If I Can Dream

December 18th, 2014

Date: Thursday, January 8
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: McPherson Playhouse

International award winning tribute, Stephen Michael Kabakos, plays Elvis Presley in this spectacle. Watch Kabakos transfer into three different decades of Elvis: from early recordings in the army, to the 68’ Comeback, then to his popular concert years.

Kabakos delivers an astonishingly comparable performance to the real Elvis. His performance is full of energy and captures the true essence of Elvis. Don’t miss this special performance of If I Can Dream, featuring Memphis Beats Rock’n’Roll, the Little Big Band Horns, and the TBC singers.

Please visit the McPherson website for more information.

New Year’s Eve Events

December 17th, 2014

Need something to do this New Year’s Eve? The Royal Scot has you covered! Please read below for a list of popular events happening on December 31st.

New Year’s Party with Groove Kitchen

Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show starts at 9:00 pm
Location: Hermann’s Jazz Club

Party with Groove Kitchen this New Year’s at the Jazz Club! Tickets include complimentary champagne.

Please visit their website to purchase tickets.

Gala Buffet and Dance

Time: Reservations starting at 7:30 pm
Location: Fairmont Empress
Cost: $160 per adult, $80 per child

The night consists of a buffet and live entertainment. Afterwards, get on the dance floor and show off your holiday moves! Finish the night with a glass of celebratory champagne.

For reservation information, please visit their website.

NYE 2015 Happy Brew Year

Time: Doors open 9:00 pm
Location: Lighthouse Brewery
Cost: Tickets starting at $60

This New Year’s Event features Lighthouse’s very own brews, as well as cocktails and wine. Dress to impress as the event will feature a red carpet, Hollywood décor, and music!

For more ticket information, please visit the website.

New Year’s Eve with the Timebenders

Time: Starting at 7:30 pm, band starts at 8:30 pm
Location: Mary Winspear Centre
Cost: $40

Spend New Year’s with the Timebenders as they sing through six decades of music. Ticket prices include access to the photo booth, party favours, and champagne to celebrate the night. The venue will have appetizers, food, and drinks available as well.

To purchase tickets, please visit the website!

More Christmas Activities

December 15th, 2014

Miracle on Paper Street

Dates & Times: December 17 – 20 at 8:00 pm and December 20 at 2:30 pm (family matinee)
Location: Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard Street)

Miracle on Paper Street is an improvised Christmas classic created by Paper Street Theatre. The show is inspired by holiday classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life, The Bells of St Mary’s, and Miracle on 34th Street.

What a wonderful way to bring in the holidays this year with the entire family!

Christmas Carol Sing-Along

Date: Thursday, December 18
Time: 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Location: St. Andrew’s Church

Sing along to traditional Christmas tunes at St. Andrew’s Church. The tunes will be accompanied by an organ, violin and vocal presentations. Enjoy complimentary cookies and hot apple drinks as well!

Frozen Castle Dance Party

Date: Saturday, December 20
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Market Square

The entire family will enjoy this fantastic Christmas event!  The event features a wintry walk-in cardboard castle for young children to decorate and travel through. And, of course, dance music for everyone to show off their dance moves!

Christmas Activities

December 13th, 2014

A Sentimental Christmas Carol

Dates & Times:
December 12 & 13, 8 pm
December 14, 2 pm
Location: Royal Theatre

The Victoria Symphony features Canadian soprano singer, Eve-Lyn de la Haye, singing various Christmas favourites in this special event. She will be joined by actor, Kelt Eccleston, to present a unique version of A Christmas Carol.

Please visit the Royal Theatre website for more information and ticket pricing.

Fun with Gingerbread

Date: December 13
Time: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Victoria Public Market

Jump into the Christmas spirit by creating your very own gingerbread house at the Victoria Public Market! All necessary materials needed to construct the perfect gingerbread will be supplied. Although the event is free, all donations will go towards the charity, Santa’s Anonymous.

This event is perfect for the entire family!

Tuba Christmas

Date: December 13
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Market Square

Watch over 65 tuba players from BC and the Northwest come together to play numerous Christmas songs. This assemble originates from New York City’s Rockfeller Center from over 40 years ago!

More Christmas Festivities

December 5th, 2014

Christmas Starlight Cinema

Date: Every Tuesday and Wednesday in December until December 17
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa

Bring a cozy blanket, some hot chocolate, and cuddle up under the stars while watching some of the family’s favourite holiday movies every Tuesday and Wednesday in December! The movies are free, but donations to Santa’s Anonymous are appreciated. Just remember, the Delta is just minutes away from the Royal Scot!

Movies Playing:
Tuesday, December 2: A Christmas Story
Wednesday, December 3: White Christmas
Tuesday, December 9: Elf
Wednesday, December 10: Home Alone
Tuesday, December 16: Polar Express
Wednesday, December 17: It’s A Wonderful Life

Royal Winnipeg’s Ballet: The Nutcracker

Dates and Times:
December 5 & 6, 7:30 pm
December 6 & 7, 2 pm
Location: Royal Theatre

A true holiday classic, the Nutcracker is presented by the Royal Winnipeg’s Ballet. The story takes the audience on the journey of Clara, her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy. The performance features several Canadian scenes including a frozen-over pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill.

Enjoy the wonderful costumes and sparkling sets in this magnificent performance! Not to mention, the Nutcracker is perfect for the entire family.

Please visit the Royal Theatre website for ticket information.

A Christmas Story, the Musical

Dates and Times:
December 5, 6, 11, 12, & 13, 8 pm
December 7 & 14, 2 pm
Location: McPherson Playhouse

Another classic holiday film, A Christmas Story, comes to life in this brilliant musical. The main character is Ralphie, a little boy who’s Christmas dream is to own a BB-gun, however; his parents and teacher warn him of the dangers of it

The story goes on to showcase the crazy adventures Ralphie sets out on to ensure that he receives the present he wants most. A tongue stuck to a frozen flag pole, a Chinese Christmas dinner and a bar of soap in the month are just a few things he encounters.

For ticket information, please visit the website!

More Christmas Festivities

November 29th, 2014


Bastion Square Holiday Pop-up Market

Dates and Times:
November 29, December 5, 12, & 19, 3 – 9 pm
November 30, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21, noon – 5 pm
Location: Bastion Square

Christmas spirit is in the air! Bastion Square introduces its festive Christmas pop-up market. Whether you are looking for a locally-made gift for someone special, or just browsing for yourself, the market has all you need to complete your Christmas check list! The market features arts, crafts, delicious treats, and live entertainment. Make sure to check it out, it is just a few blocks away from the Royal Scot!

The Huron Carol – A Musical

Date: Sunday, November 30
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Royal Theatre

The Huron Carol – A Musical is a two-part event. It is a re-enactment of the first Huron Carole introduce in 1987! Act 1 will be a musical, whereas Act 2 will be a special concert. Both acts will feature special guests including Don Amero, Shannon Gaye, Beverley Mahood and One More Girl.

49th Annual Carolling Week

Dates: December 1, 2, 3, and 5
Times: 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
Location: City Hall

Victoria City Hall presents the 49th annual Carolling Week to introduce December! Visit City Hall and listen to festive tunes sung by various children choir’s around Greater Victoria. If you desire, you can sing along as well!

Christmas Festivities

November 22nd, 2014

Christmas Lights Across Canada

Date: Wednesday, November 26
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Parliament Buildings

Bring in the season with the annual Christmas light-up across Canada at the Parliament Buildings. The Legislative lawn is just minutes away from the Royal Scot Hotel. Watch as the provincial tree and Parliament Buildings become lite with thousands of Christmas lights. Afterwards, enjoy hot chocolate and festive treats! Tis’ the season!

Centennial Square Christmas Tree Light-Up

Date: Saturday, November 29
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Centennial Square

Get into the Christmas spirit with an early kick-off to this season’s lights! Come down to Centennial Square and watch a newly founded Victoria tradition come to life. Thousands of lights brighten downtown at 5:00 pm. As well, ride the Ferris wheel for only a toonie, a sure way to achieve a beautiful view of the lights and downtown Victoria! The night will be accompanied by musical performances and festive treats, you surely will not want to miss out!

Christmas Festivities

November 15th, 2014


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
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

gallery walk

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!