Weekly Winter Escape RatesDecember 17th, 2013
Magic of Christmas at the Butchart GardensDecember 17th, 2013
Dates: December 1, 2013 to January 6, 2014
Time: December 1 to January 6 9:00am – 9:00pm, December 25 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC
Planning a visit to Victoria this Christmas? Plan a visit to the Butchart Gardens and enjoy their Twelve Days of Christmas displays located throughout the gardens.
From now until January 6th, 2014 the Butchart Gardens will be decorated with Christmas lights including Christmas wreaths, carolers and an outdoor ice skating rink. This is something for the whole family to enjoy!
Royal BC Museum offers Admission by Donation WeekDecember 11th, 2013
Planning a visit to Victoria in the New Year? As a gift to thank the community, the Royal BC Museum is continuing its New Year’s tradition of offering Admission by Donation Week. Visitors are asked to pay what they can from January 2nd to January 9th, 2014.
A Victorian Christmas at Craigdarroch CastleDecember 4th, 2013
Dates: December 1 to 31, 2013
Time: 10:00am to 4:30pm daily, with extended hours from 10:00am to 7:00pm during the weeks surrounding Christmas.
Closed December 25 and 26, 2013
Location: Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria, BC
The Craigdarroch Castle is a stunning example of Victorian architecture and over the Christmas season rooms are transformed and presented in a traditional Victorian Christmas fashion and original period toys peak out from under the Christmas trees. Self guided tours occur daily and additional events are scheduled to take place throughout December.
For more information and a full schedule of events, please contact the Craigdarroch Castle.
Lighted Truck ParadeNovember 27th, 2013
Come and enjoy the annual Lighted Truck Parade! This event aims to light up the streets and the lives of those less fortunate with the Annual Lighted Truck Parade and Food Drive.
5:45PM Trucks leave the parking lot at Ogden Point. For safety reasons, access to this parking lot is restricted to parade participants only.
6:30PM Trucks arrive at Oak Bay Village
7:00PM Trucks arrive at Yates and Douglas Street
7:30PM Trucks arrive at Helmcken and Trans Canada overpass
8:00PM Trucks arrive at Goldstream and Veterans Memorial Parkway
8:30PM Trucks arrive at Western Speedway – SANTA ARRIVES BY TRUCK
The above timing in respect to the Truck Light Convoy is approximate and everyone is invited to gather at Western Speedway for the conclusion of the parade.
Admission to Western Speedway is by cash or non-perishable food items. Coffee, hot dogs and hot chocolate are available by donation.
Lighted Ship ParadeNovember 27th, 2013
Date: December 7, 2013
Location: Victoria’s Inner Harbour
After the Lighted Truck Parade passes Victoria’s Inner Harbour (approximately 6:30pm), the Lighted Ship Parade will begin. Boats of all sizes will sail through Victoria’s Inner Harbour, decorated with bright magical Christmas lights.
This is an event for the whole family to enjoy, so come down to Victoria’s Inner Harbour and enjoy the Christmas season festivities!
Island Farms Santa Light ParadeNovember 14th, 2013
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Location: Government Street – from Belleville Street to Chatham Street
Time: 5:45pm to 7:00pm
The Island Farms Santa Light Parade routinely draws crowds of more than 40,000 to the streets of Victoria to take part in a festive celebration of the winter holidays. Bring the family to Victoria’s annual Christmas parade and enjoy the dazzling floats and marching bands that travel along the magically lit Government Street from Victoria’s Inner Harbour to Chatham Street. Meet up at the Capital Iron parking lot for delicious treats courtesy of Island Farms.
A National Celebration – Christmas Lights Across CanadaNovember 14th, 2013
Date: Thursday, November 28, 2013
Venue: BC Legislature Buildings, Victoria, BC
Planning a visit to Victoria at the end of November? Why not head down to the Legislature Buildings on the evening of Thursday, November 28th to celebrate the lighting of the Parliament Buildings and the Provincial Christmas tree.
Date: Thursday, November 28, 2013
This spectacular event will include performances by SingYourJoy Young Adult Chorus, James Bay Community School Choir, Reynolds Secondary School Carol Band and the St. Andrew’s Regional High School Choir.
Traditional refreshments will be served inside and a festive indoor Christmas tree will be on display for all to see and enjoy!
Remembrance DayNovember 7th, 2013
Antimatter – Underground Film FestivalOctober 31st, 2013
Dates: October 30, 2013 to November 3, 2013
This underground film festival features and promotes experimental cinema from the western world. Films are chosen by a jury but the festival is non-competitive. Antimatter has been running since 1998 and is dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of diverse forms of media art.
For more information on the 16th annual Antimatter, please visit the Antimatter (Media Art) website.