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Five things to do in Halifax this weekend: From gingerbread to jazz, and even Charlie Brown

Harry Potter-inspired Yule Ball, German holiday market, David Myles and the symphony also add to festive fun.


Yule Ball: Inspired by Harry Potter, this Hal-Con event allows you to dust off your dress robes, dig out your cosplay or show up in your finest duds for a night of dance, drinks and snacks. The event works its magic Saturday at the University of King’s College’s Prince Hall from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 per person, attendance restricted to 19-plus. Tickets are available via

Christkindlmarket: Experience a traditional German holiday market at Alderney Landing. The weekend event includes farmer’s market fare and free family entertainment. Enjoy carousel rides, musical performances, a Santa visit, Maritime Marionettes and much more.  The market runs Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gingerbread Sunday: Construct and decorate your own gingerbread house or make one as a family at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia this Sunday. All materials are supplied. The event is free with admission to the gallery. All ages are welcome, although children must be with an adult. No registration required for this drop-in event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live: Halifax Jazz Festival presents an annual fundraiser for music education with its Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas live show. Featuring the Jerry Granelli Trio and the Sacred Heart Children’s Choir, the children’s classic Christmas tale takes to the Spatz Theatre stage Sunday with performances at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. Free entry for one child with every adult ticket purchased for the 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets available via

David Myles and Symphony Nova Scotia: Join David Myles as he brings music from his 2014 album ‘It’s Christmas’ to the stage with Symphony Nova Scotia. Enjoy “merry new music” in addition to “beloved old carols.” Friday and Saturday night shows are at the Rebecca Cohn with 7:30 p.m. start times both evenings. Ticket prices range from $40 to $77 and are available through the Symphony Nova Scotia website or the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office.

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