It’s hard not to love the Holidays in Victoria. The milder weather, the ugly Christmas sweaters, and all the amazing Christmas festivities put on by great local businesses make this a wonderful time of year. Below, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite Victoria Christmas festivities for you to enjoy!
Patio Gardens Christmas Market
Check out more than 60 local vendors who will be featured at the Patio Gardens Christmas Market! From 10am to 3pm on December 3rd, Patio Gardens is hosting their annual Christmas market featuring artisans, crafters, bakers, and more. Don’t miss-out on food and drink carts, live music, and a fire pit! For more information, visit their website here.
Holiday Card Making
Penned Creations is hosting a holiday card making event at Irish Times Pub on December 5th. Receive step-by-step instructions as you create 5 cards and envelopes, 10 gift tags, and take home a pen! The event costs $35 per ticket and takes place from 6pm to 8pm. Find out more details and book your ticket here.
Self-Guided Holiday Food Tour
Experience a variety of holiday-themed food options on a self-guided tour of Downtown Victoria with Off The Eaten Track. This tour has no guide, no set time, and no groups. All you need is a foodie passport, your cellphone, and your taste buds! The app also provides stories and history as you move through each stop on the tour. Find out more details and book your ticket here.
The Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens
Butchart Gardens celebrates the holiday season with an extravagant light display, Christmas carols, and festive dining. This joyous energy is a must-see experience at this classic Victoria travel destination. Head over to their website for more information.
Oak Bay Holiday Lights
If you just can’t get enough of the Christmas lights, check out the display on Oak Bay Avenue, where all the shops are decorated elaborately. Cross some Christmas shopping off your list while experiencing an abundance of holiday cheer. Click here for more information.
Indigenous Artists’ Holiday Market
Check out this holiday market, featuring a variety of Indigenous artists and their crafts. This event is by free admission and can be found on the ground floor of the Royal BC Museum on December 2nd and 3rd, from 10am to 4pm.
HoHoHoliday 5 KM Run
Join participants from all over the country as they participate in this festive, fun run! Dress in your North Pole best, and support Make-A-Wish Canada in this virtual run challenge that can be completed any day from December 9 to 31, whenever suits your schedule! For more information about how to get involved, or to sign up for the HoHoHoliday 5k visit their website here.
Ghosts of Christmas Past – Haunted Walking Tour
Discover the Past is offering a festive-themed ghostly walking tour for the month of December. These guided tours of Downtown Victoria are shifting away from their usual ghost tours to tell stories that cover festive, haunted experiences. Book your tickets online here
Lights of Wonder
The Downtown Victoria Business Association is hosting Lights of Wonder this year, featuring a series of festive activities including a light display, live entertainment, a beer garden, and a 40-foot Christmas tree. Accessible December 13th to 30th from 4pm to 9pm on weekdays and 4pm to 11pm on weekends. This is a first-time event you will not want to miss! For more information, click here.
Wild Oak Hair Collective
Catch the Christmas party and craft fair at Wild Oak Hair Collective on December 10th at 7pm. This market is set to feature a variety of local vendors, snacks, and beverages. Make sure you wear your holiday sweater to get extra entries in the draw for the door prize! Head over to their Instagram account @wildoakhaircollective for more information.
We hope you enjoy these Holiday festivities and many more hosted around Victoria. If you’re a BPM Member and you’re looking to join the Holiday festivities sign-up for our upcoming Secret Santa event!