1. Enjoy the Season's Lights

Nothing says Christmas like Victoria's beautifully lit up downtown. Grab a hot drink and wander past carefully decorated businesses on Government Street and soak in the magical lights of the Legislature in the Inner Harbour. Lights typically stay up until January 6. 


Skating for Joy. Photo by Tyson Airaksinen 

2. Go Ice Skating

Joy to the world and to all those who go skating at the Fairmont Empress ice rink (until mid-January, 2015), right in the Inner Harbour. Listen to festive tunes and twirl until you're dizzy from joy and the beauty of Victoria's lights. Alternatively, visit Butchart gardens (until January 6, 2015) for more magical skating.


Christmas at the Butchart Gardens.  

3. Experience the Christmas Magic

Thousands of lights transform the Butchart Gardens into a magical Christmas wonderland (until January 6, 2015). With a carousel, an ice rink, festive culinary delights and the lit up landscape, the Butchart Gardens are the perfect destination to make Christmas last with an extraordinary experience. Tours from downtown Victoria are available through CVS tours.


Gingerbread mushrooms. Photo by Tyson Airaksinen 

4. Explore Christmas Showcases

No Christmas is complete without a visit to see Victoria's most beautiful Christmas celebrities. Start at the Festival of Trees at the Fairmont Empress (until January 6, 2015) to view the city's most-creative and stunning Christmas trees. Next, make your way to the Hotel Grand Pacific for a cup of tea with Victoria's cutes and best-dressed teddy bears (until January 4, 2015). Finish your little tour at Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase at the Inn at Laurel Point (until January 4, 2015). Be prepared to be utterly amazed by the details and scale of these creations - you won't believe it's really all edible!


Festive tea at the Gatsby.

5. Enjoy Festive Tea

Warm up with a tea so festive you'll be wanting to celebrate Christmas all year. Enjoy some gingerbread inspired tea at AURA (until January 3, 2015), stop by the Gatsby for a special Christmas tea (until January 6, 2015) or visit the Abkhazi Garden for exquisite Silk Road tea and mouth-watering baking (until January 5, 2014).


Christmas in old town.  

6. Discover Historic Christmas Traditions

Step into the past and into the oldest house in British Columbia. Discover what Christmas was like at the Helmcken House (until January 4, 2015) over 100 years ago and explore the wood-cobbled streets laced with festive garlands and traditional shops in Old Town (until January 2, 2015).