Christmas In The Capital Region

Christmas has officially arrived in Victoria and merriment is in full swing as we count down the days. With little more than two weeks to go, there are a number of ways to invoke the festive spirit that’s fun for the whole family.

Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria BC

Photo: Deddeda Stemler for Tourism Victoria

Festival of Trees Empress Hotel through to January 3, 2011

Victoria’s famed Fairmont Empress Hotel plays host to a winter wonderland of beautifully decorated trees in this annual fundraiser to benefit BC Children’s Hospital. Over six dozen trees are provided by sponsoring businesses in the Victoria area – come out and vote for your favourite! [Website]

The Magic of Christmas Butchart Gardens through to January 6, 2011

For more than 100 years, this lush green space has been creating memories, but perhaps never more so than at Christmas. The Butchart Gardens are open 365 days a year – including Christmas Day – and features live music, caroling, ice skating (with skate rentals available) and thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights. [Website]

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour Friday and Saturday nights until December 18, 2010

Victoria’s lively and sometimes spooky past comes alive in this walking tour that takes those daring enough through some of Victoria’s most famous supernatural hot spots. The tour includes Christmas-themed stories and a stop in at the site of the 1890 Christmas Eve assassination at Victoria’s Roman Catholic cathedral. [Website]

Photo: Greg Bate on Flickr

Winter Farmer’s Market Market Square on the third Saturday of each month until March, 2011

If you’re having a hard time finding the most perfect or unique gift for the “foodie” on your list, look no further. Featuring local produce, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, the Vancouver Island Salt Company, live music and much, much more, discovering the Winter Farmer’s Market promises to chase your winter blues away. [Website]

For more information on these and other fun family events, visit Tourism Victoria’s website. You can also find them on Facebook or follow Tourism Victoria on Twitter.

1. I still have one pair of alpine passes from Mount Washington Alpine Resort to give away. Click here for your chance to win until December 10th.

2. Tourism Richmond is giving away a $250 Visa gift card to one reader. Click here to enter to win until December 13th.

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