Festivals & Events


Onegin at the Belfry Theatre

October 17— November 12, 2017

Based on the poem by Pushkin and the opera by Tchaikovsky. A lush, passionate and acclaimed new musical about trying not to fall in love.


26th Annual Festival of Trees

November 15, 2017 – January 2, 2018

Discover a forest of festive trees at The Bay Centre- watch for Magnolia Hotel’s tree and vote for your favourite!


Christmas in Old Town at the Royal BC Museum

November 25, 2017 –  January 9, 2018

Explore the Old Town gallery with its festive holiday décor and visit Father Christmas on weekends Dec 1st to 17th


Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase

November 18, 2017 – January 2, 2018

Wander through amazing all-gingerbread works of art and vote for your favourite tasty sculpture!


S’mores on the Veranda at the Fairmont Empress

November 25, – December 23, 2017

Make a s’more or two and enjoy a selection of hot beverages while overlooking the sparkling inner harbour.

Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade

November 25, 2017

Begin your Christmas Season in Victoria with the magical Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade!  Floats and bands, entertainment and lots of fun for the entire family!


Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens

December 1, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Christmas lights, holiday wreaths, carollers, ice skating, festive dining—it’s an exciting time at The Gardens. In fact, there’s so much happening from December 1st through January 6th, we refer to it as the Magic of Christmas season. Enjoy the traditions of the season with our Twelve Days of Christmas displays placed throughout the gardens. Sing the song as you walk along.


Christmas at the Victoria Public Market

November 25 – December 24, 2017

Christmas at the Market is where you will find everything you need for under the tree! Santa will be visiting the market on December 2, 9 & 16 from 12pm – 3pm.


Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides

Hop onto a Horse-Drawn Trolley while doing your downtown Christmas Shopping from December 2, 3, 9, 10, 17 & 23


Christmas Carollers

Listen for your holiday favourites in downtown as carollers roam the streets bringing tidings & good cheer! Saturday and Sunday 11:00am – 3:00pm from November 25th to December 17th.


Santa & Mrs. Claus

Spot Santa & Mrs. Claus while they are downtown Christmas Shopping on December 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21 & 22.