Here are some December events taking place in Victoria.

At the Inn

AURA Restaurant

Breakfast   7am-11am
Coffee & Pastries   11am-11:30am
Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm
Intermezzo Menu 2:30pm-5pm
Dinner  5pm-9pm
Sunday Brunch   11am-2pm (a La Carte)

New Year’s Eve at AURA
December 31st 5pm to 9pm
Allow Chef Ito to start your new year off right, with a truly tasteful adventure.

Around Victoria

Annual Lighted Ships Parade
December 1st 7pm
Willows Beach in Oak Bay
The event offers great family fun. Spectacular viewing of the fleet of lighted boats, led by a Canadian Navy training ship will be at Willows Beach at approximately 7:15 pm where the Kiwanis serve hot chocolate by donation at the Willows Beach pavilion.

Annual Truck Light Parade
December 2nd Approx. 6:30pm – 7pm
Government & Blanshard Streets
Lighted trucks and heavy equipment vehicles decorated by their operators light up the streets of Victoria festooned with dazzling Christmas lights.

Alberta Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
December 1st to 3rd
Royal Theatre
Extravagant bejeweled sets and gorgeous costumes create a ballet that looks like a wonderfully illustrated children’s book. Be transported back to 19th century Russia with the captivating magic of this beloved holiday classic featuring the Victoria Symphony Ballet. Tickets start at $49

33rd Annual Christmas Lights Across Canada
December 8th
Parliament Building
Join special performers to celebrate the lighting of the provincial Christmas tree and the Legislative Assembly with thousands of Christmas bulbs.

Gingerbread Showcase
Until January 2nd
Parkside Hotel & Spa
Feast your eyes on creative inspirations fashioned from gingerbread and other edible components. More than just houses, these are detailed sculptures and unique works of art crafted by professional and amateur chefs. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Canada”. Vote for your favourite with your donation to Habitat for Humanity Victoria.

Festival of Trees
Until January 2nd
The Bay Centre
Browse the displays of elaborately decorated trees and vote for your favourite to raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The Magic of Christmas
Until January 6th 9am to 9pm
Butchart Gardens
Festive light displays, carolers and ice skating await you as the gardens come to life during their very special Christmas season.

Christmas at the Market
Until December 24th
Victoria Public Market – 1701 Douglas St.
We’ll have everything you need for under the tree and on the table! We’ll have lots of local artisans selling their goods, plus the delicious food at our permanent vendors!

Ballet Victoria’s & Victoria Symphony “The Gift”
December 28th at 7:30pm
December 29th & 30 – 2:00pm
Royal Theatre
A wonderful Christmas ballet to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker score.

Free Horse Drawn Trolley Tours
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, & 23rd 12pm – 2:30pm

Tour Downtown Victoria with free horse-drawn trolley rides. Two free trolleys will circulate on a pre-set route throughout the downtown with 4 stops at: Store St. at Chatham St., Johnson St. near Wharf St. – In front of Willie’s Bakery, Langley St. at Bastion Square – Across from Re-Bar, Government St. at Fisgard St. – In front of CRD Plaza.

O Christmas Tea
December 17th 2pm & 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
London’s 3-time IMPRESARIO award-winning comedians James & Jamesy return with their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy O Christmas Tea. Tickets start at $34.75.

Peter Pan: the Panto
December 28th & 29th 7:00pm
December 30th at 2:00pm
McPherson Playhouse
Guest director Stephen Andrew returns, to present the classic tale of the boy who never grew up. Tickets start at $45.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Until April 2
Royal BC Museum
A visitor favourite every year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns with a brand new selection of 100 of the most stunning images from around the world that tell astonishing stories of our natural world while pushing the boundaries of technical skill


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