Santa’s ready to make his much-anticipated stop on the island this weekend.

Celebrations and holiday events are taking place all across Victoria during this festive period.

From carriage rides to Christmas lights, here are 13 awesome events taking place in Victoria this weekend.

Events In Victoria This Weekend

Friday, December 22

Light festival | Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas festival is now open at The Butchart Gardens. Visitors will enjoy Christmas lights, holiday wreaths, ice skating, and much more. Tickets start at $3 for children and go up to $27 for adults.

Tea | Festive Afternoon Tea

Enjoy festive afternoon tea at Fairmont Empress until Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. You’ll get to taste seasonal offerings and classic desserts. Tickets start at $37.

Drinks | Merridale Christmas at the Farm

Walk through a magical winter wonderland at Merridale Cidery and Distillery this Friday and Saturday. Enjoy, light appetizers, drinks, and an original musical theatre production. Tickets are $49.

Tour | Christmas In Old Town

Visit the wood-cobbled streets and see all the decorations on the shops. Tours take place until Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at Royal BC Museum.

Gingerbread | 9th annual Gingerbread Showcase

The 9th annual Gingerbread Showcase is back until Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. These creative creations aren’t just mere gingerbread houses. More than just that, these are detailed sculptures and unique works of art crafted by 30 professional and amateur chefs.

Christmas | Festival of Trees

The 26th annual Festival of Trees event takes place at The Bay Centre from Wednesday, November 15th – Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. All funds raised support the Excellence in Child Health Fund.

Saturday, December 23

Trolley | Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides

Happening every weekend, horse-drawn trolleys will make it’s way through downtown and letting you see all of the sights and sounds of the holidays. The trolleys are free, compliments of the DVBA.

Santa | Breakfast With Santa

Join Santa for a breakfast buffet this weekend on Saturday, December 23rd. It takes place at Oak Bay Beach Hotel from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Carriage | Horse & Carriage Rides

Victoria Carriage Tours will be offering rides through downtown Sidney on Saturdays and Sundays from December 3rd – December 23rd. Each carriage ride is $30 and can fit up to six people.

Food | S’mores on the Veranda

Enjoy hot beverages, seasonal bites, and s’mores around a fire at The Veranda at Fairmont Empress this holiday season.

Treats | Empress Christmas Cart

From Saturday, November 25th – Monday, December 25th, 2017, head over to the Empress lobby to purchase your festive treats.

Sunday, December 24

Music | Live Music Night At The O Cafe and Bistro

Join the O Cafe and Bistro every Wednesday and Sunday night for live music. Admission is free.

Food | Holidays at Bear Mountain

It’s once again that time. Enjoy three holiday-themed menus at Westin Bear Mountain Resort this Sunday.


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