14 Ways to Get in the NB Holiday Spirit!

14 Ways to Get in the NB Holiday Spirit!


14 Ways to Get in the NB Holiday Spirit!

Get ready for this Winter Holiday season with fun family adventures across New Brunswick that will make unforgettable memories and bring your loved ones together. Discover what events are happening near you and learn about can’t-miss festivities that are worth the road trip. From far and wide New Brunswick, here are 14 ways to get in the winter holiday mood.

Stocking Stuffers

Gifts Under $25

Gifts for Her

Gifts for Him

Home Sweet Home

Gift Exchange

Get Started on Holiday Shopping

Excellence NB has brought together some of New Brunswick’s best local businesses this winter to build you a very special Holiday Gift Guide. From a present for your mom to needing help with what to have for Christmas dinner, our Gift Guide can help you prepare for this holiday season and have you shopping locally.

Browse through the dozens of New Brunswick-crafted products and improve someone’s Holiday spirit. Shop Small, Give Big!

Go to a Santa Parade

Big or small, almost every town in New Brunswick is hosting a Santa Claus Parade, and you will not want to miss out! From silly decorations to singing along with the season's songs, it's always great seeing communities get together to see what floats are parading about. Here are a few Parades happening around New Brunswick. Let us know which other ones we need to include in the comments below!

Fireman’s Santa Claus Parade

70th Annual Saint John Santa Claus Parade

Edmundston Christmas Parade

Shediac Christmas Parade

Lancaster Santa Claus Parade

25th Annual KV Santa Claus Parade

Royale Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade

Fredericton Santa Claus Parade

Bathurst Christmas Parade

Candy Cane Christmas Parade

Salisbury Christmas Parade

Sussex Annual Christmas Parade

Light Up Riverview

Saint Andrews Tree Lighting

Lighting of the Tree of Hope

Sussex Mayor’s Tree Lighting

Uptown Sparkles

Walk of Lights

Fredericton Mayor’s Tree Lighting

See a Tree Lighting Ceremony

Lights, like stars in the night sky, unite cultures across the globe with their shimmering glow, creating a shared sense of togetherness and hope that we all hold dear. A Tree Lighting ceremony is a great opportunity for all to gather and share this radiant sense of unity and promise. These events can have fantastic food, local vendors selling holiday goods, and fun activities for kids too!

Visit a Christmas Tree Farm

A tradition passed on for generations is the annual visit to a Christmas Tree Farm to pick out a unique tree to hang your decorations and hide your presents. Most are cash only and open in mid to late November. Fresh-cut pine trees will hold their needles for 3-4 weeks, but dress for the occasion; it's cold!

Lo-Hi Farm

Perry’s Tree Farm

Yuletide Christmas Tree Farm

Crawford Family Christmas Tree Farm

Chase’s Christmas Tree Farm

Memramcook Valley Tree Farm

Balsam Ridge Christmas Tree Farm

Shop at a Christmas Market

Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind gift made with love and care? Want some unique decorations that are handcrafted with skill? Try shopping at a Christmas market this winter to find special items to bring your home to life and get the perfect gift you won’t find anywhere else. From small-town craft fairs to giant markets, each Christmas Market is different and offers new and exciting treasures.

Taste the Season by Visiting a Chocolatier

Every year at this time, chocolatiers create special holiday-themed treats and decorate their locations to become a winter wonderland. Whether you want a lovely gift for a loved one or maybe a snack for yourself, be sure to stop and experience the chocolate New Brunswick has to offer. Little known fact is New Brunswick is home to one of Canada’s oldest chocolatiers; Ganong is celebrating their 150th anniversary as it opened in 1873.

McGuire Chocolate Company

Ganong: The Chocolate Museum

Adorable Chocolat

Fancy Bites by Nancy

Chocolat Voyageur

LaRouère Chocolat

Gâteries JR’s Treats

Confiserie Andréa Confectionery

Cali.Co Café

Boulangerie Seoul

Epoch Chemistry Coffee House

Aloha Café-Boutique

Auberge d’Anjou-Cocooning Café

Honeybeans Coffee Tea & Treats

Picadilly Coffee Roasters

The Art Warehouse SJ

Hot Chocolate at a Local Cafe

From candy-cane-sweetened drinks to Christmas tree-shaped cookies, we all love to visit a local cafe when the snow starts to fall. If you are on a date or just catching up with old friends, it always helps to put us in the holly jolly mood to sit in a local coffee shop and embrace the season. Here is a list of our favourite cafes in New Brunswick that are a delight to visit during the lead-up to the winter holidays.

Take a Weekend Getaway

During this holiday season, be sure to practice some self care. Make a new tradition for yourself and take a weekend getaway to escape before the season's chaos really sets in. Or add a gift card to your wish list! Nothing will ring in the new year better, we promise.

The Algonquin Resorts

Sugarloaf Provincial Park

Savasana Nordic Spa

Broadleaf Ranch

The Ledges Inn

Build a Gingerbread House

Whether you want to make it from scratch or buy a boxed set from the store, building a Gingerbread House is a staple for getting in the holiday spirit. There are a few major events to watch this year, and yes, they are Gingerbread House related:

  • Sugar, Spice, and Everything New Brunswick! Excellence NB is hosting a gingerbread house and gingerbread person baking demonstration on December 7th. Stay tuned for registration details. This live event will be followed by a photo contest. Many New Brunswick-made prizes to be won, follow us on social media for more information.
  • Uptown Saint John has a Gingerbread Trail of businesses taking part in displaying a gingerbread house in their stores. Watch for them as you take a lovely walk through Uptown.
  • Gingerbread House Competition in Saint Andrews on December 9th from 10am-5pm. Houses will be displayed at Water Street shops and businesses. Take a stroll and awe at the wonders yourself.
  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Beausejour Hotel in Moncton has a tradition of making a massive gingerbread house in their lobby. Last year was their 10th edition, and they built a 9-foot-tall gingerbread house inspired by the World Juniors. See this article for more information. Make a point to stop by to see what they have cooked up this year.

Experience the Local Theatre

This year, we are in for a treat with the selection New Brunswick theatres have chosen for their holiday shows. From classics that never get old to a new story being told, make sure to see a production at a local theatre this season to support the local arts.

A Classic Country Christmas

Elvis Rockin’ Christmas

Noël en Acadie

All I Want For Christmas

Home for Christmas

Elf The Musical

The Nutcracker Saint John

Nutcracker Moncton

The Nutcracker Show

Christmas Dinner-Theatre

Sanwth’s Sleigh Rides

Clark’s Sleigh Rides

Sunny Side Sleigh Rides

Snider Mountain Ranch

Enjoy the Snow with a Sleigh Ride

Dashing through the snow, on a one-horse open sleigh, over the fields we go, laughing all the way! One fantastic thing about living near the countryside is the super fun outdoor activities! If you wish to take your kids for a new experience or have a romantic date, there is no reason not to go for a sleigh ride this year.

Try a Holiday-Themed Drink

From Secret Santa to a gift for the hostess, nothing compares to a bottle of someone's favourite. This holiday season, look for NBMade alcohol at the stores. You can familiarize yourself with the local brewers and distillers right here on our Craft Alcohol page.  

PierRo Art Canada

Tactile Vision Graphics

Les Cartes Sophie

Foggy Dog Paperie

Buttercup Cookies

Jules Bertin Designs

Buy Holiday Cards

Cards are such an easy and inexpensive way to send a message of love, and isn’t that what the holidays are all about? We have featured a few New Brunswick card companies to show you how you can support small businesses and the fantastic products they can offer.

Visit a Local Gift Shop

Running out of time for last minute gifts? Skip the delivery time and shop in person! Check out our New Brunswick Gift Shops page to find locally owned stores near you that carry New Brunswick-made goodies and your future presents.

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