Few things get us in the mood for seasonal celebrations better than viewing Victoria Christmas lights on houses throughout the area. Each year our local newspaper, The Times Colonist, publishes a map of these which we acknowledge with gratitude. It shows homes (red pointers) and businesses (blue pointers) on the Saanich Peninsula with noteworthy lighting displays – click on the dark ones to view them.
Of course, the best way to view these displays is to take a driving tour. Thousands of us do this every year. We can not fail to be impressed by the amount of work involved in their creation. The first house our family lived in here is one of these; the present owner plans his (over-the-top) display months in advance. There’s creativity, beauty and humour to be found.
If you do not have access to a car there are two excellent alternatives to see Victoria Christmas lights in their full glory. One is simply to wander around downtown – my favourite is the sight of the BC Parliament Buildings (below). The other is to take a bus or taxi to The Butchart Gardens for their Magic of Christmas displays.