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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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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
Upcoming Dates: December 20, 2014 , 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
Upcoming Dates: December 20, 2014 , 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
Upcoming Dates: December 20, 2014 , 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
Upcoming Dates: 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

Christmas Light Kayak Parade

Dates: December 20, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Pacifica Paddle Sports
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Bring the family on the water this Christmas for a guided kayak light parade in beautiful Brentwood Bay. No paddling experience necessary. Tour is approximately one hour long. View Christmas lights on shore, paddle decorated kayaks and have a good time experiencing the quite of nature during this busy time of year. A hot... more

Cookeilidh - Christmas at Craigdarroch

Dates: December 20, 2014
Venue: Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: 3:00PM to 4:00PM
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COOKEILIDH - Christmas at Craigdarroch An hour of livey Celtic and yuletide music performed by Cookeilidh in the beautiful setting of Craigdarroch Castle. This will be a seated performance in the upstairs Dance Hall. Sure to get your toes tappin' and set the tone for the holiday season! more

Hanukkah Celebration

Dates: December 20, 2014
Venue: Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue
Type: Special Events
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm
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Please join us at the upcoming Hanukkah music and dance celebration organized by If Not Now, When? The celebration is also a fundraiser for the Hand In Hand Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem. The school was recently a target of politically motivated arson. All ages are welcome, as are non-Jewish friends, partners, and re... 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

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

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