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Countdown to the Holidays

Countdown to the holidays in Fredericton

The clock is ticking….and in keeping with ticking things off your list, you really do need to take a read of our list of things you should be doing in the city over the next few weeks! From shopping to entertainment, we have it here!

Christmas Dinners at Kings Head Inn
November 18-December 23 | Kings Head Inn | Tel 363-4999
How about stepping back in time to an age where comfort food and good old fashioned entertainment were the order of business? Mmm…I can smell the homemade bread now! For many, Christmas dinners at Kings Head Inn (Kings Landing) has been an annual tradition – make it yours! But be sure to call ahead as many dates are booking up fast! Email: or call 363-4999 to reserve.

UPDATE: the dinners are now sold out.

Christmas Dinners at Kings Head Inn

Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade
November 26, 5pm | Southside
What better way to celebrate the season than with a parade?  This year, the Santa Claus parade is on the southside, and promises to be full of lights, characters and fun! See the parade route here, and bundle up the kids to enjoy this annual Fredericton tradition.

Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade

Christmas Tree Lighting
December 2, 7pm | Legislative Assembly & City Hall
Mark the beginning of the holiday season downtown with the illumination of trees both at the Legislative Assembly and City Hall.  Festivities begin at 7pm at the Legislature then a candlelit parade down Queen Street led by the Fredericton Concert & Marching Band brings you to the lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree! Carols will be sung, apple cider and hot chocolate will be provided and Santa will even be there to hand out candy canes to the little ones!

Christmas Tree Lighting

The Nutcracker
November 26, 7:30pm & Nov. 27, 2pm | Fredericton Playhouse | Tickets
The story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince has enchanted generations of audiences during the holidays Tchaikovsky’s full length ballet “The Nutcracker” performed by guest artists and featuring original choreography created specifically for Dance Fredericton, is a holiday favourite. With the original score and beautiful costumes, this production is a “not to miss”!

The Nutcracker

#LoveYourDowntown – Black Friday Madness
November 25 | Downtown Fredericton
City sidewalks are dressed in holiday style in Downtown Fredericton so grab a seasonal beverage and head out for some local Christmas shopping.  Black Friday on November 25 brings discounts and deals throughout the downtown. Why not grab a bite to eat at your favourite downtown restaurant before heading out to enjoy Christmastime in the city? Click here for a list of Downtown Fredericton Black Friday Deals! 

Fredericton Christmas Gift Show
Dec 2 (12-8pm) Dec 3 (10am-6pm) Dec-4 (11am-4pm) | Capital Exhibit Centre
Be efficient with your shopping and get all your Christmas shopping done in one spot! With homemade crafts, wineries, antiques and retail vendors, everything from jewelry to baked goods to car accessories will be sold.

Holiday Shows at the Playhouse
Get into the spirit of the season at the Playhouse! From comedy to maritime music, the Fredericton Playhouse offers a variety of entertainment that will appeal to even the scroogiest of souls! Read their blog here to get the list!

Sunday Christmas Markets at the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market
Dec 4/11/18, 10am – 3pm
I love going to the market at this time of year.  You can feel that Christmas is in the air; lots of great gift ideas from locally made products and the local produce, meat, cheese, desserts…I can go on and on! You can buy wreaths, Christmas trees, holiday arrangements –everything you need to get ready for the big day.  The market will also have special “Sunday Christmas Markets” on December 4, 11 and 18.  Don’t miss out on visiting Fredericton’s oldest market.

Sunday Christmas Markets

Christmas in the Village
November 26 & 27 | Village of Gagetown
Why visit Gagetown? You get to experience two days of unique shopping opportunities and festive activities! Local artisans and beautiful handcrafted items. Curious? You may even spy Santa Claus and you will most definitely hear the strains of carolers in the pretty village of Gagetown.  Need a plan? Here is a handy map of all that is going on in the village.

Christmas in the Village

Christmas Tree Farms
Tired of artificial and want the real deal? We’ve gathered a few businesses in the area that will sell you “the perfect tree”! A great family drive and outing!

Oh the Lights!
Catch the lights and sights of Pine Grove and St Marys First Nation!

For the entire month of December, Pine Grove Nursing home opens its grounds to the public, where you can do a circle around the property to view over 75 beautifully decorated and lit Christmas trees – definitely worth a visit!

Also a holiday favourite, St Marys First Nation goes all out throughout their streets, with decked out houses, decorations and Christmas music! 

Festival of Lights

There’s so much happening in Fredericton during the Christmas season. What are your favourite local events and traditions?