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Top Things To Do This Christmas Season in Victoria, BC

Victoria has everything you need for the perfect holiday getaway; whether it's visiting The Butchart Gardens’ Christmas lights display, doing some last-minute shopping, indulging in a traditional winter tea, or attending a festive event. Read our insider’s scoop on top activities and events to do while visiting Victoria this Christmas season. PLUS, save on Butchart Gardens Christmas Magic packages to Victoria from $152 USD pp/do. Packages include ferry, a hotel stay in Victoria and admission to The Butchart Gardens with shuttle. BOOK NOW Christmas Magic at The Butchart Gardens. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. 1. Christmas Magic at The Butchart Gardens Every Christmas, The Gardens are decorated with over one million twinkling lights in splendid displays throughout the 55-acre property. Grab a warm beverage from their Coffee Shop, and walk through the Twelve Days of Christmas display. Keep your eyes alert, you will not want to miss all the secrets The Gardens has to offer! Please Note: The Butchart Gardens is located about 35 minutes from downtown Victoria. If you are traveling as a walk-on passenger, you can use one of the following modes of transportation to get to The Butchart Gardens:1. The Butchart Gardens round-trip shuttle transportation: Hop on a motor coach bus in downtown Victoria, and enjoy a 35-minute narrated ride to The Gardens. The shuttle departs from the Fairmont Empress Hotel at 6:00pm daily, and 4:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 2. BC Transit: Although a bit longer of a route (with many pick up and drop offs along the way), BC Transit is a cost effective public transportation option. Visit BC Transit for route options.3. Taxi: There are several taxi companies in Victoria that can pick you up directly in front of our Victoria ferry terminal. BUY CHRISTMAS MAGIC TICKETS Christmas lights on Government Street. 2. Go Christmas Shopping in Downtown Victoria Take a stroll down one of Victoria's main streets — Government Street. Here you'll find a variety of iconic shops, such as Rogers' Chocolates, Murchie's Tea & Coffee, and many other souvenir shops. Also be sure to check out Low Jo (Lower Johnson Street, off of Government Street); home to many local boutique shops including Rook and Rose (flower and lifestyle), Little Gold (jewelry), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing). Market Square, located off of Johnson Street, also has tons of small shops to explore.  Winter Tea at the Pendray Tea House. Credit: Pendray Tea House. 3. Experience a Traditional Winter Tea 'Tis the season to experience an Afternoon Tea as light and delicate as Victoria's first snowfall. Treat yourself to a uniquely crafted menu complete with options inspired by the beautiful holiday festivities around downtown Victoria. Enjoy a classic winter tea experience in the Pendray Tea House at the Huntingdon Manor, located across the street from our Victoria terminal this holiday season. Choose from a selection of fine teas, as well as elegant tea plates filled with assorted breads, sweets and pastries. BUY WINTER TEA TICKETS A horse-drawn carriage tour passing The Parliament Buildings. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 4. Enjoy an Intimate Tour of Victoria From a Horse-Drawn Carriage Enjoy historical tales on Victoria's past, present and future on a guided tour of downtown Victoria. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas. Since 1978, Victoria Carriage Tours has been dedicated to providing quality horse-drawn tours. Horse-Drawn Carriage ToursBy The Park: Relax and enjoy the pace of elegance through the historical streets of James Bay on this 45-minute tour. Meet the outskirts of Beacon Hill Park, the city’s oldest and largest park, known for its vast ecosystem including Garry Oak meadows and fields of Camas Lilies. Be delighted by the endearing character of the homes throughout the historical neighborhood.Beacon Hill Park Tour: Delight in escaping the city by traveling to the crown jewel of Victoria, Beacon Hill Park on this 60-minute tour. Catch a glimpse of local wildlife while enjoying the serenity Beacon Hill Park has to offer. Travel along the coastline of Dallas Road where the Salish Sea meets the Olympic Mountains. Return through the Victorian historical district of James Bay where you will feel as though time has stood still. BUY CARRIAGE TOUR TICKETS Macarons from Bon Macaron. Credit: Off The Eaten Food Track Tours. 5. Eat, Drink and be Merry on a Self-Guided Food Tour Indulge in all the best holiday treats downtown Victoria has to offer from Off The Eaten Food Track’s self guided Christmas Tour. Enjoy stops at seven local businesses — each offering a unique holiday treat! Snacks include: nuts and bolts, decadent chocolates from Rogers' Chocolates, holiday-flavored macarons, and more! Visit Off the Eaten Food Track's website for more information.  Festival of Trees at The Bay Centre. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria, One Lion Photography. 6. Festival of Trees Grab a festive drink, do some Christmas shopping, and enjoy the beautiful display of decorated Christmas trees sponsored by local businesses and organizations to support BC Children’s Hospital. Be sure to vote by donation for your favorite! The Festival of Trees takes place in the Bay Centre from November 17, 2022 to January 3, 2023.  Santa Claus Parade in downtown Victoria. 7. Santa Claus Parade Join the parade that has been a staple for locals and visitors of Victoria for the past 40 years. Enjoy a spectacular display of lights and other entertainment as the parade works its way through Victoria’s downtown core. The parade takes place on November 26 at 5:00pm. Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle. Credit: Craigdarroch Castle. 8. Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle Experience the holiday season at Craigdarroch Castle and enjoy a self-guided tour with a unique Christmas twist! For the month of December, Craigdarroch Castle will be fully decorated and will host special evening music events featuring Celtic and holiday favorites.  Please Note: Craigdarroch Castle is currently open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. You can purchase regular admission only through Black Ball. If you'd like to book the evening events, please visit Craigdarroch Castle's website.  BUY CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE TICKETS Handmade beeswax candles made by Ginkgo Craft Studios, a vendor at The Dickens Fair. Credit: The Dickens Fair, Ginkgo Craft Studios. 9. 41st Annual Dickens Christmas Fair With over 60 vendors, the Dicken's Christmas Fair is a great place to get into the holiday spirt. This holiday market features local makers of fine art, jewelry, candles, clothing, delicious baked goods, and more! The event takes place at the James Bay Community Center (located about a 10-minute walk from our ferry terminal) on December 3 from 10:30am to 4:00pm. Visit the James Bay Market's website for more information.  Light of Wonder at Centennial Square. Credit: The Centennial Lights of Wonder. 10. Centennial Lights of Wonder It's back! Be amazed with the dazzling display of lights at Centennial Square in downtown Victoria happening December 15 - 31, 2022. Don't miss this magical holiday moment that the whole family will love. Visit the Lights of Wonder website for more details.  Handmade gingerbread creation. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria, One Lion Photography. 11. Admire Gingerbread Creations at the 14th Annual Gingerbread Showcase This annual Gingerbread Showcase takes place at the Parkside Hotel & Spa in downtown Victoria on November 26 through January 2, 2023. Marvel at the handmade gingerbread creations (that are 100% edible!) and vote by donation for your favorite. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity Victoria. Visit their website for more information. Bastion Square, near the tour start point. 12. Hear the Tales of Christmases Past Enjoy the warm-hearted and sometimes humorous stories of how Christmas was celebrated in Victoria during the Victorian era — A First Nations legend, Christmas Day brawls at Fort Victoria, a touching Gold Rush tale, Christmas store decorations and an amusing memory from Emily Carr's childhood are featured. Please Note: This tour only runs on Saturdays. BOOK NOW The Nutcracker Production. 13. Watch The Nutcracker at the Royal Theatre Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Victoria Symphony present a classic Christmas tradition — The Nutcracker. Perfect for the entire family, this performance will take place on December 2, 3, and 4 with afternoon and evening shows. You can purchase your tickets on the Royal Theatre's website.  Oak Bay Beach Hotel exterior. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 14. Breakfast with Santa Enjoy a family-styled brunch at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel with house-made cookie decorating AND a visit from the man himself, Mr. Claus! Seatings are available every Saturday and Sunday up until the weekend before Christmas. Reserve your spot on the Oak Bay Beach Hotel's website. 

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Top Things To Do Victoria, BC This Fall (2022)

It’s not too late to enjoy the last bit of Victoria’s autumn weather and fall activities! Cozy up inside at one of Victoria's brunch places (eggs benedict are a must!), or immerse yourself in world-famous artwork at one of Victoria's several art galleries. We also recommend bundling up and enjoying the fall elements outside at The Butchart Gardens, or at one of Victoria's many hiking trails or beaches. PLUS, save on Victoria hotel + ferry deals from $99 USD pp/do... It's the best rate of the year!  Read below for our curated list of fantastic activities to do during fall in Victoria, BC.   Ghostly walk with Discover the Past Walking Tours. Credit: Discover the Past Walking Tours. 1. Take a Ghostly Walk or Haunted Tour Listen to chilling ghost stories in Canada's most haunted city. Experience spine-chilling spooks as you learn about the haunted history of Victoria. For those who are a little less ghost-inclined, there are also non-haunted history tours.  Buy Discover the Past Tickets Goldstream Park. 2. Watch the Salmon Run at Goldstream Park Watch the miracle of nature happening right before your eyes! Every year, salmon storm the Goldstream river to spawn, coming back to the place where many moons prior they had spawned themselves. The salmon run typically lasts from mid-October to early-December and is a great way to educate your kiddos on the importance of natural ecosystems! Visit Goldstream Park's website for more information. Fall at The Butchart Gardens. 3. Soak in the Fall Colors at The Butchart Gardens Fall is the perfect time to do a trip to The Butchart Gardens. Not only is it usually quieter, it's also the perfect time to soak in the fall colors... One of our favorite fall spots is the Japanese Gardens. While you are there, enjoy traditional winter tea in The Gardens Dining Room, or sweet treat and warm drink from the Coffee Shop. Buy The Butchart Gardens Tickets Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse Room. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 4. Taste the Season's Best Ciders Visit some of the island's best cideries and score yourself a taste of what this harvest season has to offer! You can do tastings at many cideries throughout Vancouver Island, including some of our favorites, Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse, Junction Orchard and Cider, and Victoria Cider Co. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while sipping on a delicious beverage! Pumpkin patch. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 5. Get Spooked at Galey Farms From Pumpkin Fest to CarnEvil, Galey Farms has something for everyone in the family. Visit during the day and take a ride out to the pumpkin patch for family pumpkin picking! Or, arrive at night for the Festival of Fear which includes the corn maze of horror, crazy train and a haunted house! For the scare-seekers, we recommend CarnEvil, a 5,000 square foot haunted house! Immersive Van Gogh Experience. 6. Immerse Yourself in the Beyond Van Gogh Experience Enter the world of starry nights and become immersed in the workings of famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh. You will be in awe of all the lights and colors in this fully immersive experience of still and moving art. The experience is in Victoria for a limited time from October 14 to December 31. More details can be found on the Beyond Van Gogh Experience website. Winter at Mount Washington. 7. Go Skiing or Snowboarding at Mount Washington Located about a 3-hour drive from our Victoria ferry terminal is Mount Washington, the hot spot for all winter sports on the island. Whether you're looking to do some hiking out near Battleship Lake or ski/snowboard down the slopes, there's something for everyone here. You can rent the extra equipment needed at Mount Washington such as snowshoes, tubes, snowboards, skis, etc. Just make sure to dress warm as Mount Washington is often home to record-breaking snowfalls! Visit Mount Washington's website for more details. Sunset at Dallas Road. 8. Find Your Peace by the Ocean at a Victoria Beach Victoria is home to more beautiful beaches than one can imagine, and they remain breathtaking year-round. If you can brave the fall weather, you will be sure enjoy a serene experience in the quiet season. Check out a range of beaches, including Gonzales, Willows, Cattle Point, Witty's Lagoon, or meander along the beaches of Dallas road nearby our terminal. Burger and fries. Credit: Burger Crush. 9. Eat like a Local in Downtown Victoria Lunch Recommendations - Red Fish, Blue Fish — Some of the city's best fish and chips!- 10 Acres Commons — Patio views of bustling Government Street & Inner Harbour.- Tacofino — Tacos, burritos and nachos... All to die for!- Burger Crush: Streamlined eatery doling out burgers, shakes & hand-cut fries, plus vegan fare & coconut ice cream.- Foo Asian Street Food: Easygoing place serving varied Asian street food, beer & cider in a contemporary space with a patio.- Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken: Fried chicken, soups & other traditional Korean dishes round out the menu at this casual outpost. Dinner Recommendations- Il Covo — An Italian hidden gem in the historic James Bay neighborhood.- Heron Rock Bistro — French cuisine made with local ingredients.- Tapa Bar — Spanish-inspired tapas.- Be Love — Local, organic, sustainable vegetarian offerings.- 10 Acres Bistro — A farm-table experience.- Cafe Brio: Unpretentious choice for salumi, wine & Italian-leaning meals, made from local ingredients.- NARU Korean Restaurant: Casual, authentic Korean fair in a unique dining room.Gozen Sushi Bar Izakaya: Japanese small & shared plates & extensive sushi menu with a full bar in a relaxed, modern setting. Reading at book in Munro's. Credit: Munro's Books. 10. Turn the Pages at Munro's Books Nothing says fall like curling up with a good book. Luckily, Downtown Victoria is home to Munro's books, a heritage store with spectacular space and an incredible selection. If you're looking for a great book as part of your cozy getaway, Munro's has something for you. Horse-drawn carriage tour. 11. Tour Victoria on a Cozy Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour Enjoy historical tales on Victoria's past, present and future on a guided tour of downtown Victoria. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas. Since 1978, Victoria Carriage Tours has been dedicated to providing quality horse-drawn tours. Buy Victoria Carriage Tour Tickets Brunch at Heron Rock Bistro. 12. Do Brunch in the Brunch Capital of Canada Breakfast (or brunch) in Canada's brunch capital; a must-do. Our favorite brunch places include Jam Cafe, Blue Fox Cafe, Heron Rock Bistro, Nourish Cafe or The Ruby on Johnson. Most brunch places do not take reservations, so get an early start to the day to avoid the lines!

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The Route

Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. It is the most direct ferry crossing between Victoria and the United States, with daily, year-round service provided.

The 90-minute, 22.59 nautical mile (42 km) trip is a scenic journey through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the crossing, enjoy the ship’s many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas.

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