Archive for November, 2011

Skating in the Square

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Skate in Centennial Square

Come downtown and check out the outdoor ice skating rink right in the centre of Victoria at Centennial Square. A great way to get out and enjoy the season as well as get some exercise to beat the holiday stress, ice skating is a holiday tradition in the less temperate regions of Canada. From November 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012, the Downtown Victoria Business Association’s ice rink will be providing Victoria with all the enjoyment of the outdoor ice skating experience, with none of the hardships that come with sub zero temperatures and metres of snowfall. The ice rink will have enough room to support up to 70 skaters at once and being open six days a week, there is plenty of opportunity to take a spin through the city this holiday season.

Visit the website for more info.

Celebrate the Season at Butchart Gardens

Monday, November 14th, 2011

December 1st, 2011 marks the start of the 25th season of festive Christmas displays. 


Tens of thousands of coloured lights combine with evergreen swags and wreaths of holly and winter berries to line walkways and festoon lamp posts. The ever-popular Twelve Days of Christmas displays are tucked away about The Gardens.

 From 5 pm to 9 pm in the Piazza you will find lively performances featuring traditional caroling and music.

 Enjoy some recreational ice skating on our 307 sq. m (3,300 sq. ft.) outdoor rink. No need to worry about hockey sticks flying about, or figure skaters making you look bad.

Skating is available daily during admission hours. Just show up and skate at the next available time, or you can book a time by visiting the

Visitor Information Centre upon arrival. Skate times run on the hour and last for 40 minutes. The rink capacity is 50, so be sure to bring your friends.


The Dining Room Restaurant , in the former residence of the Butchart family, is decorated in holiday finery and serves a delicious 3-tiered High Tea. The Blue Poppy Restaurant , filled with poinsettias, offers a variety of tasty main dishes and desserts, with a convenient cafeteria-style service. For a light meal and hot beverages in front of glowing fire, drop in to the Coffee Shop .

 If you are hunting for Christmas gift ideas, the Seed & Gift Store presents an array of tasteful selections.

Get in the Christmas Spirit

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

And check out a craft fair this weekend…

November 11-12- Calico Christmas 654 Agnes St. at Pacific Christian School., 250-516-3070, Fri-6pm -9:30pm, Sat. 9am-5pm

November 11-12-13 Creative Craft Fairs, Pearkes Rec Centre 3100 Tillicum Rd. – Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am to 4:30pm

November 12 – Christmas Bazaar, Church of St. John the Divine, 11 am – 2 pm. 925 Balmoral Street (off Quadra)

November 12- Vintage Holiday Bazaar – Fairfield United Church 1303 Fairfield Road at Moss Street – 10-4pmDSCN3845

November 12-13, Sooke Prestige Craft Fair, Sat./Sun 10 am to 5 pm at Prestige Oceanfront Resort

November 12-13- HOLIDAY GIFTS GALORE, the 36th annual craft sale and show presented by the Juan de Fuca Arts and Crafts Guild.  Location St. Joseph’s School Gym, 757 Burnside Road West, Victoria, BC.  Free admission.  Door prizes.  Wheelchair accessible.  VISA.  Lots of free parking, on bus route.   Saturday November 12, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday November 13, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Information 250-474-7060.  A wide variety of arts and crafts, gifts for everyone, many under $20.

November 12 – Christmas Fair at Cadboro Bay United Church, Sat. Nov. 12 from 10 am – 2 pm. at 2625 Arbutus Road. Info call Jane at 250-294-9354

November 12 – Shoal Centre Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale, 10030 Resthaven Dr. Sidney, 10am-2 pm. Phone 250-656-5537