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Eat, drink and be merry with the best of a West Coast Christmas!

Outside the snow may not be falling, it is Victoria after all, but the Christmas cheer is unmistakable. Delicious seasonal fare, bustling artisan markets, joyous holiday festivals– Victoria knows how to ring in the holidays in style. Come join us! There is no better place to enjoy the holiday season then here on our beautiful island.

Holiday Events and Festivals

Christmas at Butchart Gardens

The world-famous gardens sparkling with millions of colorful lights are a sight not to be missed! Put on your coat and mittens and wander through the breath-taking display, enjoy a hot chocolate and toast your toes by the fire, or go for a skate on the romantic out-door ice rink.
Consider getting tickets to the Magic of Christmas Dinner and Dance event for an unparalleled Butchart Gardens experience. Reservations are required, so book your tickets soon!

December 1 to January 6, 2018

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37th Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade

Kick off the holiday season Victoria-stye! This family-friendly, free event is beloved for good reason. Christmas lights, music, and Santa himself handing out free cookies and milk will have even the Grinch smiling! The parade starts at 5:00pm, with the official Lighting of the Square at 7:00. For an extra bit of holiday fun, bring your little ones to the iconic Empress Hotel between 2:30-4:00 for cookie decorating and hot chocolate. Admission is to this event is one canned good per child to benefit Victoria’s food bank. The parade is free!

November 24, 2018

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Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle

An old-fashioned, Victorian Christmas experience in Victoria! Traditional decorations, vintage toys and live music recreate the seasonal splendor of days gone by. The breathtaking beauty of Craigdarroch Castle comes alive with the magic of the season.

Begins December 1, 2018

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Gingerbread Showcase 2018

Gingerbread tree forts, marzipan couches—it must be the Gingerbread Showcase! Professional and amateur bakers from around Vancouver Island showcase their creative and delicious talents in this fanciful holiday tradition. All proceeds raised go to support Habitat Victoria, so it’s fitting that the theme for 2018 is “There’s no place like home”.

Admission by donation

November 17, 2018 to January 6, 2019

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Seasonal Fare

Christmas Craft Beer Show

Victoria loves craft beer! Back for a third year of holiday cheer, the Christmas Craft Beer Show is a great party. Try seasonal offerings from your favorite micro-breweries, enjoy live music, and check out Victoria’s thriving craft beer scene. Kick start your Christmas festivities and enjoy another round!

November 30th & December 1st, 2018

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Merridale Christmas at the Farm

For a farm-to-fork, gourmet holiday celebration look no further then Merridale Farm. The whole experience is magical from the Christmas wonderland of lights and decorations, to the delicious, local dinner served family-style at long tables. You can even take a in a screening of the 1966 Classic “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” on their outdoor covered deck.

November 23rd, 2018 – Sunday, November 25th, 2018

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Holiday Shows

O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

Think tea parties are tame? Think again. Award-winning comedians James & Jamesy are coming to The Royal Theatre with their mad-cap, whimsical celebration of friendship and the holiday season. Likened to Monty Python and Mr. Bean, this duo is sure to delight fans of improv and British humor. One lump or two?

December 13, 2018 to December 14, 2018

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Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker with the Victoria Symphony

Enjoy a uniquely Canadian take on this classic holiday tradition with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet! Canada’s oldest ballet company and Victoria’s own symphony join forces to bring you a magical evening with Clara and her beloved nutcracker. Mounties, hockey and Parliament Hill all make an appearance in this delightful production!

November 30, December 1 & 2

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Seasonal Shopping

Metchosin Hall Society Christmas Craft Fair

Take in this small-town craft market as you browse and support local artists. Discover the true Vancouver Island experience, the way locals experience it. Everything is handmade and make for great gifts. Admission is free.

November 17-18, 2018

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Out Of Hand Modern Market

For 30 years this high-end market has offered a curated selection of amazing goods from Western Canada’s top artists and makers. Buy unique and luxurious gifts, artwork, clothing and more, directly from the artists who make them!

November 23-25, 2018

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The Owl Designer Fair

The Owl offers a unique twist on the craft market. Handmade and upcycled items made by local artists provide a fun and vibrant shopping experience, while FREE workshops for all ages give you the chance to try your hand at sewing, ceramics, painting and more! Add live music and food trucks to the mix and you have a recipe for holiday fun.

November 23-24, 2018

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Last Chance Christmas Craft Show

For almost 30 years this bustling market has showcased local goods and offered creative solutions for everyone on your gift list. Seasonal live music and food add to the holiday atmosphere. Last minute shopping doesn’t have to be stressful! Enjoy the bounty at Last Chance Christmas Craft Show.

December 8-10, 2018

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Jingle into the season with a stay at The Lodge at Weir’s Beach!

Our beautiful, peaceful rooms will welcome you back after a day of holiday merry-making. Enjoy the ocean view, soak in the hot tub or share some quality time with a loved one by the fire. For an extra special touch, ask about our delicious breakfast add-on and start your day off right. Ready to get in the holiday spirit? Book your stay today and enjoy all that Christmas in Victoria has to offer!

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