First Bell: Winter 2021

By Trevor J. Adams

Halifax Thunderbirds

The pandemic forced the National Lacrosse League into a full shut down for a year and a half, and the Halifax Thunderbirds are finally back with a full slate of nine home games at Scotiabank Centre, including a visit from the Toronto Rock on Dec. 10 and the New York Riptide on Jan. 8. The last home date before the playoffs is an Apr. 1 visit from the Rochester Knighthawks.

Photo: TJ Maguire (@tjhfx)

Evergreen Festival 

Continuing until Dec. 19, Halifax abounds “with music, light, and joy.” This outdoor winter event showcases Nova Scotian culture, food, spirits, craft, art and memorable experiences. Celebrate and embrace the essence of the holidays. Evergreen Stage will host events on the Halifax waterfront. Also on site, find Evergreen Market, where temporary wooden chalets house vendors from across Nova Scotia. 

Neptune Theatre

Live theatre is a rite of the season for many Halifax families and, as always, Neptune is the destination of choice. On the main stage, you’ll find the musical comedy Alice in Pantoland (Nov. 23 to Jan. 9). The namesake Pantoland is in jeopardy when the evil Queen of Hearts unleashes her plot: it’s up to Alice and her zany friends to save the day. A Christmas Carol runs concurrently until Boxing Day on the studio stage. Rhys Bevan-John returns to the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the fifth consecutive year.

Walk Through Africville

Open from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays at the Halifax Convention Centre, this exhibition provides an opportunity to learn what it might have been like to walk down a street in Africville. The traveling exhibit created by the Africville Museum highlights the things that were important to the people who lived in the now-razed community, sharing its history and the vital role it played in shaping Halifax and Nova Scotia. 

Photo: Bruce Murray, VisionFire

Self-Guided Downtown Art Tour

Inspire young talents with a day of urban explorations! Begin at South and Barrington streets, moving through the downtown core to the historic waterfront. Great stops along the way include Peace and Friendship Park at Hollis and South streets, Victoria, Roman Goddess of Victory at 1221 Barrington St., the Halifax Distillery Mural at 1668 Lower Water St., the Brewery Market Facade Lighting at 1496 Lower Water St. and the Rising Tide mural at Maritime Centre on Salter Street. 

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