December 21, 2023

10 Things to do in Victoria this January

This January, experience everything Greater Victoria has to offer and immerse yourself in a unique blend of old-world charm and modern creativity.

Celebrate the start of a new year in Victoria, where our vibrant community, rich history, and stunning natural beauty come together to create unforgettable experiences. In a period where most of Canada is covered in snow, Victoria remains an evergreen destination with many tantalizing activities.

This January, experience everything Greater Victoria has to offer and immerse yourself in a unique blend of old-world charm and modern creativity. From lively performances to calming outings, let January impart a magical infusion of novelty and nostalgia in our timeless city.

  1. Experience Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada™
    • Celebrate Canada’s favourite sport at Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada™, hosted in Victoria from January 17-20, 2024. This event, taking place at Victoria’s iconic Inner Harbour, includes family-friendly activities, hockey clinics, and a festival at Ship Point, making it a great way to engage with the local community and our nation’s beloved winter sport.
  2. Dine Around and Stay in Town
    • From January 26 to February 11, 2024, enjoy Victoria’s annual ‘Dine Around and Stay in Town’ program. It’s a celebration of local cuisine where you can indulge in specially prepared menus at Victoria’s top restaurants. The Gala, with 41 restaurants and 17 purveyors serving bits and sips, on January 25 is not to be missed!
  3. Visit a Local Museum
    • Discover Victoria’s rich history and cultural heritage at the Royal BC Museum, where fascinating exhibits bring the past to life. Or if you’re more inclined toward the water, explore the Maritime Museum of BC, showcasing the province’s deep connection with the sea. Aviation enthusiasts can’t miss the BC Aviation Museum, where a collection of aircrafts and artifacts tells the story of flight in British Columbia.
  4. Experience Cirque du Soleil
    • Step into a world of dreamlike fantasy with Cirque du Soleil’s “Corteo,” showing in Victoria from January 11-14. This extraordinary show blends acrobatics and theater, telling the story of a clown’s imagined burial in a carnival setting. The 125-minute spectacle, with a 25-minute intermission, is a delightful experience for all ages. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to witness Cirque du Soleil’s magic in Victoria!
  5. Relax in a Sauna
    • Warm up and unwind at one of Victoria’s inviting saunas during the breezy January days. For a truly unique experience, visit WildWood Saunas, known for their beautiful, handcrafted cedar saunas. If you’re looking for a more urban twist, HAVN Saunas offers all the great benefits of a sauna with an unparalleled view of the harbour. It’s the perfect way to relax, detoxify, and rejuvenate your body and mind in the new year.
  6. Attend a Performance at the Royal Theatre
    • Immerse yourself in Victoria’s vibrant arts scene with a performance at the Royal Theatre. From ballets and operas to plays and concerts, there’s always something captivating on stage. It’s a great way to spend a January evening, enjoying world-class performances in a stunning setting.
  7. Tune in to a Live Musical Performance
  8. Attend Local Craft Markets
    • Discover the creativity of Victoria’s artisans at local craft markets. These markets are a treasure trove of handmade goods, from unique jewelry to artisanal foods and one-of-a-kind artwork. It’s not just shopping; it’s an experience that connects you with the local community and their crafts. This January, be sure to check out the Victoria Public Market with its many local vendors.
  9. Play Pickleball at the Crystal Gardens
    • Sport-oriented visitors will be pleased to hear that the City of Victoria is bringing temporary pickleball courts to the iconic Crystal Garden from January 9 to February 18. The two indoor courts will be available for a mix of drop-in times, reservations and registered programs. Grab a paddle and head on down!
  10. Attend the Victoria Whisky Festival
    • Whisky enthusiasts, take note! The Victoria Whisky Festival is back from January 18-21 at the Hotel Grand Pacific. This premier event is a retreat for whisky lovers, featuring masterclasses, tastings, and dinners. Explore a wide array of whiskies, meet industry experts, and indulge in the rich flavours of both local and international distilleries. A highlight of Victoria’s January calendar, it’s a can’t-miss experience for anyone passionate about whisky.

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