on the South Shore! The Seaside Village of Chester will be filled with festive fun for the whole family Friday, November 29th, Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st, 2020.  Holiday themed activities and crafts, gingerbread galore, tree lighting, shopping under the lights and so much more! For all the details #checkoutCHESTER on their website at


Join the Chester Farmers & Artisan folks as they celebrate the season with a festive Christmas Market at the Chester Legion (14 Union Street, Chester) on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 9am to 2pm .  You'll find one of kind gifts, candles, ards, honey, cakes and so much more. For more information visit their facebook page here


Come to the Chester Legion hall for a seasonal stack with the big man himself. Enjoy the Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8:00am to 10:30am on Saturday, November 30, 2019  For more information call the Legion 902-275-3315.

New Ross Christmas Festival - First full weekend of December

New Ross boasts a spectacular weekend of Christmas fun, held annually on the first weekend of December.  This Christmas celebration begins with hundreds of people gathering at the heart of New Ross to countdown the lighting of our tree while sipping hot chocolate after having a full belly from the earlier potluck supper.  This is followed by a weekend of craft fairs, home cooked meals, carolers, Christmas tree U-picks, children’s fun and visits to local artisans, topped off with magical entertainment, wonderful singers, and dancing the night away. It’s a time to gather with family and friends and spend a down-home Christmas in the country. The 2020 Festival wil be their 27th Annual and it is set for December 4 to 6, 2020  For more information visit their Facebook page.  We've also attached the 2018 brochure to this post - just scroll up to the top and click on the link.


As part of the New Ross Christmas Festival staff at Ross Farm Museum has put together a great program for your enjoyment. Step back in time to experience Christmas in the Country. At Rosebank Cottage sample traditional dishes from the period such as plum pudding, sugar cookies & warm spiced cider while you enjoy some of your favorite Christmas carols. There will be craft activities in the school house and farm workshop. Weather permitting there will be horse drawn rides. This year’s Christmas in the Country Festival will take place December 5 & 6, 2020. There will also be a Christmas Craft and Gift Market Sunday, December 6th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Learning Centre. For more information click here.

Breakfast with Santa in the Forties

The tradition continues celebrated the season... enjoy Breakfast with Santa at the Forties Community Centre, 1787 Forties Road, New Ross on Sunday, December 15 from 8:00 to 11:00 am.  The merry menu includes eggs, bacon, pancakes, hash browns, toast, juice, tea/coffee.  Adults $8, Children (12 & under) $4 and under 5 years are free.  and the best part Santa Clause will be here to meet with the children! For more information click here.

Annual Christmas Choir Sing

20th Annual Sing Choirs Evening of Christmas Music at the Chester United Baptist Church, 84 King Street, starting 7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 (Storm date December 19). The evening features St. Stephen’s Anglican Choir, Chester United Baptist Choir, Studio Singers Community Choir, St. Augustine’s Catholic Singers, Musical Friends Youth Choir, with a special appearance by Dirty Dougie and the Divine Dandies. Audience participation encouraged.  Admission is pay-what-you-will at the door, to benefit the Chester Area Middle School Well-Fed Students Lunch Program. For more information click here


CHESTER VILLAGE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING - Friday, November 29, 2019 at the Bandstand by the Yacht Club.  Festivities begin at 6:30 with singing, dancing and tons of festive treats

HUBBARDS - Gazebo Lighting & Carol Sing: Bishop’s Park, Shore Club Rd. Sunday, December 1st at 4:30 pm Join the celebration as the gazebo is lit over Hubbards Cove. Sing along  and sip hot chocolate with a truly festive community!

NEW ROSS CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING - Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Bandstand by the cross with a Chrildren's Parade of Lights, Caroling,Santa's arrival & more. Celebrations start at 7pm

CHESTER BASIN CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING - Friday, December 6, 2019 in Anvil Park. Festivities begin at 6:30 with Santa to arrive in style to celebrate with everyone!

MEMORY TREE LIGHTING CANAAN - Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Little Red School from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm  Bulbs $5 - to purchase a Memory bulb, contact Maxine Christo 902-275-3496 or Muriel Hart 902-275-3667.

By the Way...

We’re on the way to these amazing annual events so if you’re headed there – be sure to swing by here! We can’t wait to see you!

Christmas Crawl Festival, all over the South Shore - last half of November to first week of January

This spectacular festival ties a big red bow around a multitude of holiday events and happenings along the South Shore - from Peggy's Cove to Charlesville.  Dozens of festivities and activities for all ages to celebrate the history and traditions of Christmas, including local arts and crafts for gifting, parades, lighting displays, and cozy retreats with food and locally made spirits.  Whether it's Christmas on the Mersey and a celebration of lights with Mi'kmaq families paddling down the Mersey River with their torches burning high into the evening sky or annual Dumping Day when fisheries strike out with their traps on the first of the Lobster fishing season, A South Shore Christmas is steeped in tradition and a fun-filled retreat for the entire family. This year's festival runs from November 16, 2020 to January 6, 2021.  From coastal to country we have it all. For more info visit

Mahone Bay Father Christmas Festival (November/December)

Mahone Bay is ‘dressed in holiday style’ to welcome you to a handmade, yuletide, community-wide family-style celebration of the festive season. More than 100 beautiful handcrafted Father Christmas figures can be seen throughout the town as you enjoy a walk around.  Sip a hot cider, toast a marshmallow and sign along with strolling carolers.

The 16th Annual Mahone Bay Father Christmas Festival November 21 – December 1, 2020. For more info click here.


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