We began the tour with a walk through Craigdarroch Castle, a mansion built in 1890 for coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir. This stately property is the perfect place to get in the festive mood. Throughout December, the castle is festooned with spectacular period decorations which take the staff a whole month to set up!
Next, we visited Market Square for the annual Tuba Christmas performance. This tradition began in New Year City's Rockefeller Centre around 40 years ago and has been a festive favourite in Victoria for 37 years as devoted music lovers come to hear the tubas play. More than 65 musicians from all over B.C. performed a selection of popular Christmas tunes for the crowd.
If you're in the neighbourhood, come quickly and check out some magical Christmas tuba gooding junior. Sounds great down here. #VictoriaHOHOHO @tourismvictoriabc invited me to tootle around town with @thevictorialife, @apoelise, @kristarobertsgeary, and @victoria_buzz, and take some pics tagged #VictoriaHOHOHO. This is one of the photos I took.
After hearing some Christmas classics we went to explore the Festival of Trees at The Bay Centre. We were greeted with a warming Peppermint Mocha and gooey Sammich cookie before being taken to see the creative Christmas trees entries from local businesses. Supporting the B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation, the Festival of Trees will get even the Grinchiest of hearts feeling all warm and toasty! Select your favourite from amongst the 65 trees on display and make a donation to show your support. You can see the trees until January 5, 2015.
It's December in Victoria & that means the #FestivalOfTrees is in full effect @thebaycentre in support of the @bcchf - This gorgeous gown aptly named Treeyonce was my favourite..like come on..that dress tho!! ?????? #VictoriaHOHOHO #amazing #nothingisordinary #FOTyyj #DonateToVote #winterwonderland #explorebc #thisisvic #vancouverisland #ig_canada #allwhatsbeautiful #wonderful_places #weihnacht #happyholidays
We ended our Christmas tour with a stop at the National Gingerbread Showcase at the Inn at Laurel Point. The gingerbread creations on display are more than just houses; they're everything from castles to cars and longhouses to treehouses lovingly crafted by amateur and professional chefs. Raising money for local housing charity, Habitat for Humanity, the display is open to the public until January 3, 2016. Be sure to stop in at AURA Restaurant afterwards for a candy cane martini!
Yea, that's right, it's a gingerbread longhouse. And it's in the amateur category of this year's Gingerbread Showcase at @innatlaurelpoint. If this is "amateur,"can you imagine what the professional ones look like? It took eight students from Spectrum Community School 26 hours to make this masterpiece. Head down to vote for your fave. Proceeds go to Habitat in Humanity and last year $38K was raised. Bam! #yyj #yyjeats #Christmas #holidays #victoria #vancouverisland #firstnations #indigenous #VictoriaHOHOHO #TRC @tourismvictoriabc
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