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Christmas at the Butchart Gardens – Victoria, BC

Christmas Lights at Butchart GardensIn the popular Sound of Music song, “My Favorite Things,” raindrops on roses, crisp apple strudels, warm woolen mittens, and Brown paper packages tied up with strings top the list of favorites. What are your favorite things about the Christmas season? If you are looking for a new tradition, the Butchart Gardens has what they call their “Magic of Christmas” season. From December 1st, 2014 to January 6th, 2015 you will be able to take in a myriad of wonderful events that the entire family will enjoy.

If you want to be a part of the beginning, make plans to attend the Light-Up Ceremony on December 1st when the gardens will truly come to life with sparkling beauty. Starting this evening and continuing each evening throughout the season, you will be treated to traditional carolers and festive brass in period costume. For this night only rides on The Rose Carousel will also be free. Tour around to find each of the Twelve Days of Christmas displays that will be placed around the gardens. Grab hot chocolate and treats in the Coffee Shop, get lunch at the Blue Poppy Restaurant or enjoy a formal dinner in the Dining Room Restaurant. Festive music in the air and fun events going on make the perfect recipe to put anyone into the holiday spirit. Below are some of the other special events going on at the gardens during the Christmas season:

December 7th – Watch the Victoria Royals skate on the rink at the gardens and stick around for autograph signing.

December 1st – January 6th – Enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner in the garden’s restaurant. There is also a very special menu for Christmas Day dinner as well that will include a West Coast winter salad, oven-roasted turkey, and chocolate Yule log.

The Seed and Gift Store – Find special gifts and one-of-a-kind items made by local artisans.

The Christmas season is one of the most wonderful times of year to be on Vancouver Island—there is so much to see and do and whether you are up for adventure or ready for relaxation, The Prancing Horse Retreat is the perfect home away from home. Our bed and breakfast on Malahat Mountain is just a short drive from the gardens and a host of other shops and activities. Privacy, luxury, and breathtaking views are just three of the wonderful things about our mountain top villa. You can view all of our suites and amenities and check availability online or feel free to contact us at (250) 743-9378 if you need further information.

573 Ebadora Lane P.O. Box 11 Malahat, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada, V0R 2L0 . Phone: (250) 743-9378