Outside photo showing sun reflecting off of Inn at Laurel Point and water gardens

Christmas in Old Town

Royal BC Museum
Until January 9th
https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/calendar

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.

Beginning December 1st, visit with Father Christmas in Old Town, have your photo taken and share your holiday wishes. Included with museum admission or membership. Photos by donation.

The Gingerbread Showcase

Parkside Hotel and Spa
Until January 6th
9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily
https://www.habitatvictoria.com/gingerbread2018.html

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this event is presented by the Victoria Real Estate Board. The Showcase brings together professional and amateur bakers from Vancouver Island and highlights their creativity while supporting the work of Habitat Victoria.

Annual Festival of Trees

The Bay Center
Until January 7th, 2019 – Free
https://www.bcchf.ca/events/event-calendar/festival-of-trees/victoria

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.

 

Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle
Until January 6th
https://thecastle.ca/pages/christmas-at-craigdarroch

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

The Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens
Until January 6th
https://www.butchartgardens.com/christmas/

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.

Stay at the Inn and save when you book our Butchart Gardens Festive Lights package

Irish Tenors

Royal Theatre
Saturday December 15, 8:00pm
https://www.rmts.bc.ca/events/irish-tenors-2018-royal-theatre

Singing to sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and The Hollywood Bowl, the Irish Tenors bring their bright, ringing voices back to Victoria for a magical night of holiday music and beloved Irish music.  Join Ronan Tynan, Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and the VS for happy songs of celebration and humour, mixed with touching melodies and songs that warm the heart.

Greater Victoria Concert Band’s Music in Market Square

Market Square
Saturday December 15, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
http://www.marketsquare.ca/events-promotions/

The big sounds of the Greater Victoria Concert Band fill the square with holiday excitement! Fun for all ages.

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas

Royal BC Museum
December 17th to December 31st
https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/events/calendar

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.

Earlier This Season

Uptown Christmas Parade/Light up

Uptown Shopping Plaza
November 17th – Free
http://shopuptown.ca/light-up-parade

Annual Lighting of the spectacular 54 ft. Christmas Tree. The Parade will loop the Boulevard, and don’t worry you’ll have enough time to make it back to Town Plaza for Santa to light the Tree at approx. 6:30 PM!
Dress warmly and grab yourself a warm treat from the nearby retailers

Annual Christmas Square

Centennial Square
November 24th 4-8pm
http://gvfs.ca/gvfs_events/37th-island-farms-santas-light-parade/

Games, fun, great food and loads of entertainment!

Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade

Government and Belleville Streets
November 24th at 5pm
http://gvfs.ca/gvfs_events/37th-island-farms-santas-light-parade/

Following the parade the Jolly Man Himself, Santa will be handing out Free Cookies and Milk to all the Good Girls and Boys in Centennial Square and we will Turn the Lights on to the Square at 7pm sharp!

 

 

29th Annual “Out of Hand” Artisan Fair

The Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas St.
November 24th to 26th
https://www.outofhand.ca/

Victoria’s most prestigious artisan fair of artisan food, fashion, home décor and decorative arts.  Single admission fee is $9.

Annual Marina Light Up

Causeway Marina docks in front of the Empress Hotel
November 30th, 5:30pm-6:30pm
https://www.gvha.ca/events/events-calendar/marina-light-1

Walk the docks to explore the lighted vessels while you sip on free hot chocolate.

 

Christmas Craft Beer Show

November 30th & December 1st
Save on Foods Memorial Arena
http://christmascraftbeershow.com/

A multitude of fantastic local micro-breweries gather together to display their seasonal products as well as their brewery favorites

Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade

Sidney- Beacon Avenue
Sunday December 2nd
http://www.peninsulacelebrations.ca/event/sidney-sparkles-christmas-parade/

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.

Ogden Point Light Up

Ogden Point – Pier A Warehouse
December 1st – By Donation
https://www.gvha.ca/events/events-calendar/4th-annual-ogden-point-light

Enjoy an afternoon filled with holiday activities for the whole family. Holiday music, kid’s crafts, local vendors, food trucks, face painting, pictures with Santa, popcorn and hot chocolate all by donation.

Stay until dusk and watch Ogden Point and the Truck Convoy as they light up with thousands of Christmas lights and head out for the start on their city-wide journey.

Bring your non-perishable food items and cash donations to support the Mustard Seed and local food banks.

 

Annual IEOA Truck Light Convoy

Begins at Ogden Point
December 1st
https://www.ieoa.ca/

Brightly lit trucks planned by the Island Equipment Owners Association, as they carry your food donations to local food banks.

Ken Lavigne Under the Mistletoe

Royal Theatre
December 4th 7:30pm
https://www.rmts.bc.ca/events/ken-lavigne-2018-royal-theatre

Ken Lavigne is back for another spectacular festive concert featuring great seasonal classics, from Sinatra to Bocelli!

Tuba Christmas 2018

Market Square
Saturday December 8, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/TubeChristmas/events

There’s nothing quite like hearing a huge group of low brass musicians playing Christmas carols! See the 39th annual Tuba Christmas.

Carol Along with the Carillon

Royal BC Museum
Sunday December 9, 4:30pm – 5:15pm
https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/events/calendar/event/106284/carol-along-carillon

Gather under the Netherlands Centennial Carillon with your fellow singers, family, friends, and pooches. Provincial Carillonneur Rosemary Laing will accompany the choir in a one-of-a-kind caroling party. Hot chocolate and cookies help to make the season bright, and at the end of the 45-minute set, the carillon is lit up for the holidays.

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