Holiday Happenings: Music, Makers, Flavors, Events

Enjoy a little magic this Holiday season in the town of Pictou. Throughout November and December, you will find an array of activities, events, and Holiday contests that will keep you busy this season, a little something for everyone.

Pictou Business Treasure Hunt

Pictou Business

Are you a sleuth? There are treasures to be won in downtown Pictou!
3 Super Prizes to be Won

  • 1st Prize - $300 Pictou Bucks
  • 2nd Prize - $200 Pictou Bucks
  • 3rd Prize - $100 Pictou Bucks

Pick up your entry forms at Pictou Town Hall, 40 Water Street. Draw will take place on December 1st at the Pictou Christmas Light Up

Light Up Pictou Decorating Contest

Light Up Pictou Decorating Contest has begun. Let's brighten the season with lots of lights this year. 
Contest open to residents and businesses.
Categories include:
Residents - Best Decorated Door, Best Snowfolk Theme, Most Original Theme, Best Repurposed/Recycled Decoration Theme.
Businesses - Best Decorated Door, Best Repurposed/Recycled Decoration Theme. 
How to Enter Contest:
Prizes for each category. To enter for residents email with "Lit On (your street address)" in the subject line. To enter as a business please email and enter "Lit @ (business name)" in the subject line.
Alternatively, you can comment on the Town of Pictou's social meda posts for the contest. You will then be eligible for judging in all categories. Judging will happen on December 20th and winners announced via Facebook on December 21st.

Move More Avent Calendar

2024 Move More Advent Calendar - APC by Leighton Hayden


Christmas Lights

Schedule of Events

November & December

Performances at the deCoste Centre for Arts & Creativity

deCoste on the Road venues - Pictou Legion & St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

For dates, performers and how to book tickets visit deCoste Centre. Be sure not to miss special Holiday shows "Christmas in Cape Breton", the "Irish Descendents Christmas" or "A Gunning and Cormier Christmas".

Makers Markets at Jamieson's General Store Pictou

CN Station, 71 Front Street

Weekly markets until Christmas featuring local artisans, producers and unique gift ideas. Be sure to drop by for that someone special on your list or pick up local made treats. Every Saturday 10am-4pm.

November 16, 7-9 pm

Knit Night

91 Water St, Pictou,

Public Event by Natural Ewe Yarns

November 25, 2-4 pm

Craft Maker Fair

CN Station, 71 Front Street

Join Tonya and Mariah in creating snow folk craft and Holiday cards. There will also be a loonie and toonie sale. Children love giving gifts but at times do not have the funds or resources to make it happen. The goal of the loonie and toonie sale is to offer gently used or like new items that a parent may want or find useful. If you can help, email or drop off items at the Town Office between 9am-4pm.

November 25, 9 pm

ShipYard Tough Video Release Concert

Fat Tony's - 9 Water St, Pictou

Public Event by LensFlare Photography and Ashley George

November 26, 2pm

A Pictou Christmas Book Launch

McCulloch House Museum and Genealogy Centre, Haliburton Road

The Pictou Bee Press has just published "A Pictou Christmas," written by Laurie Stanley-Blackwell and illustrated by Teresa MacKenzie. This beautifully illustrated new book is a whimsical spoof of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with a Pictou-Scottish twist. Everyone welcome.

November 30, 2-3 pm

Learn how to make decorative bows, with Diana

Public Event by Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library - 40 Water Street, Pictou, NS

Join us and learn how to make your own decorative bows! (For Adults, and registration is required.)


A Pictou County Gingerbread Heritage Christmas

It’s time to dust off your rolling pins for another Pictou County Gingerbread Heritage Christmas!!. Last year McCulloch House Museum and Genealogy Centre received some wonderfully creative and inspiring gingerbread houses and buildings entries! Build on your own or as a team! Please visit their Facebook page for a registration form or pick one up at the McCulloch Centre, 86 Haliburton Road, Pictou from Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm. The deadline to enter is December 8th.

December 1, 5:45 pm

Pictou Christmas Lightup

Market Square, Water Street

Annual tree lighting, music by McCulloch Education Centre Choir, a Visit by Santa, Elf Workout, Christmas memory tree, hot drinks and cookies. The Pictou Business Treasure Hunt prize draw will take place during the Light Up. Creative Pictou County will host a Christmas art activity.

December 2 & 3, 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm

Ebenezer Scrooge’s, The Christmas Carol

Star of the Sea Centre, 26 St. Stephen Street

After touring through Ebenezer's life and times, you’ll be treated to hot drinks, cookies and Christmas carolling. You will meet Scrooge himself. There will be a pantry table, Christmas basket and other items for sale. “God Bless us, Everyone!!!”

December 2, 10 am-4 pm

Fill Up the Truck Food Drive

Pictou Sobeys Parking Lot

In support of the Pictou West Food Bank, drop by and donate for the Christmas season

December 2, 10 am-5pm

Meet the Makers

The River Gallery on Water Street

Drop in and meet local artisans with musical interludes in the afternoon. Jewelry, poetry readings, Christmas stories, Fibre art, pottery, fine wood work and refreshments. Enjoy the magic of the Holiday season all in one spot.

December 3, 1-3pm

Christmas Decoration Swap

CN Station, 71 Front Street

Do you have Christmas decorations that you have not used in a couple of years? Pass them on through a decoration swap. Let your old favorites become someone's new favorites. Pick up something new for yourself. Brought to you in partnership with the Town of Pictou and Pictou County Solid Waste.

December 10, 12-4 pm

The North Shore Mom Market

CN Station, 71 Front Street

20+ local vendors, live music, food trucks, complimentary items, swag bags, giveaways and more! Come and enjoy this amazing holiday market!

December 13, 2pm

Learn How to Make a Decorative Centre Piece

Pictou Library, 40 Water Street

Join us and make a festive decorative center piece! All materials are provided, seating is limited and registration is required. Funding for this workshop was provided by a Community Wellness Grant from the Pictou West Community Health Board. For more information, and to register, please call the Pictou library at (902) 485-5021, or email

December 21, 7pm

Christmas with the Celtic Ladies

Pictou United Church.

An evening of entertainment featuring Ann Holton-Melong, Brenna Conrad, and Jodie Miller with Emery Van De Weil, Katie Aucoin, and special guest John Spyder MacDonald. Admission $25 at the door, purchase your tickets at

December 21, 6-8pm

Winter Solstice Christmas Ceildh

McCulloch House Museum and Genealogy Centre

Celebrate Christmas the old fashioned way! $5 limited tickets available at as a fundraiser for our society! Bring your instrument and dancing shoes and join in the fun!

December 21, 7-8pm

Solstice Walk - Jitney Trail

The Winter Solstice is a time to honour the natural world. As we walk by the sea on the Jitney trail we will ponder the things in our lives that we will let go of at the end of the solar year, and embrace at the start of a new one. Meet at Market Square gazebo, tucked in the corner of Water and Market Streets. Dress warmly, bring water and a headlamp. Email to register or call 902-485-4372. Free Event.