To help spread the Christmas spirit in Victoria, we invited a group of local Instagrammers on a tour of seasonal spots to give you some yuletide visit inspiration.

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.


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.


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!


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