For Victoria Locals
BC’s capital city embodies the quintessential Christmas experience with twinkling lights, festivities at the Fairmont Empress, and new twists on timeless traditions.
Victoria is famous for its festive displays and once again the historic British Columbia Parliament Buildings will be lighting up smiles with sparkling lights around the landmark. To see even more shine, gather your house mates and embark on a holiday light tour around Greater Victoria with L.A. Limousines for a private peek of neighbourhood illuminations.
See a showcase of gingerbread houses, which takes place across the city for the 12th year running, raising funds for Habitat for Humanity Victoria (until January 3). Holiday highlights continue at The Bay Centre where the Festival of Trees transforms the mall into a colourful forest (visit here for protocols).
Victoria boasts boutiques selling all manner of gifts and goodies; wander down LoJo, Market Square, and Government and Fort streets to find special presents, and explore the alleys of Chinatown for more hidden gems. Head to Nordic Boulevard at Uptown Shopping Centre (until January 3) to see the outdoor Nordic-inspired skating rink, road mural, igloos, A-frame chalets, and 52-foot tree. For a memorable Christmas cuppa, stop at Murchie’s Fine Tea & Coffee for seasonal tea and coffee blends, and treat the vegans in your crew to meatless versions of holiday classics at The Very Good Butchers.