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Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas - Victoria

675 Belleville Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W2

Daily from December 20, 2014 to January 4, 2015

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 100 years ago. Decorations, music and first-hand accounts will take you back to Christmas past. A Christmas tradition not to be missed. Open 12:00 - 4:00 PM

152

Xmas Ice Colouring Contest - Campbell River

225 S. Dogwood Street
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 8C8
Toll-free
Phone250-287-9234

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Paint your favourite Christmas scene or character on the leisure ice. Tempera paints and coloured felts will be provided. Cool prizes for the top 3 drawings in each age category and candy canes for all! 1:30-4:30pm with regular admission.

153

Milner Christmas Magic Dec 17 - 21 - Qualicum Beach

2179 West Island Highway
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
V9K 1G1
Toll-free
Phone250-752-6153

Daily from December 17, 2014 to December 21, 2014

Dec 17 - 21, 2014 from 5pm to 8:30pm Recommended last entry by 8pm. Outdoor Christmas light show for the whole family to enjoy. Santa, live Christmas music, Teddy Bear Cottage, Storytelling, Outdoor Refreshments, Tearoom Onsite shuttle for mobility challenged. Although the gardens are lit with thousands of lights, we suggest you bring a flashlight. Sorry, we are unable to take reservations for the tea room and Full Afternoon High Tea is not available during Christmas season. Suggested donation: $5/adult, $2.50/child, $12.00/family (2 adults and up to 3 minors). All entry donations help support the gardens.

154

Royal BC Museum: Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Victoria

675 Belleville St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W2
Toll-free888-447-7877
Phone250-356-7226

Daily from December 12, 2014 to April 6, 2015

Celebrating 50 years of images, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases award-winning images that tell the astonishing stories of our natural world while pushing the boundaries of technical skill. With more than 42,000 entries from 96 countries, this exhibition celebrates the beauty and magnificence of the world in which we live, as well as acting as a stark reminder of the fragility of nature. The striking exhibition features 100 large-scale, back-lit photographs that include some of the world's most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum, London, and BBC Worldwide.

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Ethan Claymore - Qualicum Beach

110 West 2nd Avenue
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
V9K 1S8
Toll-free
Phone250-752-3522

Daily from December 11, 2014 to December 28, 2014

ECHO Players holiday production of Norm Foster's Ethan Claymore is a light-hearted comedy that puts the merry in Merry Christmas. This play blends the softness of a Norman Rockwell winter scene with a touch of "Seinfeld" a truly affectionate comedy. This play has become a Canadian Christmas classic. With laugh-out-loud lines like "I'm married - I don't have to impress anyone" Norm Foster's yuletide whimsy Ethan Claymore sparkles with wit from start to finish. Reclusive widower Ethan Claymore has given up hope of finding love and laughter again. Much to his surprise, he is visited by his brother's spirit, who along with a meddling neighbour, is determined to bring the sparkle back to Ethan's eyes. This funny play is a perfect way to celebrate the Christmas.

156

Father Christmas at the Royal BC Museum - Victoria

Royal BC Museum
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W2
Toll-free
Phone250-356-7226

Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Sunday from Sunday December 7, 2014 to Tuesday December 23, 2014

Can you imagine a more magical place to visit with Father Christmas than the decorated streets of Old Town? Share holiday wishes and have a photo taken to preserve the historic moment. Free with admission or membership, extra fee for photos.

157

Father Christmas in Old Town - Victoria

675 Belleville Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W2
Website
Toll-free
Phone250-356-7226

Weekly on Friday-Sunday from Friday December 5, 2014 to Sunday December 21, 2014

Visit with Father Christmas in Old Town. Have your photo taken and share your holiday wishes. Photo by donation.

158

The Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens - Victoria

The Butchart Gardens
Victoria, British Columbia
V8X 3X4
Toll-free
Phone250-652-4422

Daily from December 1, 2014 to January 6, 2015

All throughout December the Magic of Christmas features fabulous illuminations, holiday wreaths, carolers, brass bands, ice skating and festive dining, making for an exciting and memorable experience. Enjoy the outdoor ice rink lit up with soft twinkling while listening to live, seasonal music. Warm up by the toasty fireplace after a skating session with a hot drink in hand. Kids are invited to get creative and bring a decorated paper snowflake from home to deck out the Coffee Shop; they will receive a cup of hot chocolate as a thank you! Don't miss the annual Twelve Days of Christmas outdoor display throughout The Gardens.

Don't miss this famous event!

159

The Magic of Christmas at Merridale - Cobble Hill

1230 Merridale Rd
Cobble Hill, British Columbia
V0R 1L0
Toll-free
Phone250-743-4293

Weekly on Friday-Sunday from Friday November 28, 2014 to Sunday January 4, 2015

Imagine twinkling lights on the trees, perhaps a dusting of snow on the orchard floor, and a cup of our newly released mulled cider, Yule Fuel, to warm the soul. It's Christmas at merridale starting November 15th, every Friday through Sunday night. So stop by for a visit and enjoy our complimentary enchanted Christmas Orchard Walk down Candycane Lane. Bring the whole family for an outing, or make it a date night with that special person. Our bistro will open at 5:00 for affordable family style dinners, or order from our regular dinner menu. We offer dinning on the heated patio overlooking the orchard lights. Don't forget to call ahead and reserve a table!

160

Ladysmith Festival of Lights - Ladysmith

First Avenue
Ladysmith, British Columbia
V9G 1A3
Toll-free
Phone250-245-5888

Daily from November 27, 2014 to January 11, 2015

An amazing community light up in a wonderful Island hillside community. Beginning on the last Thursday in November and runs until the second Sunday in January. This annual event draws 1,000s of visitors to Ladysmith. Light Up Night is a must. Santa even shows up to turn on over 150,000 festive lights. Following light up there is an amazing festive parade with brightly lit floats that goes down the main street. This is followed by the "turn on" of the giant Christmas tree and the evening wraps up with an awesmome firesorks show sponsored by the LDCU. Light Up night is always the last Thursday in November.... it's the island's most amazing family event!!!

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