From a stunning botanical garden light display to a folk holiday concert by a trio of hometown sisters, this Maritime city has Christmas cheer down. So grab a festive mug of mulled wine (or peppermint hot chocolate, if you’re not into day-drinking) and paint the town red and green with the best holiday events in St. John’s. Not on the East Coast this Christmas? Don’t sweat it—our Canada-wide list has got you covered.
A Christmas Time With The Ennis Sisters
Find it: 55 Bonaventure Ave., Holy Heart of Mary Theatre, theennissisters.com
The low-down: Hailing from St. John’s, this Juno-award winning folk trio (who are indeed sisters) will be performing their selection of original holiday songs in their hometown for the last two nights of their annual Christmas tour. Their contemporary Irish folk sound with a Newfoundland twist make them a unique musical act to get you in the holiday spirit.
When: December 22 to 23, 2017
Times: 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday
Prices: $29.99 to $34.77 per person
Merry & Bright Holiday Light Festival
Find it: 306 Mt Scio Rd., Memorial University of Newfoundland, Botanical Garden, mun.ca
The low-down: Returning for the second year in a row, this mesmerizing light festival in Memorial University’s Botanical Garden truly shines once the sun goes down. With strings of sparkling lights covering the pathways, gazebos and buildings along the garden, this spectacle makes for a romantic stroll or family-filled venture that is a must on your Xmas bucket list.
When: November 29 and 30, 2017 and December 1 to 3, 6 to 10 and 13 to 17, 2017
Times: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Prices: $10 per person