CHRISTMAS ROUNDUP: Beat the Bah, humbug! blues this holiday season

Greater Victoria has plenty of offerings from teas to music this holiday season

Each year it gets bigger, better and happier.

The St. Barnabas Anglican Church Star Sunday Christmas crafting event takes place Sunday (Dec. 8).

The afternoon is filled with fun and exploration and begins with the sight and sound of a crackling outdoor fire and an outdoor waffle stall.

Once inside, find many ways to make new and appealing gifts including bees-wax candle-dipping, transparent origami stars, a wooden manger with felted baby Jesus, scented bath salts, cards, gift-wrapping, and much more. Each station is supervised by adults.

“So much of the Christmas season is filled with garish glitter, noise and synthetic materials” said St. Barnabas rector Travis O’Brian. “We hope that Star Sunday will offer a time of beauty and pleasure in the midst of all those distractions.”

St. Barnabas is located at the corner of Begbie Street and Belmont Avenue.

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The 48th annual Carolling Week continues at City Hall this week.

This festive event will showcase choirs from Victoria area schools performing favourite Christmas carols from noon to 12:40 p.m.

Today (Dec. 4), Strawberry Vale and McKenzie elementary schools performs, while on Friday (Dec. 6) St Joseph’s and Glenlyon-Norfolk hit the stage.

For more information, visit: victoria.ca.

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Ready to sing the praises of Christmas?

Carol-Along with the Carillon outside Royal B.C. Museum on Sunday (Dec. 8).

The Provincial Carillonneur climbs 75 spiral steps to ring out 22 seasonal favourites and everyone sings along.  Hot chocolate, cookies and songsheets are provided.  Members of the Newcombe Singers lead the carolling.  When the singing ends, the carillon is lit up for the festive season.

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Circle Dec. 14 and 15 on your calendar for the Moss Street Holiday Market, held at Sir James Douglas School and Fairfield Community Centre, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Eighty vendors will sell everything from bath products to baked goods.

For more info, go online to MossStreetMarket.com

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Helmcken House comes alive with the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas in Victoria, from Dec. 21 to Jan. 5, noon to 4 p.m. Discover the Christmas traditions of early Victorians  – Christmas crackers, cards and carols.

 

 

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