Festivals & Events

There is something enchanting about wintertime in Victoria! The streets are filled with twinkling holiday lights and the smell of seasonal goodies from our various local cafes, bakeries, and chocolatiers. Even with the weather getting cooler there is still plenty to do during the winter season, from a horse-drawn carriage ride to visiting the Magic of Christmas at The Butchart Gardens, this is a holiday that you will cherish forever.

Salmon Run at Goldstream Provincial Park

November 7 -29

Take part in the excitement of the annual Salmon Run at Goldstream Provincial Park, transportation offered to and from the park, with a guided interpretive tour, up close experience with BC’s most iconic species. Purchase tickets at Tourism Victoria or call the Goldstream Nature House at 250-478-9414

Christmas in Old Town at The Royal BC Museum

November 14 – January 2

Go back in time to the way Christmas was long, long ago and visit the streets of Old Town. Share your holiday wishes with Father Christmas and have your photo taken to preserve your wonderful memory from Old Town. Photos by donation.

Festival of Trees

November 18 – January 5

This annual festival is a spectacular Christmas display where sponsors, local business and individuals come together to decorate trees in support of BC Children’s Hospital. This year it is being hosted at The Bay Centre. Visitors are welcome to browse the spectacular display and vote for their favourite decorated tree!

National Gingerbread Showcase

November 21 – January 3

This display of culinary talents is one you wont want to miss out on, come and see the most amazing gingerbread creations of all time! Be sure to keep your eye out for the one designed by Catalano’s Chef Aaron. Vote for your favourite yummy creation and make a donation to Habitat for Humanity.

Aura’s Festive Gingerbread Tea: November 21 to January 2nd  excluding Sundays, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Ferris Wheel in Centennial Square

November 23 – December 22

The Holiday Ferris Wheel is back in Centennial Square for five weekends this winter season.  See Victoria from 65 feet up on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays. Grab a snack from Wannawafel, enjoy holiday entertainment, try out the audio-reactive tree, and snap a picture at the Ferris Wheel photo backdrop. Rides are $2. Cutoff for the last ride will be 1/2 hour before closing time. Please arrive before 9:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and by 7:00 on Sundays!

8th Annual Centennial Square Christmas Tree Light Up

November 28

Kick-off the holiday season in Centennial Square with the 8th Annual Centennial Square Christmas Tree Light-Up presented by the DVBA and the City of Victoria. Join in the festivities with free treats, appearances by Father and Mother Christmas, and musical performances. This is also your chance to be among the first to ride the Ferris Wheel this season.

Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade

November 28

Featuring Santa Claus himself, the Grinch and all their friends, enjoy this wonderfully lit-up celebrating! The impressive light-up floats are something you won’t want to miss out on. Be sure to make it to the end celebration at Capital Iron to enjoy some hot cocoa and make your Christmas wish!

Magic of Christmas at The Butchart Gardens

December 1 – January 6

From 9am – 9pm, come and experience the thrill of thousands of lights throughout the gardens, wreaths, and special festive displays.

Christmas Movie Night at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

December 1

Featuring a holiday favourite film – Love Actually, your ticket includes a gourmet Christmas inspired Ham and Brie individual pizza with Cranberry Chutney, house-made buttered popcorn and a chocolate dipped peppermint ice cream sandwich for dessert. You can also purchase one of our micro-brews, fine wines or favourite libations and then sit back in our movie chair seats and enjoy Love Actually on the big screen!

Nutcracker Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

December 1 – 6

Inspired by the Nutcracker Ballet, the culinary team has created an enchanted holiday themed tiered afternoon tea. Your festive afternoon tea will also be accompanied by live piano to bring the Nutcracker to life. Advanced reservations are needed.

Christmas Lights Across Canada

December 3

Join the annual Parliament Building Christmas Light-up starting at 7pm with special guests and children’s choirs. The Parliament building will be illuminated with thousands of lights including Christmas Colours followed by hot cocoa and festive treats for everyone!

Royal Theatre presents “The Nutcracker”

December 4 -6

Alberta’s Ballet presents The Nutcracker. A Christmas family tradition at The Royal Theatre.

Ghosts of Christmas Past

On select dates December 4 – January 2

The Ghostly walks team gathers together on the cold winter nights to tell their favourite yuletide haunting stories on this 90 minute walking tour. No reservations needed, cost is $15 per person, Dec 4 – 6, 11 – 13, 18 – 20, 26-31, Jan 1 – 2.

26th Annual Lighted Ship Parade & Christmas Night Market

December 5

Before the Truck Light Convoy, head to Ship Point for a covered Christmas Market with local vendors featuring hand crafted items, festive music, hot apple cider and mulled wine. After the Truck Light Convoy passes the inner harbour, the Lighted Ship Parade begins!  Festive ships decorate the inner harbour competing for the title of the most festive boat. All profits from the drinks will be donated to Victoria’s  Cool Aid Society. Rumor has it the man in the big red suit will be making a visit!

Ballet Victoria: The Gift

December 27 – 29

The Victoria Symphony presents the wonder filled story of The Gift, Ballet Victoria’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at the Royal Theatre Box Office.