Raise Your Holiday Spirits

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Raise Your Holiday Spirits

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

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

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About this event

  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

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 artisanal cheese, crackers, and sweet treats.

Experience Highlights

  • 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.
  • Go inside Compass Distillers’ barrel room where spirits are stored and aged in wooden barrels inside the fortification - a truly sensory experience!
  • Guided tasting of three unique spirits made exclusively for the Halifax Citadel Society by award-winning Compass Distillers.
  • Embrace the holidays with 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.


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

  • Fri, Nov 18
  • Fri, Nov 25
  • Fri, Dec 2
  • Sat, Dec 3
  • Fri, Dec 9
  • Fri, Dec 16
  • Sat, Dec 17

Good to Know

  • Participants must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Warm clothes and comfortable shoes are encouraged for the exterior tour.
  • Meet at the front kiosk of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site at your booked experience time. If arriving on foot you can reach the front kiosk via the sidewalk from Sackville St. or the pathway from Brunswick St, beside the Old Town Clock.
  • Parking is permitted in the pull-offs located around the Perimeter Rd.
  • Space is limited to a maximum of 15 guests per tour.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations with refunds are accepted up to 72 hours prior to the scheduled day of the tour (please note that Eventbrite's fees are not refundable).

Participants will be notified 48 hours in advance if the tour is cancelled due to inclement weather forecast, if we have not met our minimum number of participants to run the tour, or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is cancelled by the HCS, participants 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 info@halifaxcitadel.ca.

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Images copyright Parks Canada Agency/James Ingram and Compass Distillers/Jordan Dickie.