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 16, 2017 – January 8, 2018
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 15, 2017 to January 2, 2018
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 18, 2017 to January 2, 2018
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 24-26, 2017
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 25, 2017
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!
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 1-3
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 1-31
Enjoy the warm-hearted stories of how Christmas was celebrated in Victoria during the Victorian era on this walking tour. Available weekends.
Holiday Entertainment at Royal & McPherson Theatres – December 2017
Enjoy a dose of holiday cheer with the outstanding holiday events available at the Royal & McPherson Theatres! From musical performances such as Yellowpoint Christmas and Rock-n-Roll Christmas to live productions of Peter Pan and The Gift, there is something for everyone!
A Christmas Carol at The Belfry Theatre – November 28 to December 17, 2017
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.