Butchart Gardens, The Twelve Days of Christmas December 1 – the first couple of days in January. Spectacular lighting and decorations make the gardens a magical and wondrous place. Strolling carollers, a festive brass band and children’s entertainment add fun and creative interest to a visit. Bring your skates and enjoy few turns on the outdoor ice rink created each December for an unusual and special treat.
A Touch of Saltspring, Christmas Craft Fair Artisans from Saltspring Island and other Gulf islands show and sell handmade crafts. Candles, stained glass, wooden bowls, chocolates and wonderful preserves, gourmet sausage and cheeses, clothing and wooden toys and more! There’s something for every age and every taste. Located at the Panorama Leisure Centre near Victoria International Airport. Call 250-655-6351.
Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle Beautifully decorated for the festive season. Visit and enjoy seasonal music, theatre and storytelling, including a formal Curator’s Dinner on December 10th, Sweet Night Music on December 17th and Hogmanay, a Scottish New Year’s Celebration on December 31st. Call for details 250-592-5323.
Inner Harbour Promenade Dickens’ theme with costumed buskers, carollers creating an old-time Christmas walk!
Lighted Ship Parade Magical parade through Victoria’s fabulous Inner Harbour.
Annual Navy Ships’ Lighting Contest See our hearty mariners’ festive work with the ships and buildings of CFB Esquimalt.
Handel’s Messiah Victoria Symphony at the Royal Theatre.