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Victoria Events

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

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

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

Daniel Lapp's Home for Christmas

Dates: December 23, 2014
Venue: Alix Goolden Hall
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:30pm
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VCM Presents Daniel Lapp’s Home for Christmas Concerts This year the VCM is proud to present Daniel Lapp’s 11th Annual HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Concerts. Two performances celebrating music in the community, featuring *Colleen Eccleston, Julia Cunningham, Nicholas Fairbank, the Joy of Life Choir, The BC Fidd... more

The Night Before the Night Before

Dates: December 23, 2014
Venue: Christ Church Cathedral
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:30PM
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CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble presents "The Night Before the Night Before" - seasonal works for choir and brass - the perfect way to relax and enjoy the spirit of Christmas. more

Christmas Eve Dinner

Dates: December 24, 2014
Venue: Vic’s Steakhouse & Bar
Type: Special Events
Time: From 4:30PM to 8:30PM
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4 Course Choice Menu Served Assorted Artisan Breads and House Made Spreads First Course Butternut Squash Soup - heavy cream, pear chutney Second Course Baby Greens Salad - dried cranberries, toasted pumpkin seeds, cucumber, organic baby greens, pear dressing Third Course Roasted Turkey - candied yams, m... more

Christmas Day Brunch

Dates: December 25, 2014
Venue: Inn at Laurel Point
Type: Special Events
Time: From 11:00AM to 2:00PM
Location: Terrace Ballroom
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Create a wonderful Christmas memory this holiday season and treat your family and friends to our Christmas Day Brunch buffet. Sinfully decadent and overflowing with holiday cheer, it's truly a meal worth waiting for. Executive Chef Takashi Ito has thoughtfully prepared this one-of-a-kind Christmas spread for you and ... more

Christmas Day Dinner at Blue Crab

Dates: December 25, 2014
Venue: Blue Crab Seafood House
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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We want to be your host for Christmas! Leave the dishes at home and let us treat you to a beautiful three course menu. With views of the Victoria's Inner Harbour our venue is the perfect place to relax with friends and family while feeling grateful to be in such an amazing city. more

Christmas Day: BC Statutory Holiday

Dates: December 25, 2014
Type: Special Events
Location: Across the World
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Christmas Day: Statutory Holiday across Canada  Christmas, according to christianity, is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ but this holiday is widely celebrated by non-religious people as well. Christmas Day is always December 25th.  more

Ballet Victoria presents The Gift

Dates: December 27, 2014 to December 29, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Royal Theatre
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If you thought you knew Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, think again! Ballet Victoria puts a new spin on an old classic placing a young Pandora as the central figure. As she opens the forbidden box, she unleashes a host of new characters including some inspired by Frozen. The Victoria Symphony, conducted by Joey Pietraroi... more

Quinn Bachand's BRISHEN - A Gypsy Jazz Celebration!

Dates: December 27, 2014
Venue: Oak Bay United Church
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:30PM
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Quinn Bachand's gypsy jazz ensemble features Richard Moody, Reuben Wier and Joey Smith, with special guest Maureen Washington. Eighteen year old Quinn is an award winning multi-instrumentalist and a music prodigy, and his ensemble features some of the best jazz manouche players in Canada! With FIVE 2014 Canadian Folk ... more

Year End Jazz at Hermann's with Toronto's Attila Fias

Dates: December 27, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: 8:00PM
Location: Hermann's Jazz Club
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Toronto's fiery jazz pianist Attila Fias is coming into town for a one time appearance. Get ready for an exciting mix of originals, jazz standards, Brazilian, Latin, funky grooves and more. He will be supported by Sean Drabitt (bass) and Kelby MacNayr (drums). more

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

Dates: December 28, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:30PM
Location: Metro Studio 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

Movie Magic Filmmaking & Acting Camp

Dates: December 29, 2014
Venue: Intrepid Theatre
Type: Special Events
Time: 10AM to 3PM
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Join island born filmmaker & producer Chris Jaycox in a special themed, winter break acting and filmmaking camp for youth aged 8-13. Designed as a hands on program, participants will create an animated claymation movie and a short film with props, acting and special effects. The program will conclude with a special a... more

Hogmanay Whisky Tasting

Dates: December 31, 2014
Venue: Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: 3pm
Location: Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum
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Kick off your New Year's Eve celebrations with a favorite Scottish drink: whiskey! Hogmanay is traditionally a much bigger holiday celebration in Scotland than Christmas, and Craigdarroch honours that tradition with this event. 5 whiskeys will be tasted "blind" so that everyone can discover for themsel... more

New Year's Eve at AURA

Dates: December 31, 2014
Venue: AURA Waterfront Restaurant & Patio
Type: Special Events
Time: starting at 5pm
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Let Chef Ito and his team dazzle your taste buds one last time in 2014! New Year's Eve is your opportunity to experience a warm and intimate dining venture. Leave the horns and blowers at home and end the year right with a truly tasteful evening. more

New Year's Eve Gala Buffet & Dance

Dates: December 31, 2014
Venue: The Fairmont Empress
Type: Special Events
Time: Starts at 7:30PM
Location: The Fairmont Empress
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As the New Year draws closer, make your last meal of 2014 a dazzling one! Feel the enchantment of the Palm Court and Crystal Ballroom as you enjoy a lavish buffet dinner and live entertainment before hitting the dance floor! Enjoy a glass of bubbly as we count down to 2015! more

New Year's Eve with the Timebenders

Dates: December 31, 2014
Venue: Mary Winspear Centre
Type: Special Events
Time: Starting: 7:30 PM
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New Year's Eve with the Timebenders Doors 7:30 - Band 8:30 Complementary Party favours Complementary Glass of bubbly at 12 New for 2014! Complementary Photo Booth Full Service Bar Food for purchase by Island Culinary 19+ event more

New Year's Party with Groove Kitchen!

Dates: December 31, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: Doors 7:00PM music at 9:00PM
Location: Hermann's Jazz Club
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Come celebrate New Year's Eve with Victoria's favourite funk/soul/Latin band! If you like funk a la Maceo Power, James Brown and Tower of Power, this one's for you! Tickets are $35 (include glass of bubbly and party favours) and can be obtained in advance online at groovekitchen.weebly.com or by emailing adrianman2@shaw.... more

New Years Eve Celebration

Dates: December 31, 2014
Venue: Vista 18
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:00PM to 1:00AM
Location: Chateau Victoria
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Vista 18 will be ringing in the New Year with three dinner seatings – each at a different price point – culminating in the third seating at 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m., the Gala Event is a four-course dinner with entertainment by Lust Life Jazz Band, and a glass of sparkling wine in a keepsake flute glass Reservation... more

New Years Eve Dinner and Dance at the Blue Crab

Dates: December 31, 2014
Venue: Blue Crab Seafood House
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM
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Join us for a beautiful 3 course dinner previous to your late evening plans or make a night and hit the dance floor overlooking Victoria's Inner Harbour. Featuring local jazz musician Diane Pancel, this will be the perfect evening to celebrate the close of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. more

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