From holiday lights on the Parliament Buildings to Father Christmas at the Royal BC Museum to the jingle of horses pulling carriages and clip clopping down the cobblestone streets, winter in Victoria is truly magical.
Arts & Culture
There's no better place to be during the holidays than Victoria. The city captures this magical time of year with events, lights, parades and more. Stroll through a "forest" of decorated trees at the Festival of Trees at The Bay Centre. Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle encapsulates the spirit of a traditional Victorian Christmas. And no seasonal celebration is complete without the Magic of Christmas at The Butchart Gardens and the Island Farms Santa Light Parade, a festive experience that begins at the Parliament Buildings.
Food & Wine
If a good meal is what you are after, Dine Around & Stay in Town tickle your tastebuds and dive into Victoria's culinary scene at over 60 participating restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe menus between February and March. Don't just come for a bite either, choose to stay the night! Many of Victoria's hotels offer accommodations during the event with rates from $69 to $129.
Music & Film
The annual independent Victoria Film Festival attracts high quality films, encourages innovation and creativity, and draws adults and youth to experience a 10-day celebration of cinema.
History & Heritage
There's no better place to celebrate the Chinese New Year than in Victoria, home of Canada's oldest Chinatown. Spectators line the streets to watch the Dragon Parade, a performance rich with colourful and elaborate costumes, live music and traditional dance.