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Top 10 things to do this Christmas in Victoria

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

#10 Annual Gingerbread Showcase

Habitat for Humanity’s Gingerbread Showcase is an attraction that you do not want to miss this holiday season! Held at the Parkside Hotel and Spa, this showcase features both professional and amateur bakers with all proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. November 16, 2019 - January 5, 2020

#9 The Festival of Trees

Located at The Bay Centre, the Festival of Trees is a cherished tradition in Victoria, serving the community for the last 27 years. The Bay Centre is transformed into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees by local businesses and sponsors which not only showcase the Christmas spirit, but the community too. Visitors can vote on their favourite tree with all proceeds benefiting the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. November 21, 2019 - January 6, 2020

#8 Christmas at the Royal BC Museum

This year, Father Christmas will be visiting Old Town at the Royal BC Museum. Bring your family and friends to experience Christmas in a new way. This display offers Christmas traditions from the past as you take in the sights and sounds of Christmas in Victoria long ago. November 22, 2019 - January 9, 2020 

#7 Marvel at the Christmas Lights

There are two magical events rolling through Sidney and Victoria this holiday season. Join Peninsula Celebrations Society for the beloved Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade along Beacon Ave. on December 1st. And on December 7 be sure to watch the annual IEOA Truck Light Convoy of local commercial trucks decorated to the finest travelling through the streets of the Capital Region with the goal of collecting food items for the Food Bank.

#6 The Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens

From December 1st to January 6th enjoy the spectacular Twelve Days of Christmas light display at The Butchart Gardens. This popular Christmas attraction comes to life on a winter’s night where you can enjoy classic festive displays, ice skating, carollers, and seasonal dining!

#5 Marinas & Boats Lit Up

One of the joys of living on Vancouver Island is we are surrounded by water, and at Christmas time we love to decorate our boats and marinas. Take a stroll down to the Inner Harbour in Victoria on Friday, November 29 where the streets and boats will be alight with Christmas joy. Or head out to Sidney and walk through this adorable seaside town and have a hot chocolate on the pier and make sure to give the giant snowman a nod as you stroll down the dock. The Sidney Sparkles Parade is on Sunday, December 2 at 5:00pm followed by the lighted sail past of decorated boats along the waterfront.

#4 Christmas Starlight Cinema & Sidney Star Cinema

Who doesn’t dream of watching their favourite holiday movie under the stars with a mug of hot chocolate? Thanks to the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe, you and your family can! This attraction offers flexibility as movies are played every Tuesday and Wednesday evening in December, and admission is free with a donation. And be sure to check out the schedule of Sidney’s treasured Star Cinema for classic Christmas movie showings.

#3 Victoria Hudson Market

The best holiday meals start with the very best ingredients. You’ll find amazingly fresh and fine produce at the Victoria Public Market in the historic Hudson Building. Home to local artisans, farmers, butchers, bakers, preservers, brewers, vintners and florists, you’ll find everything you need for your Christmas holiday spread.

#2 Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle

This meticulously decorated Castle provides a unique look at how the Dunsmuir family would have celebrated Christmas more than a century ago. December 1 - 31

#1 Christmas Craft Markets

Be sure to stop in at one of the many Christmas craft fairs and markets throughout the holiday season. On November 29 and 30 you can wet your whistle at the Christmas Craft Beer Show, tasting some of the finest winter ales and ciders from microbreweries and cideries from across BC. Jump on these tickets for yourself or give the beer fanatic in your life an early Christmas gift. And for the fashion conscious be sure to stop and shop at the three day holiday market at the E & N Roundhouse in VicWest starting on November 30th. Beautiful and unique gifts, crafts and jewelry from makers and artisans from Victoria and Vancouver Island.

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