Christmas in Victoria


December is here and Christmas is in the air! 

There’s lots to see and do around the city click here for more details.

The Magic of Christmas is at Butchart Gardens 3109024705_3cd879d832

December 1st, 2009 marks the start of the 23rd 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 the outdoor rink. No need to worry about hockey sticks flying about, or figure skaters making you look bad.


 Victoria Carriage Tours

45 minute Christmas Horse Drawn Trolley Tours of Downtown Victoria in December.

Tours will be fully narrated and will give passengers an historical account of what Christmas was like many years ago.

Space is limited so book your tickets today and come and experience this wonderful tour aboard one of our covered horse drawn trolleys!

Warm blankets are provided.P1010774

 Craigdarroch Castle

Decorating the Castle for the Christmas season takes a full month!  The transformation is amazing as the rooms are presented in traditional Victorian fashion complete with Victorian toys. Also featured throughout the home are several Christmas trees. 
The Dining room which is usually open to the public, is roped off during the month of December and a loan of table settings from Government House allows us to show visitors what a Victorian dinner would look like. This room is home to the original Dunsmir dining table and chairs as well as 3 large paintings and 2 wooden carvings owned by the family.


Discover the Past – Walking Tours

Ghosts of Christmas Past

90 minute tour specifically designed to focus on ghost stories and the super natural at Christmas in Victoria.  Tours run on December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Christmas in Old Town Walking Tour

A 90 minute tour based on true accounts of how Christmas was celebrated in the days of Fort Victoria and the gold-rush era.

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