Victoria Events

Christmas in Victoria

Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides
November 29 - December 21
Saturdays 12pm - 4pm | Sundays 12pm - 3pm

Enjoy a classic downtown tradition this holiday season.  Every weekend, horse-drawn trolleys will circulate throughout downtown, making it easy to take in all of the sights and sounds of the Christmas celebrations.  The trolleys are free-of-charge and will circulate on a pre-set route, with four stops at:

  • Store St at Chatham St (in front of Ocean River Sports)
  • Johnson St near Wharf St (in front of Willie's Bakery)
  • Langley St at Bastion Square (accross from Re-Bar)
  • Government St at Fisgard St (in front of CRD Plaza)

DVBA Ferris Wheel in Centennial Square
November 29 - December 21
Fridays 5pm-9pm | Saturdays 1pm - 9pm | Sundays 1pm - 7pm

Come and see the lights of Centennial Square and Downtown Victoria from 20 meters up! Rides are $2.  Enjoy holiday entertainment and grab a snack from local food vendors.

The Bucthart Gardens Magic of Christmas
December 1 - January 6

Christmas lights, holiday wreaths, carolers, ice skating, festive dining—it’s an exciting time at The Gardens. In fact, there’s so much happening from December 1st through January 6th, it's referred to as the Magic of Christmas season.

A Victorian Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle
December 1-31

Craigdarroch Castle is a National Historic Site and stunning example of Victorian architecture. Decorating the Castle for the Christmas season takes many hours and involves a number of staff and volunteers. The transformation is amazing as the rooms are presented in traditional Victorian fashion and original period toys peak out from under the Christmas trees. The decorations are on display throughout the month of December and we always offer a wide selection of music, theatre, culinary events and children’s performances. Self-guided tours occur daily, additional events throughout December.

Festival of Trees
November 19 - January 6
Fairmont Empress Hotel

Beautifully decorated trees transform the Empress into a lush forest to help raise funds for BC Children's Hospital Foundation.  Each tree is decorated by a local business, organization or sponsor.  You can vote for your favourite tree by donation.

Skating at The Fairmont Empress
November 20 - mid January
Weekdays from 5pm - 9pm | Weekends from 12pm - 9pm

Enjoy skating in the indoor rink on the lawn of the Empress Hotel.  Special events include Sunday Skates with Santa, Christmas Eve skating with the Elves, hot cocoa and cider.  The cost is $10 per person and rentals are available at $5 per pair.

National Gingerbread Showcase
November 22 - January 4
Inn at Laurel Point

Feast your eyes and nose on creative inspirations constructed from gingerbread.  More than just houses, they are detailed sculptures and unique works of art created by professional and amateur chefs.

What's on at the Royal BC Museum

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Dates: December 12, 2014 - 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.  The striking exhibition features 100 large-scale, back-lit photographs that include some of the world’s most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts.

Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC

Opens May 13, 2015

Catch gold fever!
In 1858 word of gold rang out in the Fraser Canyon, starting a dramatic movement of people to what were largely unexplored regions of BC.  Through interactive displays and rare artifacts, this fascinating exhibition will show you how everything changed forever with the gold rushes of the 1800′s, as class and racial barriers were broken down and people seized the extraordinary opportunities that glittered before them.

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Emily Carr: On the Edge of Nowhere

With this exhibition, the AGGV is now the premiere destination on Vancouver Island to visit and learn about Emily Carr through her paintings. On the Edge of Nowhere includes a historical survey of Carr’s artistic career, featuring pieces in all the media and styles she explored and perfected. It also focuses on Carr’s influences and inspirations, such as European modern art, members of the Group of Seven artists, First Nations artists, Carr’s spirituality, and her interest in developing an art that speaks of her personal experience and her connection to the West Coast landscape.

The Robert Bateman Centre

Location: Steamship Terminal Building at 470 Belleville St
Official Website: HERE

See the largest exhibit of original works by the world’s greatest wildlife artist. In this permanent exhibit of over 100 pieces spanning seven decades of work, Robert Bateman invites us to explore our relationship with the environment and pay homage to the majesty of nature. Travel through the eight galleries with Bateman’s personal multi-media commentary on a smartphone or tablet, and hear stories from his life and about the creatures he has so closely observed and reflected. Create your own forest of bird songs, curate a digital Bateman exhibit, and visit the shop of Canadian fine craft selected by Robert and Birgit Freybe Bateman.

Ongoing Events Around Town

IMAX Theatre
What's on and Showtimes: HERE
IMAX is the ultimate film experience!
The largest IMAX screen in British Columbia measuring 61'H x 85'W (18.59m x 25.9m) combined with crystal clear images and wraparound digital surround sound, offers you an incredible immersive cinematic experience. Victoria IMAX lets you feel like you're really there.

Abkhazi Gardens

Festive Christmas Afternoon Tea
$38.00 per person Reservations highly recommended.
Hot Honey-Buttered Crumpets with Housemade Lemon Marmalade Freshly Baked Currant & Cranberry Scone with Devonshire Cream and Housemade Preserves Freshly Baked Cheddar Scone with Crisp Apple Slice Petite Tourtiere Roasted Turkey & Cranberry Croissant Cucumber & Cream Cheese on Whole Wheat Free Range Organic Egg Salad on Rye Smoked Salmon Profiterole with Caramelized Shallot Cream and Dill Mincemeat Tart Dark Brandied Christmas Cake Granny's Butter Shortbread Sugarplums Melchior's Chocolate Treasure Your choice of Silk Road loose leaf tea. 


Bastion Square Pop-Up Market
November 29, December 5, 12 & 19 | 3pm - 9pm
November 30, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 | 12pm - 5pm

This magical Holiday Pop-Up Market will feature an exciting array of locally produced arts, crafts, tasty treats and great entertainment! (Weather permitting)

Victoria Public Market at The Hudson
Tuesday - Saturday: 9:30am - 6:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Monday: Closed

The Victoria Public Market at the Hudson highlights local food producers at every level – farmers, fishers, butchers, bakers, cheese-makers, preservers, brewers, vintners, florists and restaurateurs.

Moss St Winter Market
Every Saturday from November 1 - April 25, 2015
10:00am - 12:00pm
Garry Oak Room in the Fairfield Community Centre

Victoria's favourite summer market is now year round! In addition to great winter produce brought to you from over a dozen local organic farmers, there will be baking, hot food and coffee.