Holiday Activities

Tree Lighting. Photo Credit: Patricia Bourque

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season in Charlottetown with the City of Charlottetown's signature holiday activities!

Holiday Magic on the Plaza
Date: November 18 to January 2 | Nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location:  Lou MacEachern Upper Plaza at Confederation Centre of the Arts (Grafton Street)
This all-new, animated holiday-themed projection and music show will bring the Grafton Street façade of the Confederation Centre of the Arts to life again this year. Holiday Magic on the Plaza is a project of the City of Charlottetown in partnership with Confederation Centre of the Arts and Confederation Court Mall and is proudly supported by the TIAPEI Reanimate our Island Fund, Charlottetown Special Events Reserve Fund, and Tourism PEI.

Holiday Home Decorating Contest
Get out the Christmas decorations! The home decorating contest is the perfect time to show off your holiday cheer with festive decorations on the exterior of your home or property. Entries will be judged the week of December 12 on the following criteria: use of natural materials, use of lighting, creativity, and overall design.  

Christmas Tree Lighting
Date: Friday, November 25 | 6:30 p.m.
Location: Lou MacEachern Upper Plaza at Confederation Centre of the Arts (Grafton Street)

Featuring live performances by award-winning Island artists, refreshments, and a pyrotechnic display. A candlelight promenade will depart from Founders' Food Hall & Market at 6:15 p.m., with the official Tree Lighting ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Lou MacEachern Upper Plaza at Confederation Centre of the Arts (Grafton Street). For more information, visit the City's Facebook page.

Charlottetown Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 26 | 5:00 p.m.
After a two-year hiatus, the Charlottetown Christmas Parade will return to the capital city on November 26. For full information, including details on the parade route, donations of non-perishable food items, and the collection of letters to Santa along the route, visit

The Charlottetown Christmas Festival is a product of Discover Charlottetown in partnership with the City of Charlottetown and runs from November 18, 2022 to January 2, 2023. For a full schedule of events, visit