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All is bright with holiday lights

The 2021 Holiday Projection Show at City HallPictured: The 2021 Holiday Projection Show at City Hall Each year, the municipality proudly hosts a variety of holiday events, bringing festive cheer to residents across the region.

In 2021, the Civic Events Team in Parks & Recreation coordinated the Halifax Christmas Tree Lighting at Grand Parade, the City Hall Holiday Projection Show, the TD Dartmouth Lights of Christmas program, the new Halifax Public Gardens Holiday Lights installation and the Menorah Lighting at City Hall.

When asked what it means to support the festivities each year, Mike Gillett, Senior Civic Events Coordinator, says it’s rewarding for him and the team to bring a little joy into the lives of the public.

“Seeing kids with their parents, dancing to the music with big smiles of their faces, it never gets old,” says Mike. “At the Halifax Tree Lighting, Rebecca Guilderson sang “Let It Go” from Frozen as their final number. She had all the kids’ attention – it was magical.”

Last year was the first time presenting the holiday projection show on City Hall. Mike credits that moment as a highlight in his career, along with seeing this year’s projection and the new Public Gardens holiday light display.Andrew Cox, Nick Allen and Morgan McKenna at the Halifax Christmas Tree lightingPictured: Andrew Cox, Nick Allen and Morgan McKenna (left to right)

Andrew Cox, Senior Civic Events Coordinator, and Nick Allen, Project Manager, Facility Design & Construction, played a key role in coordinating this year’s Menorah Lighting.

“For over 25 years the municipality has celebrated Chanukah [Hanukkah] with the local Jewish Community, Mayor and Members of Regional Council, and anyone in the community who wishes to attend,” says Andrew. “It’s always a privilege to work with Rabbi Feldman and Bassie Feldman in organizing and celebrating the Festival of Light each year.”

Nick agrees. “It’s great to see us represent inclusivity and hold events for our diverse community. Rabbi Feldman brings an energy to the event that is truly one-of-a-kind. His connection to the community is very special.”

Holiday lights bring plenty of sparkle to the season – and the Public Gardens display wasn’t the only thing shiny and new this year. The team also coordinated a new launch location for the fireworks show using a boom lift. Set up 60 feet in the air above Grand Parade, it made for an even more spectacular experience for the crowd watching in the square below.

There’s still time to check out all the lighting displays mentioned in this article. Visit for details.

It truly takes a team to coordinate these special events for our community. A big shout out to everyone involved in supporting this year (the list is long - we checked it twice!)

• Civic Events - Andrew Cox, Mike Gillett, Billy Comer, Shari Dillman, Caroline Murphy, Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie MacDonald, Tara McConnachie

• Forestry - Crispin Wood, Natalie Secen, Kevin Osmond, Tristan YullPictured: Natalie Secen and Crispin Wood help set up the Halifax christmas tree.

• Office of Diversity & Inclusion/ANSAIO - Cheryl Copage-Gehue

• Halifax Regional Police – Constable Ash Lewis, Constable Danny Berube

• Traffic Management - Patrick Doyle, John Rooke, Craig Oxner Sr., Kenny Briggs, Richard Baxter

• Corporate Communications - Christine Kimball, Hillary MacEachern

• Facility Bookings - Tracy Murphy

• CAO’s Office - Kim Carver

• Mayor’s Office - Shaune MacKinlay, Kelly MacNamara

• City Hall - Glen Smith, Boyd MacKenzie, Cortrea Beals, Agnes Gyurcsanyi

• Stage Crew - Mike Matthews, Denis Boissoneault, Nathan Ernst

• Parks - Steve Rice

• Transportation & Public Works - David Boudreau

• Fleet - Mary Ann Hindy

• Finance - Charlotte Short

• Corporate Facility Design & Construction - Nick Allen

• Fire Services - Roy Hollett

• Projection Show, Street Light Group - Desmond Munden, Lucas Breckenridge

• Public Gardens Light Display - Sean Street, Chris Poole

Pictured left: The Menorah Lighting at Grand Parade. Pictured right: Mike Gillett stands in front of the new Public Gardens Holiday LightsPictured left: The Menorah Lighting at Grand Parade.
Pictured right: Mike Gillett stands in front of the new Public Gardens Holiday Lights

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