Raise Your Holiday Spirits

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Raise Your Holiday Spirits

December 1, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays on a special tour and tasting with a 78th Highlander as your guide and host!

Go behind the scenes at the historic Halifax Citadel National Historic Site to discover holiday traditions of the British military and how they raised their spirits! Savour three Halifax Citadel-aged spirits crafted by award-winning Compass Distillers, plus their perfect-for-the-holidays Spiced Rum, paired with delicious cheese, crackers, and sweet treats.

Experience Details

  • After-hours access to Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a restored nineteenth-century British fortification with stunning views of Halifax and the Halifax waterfront.
  • Be guided by a 78th Highlander to hear holiday traditions and stories of the British raised their spirits with military rations.
  • Guided tasting of three unique spirits made exclusively for the Halifax Citadel Society by award-winning Compass Distillers.
  • Enjoy a sample of Compass’ Spiced Rum paired with a sweet treat – perfect for the holidays!
  • Get the scoop on Compass Distillers’ locally sourced ‘grain to bottle’ distilling approach.

Dates & Times

Programs will take place at 7:00 pm on the following dates:

  • Fri, Nov 17
  • Fri, Nov 24
  • Sat, Nov 25
  • Fri, Dec 1
  • Sat, Dec 2
  • Fri, Dec 8
  • Sat, Dec 9
  • Fri, Dec 15
  • Sat, Dec 16


Please meet at the front gate of the Halifax Citadel at the designated program start time.

Guests travelling on foot can reach the front gate via the sidewalk from Sackville Street or the stairs and pathway from Brunswick Street (beneath the town clock). Guests travelling by vehicle can park in the pull-offs located along the Citadel’s perimeter road.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations with refunds are accepted up to 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of the tour (please note that Eventbrite’s fees are not refundable).

Guests will be notified 24 hours in advance if the tour is cancelled due to inclement weather, if we have not met our minimum number of guests to run the tour, or for other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is cancelled by the HCS, guests will receive a full refund (including Eventbrite fees). For more information, call us at (902) 426-1990, visit our website at www.halifaxcitadel.ca, or email us at [email protected].

Good to Know

  • Guests must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Warm clothes and comfortable shoes are encouraged for the exterior tour.
  • Space is limited to a maximum of 15 guests per tour.


December 1, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
5425 Sackville Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3 Canada

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