Things to Do on Christmas & Boxing Day in Victoria

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The Butchart Gardens

Looking for fun ideas on Christmas & Boxing Day in Victoria? Here is a list of things to do on December 25 and 26 in Victoria.

Wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times. Provincial guidelines for gatherings must be observed.

Visit the Butchart Gardens

 

No matter what time of the year you visit, the Butchart Gardens never fails to delight. The holiday season is the time when the Garden is lighted up. However, this year due to restrictions enjoying the evening light displays will not be possible. But you can still visit the gardens and enjoy Afternoon Tea. The gardens are open from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, with viewing until 4:30 pm. The lights will be on during that time. Closed on Christmas Day.

Admire Christmas lights

Go on a Christmas Lights Tour of Victoria! See individual houses that are decorated to the hilt or visit downtown to see the Christmas displays.

Tour a lush forest of one-of-a-kind decorated trees at the Bay Centre. The Bay Centre’s Festival of Trees will be closed on December 25th but will reopen on December 26th.

Do a Christmas Day Bird Count

Do a Christmas bird count on Christmas Day! Visit any of the birding areas near Victoria and see how many birds you can find! Though not an organised/official day for counting, you can always do one on your own and enjoy a crisp morning walk!

If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.

Step into the Past

Celebrate the sights and sounds of Christmas long ago. Visit the wood-cobbled streets laced with festive garlands and see the shops decked with seasonal finery. And explore more of the museum with a family-friendly Father Christmas Escape Room. The museum will be closed on December 25th but will reopen on December 26th.

Go on a sleigh ride

Celebrate a holiday tradition with family, friends, and loved-ones! Cozy up under the blankets and enjoy the magical sound of jingle bells in your private horse-drawn sleigh.

Christmas Brunch/Dinner

 

Support local restaurants this holiday season and order your holiday meal.

Geocaching

Find hidden treasures and discover the many geocaches located throughout the region. This family-friendly activity uses a mobile app or a GPS device. This is also a fun way to interact with nature while getting mild exercise and explore new areas.

Enjoy a Walk/Picnic

Enjoy a family walk in the green spaces in Victoria. Pack a picnic and plan to spend an afternoon outside playing games with your loved ones. Explore the trails and pathways at regional and local parks.

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A Mini World

Step into a mini world with displays of fairy tales, “Gulliver’s travels”, a Swiss Family Robinson treehouse, a circus, historic battlefields, nursery rhymes, and others. The miniature world will be closed on December 25th but will be open on December 26th from 10 am to 5 pm.

Online Concerts

Online concerts have kept people entertained with the temporary closure of many concert halls. You can enjoy performances from all over Canada and the World!

Online Theatres

There are many online theatre performances you can enjoy online! The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol are some of the performances that can be enjoyed.

Explore a Vibrant Jungle

See thousands of tropical butterflies fly in a lush garden of tropical flowers, and plants at the Bufferfly Gardens. Open on December 26 from 10 am to 3 pm (open to explore until 4 pm). Your visit must be prebooked in advance.

Plan a trip to a nearby Provincial Park

 

Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, tobogganing and more at a nearby provincial park. You can also enjoy a relaxing stroll or brisk walking.

Watch The Great Conjunction

The Great Conjunction of planets Jupiter and Saturn take place from December 12 to 28. Although the planets will not be at their closest approach on Christmas day, they can still be viewed together.

Online Concerts

Online concerts have kept people entertained with the temporary closure of many concert halls. You can enjoy performances from all over Canada and the World!

Online Theatres

There are many online theatre performances you can enjoy online! The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol are some of the performances that can be enjoyed.

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