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Cafe Brio is located in the heart of Antique Row, just minutes away from Fairholme Manor. This cozy, Italian-inspired eatery was recently voted one of Victoria’s Best Loved restaurants. Cafe Brio offers a variety of small and large plates with a focus on local products. Their menu changes daily to reflect the freshest ingredients possible, and their New Year’s Eve menu is no exception. This year, Cafe Brio is serving two seatings, either a 3 or 5-course dinner with amuse bouche and a glass of bubbly. Reservations are required.
During the month of December, Craigdarroch Castle is decked out in grand Victorian style. Experience Christmas at the turn of the century, complete with original period toys peeking out from under the Christmas tree.
Check out Craigdarroch Castle’s Entertainment Calendar for additional seasonal activities, including musical events, children’s activities and visits with Father Christmas. All of the daytime entertainment is free with admission. The Castle is open daily from 10am - 4pm.
Skate with friends and family in downtown Victoria’s open-air ice rink! Located in Centennial Square adjacent to the McPherson Theatre, the rink is made of real ice and is bigger than it looks—it can actually fit up to 60 people at a time. In its first five days of operation alone, over 1000 people came out for a skate! It’s been so popular, in fact, that starting today it will be open 3 additional hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Admission is $2 and limited skate rentals are available for $5 a pair. Children 5 and under skate for free with a paid admission.
Outdoor cinema in December? Only in Victoria! Visit the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort every Tuesday and Wednesday evening for Christmas Starlight Cinema—movies under the stars on Victoria’s beautiful Inner harbour. Heaters will be supplied but you will need to bring your own chair and blanket.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Magic of Christmas at The Butchart Gardens. On Dec. 1st, the Gardens will be decked out with tens of thousands of lights plus evergreen swags, holiday wreaths and the popular Twelve Days of Christmas display. The official light-up ceremony begins at 5pm and includes free rides on the Rose Carousel (with admission).
Come celebrate the holiday season at the Royal British Columbia Museum! Between November 18th and January 12th, the cobblestone streets of Old Town will be transformed into a turn-of-the-century Christmas, complete with festive garlands and a 4.7 metre (15-foot) Christmas tree. Check out the RBCM Facebook page for some beautiful photos of festive Old Town, then visit their website for more info on this and other great holiday events.
Christmas is here! It’s only November, but the holiday season will soon be landing at The Fairmont Empress. For the past 20 years, the historic hotel has been transformed into a festive forest full of decorated trees, with all proceeds going to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The trees are sponsored and decorated by local individuals, organizations and businesses and voted on by the public. Last year, the event received over 10,000 votes and raised over $110,000.
Next year, the Royal BC Museum will be hosting 3 major international touring exhibits. Here’s what to look forward to!
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
(December 16, 2011 to April 9, 2012)
See the world through the lenses of prize-winning nature photographers. This exhibition showcases over 100 photographs in 18 categories (including Photojournalist of the Year, Endangered Wildlife, One Earth and Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year) chosen from over 40,000 international entries.
Urban Arts, one of Victoria’s most unique theatre experiences, is bringing back its popular musical this weekend. Nevermore is an exciting, mysterious journey into the innerworkings of Edgar Allan Poe that brings his passion and obsession to life. The musical takes place not on a stage, but in the historic courtroom at the Maritime Museum. Seats are available in the gallery, the jury’s benches or the balcony, giving each audience member a unique view of this memorable theatre experience.
This Saturday is your last chance to visit Victoria’s most popular public market before it closes shop for the winter season. The Moss Street Market, now in its 20th year, is the ultimate stop for handmade crafts, artisan clothing and local and organic produce and foods. It’s dog-friendly, kid-friendly and runs rain or shine.