Whether you are Christmas shopping or celebrating the holidays, you will have a magical Christmas in Victoria!
From the Inner Harbour, wander along Government Street to find the perfect Christmas gift, or souvenir for yourself. Stop to sample handmade chocolates or the perfect cup of tea or coffee. Handmade native art, jewellery, fashion and a variety of specialty stores as well as a major shopping centre all call this iconic street home.
Continue on to Yates and Johnson Street. Lower Johnson (or LoJo) is arguably the city’s trendiest street and is home to a number of local artisans and designers, as well as numerous men’s and women’s fashion boutiques.
Holiday activities & Christmas traditions!
Christmas in Old Town at Royal BC Museum – November 12 – January 9
The sights and sounds of Christmas long ago. Visit the wood-cobbled streets laced with festive garlands and see the shops decked with seasonal finery.
Festival of Trees – November 16 to January 5
A cherished holiday tradition, this lush forest of beautifully decorated trees will adorn The Bay Centre and the Fairmont Empress. Funds raised will support BC Children’s Hospital. Be sure to look for Magnolia Hotel’s tree while you are there!
Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase – November 15 to January 3
Feast your eyes and nose on creative inspirations constructed from gingerbread. More than just houses, these are detailed sculptures and unique works of art created by professional and amateur chefs. Vote for your favourite and make a donation to Habitat for Humanity Victoria.
Little Gems Holiday Art and Craft Fair – November 19 – December 18
The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is pleased to host Little Gems: Holiday Art and Craft Fair in The Bay Center. It is a festive event that connects local artists getting in the holiday spirit with their community.
28th Annual Out of Hand Craft Fair – November 27-29
This annual event hosted at Crystal Gardens is Vancouver Island’s most prestigious artisan show: it features a diverse selection of contemporary crafts from across the province, an artisan food market and fashion.
Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade – Saturday November 26
A local holiday tradition! Floats and bands, entertainment and lots of fun for the entire family! Join us afterwards at Capital Iron for refreshments from Island Farms, Santa will be there!
9th Annual Centennial Square Christmas Tree Light Up – Saturday November 26
Kick off the holiday season in Centennial Square with musical performances, food trucks, ride the Ferris Wheel and meet Santa after the parade.
Ferris Wheel in Centennial Square – weekends November 27 to December 18
Take in the sights of the holiday season from 20 meters up, enjoy holiday entertainment & a snack from local food vendors. Sat Dec 3-17 12pm-9pm and Sun Nov 27-Dec 18 12pm-5pm; will not run in inclement weather.
Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides – Saturday & Sunday November 28 to December 20
Weekend horse-drawn rides circulate downtown with stops at 50 Bastion Square & 3 Centennial Square, as well as Willie’s Bakery on Johnson St & Capital Iron. Saturdays & Sundays Nov 27-Dec 24, 11am-3pm.
Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens – December 1 – January 6
The 12 Days of Christmas, tens of thousands of lights, out-door ice skating, carolling and more! Christmas at Butchart Gardens is truly magical!
Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker – December 2-4
A Canadian Classic! Danced to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score, this production begins with a hockey game on a frozen pond and features RCMP officers in a battle with the Rat King. Technically stunning dancers and gorgeous costumes and sets make this Canadian production memorable!
Ogden Point Light Up and Christmas Market 189 Dallas Rd – December 3
The Light Up and Christmas Market at Ogden Point. This family event includes Santa’s workshop, a local Christmas market, food trucks, kids’ crafts and holiday music. Warm-up with hot chocolate and watch Ogden Point and the Truck Convoy as they light up with thousands of Christmas lights. Non-perishable food items and cash donations will be collected to support of the Mustard Seed and local food banks.
Christmas in Old Victoria walking tour with Discover the Past – December 3-31
Experience the charm of Old Town in the month around Christmas with stories about the holiday season a century ago. Start at 26 Bastion Square Saturdays at 2:00 pm; Sundays at 10:30 am (except December 25).
Christmas Carollers- Saturdays December 3-14
Listen for your holiday favourites in downtown as carollers roam the streets bringing tidings & good cheer! Saturdays Dec 3, 10 & 14 11am-3pm
A Sentimental Christmas at the Royal Theatre – December 9-11
Enjoy a dose of holiday cheer with the Victoria Symphony’s annual Sentimental Christmas Pops. The Victoria Symphony will be joined by talented young performers from the Canadian College of Performing Arts for a concert of favourites both merry and bright. Don’t forget your singing voices: the performance includes the ever-popular sing-a-long Holiday carols!
The Little Light at the Belfry Theatre – December 10-23
This holiday season we’ll bring you this melodious musical as a staged presentation. A beautiful way to celebrate the season and a special way to experience this brand new musical play, written specifically for Victoria and Fernwood.
10th Annual Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular at the McPherson Theatre – December 10 & 11
The Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular is a celebration of Christmas as well as an extravaganza of music and dance, lights and decorations, laughter and tears! This extravaganza will include new broadway hits, classical songs and Christmas favourites, as well as musical tributes to Johnny Cash, June Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and the Village People. Elvis will once again grace the stage, along with the sounds of Abba, the old classic White Christmas as well as a stunning arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s Halleluiah.
Oh Christmas Tea at the McPherson Theatre – December 19 & 20
Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss… Grab your Teacups! London’s 3-time IMPRESARIO award-winning comedians James & Jamesy present their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy O Christmas Tea. Redefining immersive theatre, these masters of physical comedy—with over a dozen comedy awards to their name—sweep the audience out to sea in a jolly aquatic escapade brimming with whimsy, action, and ingenuity in a celebration of friendship at Christmas.
The Gift by Ballet Victoria at the Royal Theatre – December 27-29
A uniquely wonderful Christmas ballet to Tchaikovsky’s timeless Nutcracker score. The Victoria Symphony whisks you away with the dancers and a flurry of wonderful characters who celebrate Christmas together. The little mischief of a young girl sparks an exciting adventure and a world of unexpected wonder when she opens a present brought by her uncle despite his warning.
Snow White & the Seven Dwarves at the McPherson Theatre – Dec 27, 28 & 29
With its winning combination of incredible musical numbers, slapstick comedy, double entendres, outrageous costumes, local celebrities, and audience participation that encourages you to cheer for the heroine and boo for the evil villain, Snow White is “dopey” entertainment at its finest! The perfect holiday treat for the whole family!