The Edgewater Stroll
Begin your stroll at Kedy’s Landing, take in the picturesque view of our seaside town. Kedy’s Landing, over the years, has been home to many memorable restaurants and businesses and continues to be the gateway to Mahone Bay. Stroll along the bay, pass by our Visitors Information Centre, the iconic Three Churches of Mahone Bay and beautiful B&B’s. Make your way towards the centre of town, discovering shops brimming with gifts and home decor, a music store, bakeries, a tea shop, health store and charming café and book shop.
Located on the water's edge, with an incredible view of our scenic town you will find Rebecca's. A quaint restaurant offering local food and beverage with a cozy and coastal atmosphere. With a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, their menu will have something for everyone.
Sprig Markteplace | Apothecary
Share the joys of the season, over s’mores and a wood fire outside of Rebecca’s Restaurant and Sprig at a Kedy’s Landing. Step inside Sprig, to find the perfect gift...natural, locally made soaps and skin care products, air plants and succulents, unique decorative items and more to warm heart and home.
Visitor Information Centre
The Mahone Bay Visitor Centre is open to welcome you to our wonderful town. Stop in to warm up, gather.
A trip to Mahone Bay would not be complete without admiring our iconic Three Churches. The Trinity United, St. John’s Lutheran Church and St. James Anglican Church stand side by side, welcoming everyone from near and far. Our churches are one of the top ten most photographed sites in Canada, and local photographer Betty Meredith’s had one of her church photos included in Canada Post’s “From Far and Wide” series of stamps.
Across the street from the Three Churches, take a ‘selfie’ moment at the new Heart Loves Mahone Bay art installation along the waterfront, donated to the Three Churches Foundation. Make a donation at the Kindness Meters seen throughout the town in support of various local charities.
Tim Horton’s – Festival TITLE Sponsor
Feeling the need for a double-double or looking for some TimBits to snack on, the Mahone Bay Tim Hortons is located along the bay. Get yours to go, and enjoy the views as you stroll the town.
The Teazer – Festival Platinum Sponsor
Shop in our cozy store with friendly staff who will help you find those perfect gifts and discover why we are “the stocking stuffer store”. Discover The Maritimes longest running shop with unique gifts from away and locally crafted, come and experience why we have been and continue to be a favourite stop for Christmas since 1956.
“Homes for the Holiday” – 21 Edgewater – Wonderfully Whimsical - One of four decorated houses on tour is upstairs at The Teazer. Pop out your tour ticket – or purchase one in the shop!
Buchanan’s House of Music
So much more than music lessons happen inside this charming shop. You’ll find everything from instruments to accessories, sheet music to fancy straps and shiny new toys. Buchanan’s has got all kinds of treats, essentials, themed musical jewellery and scarves, gifts and stocking stuffers to encourage and delight all the musicians in your life.
Jo-Ann’s Deli Market & Bake Shop – Festival TITLE Sponsor
Since 1986 we have delighted in providing delicious gourmet food to both residents and visitors to Mahone Bay. What started as a simple fruit stand has grown into a market, gourmet deli, bake shop, cafe, jammery and ice cream parlour. Stop in for some treats for yourself and for the foodie on your gift list!
LaHave Bakery – Festival Supporter
Stop into the LaHave Bakery and pick up a loaf of two of our homemade bread and other treats. Our breads are traditionally made using locally grown, fresh milled grains. We also make granola, and home-style baked sweets such as muffins, cakes, cookies, scones and pies. Breakfast and lunch are served daily with wraps, classic sandwiches, rustic soups and biscuits on the menu along with our take-home dinners.
My Home Bay
A unique home decor and gift shop with lovely items for the home and cottage, including local specialty products.
Welcome to the Tea Brewery. Do you enjoy a good cup of tea, or have someone on your gift list that does, we are the shop for you. The Tea Brewery carries over 100 loose teas, with 23 of them designed and blended right here in Mahone Bay. Favourites include Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry, Country Christmas, Maritime Morning, Green Teas like Cherry Rose Sencha and Urban Apricot and of course our famous Chai Blend. More than just tea, we have the best selection of tea ware in Atlantic Canada to choose from. Stop in and delight your senses, and treat yourself to something wonderful.
Keliza Healthy Living – Festival Silver Sponsor
Welcome to Keliza Healthy Living where you will find unique eco/environmentally friendly products that are great for gifts, healthy stocking stuffers and treats and for those hard to buy for people on your list, give them the gift of shopping with a Gift Certificate.
The Biscuit Eater Café & Books – Festival Supporter
Come see us at the Biscuit Eater for a warm and cozy atmosphere, delicious homemade food, tempting treats as well as a selection of local gifts and books. Take a walk off Main Street and find our hidden gem of a cafe!
The Main Street to Spruce Top Stroll
Beginning at the Cenotaph in the centre of town, make your way along Main Street where shops of all description wait to welcome you. Iconic fashion houses, one of a kind jewelery, shops for the kids as well as fur-kids, home décor, for both inside and out, gourmet goodies and incredible hooked rugs, just to name a few.
While strolling between the shops, take a moment to enjoy the incredible architecture of our historic homes, and be impressed with the new buildings that have seamlessly blended in. You will want to take note of the Magical Christmas Fantasy residing in the Kitch’inn B&B, definitely a stop to be made along the way.
Experience Pearls in a way you’ve never seen before! Modern, organic and wearable every day!! These are NOT your grandmothers Pearls!!
Chris’s Gifts, Fashions & Variety
Your one-stop shop for unique gifts, seasonal clothing, kitchen staples, candles, home decor and so much MORE! Find a little bit of everything at your local eclectic shop!
Cosmic Hippie Boutique
The Cosmic Hippie Boutique is a conscious consumer retail space that carries natural fibre clothing, natural body products, yoga mats, essential oils and yoga inspired jewelry.
The Dog Shop – Festival Bronze Sponsor
The Dog Shop Bathhouse & Boutique is the result of one dog lover’s passion to create the most wonderful experience for dogs and their owners. We offer professional all breed grooming, a spa like experience u-bathe dog wash and super premium dog products in our boutique. Stop in and find the perfect stocking stuffers or gifts for your furry friends.
Stop into Reviving Design and discover locally crafted home décor, wool tartan blankets, scarves & wraps, plus Nova Scotia art and gifts.
Tummy to Mummy Kids Shop
Step inside our Enchanting shop for Kids 0-12yrs and delight in the magic of Christmas among the many toys, books and apparel.
Suttles & Seawinds – Festival Gold Sponsor
A legendary fashion destination at home in what was once the largest house in Lunenburg County. Built in the late 1890’s over and around the original 1860’s Inglis home, it’s gracious rooms now showcase the Suttles fashion collection, curated from the world of style. Especially for the Christmas season, there are holiday luxuries like cashmere, alpaca, and silk for men and women. Scarves that are art or are simply warm and cozy. Gloves and mitts for gifting and a jewelry selection to add glamour to any outfit. A myriad of other gift ideas awaits to surprise and delight.
“Homes for the Holiday” – 457 Main Street – Sea Captain’s Refuge – A decorated house on tour at the Red Mahone B&B is just across the street. Tickets available inside.
The Barn Coffee & Social House
The Barn Coffee and Social House is a great place to hang out and spend your time with friends and family. Stop in for a hot beverage and delicious treat as you stroll through town. Pick up some goodies for the coffee lover on your list as well. We have beautiful hand crafted goods and our own branded tee’s and hats, so you can be a part of The Barn family too.
Baytub–Soft Tubs– Festival Silver Sponsor
The home of “The Portable Hot Tub”, Baytubs also carries a selection of swimwear, cozy robes and slippers for your hot-tubbing, or other adventures. Make sure to pop in and discover our wonderful selection of essential oils, diffusers and our amazing BiOrb aquariums, these are not to be missed.
Circa 1860 Kitchen and Public House
The Circa 1860 Kitchen + Public House is a family owned and operated restaurant that resides in a large heritage home designated as the "Zwicker House". Serving a fresh take on fan favourites like fish tacos, creamy chowder and burgers- there's always something for everyone to enjoy.
Incorporating the iconic Maritime architecture of the saltbox house into our logo is our nod to the notion that quality, small-batch beer brewing started in the home. At Saltbox Brewing Company, we celebrate the development of the skills and artistry required to create fresh, full-flavoured beer. Stop in for a grunt or growler to have over the holidays, or pick up some of our Saltbox branded merchandise for the craft beer lover on your wish list.
Not to be missed!
The WINTER GARDENS CHRISTMAS FANTASY
display at 319 Main Street (Kitch’Inn) The glorious display - created just for the Father Christmas Festival - unfolds for you in a stunning setting. Experience the magical Garden of Children’s Delights and stroll through the Wondrous Winter Garden, a forest of lace fashioned from intricately designed and hand-cut paper creations. You won't believe your eyes as you step into the twinkling Faerie Gardens, where you may pause to enjoy a winter treat. Each garden is peopled with handmade Father Christmas figures ready to amaze and delight all ages.
Admission $5, children 12 and under (accompanied by an adult) FREE
“Homes for the Holiday” – 328 Main Street – An 18th Century Christmas – One of four decorated houses on tour with a treat inside to enjoy. Tour tickets available here.
Spruce Top Rug Hooking
You may find yourself inspired to try your hand at rug hooking after a visit to Spruce Top Rug Hooking Studio. Spruce Top carries beautiful handmade rugs, as well as the supplies you need to start a project yourself. A studio worth stopping in.
The Main and School Street Stroll
Starting at the centre of town, start your holiday stroll while gazing out across the bay. This section of Main Street is home to shops nestled between our beautiful bandstand, our acclaimed museum and more, yes more stunning historical homes and takes you to our working shipyard. Along this stroll discover shops with designer footwear, beautifully curated fashions for you and your home, mystical gifts, a knitters’ heaven, artisans at work with both pewter and clay, galleries and art houses, treats for your mind and body, and there’s even a bike shop that sells not only bikes, but candy too!
Northern Sun Gallery & Gifts – Festival Silver Sponsor
Welcome to our unique gallery and gift store. Northern Sun Gallery & Gifts is filled with an ever-evolving range of unique and exquisite products to inspire and delight. We showcase a rich and eclectic selection of jewelry, art, pottery, clothing, giftware and much more.
Sweet Ride Cycling is your one-stop-shop for all things cycling related. We not only sell a full range of bicycles including entry-level comfort and hybrids as well as performance road and mountain, we have E-bikes (electronic motor) too! Our warm and cozy shop is filled to the brim with cycling clothing and shoes for all seasons, accessories, tools and gift ideas for the “cyclist who has everything”. To top it all off we have CANDY too - a selection of novelty and vintage treats that will remind you of your carefree childhood days. Visit us Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays) throughout the Father Christmas Festival. We are open all winter too so redeeming gift cards, exchanges and returns are no problem.
Here nor There
Here nor There shop is an eclectic shop with lots happening inside its tiny footprint. The shop houses plenty of local made goods such as pottery, jewelry, candles, weaving and artwork. Hailey, the shop owner loves vintage and makes sure the shop always has plenty of thrifted treasures to choose from too. The shop also has a curated selection of homeware and everything you might need for that bohemian vibe.
Mahone Bay Trading Company – Festival Gold Sponsor
Step inside the Mahone Bay Trading Company and discover a vast selection of affordable, quality footwear. The high-end brands we carry reflect the same values that we believe in; quality, comfort and a sense of responsibility.
Nick’s Your Independent Grocer – Always seasonal with great deli selections, our community-minded grocer.
The Michael O'Connor Memorial Bandstand is getting a facelift for the Town Centennial and offers a lovely place to pause and look out over the bay.
Oh My Cod
Almost as famous for its whimsical signboard slogans as it is for it Fish’n’Chips and Lobster Poutine, Oh My Cod has a seat waiting for you. It’s beautiful view of the bay, you’ll want to linger over your meal that much longer.
Cocoa Organic Spa & Boutique
Cocoa Organic Spa & Boutique is a full-service spa and beauty boutique located in the heart of beautiful Mahone Bay. Treat someone special to a relaxing and exceptional spa experience with a gift certificate for one of our many services. We also offer a wide selection of products in our retail boutique. Browse our selection of top brands including Eminence Organic Skin Care, Jane Iredale, Rocky Mountain Soap Company, Bend and more. Our wonderful staff will be able to help you select the perfect gifts or stocking stuffers.
Have a Yarn – Festival Bronze Sponsor
Walking into Have a Yarn you can’t help but feel warm and cozy. This little shop is a feast if fibre, colour, texture and inspiration. Find gifts for the knitter and non-knitter on your list from our selection of kits, accessories, books, knitted items and a vast array of yarn in all colours and textures imaginable.
Amos Pewter – Festival Platinum Sponsor
Amos Pewter is buzzing with the excitement of the season. Our elves are hard at work designing, casting, finishing and wrapping. Our 45th Annual Ornament - 2019’s Humpback – continues a collector’s tradition begun in 1974! See how the touch of pewter can add sparkle to your tree with whimsical reindeer, carols of old and seaside treasures. Give a nod to our artisan-crafted Father Frost and the Snow Maiden as you join us to enjoy a Christmas treat, a chat and sharing in the festive spirit!
Sugar Bubbles Bath Bakery – Festival Gold Sponsor
At Sugar Bubbles, we are Canadian gourmet, soap-makers; bath goodie bakers and skin treat formulators.
When you use our sumptuous goodies, you will experience the satisfying pleasure ingredients, lovingly crafted into mini works of art, creating a unique & memorable bathing experience every time.
Mug and Anchor Pub – Festival Gold Sponsor
The Mug and Anchor Pub is located on the Old Mader's Wharf which is a well-known landmark overlooking the harbour. Warm and cozy inside, enjoy the breathtaking views out on the bay while having a bite to eat. Stop in for a traditional English pub experience, try our famous Mug Burger, Fish’n’Chips or Fish Tacos.
Wisp specializes in a cosmetics and botanical skincare line that incorporates cutting edge ingredients for balanced and bio-compatible formulas. Clean Chemistry. All Canadian. We treat skin sensitively.
A Novel Idea
Walk into A Novel Idea Bookstore and embrace the character of an independent bookstore housed in a building built in 1805. With every step made across the squeaky floor you’ll find an abundance of books for all ages. Discover our curated selection of beautifully illustrated children’s books, a fun pirate section, a table dedicated to our talented local authors, and the bestsellers everyone is talking about. Browse our selection of unique literary gifts for that bibliophile on your list, find that perfect print or card, or have a rest in a comfy wingback chair before you carry on. Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the bright purple Christmas tree before you head next door!
Heritage Mural The Town of Mahone Bay is celebrating its centennial. A fabulous mural project created this year and commemorating our shipbuilding heritage (c. 1840-1940) can be seen along the waterfront on the RPS Building at the corner of Main Street and Fauxburg Road. Take a stroll back in time and take in this new art installation.
Stray Dog Art House
Unique one of a kind art and gifts handmade by unique one of a kind Artists. Interactive projects from the lab in session during the festival, including Interactive Art Pop Ups; Movie Night, Dec 5 and Kidz PA Day at the Lab, Dec 6 #straydogarthouse
Bluestone Magik and The Enchanted Crystal
With something different around every corner, you are sure to find something for even the hardest person to shop for. Nautical decor, Crystals, Himalayan Salt Rocks, Oak Island souvenirs, books and so much more.
A family owned business in the heart of Mahone Bay, Recardo’s has been running for more than 12 years.
With a menu including Pizza, Subs, Fish’n’Chips and our famous Donair Egg Rolls, you are bound to find something to tempt you.
Mahone Bay Museum
Free admission kids’ activities at the Mahone Bay Museum! Learn all about our town's history and the ice boating pass time that used to be so common in Mahone Bay while kids make 3 holiday cards to take home. Find a local gift in the Museum Shop and support the operation of our community museum.
“Homes for the Holiday” – 30 School Street – Evergreen – A beautiful sunny cape welcomes your visit on our tour of decorated houses. Tickets and a craft treat inside.
Mahone Bay Centre – 45 School Street - The centre is bustling with activity at the festival!
Yuletide Makers Market – Festival Saturdays Handmade goodies for your pantry, décor for your home and lovely gifts. The Market is welcoming new vendors and returning festival favourites.
One Size Fits All Art Show and Sale – Festival Bronze Sponsor
Presented at the Father Christmas Festival by Mahone Bay Arts and in support of artists and the Mahone Bay Centre. This show and sale features 260 original small works by over 70 local artists.
Birdsall and Worthington Pottery Studio - Festival Supporter
Visit the Father Christmas pop-up shop. Established in 1977 and known for beautiful pottery, creating custom made commemorative plates for births, weddings, anniversaries and Pam’s Designer Jewelry line. Tim can draw dogs, cats and horses from a colour photograph that will create a lasting portrait of your pet. Their clay is a beautiful earthenware bought directly from a Nova Scotia deposit.
Gingerbread Decorating and Charlie Trees from Brown’s Tree Lot – Festival Saturdays - a well-loved festival tradition for kids aged 3-10 years accompanied by an adult. By donation. Hosted by the Mahone Bay Museum with proceeds to the Museum.
One Size for All – New! Festival Saturdays – a multi-media art workshop for all ages. By donation.
Father Christmas Cookie Walk – Saturday Nov 30, 1 pm. Come early and fill your bag with a variety of deliciousness! Supporting the Mahone Bay Centre
Kinburn Pharmasave – Festival Gold Sponsor
Kinburn Pharmasave is a full-service pharmacy with a home health care department, cosmetics department, huge selection of giftware items, books, magazines and many products to meet your healthcare needs.