Christmas Festivities

November 15th, 2014

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Christmas is upon us! Check out a few of the various events in downtown Victoria that are happening this season. Stay tuned, as more events will be posted as the holidays near!

23rd Annual Festival of Trees

Dates: November 19 – January 6
Time: All day, every day until 11: 00 pm
Location: Fairmont Empress

The Fairmont Empress is celebrating its 23rd Festival of Trees event. The event runs yearly, in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Local businesses, organizations and individuals come together to decorate trees during the holiday season. There are several unique tree decorating ideas, so be sure to check out each tree showcased!

On the Ice

Dates: November 20 – January 16
Times:
Weekdays 5:00pm – 9:00 pm
Weekends 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Fairmont Empress

The Empress opens its skating rink near the end of November! Enjoy the winter season with festive events the rink will feature, including: Sunday Skates with Santa and Christmas Eve Skating with the Elves. Each pair of skates rented is $5.00.

Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase

Dates: November 22 – January 4
Time: Daily, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location: Inn at Laurel Point

Created with detail and precision, these gingerbread houses are sure to leave you in awe! The creativity is derived from professional and amateur chefs.

This year’s theme, Where Things Live, is based upon the charity: Habitat for Humanity. Visitors are encouraged to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity while at the event!

Is your mouth watering yet? Wait until you check out the gingerbread houses in person!

16th Annual Downtown Victoria Gallery Walk

November 11th, 2014

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Date: Thursday, November 27
Time: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Begins at the Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

Does art fancy you? This is the perfect event! The 16th annual downtown Gallery Walk features fine art, live entertainment and refreshments at six various art galleries in Victoria’s downtown core.

Galleries Highlighted

-     Legacy Art Gallery Downtown
-     Madrona Gallery
-     West End Gallery
-     Alcheringa Gallery
-     Winchester Gallery
-     Winchester Galleries Humboldt Valley

The galleries will also be handing out stamps for your gallery passport. Collect stamps throughout the event and you could win one of six original art pieces!

Please call (250)-388-0009 for more information!

TEDxVictoria: Pursuit of Knowledge

November 8th, 2014

Date: Saturday, November 22
Time: 10:00 am
Location: McPherson Playhouse

Have you heard of the famous TED Talk videos? Victoria welcomes the 4th annual TEDxVictoria, hosted in the McPherson Playhouse. TEDxVictoria was founded in 2010, purely for individuals to share inspiring ideas, insights and innovations and create connections within the community. It is an independently-organized TED event that is based upon the original TED conference.

The theme for this year is Pursuit of Knowledge: bringing some of the most inspiring and interesting ideas to the public through live talks and videos. The day will be filled with numerous speakers and performers.

Please visit the website for more information and ticket sales!

Just for Laughs Comedy Tour

November 7th, 2014

Date and Times: Saturday, November 15, 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm
Location: Royal Theatre

Just for Laughs comedy show is returning to Victoria for its largest show yet! The show features comedian Demetri Martin, the host of Funny as Hell, Jon Dore, and Canadian Comedy Award-winner, Levi MacDougall.

Just for Laughs was founded in 1983 and is world-wide known for its TV show Gags. Be prepared to laugh until your stomach hurts!

Please visit the website for more information.

Max and Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite

November 7th, 2014

Date: November 10
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: McPherson Playhouse

Max and Ruby come to life in this magical performance based on one of the greatest musical scores: Nutcracker Suite. Stars of the famous TV series, Max and Ruby, this duo is loved around the world by children.

The performance is set on the Eve of Christmas, when Max and Ruby receive a magical package that contains pieces from the story the Nutcracker Ballet. Grandma reads Max and Ruby the Nutcracker story, and as the show goes on, they become part of the Nutcracker story themselves!

The performance is full of dance, and Christmas spirit; perfect for the entire family to attend.

For show and ticket information, please visit the website.

Britten’s War Requiem

November 2nd, 2014

Dates and Times:
Saturday, November 8, 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 9, 2:30 pm
Location: Royal Theatre

Victoria Symphony presents Britten’s War Requiem; a Remembrance Day event to illustrate the immense impact of war. The story is told through music, poetry and prayer by 165 choir vocalists. The music event will honour our country’s peace, as well as past sacrifices.

Please visit the Royal Theatre website for more information.

WinterBrau 2014

November 1st, 2014

Date: November 8

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: CANOE Brewpub

The CANOE Brewpub is bringing in Christmas early this year! The pub introduces its seasonal beer tasting along with a food sampling. The snacks and samples are unlimited with purchase of a ticket, so come hungry and thirsty!

There will be 15 different breweries featured in the event including local breweries such as:

-     4 Mile
-     Moon Under Water
-     Phillips
-     Spinnakers
-     Vancouver Island
-     Salt Spring Ale

Please visit their website for more information, or Ticket Rocket to purchase tickets to the event. Tis the season to be jolly and taste some delicious food!

The Maritime Museum

October 26th, 2014

The Maritime Museum is a representation of BC’s provincial marine origins. It features 35,000 artifacts and over 40,000 historical photos. Within these artifacts lies stories of pirates, shipwrecks and several vessels used throughout the years.

Keep an eye out for a few main attractions in the museum:

Engine Room: This room is filled with various types of engines ranging from small to large that have shaped the way navel transportation has evolved.
Trekka: In 1959, this ship was the smallest ship to travel around the world. Learn about her story in this exhibit!
Modelmania: One of the largest collections in Canada, the Maritime Museum features over 400 model airplanes. Some of these models originate from as far back as ancient civilization!

The Maritime Museum always has featured exhibits, so be sure to check out these as well!

Did you know?

The Maritime Museum will be moving closer to the Royal Scot! The museum is moving into the Steamship Terminal, located on the Inner Harbour. This means that it will only be a few minutes away from our hotel.

Furthermore, moving to the Steamship Terminal will allow the Maritime Museum to showcase boat exhibits alongside its building. Eventually, Dorothy and Trekka, boats that were used in the 1900’s, will be sitting in the water beside the Steamship Terminal for people to view!

For more information on the Maritime Museum, please visit their website.

Out of Hand Craft Fair

October 19th, 2014

outofhamdDates and Times:
November 28 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
November 29 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
November 30 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas Street

It is the 26th annual Out of Hand Craft Fair! This fair is known as one of the most ‘prestigious fairs’ that features fine crafts, home décor, unique fashion pieces, and artisan food.

The fair presents several local exhibitors that offer a variety of different handmade, high quality items. Whether you are trying to find the perfect gift for a close friend or loved one, or shopping is just your guilty pleasure, you will find just about anything!

Please visit their website for more information!

Chinatown

October 17th, 2014

Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in Canada and second oldest in North America, coming right behind San Francisco! With its own distinctive decorations and style, it makes it a unique part of the downtown core.

In the depths of Chinatown is a Chinese school, historical buildings, and Fan Tan Alley. Fan Tan Alley was originally a private walkway; however, it is now home to little shops and offices. Find local Chinese restaurants and markets amongst the street as well!

Absorb the Chinese-Canadian culture, take in the beautiful stoned lions that guard the gate to Chinatown, called the Gate of Harmonious Interest, and visit the famous alleyway!

Did you know?

Throughout the 1850s – 1860s, Chinatown was a major gateway for Asian immigrants. In 1911, Chinatown reached its peak size, covering six blocks of downtown Victoria with housing. It housed over 3,500 people, more than all of downtown’s population today!