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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 Streets. 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!
Join special guests and children’s choirs to celebrate the annual cross-country light-up. The provincial Christmas tree on the front lawn of the Parliament Buildings will be illuminated with thousands of lights, followed by hot cocoa and seasonal treats for everyone.
Christmas Tree Light-up – Saturday November 29, 5pm
See the city’s large Christmas tree light up in Centennial Square
Island Farms Santa Light Parade – Saturday November 29, 5:45pm-7pm
A local holiday tradition!
Ferris Wheel in Centennial Square – November 29 to December 21 – Fridays 5pm-9pm, Saturday s 1pm-9pm & Sundays 1pm-7pm
Ferris Wheel is back in Centennial Square for four weekends this holiday season. Come and see the lights of Centennial Square and Downtown Victoria from 20 meters up! Grab a snack from local food vendors, enjoy holiday entertainment, try out the audio-reactive tree, and snap a picture at the Ferris wheel photo backdrop.
Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides – November 29-Decmeber 21 – Saturdays 12pm-4pm & Sundays 12pm-3pm
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.
Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens - December 1 – January 6
The 12 Days of Christmas, thousands of lights, out-door ice skating, carolling and more!
Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker - December 5-7
This treasured holiday classic, danced to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score by one of Canada’s most beloved ballet companies, takes audiences on a wondrous adventure with Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. This heart-warming ballet is full of surprises, and features endearing Canadian scenes such as a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill.
Father Christmas at Royal BC Museum – December 6 to 22 – Fridays through Sundays
Visit Father Christmas in decorated street in the Old Town Gallery at The Royal BC Museum
A Christmas Story – The Musical at McPherson Playhouse December 5-14
This classic holiday tale centres on a mischievous, bespectacled boy, Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB-gun for Christmas. Ralphie’s Mother, his Father (the Old Man), and his teacher, Miss Shields, warn him “You’ll shoot your eye out!”. A Christmas Story, the Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. In the weeks before the big holiday, Ralphie, his friends and his family get into all kinds of situations — including run-ins with a bully with “yellow eyes,” a tongue stuck to a flag pole, a bar of soap in the mouth, a garish leg lamp, a major award and a Chinese Christmas dinner.
A Sentimental Christmas Carol – December 12-14
Come join the Victoria Symphony to sing Christmas carols and experience Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in a special version for orchestra and actor.
The Gift – December 27-29
An original, magical Christmas story set to the music of The Nutcracker. Young Pandora befriends a host of new characters including some inspired by Frozen. The fusion of classical music with modern pop musical interludes will have your toes tapping and your hands clapping.
If Stella McCartney’s vegan handbags top your holiday wish list, Victoria’s Magnolia Hotel & Spa (magnoliahotel.com) offers a number of treatments that are likely to satisfy your environmentally conscious tastes. Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher’s new and entirely organic Intelligent Nutrients product line has secured distribution in Canada through Spa Magnolia’s Paula Veenema, with exclusive treatments offered at the spa itself. Balance your chakras with an Inbalance Vibrational Zone Massage ($110), or improve your inner beauty with a facial before soaking up some ocean views at one of the world’s top hotels, as voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.
Victoria, BC is a lovely little island of Canada that is picturesque and well known for Butchart Gardens. But if you don’t know, it’s also a delightful place to pass the time away with fun little bookstores, tea shops and walks along the harbor.
From sweet deals on boutique hotels to tribute teas, craft cocktails and city-wide parties, here’s how to celebrate Victoria’s 150th birthday in style
Before Vancouver, there was Victoria: the warmer, prettier B.C. hub known for lush gardens, formal tea rooms, whale watching, breweries and access to unparalleled park space for any kind of outdoor sport you so desire. Continue Reading
Picturesque. Calm. Serene.
If you’re interested in any or all of the above, then Victoria Island is for you. In just under three hours aboard the Victoria Clipper – a passenger-only ferry service with year-round daily departures to Victoria, B.C., from a pier in downtown Seattle – you’re able to take a quick or extended weekend trip to one of the most luxurious, yet welcoming islands in the Pacific Northwest. From afternoon tea at a century-old hotel to drinking a pint in one of Old Victoria’s pubs, there’s a little something for everyone.
Victoria BC – mild weather, tree-lined streets, museums, outstanding food and fabulous shopping! The perfect fall getaway!
Fall is a great time to visit Victoria! Come experience the laid back elegance of a beautiful city, boutique shopping, and fabulous food all at your doorstep of The Magnolia Hotel & Spa.
There is a famous Spanish proverb that says, “How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward”. On a recent weekend city escape to The Magnolia Hotel, Spa and Prime Steakhouse in downtown Victoria; my husband Steve and I had the opportunity to put this adage to the test and guess what? It’s true!
Old-fashioned service and luxury in the heart of Victoria as British charm meets Asian buzz in the city.
You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to find Old-World charm. In fact, it’s right here in British Columbia.
It’s only a short ferry ride from the Lower Mainland, but our provincial capital offers a taste of Britain that’s hard to duplicate on this continent.
Cherry blossoms and Magnolia buds abound making Spring the perfect time to plan a Magnolia getaway to Victoria BC!
Victoria is renowned for magnificent gardens and Magnolias! Enjoy a stroll in Beacon Hill Park, 200 acres of beautiful landscaping and home to numerous birds and wildlife. Visit Government House, the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of B.C, with 14 acres of formal gardens and 22 acres of a rare Garry Oak ecosystem. Of course, Butchart Gardens is one of the world’s premier floral show gardens, with 55 acres of glorious beauty. Spring bursts forth in Butchart Gardens with hundreds of thousands of bulbs in bloom alongside flowering trees and shrubs for a spectacular floral display!
Published November 23, 2010 in www.kiera-anne.com
There comes a time in every girl’s life when a weekend away with friends graduates to something with a bit more style and sophistication than in younger years.
Rebecca and I recently escaped to Vancouver Island for some rest and relaxation and found ourselves at the Magnolia Hotel & Spa in downtown Victoria. From the moment one enters the lobby, it’s clear that this four-diamond hotel is a true gem within the capital city.