Festivals & Events

Christmas in Old Town at the Royal BC Museum

November 12, 2016 – January 9th, 2017

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.

I Think I’m Fallin’ – The Songs of Joni Mitchell

November 8th – December 4th

A musical event built around the songs of Joni Mitchell.

Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens

December 1st, 2016 – January 6th, 2016

Thousands of lights throughout the gardens, holiday wreaths, Twelve Days of Christmas displays, carolers, ice skating and festive dining. Festive Brass and Traditional Carolers nightly 5pm-9pm.

A Sentimental Christmas at the Royal Theatre

December 9th – 11th, 2016

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!

Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase

November 15th, 2016 – January 2nd, 2017

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 at Inn at Laurel Point.

25th Annual Festival of Trees

November 16th, 2016 – January 5th, 2017

A cherished holiday tradition, this lush forest of beautifully decorated trees will adorn The Bay Centre and Fairmont Empress. Funds raised support BC Children’s Hospital. Be sure to look for Magnolia Hotel’s tree while you are there!

Bear Wear

November 29th, 2016 – January 2nd, 2016

Bear Wear features dozens of elaborately outfitted bears at Hotel Grand Pacific, created by local companies, to support the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides 

November 27th, 2016 – December 24th, 2016

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

The Gift at the Royal Theatre

December 27th – 29th, 2016

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

December 27th, 28th & 29th, 2016

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!

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Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age

June 3rd, 2016 – December 31st, 2016

At the Royal BC Museum some experience the giants that roamed the Earth well before our time. Sometimes standing more than 14 feet tall, mammoths and mastodons towered over the lands of Europe, Asia and North America. Visitors can wander through the ancient landscapes where these giants once lived and learn about how scientists excavate to learn more about these amazing creatures.