Celebrate the Holiday Season with Holiday Events from Victoria to the Comox Valley

Celebrate the holiday season with a number of festive events that include light shows on land and water, a parade, ride a red-nosed bus, skate with a giant snow globe or walk through a forest of decorated trees.

Celebrate the holiday season with a number of festive events that include light shows on land and water, a parade, ride a red-nosed bus, skate with a giant snow globe or walk through a forest of decorated trees.

Great Victoria

Enjoy the sight of a floating show like the Royal Victoria Yacht Club Sea of ​​Lights returns December 3.

This parade of illuminated ships features up to 20 boats adorned with Christmas lights, often in the thousands, traveling in a flotilla led by a Royal Canadian Navy training ship.

If you gather at Willows Beach, Cattle Point, and Gyro Park to watch the parade, you can take part in shore activities and a hot chocolate. You can drop off cash, food or toy donations to Oak Bay Kiwanis in Willows Beach or the Salvation Army in Gyro Park.

There will also be a bonfire at Willows Beach.

The parade begins at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club at 6:45 p.m. Viewers can expect to see the boats at Cattle Point at 7:00 p.m., Willows Beach at 7:15 p.m., and nearby Gyro Park in Cadboro Bay around 7:45 p.m.

Sooke Road will come alive with a community spirit as the Sooke Lions Club presents the Sooke Santa Parade, December 5.

This year’s theme is Sooke Lights Up for Santa.

Sooke Road will be closed from Charters Road to Otter Point Road between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 5. A detour will be in effect.

The parade begins at 5 p.m., with the extended road closure in place to facilitate the safe assembly and disassembly of the parade.

December 5 is also the Enlightenment celebration in Esquimalt, with a parade of lights and a Christmas carol.

The parade – featuring Santa Claus – starts from Canteen Road at 5 p.m. and continues along Esquimalt Road to the arena.

Enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee hot dogs and snacks.

Skate under a sea of ​​sparkling lights while listening to classic holiday music on an 18-meter-long synthetic ice rink at Uptown Shopping Center, part of its Inspired by winter on the boulevard Party. It costs $ 5 to skate for 40 minutes, and the skate rental is $ 2 a pair.

Half of the admission fee to the rink will be donated to the 1Up Single Parent Resource Center. There will also be a fundraising evening for BC Disaster Relief.

People can stay warm in illuminated igloo domes that will be located along the boulevard or take photos with a display of vintage trucks as a backdrop. Guests will be delighted to find the return of the Cottage (where Father Christmas will be) and a 16-meter tree.

Families can book private 10-minute sessions with Santa for digital photo ops.

The rink is open to the public from December 6 until March Break 2022.

For more information or to book a session with Santa Claus, visit shopuptown.ca.

Be on the lookout for red noses Santa’s Bus using various routes in the Victoria Regional Transit System, December 10-11.

Santa will be behind the wheel and his assistants will hand out candy canes and free rides to everyone who gets on board. The Santa Bus will run on lines 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 14, 30, 31, 39 and 50 during the two days.

The family Lights of wonder the holiday celebration returns to Centennial Square, December 16-31.

Victoria’s largest free outdoor light show, hosted by the Downtown Victoria Business Association, returns after a year of hiatus with themed light displays, four interactive light tunnels and a 12-meter party tree.

There will be performers onsite Thursday through Sunday, with a Kiving Booth accepting donations for local charities.

The event is free and runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December 16 to 31 (open Christmas Day) at Centennial Square, 1 Centennial Square.

Find inspiration on how to dress your tree and fundraise for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation at Victoria Tree Festival, at the Bay Center, now through January 4.

This is the 30th year of the community tradition, which sees the halls of the Bay Center transformed into a lush forest of 70 trees beautifully decorated by sponsors, local businesses, organizations and individuals.

You can virtually vote for your favorite tree, with all proceeds going to BC Children’s Hospital mental health programs.

The event is free to view. The trees can be seen during opening hours until January 4 (closed Christmas Day and New Years Day) on Levels 2 and 3 of the Bay Center, 1150 Douglas Street.

Pearkes Recreation Center turns its rink into a winter wonderland this holiday season, with a Ice cream party from December 20 to 26.

This is the third year of the annual event, which sees the main lights dimmed and the ice rink transformed into a giant snow globe, complete with trees, lights and snow.

Regular admission applies. Registration is required during free skating hours, with limited skating aids available. Skates available for hire. The facility is also available for private bookings.

For more information, visit saanich.ca or call 250-475-5400.


Nanaimo Community Hospice Lights Up Hospice House and Garden at Grand Opening Light up the night, December 2.

You can enjoy classic Wellington Jazz Band Christmas carols, treat yourself to a treat from a local food truck, coffee and hot chocolate, and honor a loved one by placing a keepsake tag on a tree.

The event will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 2 at 1080 St. George Cres., Nanaimo.

The Nanaimo Yacht Club is organizing a Christmas lights cruise from the Port of Nanaimo on December 4.

Boats decorated and adorned with Christmas lights will sail and sail around Nanaimo Harbor, through the Newcastle Canal to Departure Bay, and then return.

The boats will cast off at 6 p.m. December 4. Head to one of the locations above to watch the procession.

Qualicum Beach

Qualicum Beach’s Milner Gardens welcome Milner Christmas Magic 2021, a stroll in the illuminated alleys of the park decorated with Christmas lights.

Admire the window displays at Gardener’s Cottage and Milner House, or stop for a photo op at Santa’s Sleigh.

Children of all ages can drop letters for Santa Claus in the North Pole mailbox.

An outdoor refreshment bar is also available.

Admission is by donation, with a suggested minimum of $ 5 for adults and $ 2.50 for children. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (viewing until 8:30 p.m.) Friday through Sunday for the first three weeks of December at The Garden, 2179 West Island Hwy., Qualicum Beach.


Go back to the 1950s at Heritage light at McLean Mill Natural Historic Site, near Port Alberni, starting December 3.

You won’t see a dazzling light show or barrage of explosions. Instead, you’ll see the scenery from a simpler time, when sawmill and logging would have been active.

Expect simple colored lights and maybe some fairy lights and tinsel. You might even find old wooden Santa and Mrs. Claus from Woodward’s beloved Christmas display stand.

This is a mostly outdoor event. Stroll under a canopy of cedars, hot chocolate in hand, and see the scenery. Your walk through the past includes several trees decorated by sponsors for the Festival of Trees event, located in the Great Hall. Vote for your favorite tree with a donation, and all funds raised will go to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Santa is expected for photo ops, with local musicians entertaining with seasonal sounds.

Entrance is by donation and pre-registration is required with specific timetables. The event runs from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday for the first three weeks of December at the McLean Mill Natural Historic Site, 5633 Smith Rd. Port Alberni.

Comox Valley

Get into the Christmas spirit at Comox Valley Christmas in downtown Courtenay, December 5

This year’s theme is Silver Bells. Organizers are asking people to follow mask guidelines, practice social distancing and stay home if they are not feeling well.

A parade runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on December 5 along 5th Street in Courtenay.


The Ladysmith and District Historical Society will open its Magic of the season exhibition at the Ladysmith Museum, December 4.

The family event includes a craft table, seasonal decor, Christmas lights, and light refreshments.

You can spice up your visit in the late afternoon by walking along 1st Avenue to admire the many lights and seasonal scenery among the rooftops and businesses of downtown Ladysmith.

If you cannot make it to the opening day, the exhibition will be visible throughout the month of December during regular opening hours.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 4 at the Ladysmith Museum, 721 1st Avenue, Ladysmith.

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