Once again the most wonderful time of the year is approaching. Christmas is a very special time in Victoria, and many residents and visitors take the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. This usually includes visiting one of Victoria’s many festive events, Christmas fairs and markets, and light displays. Don’t let the weather get you down this holiday season – whether you like to feel the snow fall on your face or enjoy it from inside, Victoria has a holiday attraction for you! Check out the 10 best Victoria Christmas activities below:
The Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens
From December to January enjoy the spectacular light display at Butchart Gardens. This popular summer attraction comes to life on a winter’s night where you can enjoy classic festive displays, ice skating, carolers, and seasonal dining!
Marina Light Up
On this special night take a stroll down to the Inner Harbour where the streets and boats will be alight with Christmas joy. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Victoria’s gorgeous waterfront in a new way!
Annual Gingerbread Showcase
Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase is an attraction that you do not want to miss this holiday season! Held at the Inn at Laurel Point, this showcase features both professional and amateur bakers with all proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.
The Festival of Trees
Located at the Bay Centre and the Fairmont Empress, the festival of trees has over 80 trees on display in true holiday fashion. Enjoy trees decorated by local businesses and sponsors which not only showcase the Christmas spirit, but the community too. Over 80 trees will be included this year for the festival’s 25th anniversary from November-January. Visitors can also vote on their favourite tree with all proceeds benefitting the BC Children’s Hospital.
Christmas at the Royal BC Museum
This December, Santa will be visiting the Old Town and the Royal BC Museum. Bring your family and friends to experience Christmas in a new way. This festival offers Christmas traditions from the past, and the chance to sing along with the bells of Carillon Tower.
Santa’s Light Parade at Island Farms
Guests come from near and far to enjoy this famous parade at Island Farms. Kids and adults will love the floats, music, entertainment, and dancing that will pass by and get you into the Christmas spirit. After the parade, meet santa for refreshments at Centennial Square where donations will also be accepted for local food banks.
Ogden Point Light Up, Christmas Market and Truck Convoy
This bustling event is a must see for families or those with young children. Visitors can enjoy holiday music, children’s crafts and activities, food trucks and a local Christmas market. At dusk, the spectacular holiday truck convoy arrives decked out with thousands of lights and ready to leave the city.
Christmas Starlight 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!
Centennial Square Ferris Wheel
From the top of the festive ferris wheel at Centennial Square, you can take in all of the holiday beauty in the surrounding area. Take a ride on the ferris wheel, meet Santa, and enjoy holiday entertainment and food vendors.
Uptown Christmas Parade and Light Up
The Uptown Shopping Centre will be hosting its annual tree lighting ceremony this November accompanied by a parade, performances such as live music, and of course shopping! Spend some time soaking up the Christmas cheer and giving back to the community through donations.
While in Victoria, be sure to enjoy one of our sightseeing tours this Christmas.