The opportunities for celebrating Christmas in Victoria BC are broader than in most medium-sized North American cities due to the heritage of its cultures and architecture, fanned by the flames of tourism. Here’s a guide to a variety of events offering something for everyone.
The Lighted Ships and Trucks Parades introduces Santa to Victoria sailing by in the Inner Harbour.
Crafts shows run until mid-December.
The Magic of Christmas at The Butchart Gardens is magical indeed. Even if you are not in the mood for the celebrations this will inspire and delight. My wife and I enjoy this every year.
Our other annual visit in December is to stroll around the Inner Harbour and along Government Street popping into numerous venues for special displays, food and drink.
Musical concerts extend far beyond Christmas carols. They include swing, soul, Bach, celtic, blues, Handel’s Messiah, and even 65 massed tubas.
Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle includes one-man readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Santa gets around everywhere, often enjoying breakfasts, lunches or dinners; no wonder he’s such a round jovial guy. You’d think his itinerary would keep him slim.
Or you can drive around to admire the Christmas lights and decorations outside homes throughout the Victoria area.
For more specific information, do speak to your Victoria bed and breakfast innkeepers.