Victoria Legislature 2015 Brandon McGeachie

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.

Lights of Wonder

Downtown Victoria is transforming the square into a holiday wonderland. This outdoor event features themed light exhibits, four interactive light tunnels, and a 40-foot festive tree.

Centennial Square
December 1st – 31st

Visit their website for more information

Sips & Sounds Festival

Get ready for a winter festival of live music, local bevvies, and plenty of winter-themed fun!

December 9th
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Purchase your tickets here

The Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens

Christmas is a cheerful time of year at The Gardens. Experience the Magic of Christmas. Bundle up and take a winter stroll.  A time must be booked in advance during the holiday season.

Butchart Gardens
December 1st to  January 6th

Find more information here

Or book our Festive Lights Package, stay with us & get admission and cookie & cocoa at the gardens.

The Gingerbread Showcase

Stop by this local holiday treasure to view the fantastic 100% edible creations made by our volunteer bakers and don’t forget to donate to vote for your favourite. The theme for this years Gingerbread Showcase is Family Traditions!

November 25 – January 4
9:00am to 9:00pm Daily

Find out more here

Annual Festival of Trees

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.

The Bay Center
November 16 to January 3rd

Learn more here

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour

During December the Ghostly Walks team will present “Ghosts of Christmas Past,” a spooky route that highlights some of the best seasonal ghost stories in their repertoire. Stories include: the haunted chocolate shop, a Christmas Eve assassination, the “Lady in White” who first appeared at Christmas 1861, a haunted Christmas book, and many others.

December 1 – 31

Book tickets in advance online

Christmas Shows at the Royal Theatre

Take in a show! Whether it’s the Nutcracker, Holly Jolly Christmas, Jon and Roy Holiday Special or Yellow Point Christmas Spectacular – there’s a show for everyone.

Visit the website for more details

2023 Light Up the City!

“Light Up The City” and bring everyone together to enjoy the glow of Christmas!

November 1st – December 15th

Find more information here


Carriage Tours

Watch the streets come to life and sparkle with festivities as you travel around Victoria by horse and carriage.

Visit their website for more information and to book

WinterFest at the Royal BC Museum

Celebrate arts, culture and community at the first annual WinterFest outdoor multicultural holiday market!

December 2 & 3

Learn more here

The 24th Annual IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive

Witness the countless trucks wrapped in their holiday best and contribute to a great cause.

December 2nd, 5:30 pm

Stay tuned for more details

Nerdy Days of Christmas

Nerdy Days of Christmas is a quaint and nerdy craft fair in Market Square. Beautiful makers and artists all with a nerdy flair! Entry is by donation and all proceeds will go to Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

December 2nd & 3rd

Find more information here

Annual Dickens Fair

The Dickens Fair is one of Victoria’s oldest and best-loved Holiday craft fairs. Curated Vancouver Island artisans offer a great variety of handmade and homemade products at affordable prices.

James Bay Community Center
December 2nd, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Find more information here

“Out of Hand” Modern Market

Shop a gorgeous array of goods made by hand by over 100 incredible makers, designers, and artisans from BC. Shop for the holidays or for yourself!

November 24th – 26th

Visit website for more information

Magic of Christmas Artisan Fair

A two day Christmas market event featuring tons of vendors! This is a great opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done while supporting local.

November 18th & 19th

Find more information here

41st Peninsula Co-op Santa Lights Parade

Food and cash donations will be accepted for the Mustard Seed Street Church and Food Bank. Plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taking pictures by donation following the parade at the Hudson Holiday Market!

November 25th, 5:20 pm

Find more information here

Oak Bay Village Christmas Light-Up

Every year as the cooler sea air sets in, Oak Bay Village welcomes the oncoming holidays with a grand Light Up festival.

November 26th, 2:00 pm

Find more information here

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