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 .