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VOTING IS OPEN

Fairmont Empress has been nominated in the 2023 Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World Best Awards! We are honoured to be nominated and you can now vote for your favourite hotel or travel experience.

We believe in Christmas miracles and we’d love to see our Castle make the list this year!

Explore The Holidays

The most joyful season of the year has arrived! Christmas at Canada’s Castle on the Coast!

Celebrate the festive season in your home-away-from-home here at Fairmont Empress. Beautiful ornaments, twinkling lights and presents beneath the tree. Discover our offers and dining events to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. View our Holiday Brochure

Holiday Activities

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New Year’s Eve Dinner in Q

Spending New Year’s Eve at the Fairmont Empress is magical, elegant and the premier place in Victoria to usher in a new year.
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Festive Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea with seasonal offerings and classic desserts.
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Festive Cocktails in Q Bar

Our crafty mixologists have curated a holiday bar menu of classic festive cocktails.
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Christmas on the Veranda

‘Tis the season for twinkle lights, cozy patios and a few festive flavours to enjoy around the fire, overlooking Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbour.
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The Grandest of Evenings – New Year’s Eve Gala

The Empress has played hostess to numerous grand balls over the years. In 1919, Edward Prince of Wales waltzed the night away in the iconic Crystal Ballroom.
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Christmas Day Buffet in the Crystal Ballroom

Christmas Day Buffet will be your day of calm indulgence!
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Holiday Turkey To-Go

This year, let the culinary team at Fairmont Empress prepare your Christmas feast!
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Christmas Day Dinner in Q

Elegant four course set menu dinner befitting of Christmas Day. Ideal for small group and family Christmas Day dinner parties.
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Christmas Eve Dinner in Q

The work is done, now relax and enjoy this seasonally delicious four course set menu dinner, with optional wine pairing.

Holiday Offers

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Kids Rule The Castle

It's time to introduce your tiny travellers to the wider world. With our 'Kids Rule the Castle' package your family can enjoy spacious, luxurious accommodations, daily breakfast, scavenger hunts and more!
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Pacific Northwest & Alberta Resident Rate

Explore Victoria and Vancouver Island like a local: British Columbia, Alberta, Washington State, and Oregon Residents save up to 20% with parking included, 2:00pm late check out and zero pet fees.
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Steep & Sleep

Indulge in the perfect iconic combination: Luxury accommodations and world-famous Afternoon Tea at the Empress.
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Go For Gold

20% off Fairmont Gold, includes parking, private lounge access with daily breakfast, evening canapes and more.
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Trees Of Hope

Enjoy 10% off our daily rate as well as a $25 hotel food and beverage!
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Give the Gift of Wellness

Treat yourself or someone you know to a relaxing, sensorial and social spa experience. Willow Stream Spa gift cards never expire and can be used for services and products available only at Willow Stream Spa locations.