TOP 5 REASONS VICTORIA, BC IS THE BEST CHRISTMAS GETAWAY
Beautiful Victoria, British Columbia is the perfect spot for making Christmas memories with the whole family.
CHRISTMAS AT THE EMPRESS
Experience the magic of Christmas at the Empress. At this time of year, the Castle on the Coast is all dressed up in her Christmas finery with stunning holiday décor and enchanting lights, sure to delight the young and the young at heart. Christmas at the Empress is an annual holiday tradition in Victoria.
From s’mores and festive cocktails on the Veranda overlooking the Inner Harbour, a festive version of our famous afternoon tea, family-style holiday dinners and more – explore the magic of Christmas at the Empress.
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AT BUTCHART GARDENS
Butchart Gardens is known for its beautiful fauna in the spring and summer, but while the flowers sleep, the gardens are loaded up with lights and scenes depicting the 12 Days of Christmas. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the Christmas Carolers or take a spin on the ice rink beneath the twinkling lights. An evening spent at Butchart Gardens for the 12 Days of Christmas is the perfect holiday evening.
Fun Local Tip: For children 12 and under, make your own snowflake at home from an 8×11 sheet of white paper. Bring it to The Gardens when you visit, and they will trade you a cup of hot chocolate for your snowflake at their Coffee Shop.
ISLAND FARMS SANTA’S LIGHTS PARADE
The Holiday Season kicks off in Victoria with the annual Island Farms Santa’s Lights Parade. The largest night-time parade in all of Canada, it is typically held in the final weekend of November (during U.S. Thanksgiving). The procession begins right in front of Fairmont Empress.
If you are joining us for Christmas Kick-Off Weekend, bring a canned good or donation for the Food Bank and join us for hot cocoa and cookie decorating prior to the parade!
Victoria has no shortage of Christmas Markets to explore! Grab an apple cider or mulled wine and explore the rows of local vendors selling handcrafted fare and unique gifts. See the full list here.
HOLIDAY COCKTAILS & S’MORES ON THE VERANDA
The Veranda at Fairmont Empress is the best spot to view the sunset and the Parliament lights. At this time of year, it’s also the best time to curl up under a blanket in front of one of our fire pit tables with a festive cocktail, mulled wine or hot chocolate and make s’mores!
Open from 4pm to closing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from mid-November through December 23rd.