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Upcoming 2018 Christmas Events in Victoria

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Autumn has just started to set in, but it's already time for rig owners to start thinking about Christmas in Victoria BC. The city's mild weather, lack of snow and ice, and festive celebrations makes it a popular destination for the holiday season, and RV parks sell out fast — we're already starting to see December bookings.

If you're considering a Christmas RV booking of your own, we've collected some of the upcoming Victoria holiday events you can look forward to, including parades, markets, concerts, movies and tours. When November rolls around, don't forget to pop into local coffee shops and restaurants as well and ask about their Christmas specials.

The Barra MacNeils "An East Coast Christmas"

Where: Mary Winspear Centre
When: Wednesday November 21
Cost: $53.15
More Information: MaryWinspear.ca

One of the most beloved concerts on the seasonal circuit, the Barra MacNeils Christmas shows always features a highly entertaining brand of traditional seasonal fare mixed with entertaining stories and new musical twists; stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings. Fans can look forward to classic favourites including: Oh Holy Night, Ave Maria, A Christmas in Killarney and Auld Lang Syne as well as some comedy, seasonal stories, music, singing, dance and memories that will extend beyond the season and last a lifetime.

Island Farms Santa's Light Parade

Where: Belleville & Government Street to Centennial Square
When: Saturday November 24
Cost: Free
More Information: GVFS.ca

Don't miss the largest night time parade in Canada: Island Farms' Santa's Light Parade starting at 5pm! Join us for a fun filled afternoon and evening of fun. Following the parade the Jolly Man Himself, Santa, will be handing out free cookies and milk to all the good girls and boys in Centennial Square and we will turn the lights on to the Square at 7pm sharp! Come on down for games, fun, great food and loads of entertainment!

Christmas Craft Beer Show

Where: Save On Foods Memorial Centre
When: Friday November 30 & Saturday December 1
Cost: $40 for one day, $70 for both
More Information: ChristmasCraftBeerShow.com

The best thing about beer is that it can be enjoyed – or celebrated – any time of the year.  This event will allow the multitude of fantastic local micro-breweries to gather together to display their seasonal products as well as their brewery favourites to both beer lovers and beverage professionals ahead of the holiday season.

Christmas In Old Town

Where: Royal BC Museum
When: Daily
Cost: Regular admission
More Information: Event Calendar

Take in the sights and sounds of Christmas long ago. Visit the wood-cobbled streets lined with festive garlands and see the shops decked with seasonal finery. On weekends visit with Father Christmas in Old Town from 11 AM to 3 PM, have your photo taken and share your holiday wishes.

Annual Festival of Trees

Where: The Bay Centre
When: Daily
Cost: Free
More Information: BCCHF

The 27th Annual Festival of Trees is proudly hosted by the Bay Centre. Visit us, and see the Bay Centre transformed into a lush forest of hand-decorated trees. Share in the spirit by voting for your favourite, with all proceeds supporting the most urgent health care needs of kids in BC.

Gingerbread Showcase

Where: Parkside Hotel
When: Daily
Cost: Free
More Information: HabitatVictoria.com

This event brings together professional and amateur bakers from across Vancouver Island and highlights their creativity, while supporting the work of Habitat Victoria. Last year more than $51,000 was raised thanks to the generosity of more than 25,000 visitors who made a visit to the Showcase as part of their holiday tradition. All donations go directly to helping bring strength, stability and independence to families living in need of decent, affordable housing.

Christmas Tree Village

Where: Esquimalt Recreation Centre and Archie Browning Sports Centre
When: Daily
Cost: Free
More Information: Esquimalt.ca

Experience the magic of the holidays at our Fifth Annual Christmas Tree Village. Join us as we transform the Recreation Centre Atrium and the Archie Browning Sports Centre into holiday heavens teeming with twinkling lights and decorations for all tastes. This event is open to local businesses, community groups and non-profit organizations. People's Choice Voting will take place December 3rd to 19th with 3 opportunities to vote.

Winspear Festival of Trees

Where: Mary Winspear Centre
When: Daily
Cost: Free
More Information: MaryWinspear.ca

The Winspear Festival of Trees will be open to the public from December 1 – January 2. Visit the Centre to cast a vote for your favourite tree. With more than 20 beautiful and unique Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and community groups it will be hard to choose just one!

The Magic of Christmas At The Butchart Gardens

Where: Butchart Gardens
When: Daily
Cost: General admission
More Information: Events Calendar

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.

Annual Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive

Where: Ogden Point to Western Speedway
When: Saturday December 1
Cost: Free
More Information: IEOA.ca

This family-friendly event brings 80 decorated trucks showcasing their festive spirit along a 35-km route beginning at Ogden Point at 5:45pm. The convoy wraps up at the Western Speedway around 8:30pm. Those wanting to give back and donate non-perishable food can drop off donations at designated collection spots along the route the night of the event. A number of donation locations are set up at local businesses for two weeks prior to the parade to help collect as much as possible.

Nautical Wreath Workshop

Where: Maritime Museum of BC
When: Saturday December 1, 8, 15 & 22
Cost: $39.99 + GST per person
More Information: Events Calendar

Get ready for the holidays, while learning a thing or two about knots, at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia’s Nautical Wreath Workshop! Our workshop leader will guide you through the process of transitioning a single piece of rope into a beautiful holiday wreath. All supplies are provided and your ticket includes admission to the Maritime Museum of BC (valid for 24 hours). Note: This workshop is limited to a maximum of 10 participants.

Esquimalt Celebration of Lights

Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre
When: Sunday December 2
Cost: Free
More Information: EsquimaltLights.ca

Put on your winter woollies and join us for the Celebration of Lights parade, Esquimalt plaza light-up, visit from Santa, entertainment, and refreshments. This free event is always a huge success for people of all ages. At 5:00 pm the parade begins at Canteen Road, and proceeds along Esquimalt Road to the Arena where the Celebration of Lights family fun continues.

Carol Along with the Carillon

Where: Royal BC Museum
When: Saturday December 2
Cost: Free
More Information: Event Page

Gather under the Centennial Carillon with your fellow singers, family, friends and pooch. Provincial Carillonneur Rosemary Laing will accompany the choir below in a one of a kind carolling party. Hot chocolate and cookies help to make the season bright and at the end of the 45 minute set, the Carillion is lit up for the holidays.

Santa Paws! - Dog Photos with Santa and Dog Swim

Where: Esquimalt Recreation Centre
When: Sunday December 2
Cost: Photos by donation, Swim $10 per dog
More Information: Event Page

Bring your four-legged friend for our Santa Paws Dog Photos in the Rec Centre Atrium. No registration required. Photos are emailed to you at the time of the event. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item for the food bank. Also, in advance of the annual pool maintenance closure, we are opening the lifestyle pool to our 4-legged friends! No humans allowed in the water, this one’s for the dogs!  Entrance Bullen Field side door, advanced registration required (absolutely no day of registration).  Please have your dog license number ready at time of registration, dogs must have a valid license to register.

Holiday Celebration Lunch

Where: Esquimalt Recreation Centre
When: Thursday December 6
Cost: $19 per person
More Information: Event Page

Join us for the annual Holiday Celebration Lunch. Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner without having to lift a finger. This catered event means that all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the delicious food and holiday themed entertainment. Lunch is served at noon and the event should run approximately 1.5 hours. Seats are limited and pre-registration is required. Registration cut off is Dec 4th at 2 p.m. so register early to guarantee a seat.

Peninsula Singers - 'Tis the Season

Where: Mary Winspear Centre
When: Friday December 7 - Sunday December 9
Cost: Adults $28
More Information: MaryWinspear.ca

Join the Peninsula Singers for a wonderful celebration of everything that makes Christmas the most joyful time of the year.  A time when you make wishes---and a time when even some of them come true.  For example?  The chance to listen to 90 minutes of song, some dance, hilarious banter and a polished chorus delivering a Christmas concert especially for you.

Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair

Where: Mary Winspear Centre
When: Saturday December 8 & Sunday December 9
Cost: Free
More Information: MaryWinspear.ca

Discover First & Last Chance at the Mary Winspear Center, the perfect place to induldge in an exceptional Christmas shopping experience with over 25 categories of unique West Coast hand crafted items to choose from. Offering something for the art connoisseur in us all ~ from pottery, metal works, sculptures, wood working, glass and yarn works, weaving, body & skin care, jewelry and sweet & savoury treats.  Meet the artists, enjoy the atmosphere and find that perfect gift!  Your admission fee covers access to both days, Saturday and Sunday, along with hourly door prizes from our vendors.

Holiday Lunch at the Pacific Restaurant

Where: Hotel Grand Pacific
When: Daily beginning Monday December 10
Cost: $29
More Information: HotelGrandPacific.com

The Hotel Grand Pacific is always a special place during the holiday season, but this Christmas we're offering a special Holiday Lunch menu in our Pacific Restaurant to help get your office holiday spirit sparkling. So gather your crew, colleagues, bosses and assistants (or just your office BFF) and take advantage of our festive menu. Space is limited and reservations are required, book today.

Naden Band Christmas

Where: Royal Theatre
When: Monday December 10 - Wednesday December 12
Cost: $10 and an unwrapped toy
More Information: Event Page

Join in the fun and excitement as 35 professional musicians take to the stage to entertain and get you into the holiday spirit.  The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy presents their annual Christmas concert in support of The Salvation Army Toy Drive.  The festive musical program will include original works and holiday favourites for the entire family.  Audience members are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy on the night of the performance.

Miracle On Broad Street

Where: C-FAX Radio
When: Friday December 14
Cost: Free
More Information: CFAXSantas.com

Stop by Miracle on Broad Street, an annual 12 hour radio-thon hosted by CFAX 1070 Radio. Join us for a day of Miracles, hearing stories of those touched by CFAX Santas Anonymous over the years, entertainment throughout the day by local artists, and collecting donations to purchase the groceries for over 1,500 families this Christmas.

Holiday Luxe: Jewelry, Vintage Apparel, Fine Art & Decor Auction

Where: Kilshaw's Auctioneers
When: Thursday December 13
Cost: Free, food donations appreciated
More Information: Event Page

Holiday Luxe features the best jewelry at auction of the year. Fine gemstones, diamond rings, necklaces and more. The auction will also have the décor to make your holiday sparkle. You can preview the sale Saturday and Sunday December 8 and 9 from 1 pm – 5 pm and Monday through Wednesday 9 am – 5 pm and Thursday. December 13th 9 am – 1 pm. This auction will also feature live internet bidding through kilshaws.com .

Jolly Jingle Story Mingle

Where: Esquimalt Recreation Centre
When: Friday December 14
Cost: Free, food donations appreciated
More Information: Event Page

Throw on your PJs and come on down to sit around the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate (please bring your own cup) and enjoy some interactive secular holiday storytelling. This is the first year that Ali’s energetic storytelling paired with “Raw B Dee Art Live” will be showcased as part of our Holiday line-up. The energy is awesome, the storytelling is engaging and the painting is out of this world. These two are sure to get your whole family in the holiday spirit.

Skate with Santa

Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre
When: Saturday December 15
Cost: $2 per person
More Information: Event Page

Santa is coming to the Archie Browning Sports Centre! Join Santa and special guests on the ice for games and fun! The Esquimalt Lions’ Club will be providing hot chocolate and hot dogs for skaters (one per person while quantities last). Participants are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for to be donated to the Rainbow Kitchen.

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas

Where: Royal BC Museum
When: Daily, Monday December 17 - Monday December 31
Cost: Regular admission
More Information: Event Page

Step through the doors of the oldest house in British Columbia still on its original site and experience what Christmas would have been like in Victoria over one hundred years ago. Decorations, music and first-hand accounts will take you back to Christmas past.

Christmas Trolley Tours

Where: Downtown
When: Friday December 21 - Sunday December 23
Cost: Adults $25, Seniors $17
More Information: Victoria Carriage Tours

Horse-drawn trolleys will circulate through downtown making it easy to take in all of the sights and sounds of the holidays. Each carriage holds 4-6 people. These 45 minute tours are fully narrated.

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