Festivals & Events

Find Christmas Here!

Christmas Lights Across Canada – November 26, 7pm

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.