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5 ways to get into the Christmas spirit in Greater Victoria

Posted on November 8, 2020

The holiday season here and although celebrations look a little different this year, you can still spread festive cheer!

Please note that all businesses mentioned have taken the necessary steps to adapt their business to safely serve you during this time. Please check directly with the business you wish to visit for their COVID-19 safety protocols. 


1. Celebrate with Festive Drinks

Grab your nearest and dearest and head to one of Victoria’s bars for drinks and friendly banter. Located inside The Hotel RialtoTHE PALMS offers perfectly crafted cocktails in one of Victoria’s most endearing heritage properties. Try the Lava Lamp Negroni made with Victoria Gin and hibiscus-and-dill-infused olive oil. Another local institution, Clive's Classic Lounge offers high-quality drinks made with house-made bitters, syrups, shrubs, and liqueurs. Our top pick? The Deep Dark Woods featuring McClelland's Islay Scotch, Stump Gin and green chartreuse.



2. Make a Holiday Wreath 

If arts and crafts get you in the Christmas spirit, then this event is for you. Happening throughout the season, wreath-making workshops at The Gardens at HCP will have you walking away with a hand-made decoration to hang on your doorway this holiday season. Your registration includes all of the materials needed, step-by-step instructions and a festive environment.

Image by Courtney Clarke


3. Pick up Seasonal Products 

The best holiday meals start with the very best ingredients. You’ll find amazingly fresh and fine produce at the Victoria Public Market in the historic Hudson building. Home to local artisans, farmers, butchers, bakers, preservers, brewers, vintners and florists, you’ll find everything you need for your Christmas holiday spread. Featuring live entertainment in a unique historical setting, be prepared to walk out with bags full of goodies and a heart filled with Christmas cheer. 

Victoria Public Market Christmas


4. Marvel at the Christmas Lights

Add Christmas lights to an already beautiful city, and you have something exceptional. Take an evening stroll along our iconic harbour to see historic landmarks, including the British Columbia Parliament Buildings twinkle and shine. Visit the Fairmont Empress and take in their holiday offering, and then linger for a hot chocolate and cookies on the Veranda. 


5. Shop for Handmade Gifts

For the type of gifts that will bring joy to your friends and family, head to Greater Victoria’s best boutique shops and markets. Located on Government Street in the heart of Downtown Victoria’s shopping district, find a little something for everyone at The Bay Centre. While you’re shopping, marvel at the Festival of Trees and maybe even vote for your favourite.

For one-of-a-kind presents, including locally made jewellery and vintage items, head to Market Square in Old Town Victoria. It’s here that you’ll find Oscar & Libby's, one of Greater Victoria’s most colourful stores. Named after the owner's two cats, it’s filled with weird and wacky finds and lots of fun stocking stuffers too. 

Find local businesses to support this holiday season by checking out our holiday gift guide!

The Bay Centre Christmas