Its that time of year again! The air is feeling crisp, the shops are getting busier and you are humming Christmas carols. Whether you are a local or a tourist, there are many festive things you can do in Victoria that takes you out of the Christmas shopping hustle and bustle.

Here are some of our suggestions to get you in the holiday spirit:

The Festival of Trees

November 16, 2017 – January 2, 2018

The Festival of Tree’s has become an annual tradition as it celebrates it 26th year. Participate by voting for your favourite tree, it might be hard to choose as there will be 83 of them! This event really brings the community together during the holiday and all funds raised will be donated to the BC Children’s Hospital.

Admission: By donation

Location: The Bay Centre

 

9th Annual Gingerbread Showcase

November 18, 2017 – January 2, 2018
The Gingerbread Showcase highlights the creativity of bakers from across Vancouver Island. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Canada”. Donate and vote for your favourite, donations benefit Habitat for Humanity, who will help build a home for a family in need.

Admission: By donation

Location: Parkside Hotel

 

Christmas in Old Town

November 25, 2017 – January 9, 2018

Go back in time and visit Old Town this Christmas, you might even see Santa! Walk the decorated cobble stone streets located at the Royal BC Museum.

Admission: Included in museum admission

Location: Royal BC Museum

 

Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens

December 1, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Christmas lights, ice skating, carollers, wreaths, festive dinning – there is something for everyone at the Magic of Christmas. Sip hot chocolate as you wander through the gardens humming Christmas carols, tis the season!

Admission: Adults – $27.00/ Youth – $13.50/ Children – $3.00

Location: Butchart Gardens

 

Sea of Lights – Lighted Ship Parade

December 1, 7:00pm

This annual event offers great family fun. A fleet of boats, led by the Canadian Navy training ship, will light up the nights sky as they cruise by. We suggest viewing from Willows Beach in Oak Bay, the Oak Bay Fire Department will keep everyone warm with a bonfire and Kiwanis will serve hot chocolate.

Admission: Free

Location: Willows Beach

 

The 37th Annual Dickens Fair

 

December 2, 10am-4:30pm

The Dickens Fair has been decking its halls for over 30 years with local artisans and activities. Hosted by the James Bay Market Society, the Dickens Fair has something for everyone. From treasures to toys, you will find everything from great homemade foods to uniquely crafted gifts. Check out Victoria’s oldest beloved Christmas fair.

Admission: $2.00. Children under 12 free.

Location: James Bay Community Centre

 

Christmas Toy Drive

December 3, 11am – 3pm

This Christmas we want every child in our community to wake up on Christmas morning with a present to unwrap. This year the Victoria Public Market is hosting a Toy Drive. Bring an unwrapped toy and receive a doughnut from Yonni’s Doughnuts, and a coffee from Discovery Coffee. Plus you can make a child smile this holiday season!

Admission: Free. Bring an unwrapped toy.

Location: Victoria Public Market

 

Victoria’s Children Choir – Classical Christmas Concert

December 4, 7:00pm

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season and be entertained by the Victoria Children’s Choir. Listen to all the Christmas carols you love performed live, in the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral. This event is truly a Christmas treat.

Admission: $20.00. Children under 7 free.

Location: Christ Church Cathedral

 

Mesiah

December 5, 7:30pm

Vancouver Island Performers Guild Presents Handel’s Messiah. 16 singers, 11 piece orchestra, 4 soloists, 1 magical evening.

Admission: $20 Reg, $15 Students and Seniors

Location: North Douglas Church

 

Moss Street Holiday Market

December 9 – December 10, 10am – 4pm

The Moss Street Holiday Market is the Moss Street Market you love but with a Christmas twist. There will be over 80 vendors. Find some locally made crafts, clothing, jewelry, art, plus winter vegetables and hot apple cider. A perfect place to find some locally made Christmas gifts.

Admission: By donation

Location: Sir James Douglas School

 

Happy Holidays!