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2021 Holiday Tree Lightings & Parades in the Pictou County Area

2021 will be my first holiday season in Nova Scotia since 2003! The holidays will look a little different from what the kids and I are used to, but I’m hoping to make it memorable with new sights, sounds, and experiences.

My fondest memories of the Christmas’s growing up include tinseled out real trees, Christmas Eve and over-the-holiday visits with extended family, and so much good food! In the past, we have attended big holiday festivals in Edmonton like Festival of Trees, Zoominescence, and Glow Edmonton.  There won’t be activities of that scale in the Pictou County area, (If you’re in the HRM, check out Glow Halifax and the Evergreen Festival for larger holiday gatherings), but there are plenty of opportunities to take in festive events like tree lightings and parades of lights.

Happening Now:

Toney River Lobster Trap Tree, Toney River Wharf – this display is a memorial to Nicholas Falconer, learn more about the tribute HERE

Toney River Lobster Trap Christmas Tree
Photo Credit: Amber Davies


Civic Square Tree and Lights, Downtown Truro

Downtown Truro Christmas Tree
Photo Credit: Downtown Truro Facebook Page

2021 Holiday Tree Lightings and Parades in the Pictou County & Truro Area:

Click the titles for more information

Nov 27 New Glasgow 2021 Holiday Season Kick-Off 6-8 pm 

Tree lighting outside at 6 pm, open to everyone.  Pre-registration is closed for inside activities, walk-ins may be possible depending on attendance. Visit their Facebook event linked above for more information.

Nov 28 Truro Santa Clause Parade 4-5:30 pm

Visit the Downtown Truro website for more information on the route, parking restrictions, and where to drop off letters to Santa.

November 30 Coca-Cola Canada Holiday Truck Tour

The Coca-Cola Holiday Truck with Santa will be at the Sobeys Head office in Stellarton from noon-2 pm and Sobeys Aberdeen from 3-6 pm.  See the full schedule and cross Canada route on their website.

December 3 Pictou Christmas Light Up 5:15-6:30 pm

Visit Market Square on Water Street for an elf workout, Christmas postcard crafts for local seniors, hot drinks, songs and more! 

December 4 Westville Parade of Lights and Fireworks 7pm

Running the same route as their Canada Day Parade, from Spring Garden Road to the Legion, line up to watch the 22 Annual Parade of Lights.  Fireworks to follow at Victoria Park 15 minutes after the parade ends. 


If you know of another event I should add, send me a message!  Happy Holidays!



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