Craigdarroch Castle in its Christmas glory

Craigdarroch Castle in its Christmas glory

Craigdarroch Castle decks the halls

'To see Craigdarroch Castle decked out is a must-do during Victoria’s holiday season.'

There’s no place quite like a festive castle during the holidays.

Adorned for a traditional Victorian Christmas, Craigdarroch Castle sparkles during the season with stunning decorations. The halls are not only filled with boughs of holly however, music and melodies also spread Christmas cheer.

“To see Craigdarroch Castle decked out is a must-do during Victoria’s holiday season,” said John Hughes, executive director, Craigdarroch Castle.

“Decorating the Castle for the Christmas season takes our staff and volunteers many hours, and the results of their efforts are remarkable.”

Throughout December, Craigdarroch Castle plays host to a variety of Christmas entertainment. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted as a one-man play by Jason Stevens is a highlight of the season at The Castle.

The play will be performed in the castle dance hall on Dec. 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 12, 13, 17, 18 and 20 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance at Craigdarroch Castle orthecastle.ca – $20 for adults, $15 for members and students.

On Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. the classic 1994 version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women starring Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst and Christian Bale will be shown in the Dance Hall.

The movie was filmed in and around Victoria, including scenes filmed in the castle. Admission includes time to tour the castle, the film screening and movie snacks. Tickets are available in advance at Craigdarroch Castle or.thecastle.ca – $20 for the general public, $15 for members.

Craigdarroch Castle will also be the setting for a wide variety of Christmas musical performances. Music will fill the castle every weekend in December beginning Dec. 6, and daily from Dec. 20 to Dec. 31. Performances begin at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Children’s story time is held at 1 p.m. on the same days. Music and story-time included with admission or membership.