By Suzanne Rent
OFF TO MARKET
- Christmas at the Forum at the Halifax Forum on Windsor Street has been a holiday tradition in the city for 39 years. This three-day festival, which runs from Nov. 4 to 6, offers shoppers a chance to pick up unique gifts, decorations, food, antiques and more. Browse the aisles of this three-building venue for quality arts and crafts made by artisans from around the region. On the Saturday, admission is two-for-one after 5pm.
- Visit the Christkindlmarket from Dec. 2 to 4 at Alderney Market on downtown Dartmouth’s waterfront, where the Halifax Transit ferries dock. This traditional German market features crafts, toys, and other arts and crafts, but also a lively assortment of holiday entertainment. Take the kids to see the marionettes, carousel, and musical acts.
- From Nov. 18 to 20, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council hosts its annual Christmas Show at Pier 23 on Halifax’s waterfront. This show promotes buying local gifts handcrafted by regional artisans. Find the best in textiles, jewelry, as well as arts and crafts made from wood, metal, and glass.
- The Dalplex Christmas Craft Market is another longstanding holiday favourite. Dating back 30 years, this event features vendors from across Atlantic Canada selling wares such as pottery, toys, food, and woodwork. This year’s event runs from Nov. 25 to 27.
- From Nov. 11 to 13, take a drive to the Halifax Exhibition Centre on Prospect Road for the Christmas Craft Village. This is another way to support local artisans while finding unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
KIDS WITH STYLE
- Outfit the kids for the season and beyond with a trip to Urban Kids on Chain Lake Drive in Halifax or Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth. This store serves the market for kids from age four to the tween years, and keeps on top of the latest trends in kids’ fashions. Get a complete wardrobe from tops and bottoms, to hoodies and accessories.
- For kids’ shoes, boots, activewear and gear, stop into Twiggz in Mic Mac Mall. Shop for durable and stylish winter boots, as well as rain boots for the spring season. Pick up gloves, hats, and other winter gear to keep them warm. Dance gear, including leotards, tights, and shoes, are always in stock.
SWEETS OF THE SEASON
- Rousseau Chocolatier on Hollis Street serves up handcrafted chocolates made with the finest, freshest, and when possible, locally sourced ingredients. Flavours included everything from peanut butter cranberry to smoky chili. Pick a couple dozen for a gift-wrapped box.
- Sugar Shok Treat Boutique on Portland Street in Dartmouth has more than 50 types of bulk candy, and chocolate bars from around the world. That’s more than enough to satisfy any sweet tooth. Find funky gifts, including magnets, greeting cards, and home décor. There’s also ice cream served year round.
Make your holiday a celebration of local talent with a visit to Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique in Sunnyside Mall or the Hydrostone. Shop the beautiful selection of local, fine art and paintings by artists from around the region. Quirky cushions made of rich textiles feature nautical logos or regional sayings. A beauty section includes products made from natural ingredients.