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Ladysmith Festival of Lights - Ladysmith

First Avenue
Ladysmith, British Columbia
V9G 1A3
Websitehttp://www.ladysmithfol.com/
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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Island Farms Santa's Lights Parade - Victoria

Government St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8Z 6E3
Websitehttp://www.victoria.ca
Toll-free
Phone

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bring the family to this festive, annual parade to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy an array of dazzling floats and marching bands that travel along the magically lit Government Street from Victoria's Inner Harbour to Chatham Street. Meet up at the Capital Iron parking lot for delicious free treats courtesy of Island Farms.

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Santa Fly-In - Nanaimo

Harbour Air Seaplane Terminal
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9R 5B8
Websitehttp://www.dnbia.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-754-8141

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Santa Claus has made his list, checked it twice and has decided that the children of Nanaimo have been oh, so nice! Now, Santa has decided to make a special visit, all the way from the North Pole to Nanaimo. On Saturday, November 30th at the harbourfront in downtown, children from all over will come to welcome Santa and his entourage of singing dancing Elves, who will be arriving in Nanaimo aboard a Harbour Air sea plane. Santa's arrival in Nanaimo is to officially open his namesake workshop in downtown Nanaimo and to star in the Lion's Club Santa Parade at 5pm. The DNBIA invites children and families to kick off the holiday this season and celebrate Santa's official arrival in Downtown Nanaimo!

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Sidney Sparkles - Sidney

Various Locations
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 1W9
Websitehttp://www.peninsulacelebrations.ca
Toll-free
Phone

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Get into the festive season and start your holidays with Sidney Sparkles. Events include Breakfast with Santa, Star Cinema Performances, Santa's Parade and the ever popular SailPast.

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The Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens - Victoria

The Butchart Gardens
Victoria, British Columbia
V8X 3X4
Websitehttp://www.butchartgardens.com
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!

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Christmas Starlight Cinema at The Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa - Victoria

The Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa
Victoria, British Columbia
V9A 6T3
Websitehttp://www.deltavictoria.com
Toll-free
Phone250-360-2999

Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday from Tuesday December 2, 2014 to Wednesday December 17, 2014

Take part in a Victoria, BC Christmas tradition this year and enjoy classic Christmas films under the starlight! Overlooking the beautiful Inner Harbour, The Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa will be hosting their Starlight Cinema, showing festive family favourites on a large outdoor screen throughout December.

Cozy up beneath the patio heaters, bring your blankets and lawn chairs and get ready for some Christmas classics including A Christmas Story, White Christmas, Elf, Home Alone and more. Bring the whole family to enjoy these iconic family movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. from December 2 to 17, 2014. Admission is complimentary though donations to the Santa's Anonymous campaign are welcome.

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Father Christmas at the Royal BC Museum - Victoria

Royal BC Museum
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W2
Websitehttp://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca
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.

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Polar Bear Swim - Black Creek

2012 Eyre Rd
Black Creek, British Columbia
V9J 1B2

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year! It's tradition - every January 1st the locals flock to Saratoga Beach to start the year off with a SPLASH! And it's cold... but made Epic with the Legion Pipe Band playing in the background and great big bonfires blazing on the shore waiting to revive those brave enough to submit themselves to the frigid waters. If that doesn't do the trick, pop over to the Pub to finish the job.

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Galiano Literary Festival - Galiano Island

134 Madrona Dr
Galiano Island, British Columbia
V0N 1P0
Websitehttp://www.galianoliteraryfestival.com
Toll-free
Phone250-539-3340

Daily from February 20, 2015 to February 22, 2015

This year, the 6th Annual Galiano Literary Festival will be held February 20th - 22, 2015. This year's theme will be exploring Nature and The Environment. The Festival will be again held at the beautiful Galiano Oceanfront Inn which provides a relaxed and unique atmosphere. Our goal was and remains to bring lovers of the book, be they readers, writers or publishers, together in a fun, informal and educational festival. The 2015 Galiano Literary Festival will begin with a Welcome Reception at the Galiano Inn which gives guest authors a chance to meet each other and the other attendees at the festival. Participants will be treated to a variety of sessions throughout Saturday and Sunday.

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Pacific Rim Whale Festival - Tofino

Websitehttp://www.pacificrimwhalefestival.com
Toll-free
Phone250-726-7798

Daily from March 14, 2015 to March 22, 2015

Join the fun on Vancouver Island's wild West Coast, as we celebrate the arrival of nearly 20,000 grey whales on their migration from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska's Bering Strait.

Experience the wonders & charm of the 29th annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival & the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

It's an all-out celebration of coastal living! It's about grey whales & marine life education, inspirational talks & interpretive walks, children's fun for the small & culinary events for the tall, First Nations cultural workshops & more - come & experience a coastal tradition!

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