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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!




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!  On November 28th and December 5th, plan to do your holiday shopping at Christmas at the Barn! Expect to see all your favourite vendors, plus a wonderful line-up of artisans and crafters. Vendors will be located both inside the Barn and outdoors, so dress warmly. Just Us! Coffee will be available at both these events. As always, admission is free.The Hubbards Barn Association advises that the COVID-19 policy developed for the Modified Markets this season will remain in effect. Please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and be prepared to wait your turn for entrance inside the Barn as there will be a limit of 60 shoppers inside at all times.

For a complete list of times, vendors and other market details visit their Facebook page here.


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 27th, Saturday, November 28th and Sunday, November 29th, 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, November 29th, 2020 from 9am to 1pm . You'll find one of kind gifts, candles, ards, honey, cakes and so much more. For more information visit their facebook page here


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.  


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. 9:30 – 12:00 & 2:00-4:30 pm. As part of the New Ross Christmas Festival, Ross Farm will be open by booking only. Please check their website for program restrictions and to book on-line. Ross Farm will be accepting 25 people for each of the time slots. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served in the Hearth Room. Weather permitting, there will be horse drawn rides. Please call (902) 689-2210 for more details. This year’s Christmas in the Country Festival will take place December 5 & 6, 2020.. For more information click here.



CHESTER VILLAGE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING - Friday, November 27, 2020 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 4, 2020 at the Bandstand by the Cross.Enjoy the music and Santa’s drive-by as Twinkle handles the Candy Cane Chute. 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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