There’s so much to see & do this Christmas season.
We’ve made a list so that you can make the most of your visit to Victoria over the holidays.
Christmas in Old Town
Royal BC Museum
November 28th to January 9th
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Take in the sights and sounds of Christmas long ago. Visit the wood-cobbled streets lined with festive garlands and see the shops decked in seasonal finery.
The Gingerbread Showcase
November 21st to January 3rd
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The event brings together professional and amateur bakers from around the region in support of the work of Habitat Victoria. This year’s theme is… Coastal Living
Annual Festival of Trees
The Bay Center
November 21 to January 5th- Free
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See the Bay Center transformed into a lush forest of hand-decorated trees. Share in the spirit by voting for your favourite tree, with all proceeds supporting the most urgent health care needs of kids in BC and BC Children’s Hospital.
29th Annual “Out of Hand” Online Market
November 19th to 24th
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Victoria’s most prestigious online artisan fair of artisan food, fashion, home décor and decorative arts.
2020 Light Up the City!
November 28 – January 3 – Free
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Christmas Craft Beer Show – TBA (no online information)
November 28th & 30th
Save on Foods Memorial Arena
A multitude of fantastic local micro-breweries gather together to display their seasonal products as well as their brewery favourites
Carol Along with the Carillon at Home
December 1, 12:00pm – 12:30pm
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Grab some holiday baking and a cup of good cheer and join Provincial Carillonneur Rosemary Laing who will use photos and videos to teach us about the carillon. At the end she’ll play a carol from her piano and we can all carol-along from home.
Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade
Sidney- Beacon Avenue
December 6th 5pm – Free
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This evening parade is all about sparkling lights. The Parade route begins along Resthaven Drive and turns onto Beacon Avenue. It continue to run the length of Beacon Avenue, turning right onto Second Street and ending at Ocean Avenue. Once the parade completes its route, people are encouraged to move to Beacon and Bevan wharves and the Sidney waterfront around Beacon Park. From there, they will be able to witness the Lighted Boat Parade, which starts at least 15-minutes after the Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade.
The Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens
November 27 to January 6th
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Colourful lights, carollers, ice skating and festive fare—Christmas is a cheerful time of year at The Gardens. Experience the Magic of Christmas. Bundle up and stroll through the Twelve Days of Christmas display, sing along to the sounds of the season with Traditional Carollers or listen to the Festive Brass. A time must be booked in advance, gardens are open from 3:30pm – 9:00pm during the holiday season.
Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle
December 1 to December 31
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The Castle is transformed to evoke Christmas’s past in the castle period rooms. You can also enjoy music performed by local musicians at certain times of the day
Christmas Lights Across Canada – TBA
December 5th – Free
Celebrate the lighting of the provincial Christmas tree and Parliament Buildings! Enjoy festive performances outside then join us inside for more music and seasonal treats.
Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas – TBA
Royal BC Museum
December 21st to December 31st
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Step through the doors of the oldest house in British Columbia still on its original site and experience what Christmas would have been like in Victoria over one hundred years ago. Decorations, music and first-hand accounts will take you back to Christmas past.
Walk the docks to explore the lighted vessels while you sip on free hot chocolate.
Times Colonist Christmas Lights Map – TBA
Create a one of a kind wreath from a wide array of beautiful greens and decorative berries. These workshops are a wonderful tradition for many of our customers and are a festive way to start the holiday season with friends, family and/or co-workers. The workshops tend to fill up very quickly so book your spot as early as possible.