Christmas Is Here: Victoria, BC launches a special holiday website
Tourism Victoria has come up with a link on its website just for the holidays. Simply called Christmas Is Here, it's the place to go for all things Christmas. The seasonally-themed site provides an online list of Christmas events in and around Victoria -- and they even provide a fun Top 5 Things To Do list.
If you're looking to spend a night or two, book your room online, with nightly rates starting at $50 CAD. Victoria is beautiful during the holidays, with all the lights, music and seasonal events filling the streets and the capital city's various venues.
New this year is the outdoor ice rink at Centennial Square. It was unveiled during the city's annual Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 26, and will be open through Jan. 2, 2012. Hours are Monday-Wednesday, 12-5; Thursday-Saturday, 12-8; Saturday, 11-5, Sunday, 11-5; and 1-3 on holidays. Admissions is $2 -- limited skate rentals are available.
A place I've enjoyed during spring and summer is on my list to visit during the holidays. The Butchart Gardens and its Magic of Christmas opens on Dec. 1, 2011. That day marks the beginning of the 25th season of these festive Christmas displays. To mark the silver anniversary, garden goers born in 1987 will receive complimentary admission from Dec. 1-15, 2011 (bring your ID). Regardless of your age, the gardens will be aglow with tens of thousands of colored lights, including the Twelve Days of Christmas display tucked throughout the gardens. Holiday performances featuring traditional carols and music will be performed in the Piazza daily from 5-9 PM. The Butchart Gardens Light Up Ceremony is Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5 PM and includes free rides on the Rose Carousel. There's also ice skating (and really good food!).
BC Parliament Buildings and Queen Victoria in Victoria, BC
Photo by Sue Frause