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Whether you're planning a wedding or coming to Victoria for one of the city's many annual events, Victoria draws visitors from all over the world. We have events you will not want to miss including the hilarious family fun of the Victoria International Buskers Festival - the 2014 program is available here - and a wide variety of music and food festivals to tempt your ears and your taste buds.

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Special Events

23nd Annual Festival of Trees

Dates: November 19, 2014 to January 06, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: The Fairmont Empress
Type: Special Events
Time: Ending: 11:00 PM
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Every year, Victoria Festival of Trees transforms The Fairmont Empress into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children's Hospital Foundation. Sponsors, local businesses, organizations and individuals of this event come together and decorate trees - in a sometimes wacky, often irreverent... more

Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase

Dates: November 22, 2014 to January 04, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Inn at Laurel Point
Type: Special Events
Time: From 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
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Feast your eyes and nose on creative inspirations constructed from gingerbread. More than just houses, they are detailed sculptures and unique works of art created by professional and amateur chefs. Vote for your favorite and make a donation to Habitat for Humanity Victoria. A spirit rousing experience, the gingerbread c... more

Bear Wear

Dates: November 25, 2014 to January 04, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Hotel Grand Pacific
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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The holiday teddies are back! For the 14th year, Bear Wear, a fundraiser for Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, is on display in the lobby of the Hotel Grand Pacific. The bears are dressed up by local businesses and individuals. Vote for your favourite ($2 suggested donation) as many times as you l... more

Centennial Square Ferris Wheel

Date Range: November 29, 2014 to December 21, 2014
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Type: Special Events
Time: Fridays (5:00pm - 9:00pm), Saturdays (1:00pm - 9:00pm) and Sundays (1:00pm - 7:00pm)
Location: Centennial Square
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The DVBA ferris wheel is back in Centennial Square for four weekends this holiday season. See Victoria from 65 feet up on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. Presented by the Downtown Victoria Business Association. Cutoff for the last ride will be 1/2 hour before closing time. Please arrive before 9:30pm on Fridays a... more

Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides

Date Range: November 29, 2014 to December 21, 2014
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Type: Special Events
Time: 12:00PM to 4:00PM on Saturdays, 12:00PM to 3:00PM on Sunday
Location: Downtown
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Enjoy a classic downtown tradition with your family this holiday season. Every weekend, horse-drawn trolleys will circulate throughout downtown making it easy to take in all of the sights and sounds of the Christmas celebrations. The trolleys are free of charge, compliments of the DVBA, and are a unique way to tour the d... more

A Victorian Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle

Dates: December 01, 2014 to December 31, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm, with extend hours from 10 - 7:30 during the weeks surrounding Christmas.
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Craigdarroch Castle is a National Historic Site and stunning example of Victorian architecture. Decorating the Castle for the Christmas season takes many hours and involves a number of staff and volunteers.  The decorations are on display throughout the month of December and we always offer a wide selection of musi... more

The Magic of Christmas

Dates: December 01, 2014 to January 06, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Location: Butchart Gardens
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From December 1st until Twelfth Night on January 6th, thousands of lights twinkle and glow throughout The Gardens. Started in 1987, the display is so large that our lighting crew is busy for a full two months installing it, and the accompanying massive amount of festive decorations. Throughout the festive season the ... more

Father Christmas - A Victorian Experience in Old Town, Royal BC Museum

Date Range: December 05, 2014 to December 21, 2014
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Royal BC Museum
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Dressed in his old-style robes, Father Christmas will be part of the magical experience in Old Town. Share holiday wishes and have a photo taken in this special setting. Included with admission or membership. Photos by donation. Digital photos may be viewed while in Old Town, then delivered by email for sharing with fami... more

Ballet Étoile presents: The Land of the Sweets: A Nutcracker Fantasy

Dates: December 19, 2014 to December 21, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: Friday and Saturday at 7PM, Sunday at 2PM
Location: Berwick Theatre
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Ballet Étoile: Victoria’s NEW professional ballet company presents ‘The Land of the Sweets: A Nutcracker Fantasy’ Last year’s original production is back by popular demand but we’ve added more dancers, more dances, more performances, and more venues! Ballet Étoile&rsquo... more

Ensemble Laude presents Illuminations: Songs Toward the Light

Date Range: December 19, 2014 to December 21, 2014
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday
Type: Special Events
Time: Friday at 7:30PM, Sunday at 2:30PM
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Victoria's premier women's choir brings light into the darkness this Christmas season with Illuminations: Songs Towards the Light. Ensemble Laude brings its unique brand of era-sweeping melodies, from medieval magic to modern times. Signature pieces include Mauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" and Part Uusberg'... more

The Christmas Express

Dates: December 19, 2014 to December 23, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: BC Forest Discovery Centre
Type: Special Events
Time: 4:00PM to 9:00PM
Location: BC Forest Discovery Centre
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Board the Christmas Express at the BC Forest Discovery Centre! Fun for the whole family! View website for details.  more

Livre Outdoor Nativity Pageant

Dates: December 21, 2014 to December 23, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00
Location: Topaz Park on Topaz Avenue
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Live outdoor nativity pageant that has become a community tradition since it started in 1987. A cast and crew of 100 with live sheep, donkey, and llamas. Nightly shows at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00, rain or shine. It's FREE. Please dress for the weather. more

Sculpture Studio Open House & Show

Dates: December 21, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: Noon to 5:00PM
Location: Melanie Furtado Sculpture Studio
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Sculpture Studio Open House & Show Free Portrait Sculpting Demo: 2-3pm Come celebrate the season and learn about the process of classical sculpture! Featuring: - sculptures and drawings by Melanie Furtado - works in progress and sculpture process displays - class work on show: student sculptures... more

The Shortest Day

Dates: December 21, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: 3:30pm & 7pm
Location: The Vic Theatre
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Come in from the dark when The Victoria Film Festival unreels Canadian short films on the shortest day of the year. Bringing a newly popular French tradition to Victoria, the VFF is celebrating the fine art of short films on Sunday, December 21st. Join us for free screenings of The Shortest Day programs, including a fami... more

On-Going Events

Victoria Downtown Farmers' Market

Date Range: StartedOctober 09, 2013
Upcoming Dates: December 24, 2014 , December 27, 2014 , December 28, 2014
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday
Venue: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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The Victoria Public Market at the Hudson is very excited to offer a year-round, local food-focused Farmers' Market! Featuring the region's best farms, freshest food, friendliest vendors, and finest musicians, the Downtown Farmers' Market takes place once a week inside the Public Market. Local food producers and farmers a... more

Open Mic Kitchen Party

Date Range: March 02, 2014 to March 29, 2015
Upcoming Dates: December 28, 2014 , January 04, 2015 , January 11, 2015
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday
Venue: Kemp Lake
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Kemp Lake Store Music Cafe
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Come out to Sooke to take in the cool retro vibe at the Kemp Lake Music Cafe's Open Mic Kitchen Party. We have great foods, a relaxing atmosphere, and music all the time. Vintage and new LPs, CDs, musical instruments and accessories and CDs - we are the most musical cafe on the west coast! more

8th Annual Integrate Arts Festival

Dates: StartedAugust 15, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 15th: 6pm-10:30pm; 16th: 10am-11pm
Location: Various art galleries in downtown Victoria and Oak Bay
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The Integrate Arts Festival (formerly known as “Off the Grid Arts Festival”) was developed in 2007. The event included an en masse art crawl (a movement in large groups from gallery space to gallery space) and acted as a celebration of small galleries, artist-run centres and alternative arts. In its eight yea... more

Bird Quartet by Roy Green

Dates: August 15, 2014 to January 15, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Location: Commercial Alley
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Open Space partners once again with the City of Victoria for Commercial Alley’s second installation, which features four new works by painter, performance artist and poet Roy Green. The artist's series not only captures the spirit of some of the island’s favourite winged cousins but also speaks to humanity&rs... more

Christmas in Old Town

Dates: November 14, 2014 to January 02, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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The sights and sounds of Christmas long ago. Marvel at the 4.5 metre tall Christmas tree, visit the wood-cobbled streets laced with festive garlands and see the shops decked with seasonal finery. more

Capture Christmas and WIN with Merridale!

Date Range: November 15, 2014 to December 21, 2014
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: Merridale Ciderworks Corp.
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From 4:30pm to 8:00pm
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This holiday season, take a walk down our enchanting Candy Cane Lane and a stroll through our magical courtyard to find your perfect merridale Christmas moment. Use your imagination, snap a picture, and then share your photo with us for a chance to win! Each week we will reveal a new theme to capture, and each week the... more

The Magic of Christmas at Merridale

Date Range: November 15, 2014 to December 21, 2014
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: Merridale Ciderworks Corp.
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
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Imagine twinkling lights on the trees, perhaps a dusting of snow on the orchard floor, and a cup of our newly released mulled cider, Yule Fuel, to warm the soul. It’s Christmas at merridale starting November 15th, every Friday through Sunday night. Our walk will start at Santa’s workshop (formerly known as t... more

Reflections

Dates: November 17, 2014 to January 05, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: English Inn
Type: On-Going Events
Time: as listed
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The Township Community Arts Council, together with the English Inn, are pleased to present "Reflections", as our very first artist-in residence exhibition. Through Reflections exhibits and dynamic events, you'll enjoy the opportunity to engage, create and be inspired by this definitive collection of Richard ... more

Plenty of Art: Passions & Pleasures

Dates: November 19, 2014 to December 27, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Location: Cenote Lounge
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A playful collection of fine art showcasing the individual expressions of passions and pleasures of 16 west coast artists. Join us for our opening night at Cenote Lounge (down the stairs by Lyle's) on Wednesday, November 19 @ 7pm. Admission is free. Age 19+. more

On Ice at the Fairmont Empress

Dates: November 20, 2014 to January 16, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: The Fairmont Empress
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Weekdays from 5:00PM to 9:00PM, Weekends from 1:00PM to 9:00PM
Location: The Fairmont Empress
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The Fairmont Empress is expanding its winter wonderland by adding a skating rink. The approximately 60' x 90' covered rink operates from November 20, 2014 until mid-January 2015. Skate rentals are available for $5 per pair. Skate rentals, Skate 'n Date nights and Family Skate afternoon are some of the ways to enj... more

Sidney Christmas Carol Singers

Date Range: November 22, 2014 to December 21, 2014
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Saturday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Thursdays 4:30-7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-3pm.
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Traditional carolers stroll the streets of Sidney capturing the warmth and tradition of Christmas sharing their heart-warming renditions of seasonal favourites with retailers and customers alike. Thursday nights and on weekends. Thursdays 4:30pm to 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 12pm to 3pm. more

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