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Christmas Landing Page - Events

Christmas Event Calendar

Christmas in Victoria is bursting with festive things to do, from strolling along the dazzling Inner Harbour, shopping on our cobblestone streets, sipping Christmas cocktails at our cozy pubs and lounges or hitting any of the events happening all season long below. In Victoria, you can escape crowds and calamity of the big city and rediscover your Christmas spirit.

 

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Special Events

Annual Gingerbread Showcase

Dates: November 19, 2016 to January 02, 2017
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Inn at Laurel Point
Type: Special Events
Time: 9am-9pm
Location: Inn at Laurel Point
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Victoria's Inn at Laurel Point is once again hosting Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase, benefiting Habitat for Humanity Victoria Saturday November 19 - Monday January 2, 2017 9am - 9pm. The event brings together professional and amateur bakers from across Canada and highlights their creativity, while supporting the... more

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tours

Date Range: December 02, 2016 to January 01, 2017
Upcoming Dates: December 09, 2016 , December 10, 2016 , December 11, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: Tourism Victoria
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:30pm - select days, see below
Location: Tourism Victoria
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Get ready to hear favourite yuletide haunting takes on the popular 90-minute walking tour, "Ghosts of Christmas Past." A Songhees legend, a Christmas Eve murder, the "White Lady" of Bastion Square (who is said to have made her first appearance at Christmas in 1861) and many more spooky stories will ... more

Christmas in Old Victoria Walking Tours

Date Range: December 03, 2016 to December 18, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 10, 2016 , December 11, 2016 , December 17, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Venue: Bastion Square
Type: Special Events
Time: Saturdays: 1pm, Sundays: 10:30am
Location: Meet outside 26 Bastion Square
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Get into the holiday spirit and discover how Christmas was observed in early Victoria on this 90-minute leisurely historical walking tour through Old Town. Start inside a heritage building for a short history of Christmas traditions, then head out through the festive streets to hear true stories about the season, inclu... more

Sidney Spiced Launch at Vic Distillers

Dates: December 08, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: Victoria Distillers
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It's here! Sidney Spiced is ready just in time for the holidays! Currently available only at Victoria Distillers. The official launch is Thursday, December 8 from 4-6pm. Come out and have a complimentary cocktail featuring Sidney Spiced! more

First Annual Sooke Winter Night Market

Dates: December 09, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre
Type: Special Events
Time: Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 4-9pm
Location: Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre
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The first annual Sooke Winter Night Market will be held Friday December 9th from 5 - 9pm and Saturday December 10th from 4 - 9pm. Food, Klezmer Music, Vendors, Beverages and more. All at the Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Rd. Sooke, BC. more

Homo For The Holidays: A Cabaret

Dates: December 09, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: 8pm
Location: Metro Theatre
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Christmas is about to get (even) gayer with Homo for the Holidays, a cabaret from the fine folks at Intrepid Theatre that celebrates the talents of the local theatre and gay communities and brings them together for a special one-night only event. Homo for the Holidays, a queer-themed holiday cabaret is a unique night of ... more

CBC Radio & Our Place present ‘A Christmas Carol’

Dates: December 12, 2016
Venue: First Metropolitan United Church
Type: Special Events
Time: Doors at 6:30pm
Location: First Metropolitan United Church
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CBC & Our Place Society present a reading of Dickens’ Classic Tale, ‘A Christmas Carol’ featuring Shelagh Rogers, Bob McDonald, Arthur Black & more. Louise Rose & the Open Door Choir at Our Place will also lead the audience in a Christmas Carol sing-a-long... more

Celebrate the Season with Stories at Helmcken House

Dates: December 17, 2016
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Winter is in the wings and we have stories capturing the anticipation of the season, the turning of the world from dark to light, of gifts and ghosts – told by the hearth at Helmcken House. This event is part of the Stories at Helmcken House series, where experienced tellers delight audiences of all ages with fo... more

On-Going Events

Wildlife Tour & High Tea

Dates: November 16, 2016 to March 31, 2017
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: SpringTide Whale Watching & Eco Tours
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From 12.30pm - 6.30pm
Location: Gatsby Mansion
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Looking for the perfect gift? Give your loved ones the gift of adventure and relaxation all in one. Join SpringTide for an exhilarating 3 hour Marine Wildlife Tour on a high speed open Zodiac. Return to the city to relax and warm up with a delicious High Tea at the Gatsby Mansion. Experience the best of Victoria ... more

Festival of Trees

Dates: November 17, 2016 to January 03, 2017
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: The Bay Centre
Type: On-Going Events
Location: The Bay Centre and The Fairmont Empress
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  Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Festival of Trees in support of BC Children's Hospital Foundation. This year the Festival has "branched" out across the city! The Festival of Trees is decking the halls of The Bay Centre with 65 trees on display and returning to their "roots" at T... more

Little Gems 2016: Holiday and Art Craft Fair

Dates: November 19, 2016 to December 18, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: The Bay Centre - CACGV Community Gallery
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Little Gems Holiday Art and Craft Fair: Call for Submissions The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is pleased to host another instalment of Little Gems: Holiday Art and Craft Fair at 636 Fort Street in The Bay Center. It is a festive event that connects local artists getting in the holiday spirit with their com... more

Festive Christmas High Tea at The Teahouse

Dates: November 25, 2016 to January 08, 2017
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 11am - 5pm
Location: Abkhazi Garden
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Indulge in our four-course Festive Christmas High Tea by the warmth of the fire as Princess Abkhazi would have intended. On the menu:    Hot Honey-Buttered Crumpets with Housemade Lemon Marmalade Freshly Baked Currant & Cranberry Scone with Devonshire Cream and Housemade Preserves Fres... more

Merridale's Enchanted Courtyard Light Up

Date Range: November 25, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 09, 2016 , December 10, 2016 , December 11, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: Merridale Ciderworks
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Join us in the Merridale courtyard and orchard for our 3rd annual light-up. Imagine twinkling lights on the trees, perhaps a dusting of snow on the orchard floor, and a warm cup of mulled cider, Yuel Fuel, to warm the cockles of your heart. Stroll by the North Pole, Santa's workshop and so many more holidays displays. I... more

Celebrate the Season in Silver and Gold: An Art Exhibition

Dates: November 26, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Alcheringa Gallery
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Various, see below
Location: Alcheringa Gallery
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Join us for a curated exhibition that features the glittering brilliance of our talented artists. Featuring work by Catherine Blackburn, Chris Cook III, Bill Helin, Dorothy Jarvis, Edward Joe, Mark Preston, Ernest Swanson and Dylan Thomas. Opening reception November 26th, 2 - 5pm, with artist demonstrations. Galle... more

Christmas at the Market

Dates: November 26, 2016 to December 24, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 11am-3pm
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Join us for Christmas at the Market! We'll have everything you need for under the tree, and on the table! We'll have lots of local artisans selling their goods, plus the delicious food at our permanent vendors! Santa will be visiting the Market on December 3rd, 10th and 17th from 12-3pm. We'll have Live Music December 3r... more

Inner Harbour Marina Light Up

Dates: November 26, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 4pm
Location: Causeway/Ship Point
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Don’t miss out the Marina Light Up starting November 26. Be delighted by the many colourful boats in the Inner Harbour lit in a vibrant display of Christmas lights. Be sure to include the Inner Harbour marinas in your Christmas activities list and experience the Christmas spirit of downtown Victoria. more

Merridale's Holiday Dinner Series

Date Range: November 26, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 09, 2016 , December 10, 2016 , December 11, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: Merridale Ciderworks
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Starting November 25th we launch our holiday series with our orchard light-up every Friday, Saturday and Sunday – think holiday liqueur releases, Yuel Fuel, and special treats in the store. Each weekend we’ll be showcasing a fresh new menu for you to enjoy. When you join us, don’t forget to explore the ... more

Sidney Nativity Exhibit

Dates: November 26, 2016 to December 05, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Nov 26th to Dec 5th 2pm-9pm Daily
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
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This Annual Nativity Exhibit is celebrating it's 10th year! Creches are on display from all over the world, some dating back to the 1900s making this event more of a historical Christmas display! Free Admission! Crafts and games for children. more

The 2016 Holiday "Pop Up " Market at Bastion Square

Date Range: November 26, 2016 to December 21, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 06, 2016 , December 11, 2016 , December 16, 2016
Recurrence Recurring every 5 days
Venue: Bastion Square
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Various - see below
Location: Bastion Square
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The 2016 Bastion Square Holiday “Pop Up” Market opens on Saturday, November 26th from 3 pm - 8 pm the day of the 35th annual Santa's Light Parade on Government Street. There is always something exciting to look at and artisans to meet. Many artisans work on site and are available to chat about their... more

Christmas in Old Town

Dates: November 29, 2016 to January 09, 2017
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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The sights and sounds of Christmas long ago! Visit the wood-cobbled streets laced with festive garlands and see the shops decked with seasonal finery. more

Christmas LEGO Display

Dates: December 02, 2016 to December 21, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Mary Winspear Centre
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Location: Mary Winspear Centre
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The Victoria LEGO Users Group have designed a creative and whimsicle LEGO display for children of all ages to enjoy! Visit the display the entire month of December at the Mary Winspear Centre. more

Christmas Train

Date Range: December 02, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 09, 2016 , December 10, 2016 , December 11, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Come Experience the Christmas Train! December 2-4, 9-11 and 16-23 from 4pm-9pm at the BC Forest Discovery Centre. The Centre is a 100-acre, open air museum with an operational railway in Duncan, British Columbia. The Centre features forest and marsh trails with excellent bird watching opportunities. more

Father Christmas in Old Town

Date Range: December 02, 2016 to December 18, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 09, 2016 , December 10, 2016 , December 11, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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Visit with Father Christmas in Old Town, have your photo taken and share your holiday wishes! more

Ferris Wheel in Centennial Square

Date Range: December 02, 2016 to December 18, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 09, 2016 , December 10, 2016 , December 11, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Various - see website
Location: Centennial Square
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What: The DVBA Ferris wheel is back in Centennial Square for four weekends this holiday season!! Enjoy a ride 20m above the sparkling lights of the Square. While you're there enjoy live music and don't forget to take a photo at the Ferris wheel backdrop! Where:Centennial Square, beside the McPherson Playhouse Who: Rid... more

Gingerbread House Scavenger Hunt

Dates: December 02, 2016 to December 21, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: All Day
Location: Downtown Sidney
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The elves have been busy in Sidney this Christmas! 40 different gingerbread houses are hidden in the shops throughout town! Find 12 and enter to win 1 of 3 great prizes. Entrance forms can be found in the Events Calendar. more

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