Christmas

(Black Press Media file photo)

BC Transit offers free bus service for New Year’s

Altered schedules posted for the holiday season across Greater Victoria

(Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich facilities are operating on holiday schedules from Tuesday, Dec. 24. (Black Press File Photo)

Holiday schedules to take effect at Saanich facilities

Closures and changes in open hours Dec. 24 to Jan. 1

Saanich facilities are operating on holiday schedules from Tuesday, Dec. 24. (Black Press File Photo)
Dec. 20, 2019 – The Lights of Wonder display opened at Centennial Square. It will run until Jan. 4. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria welcomes the Lights of Wonder holiday village

The free light display and market is open at Centennial Square until Jan. 4

Dec. 20, 2019 – The Lights of Wonder display opened at Centennial Square. It will run until Jan. 4. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The Lights of Wonder Christmas Village is set to open tonight. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Lights of Wonder holiday village opens in downtown Victoria tonight

The light village is set to open in Centennial Square at 4 p.m.

The Lights of Wonder Christmas Village is set to open tonight. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Dec 10, 2019 – Kelly Black, executive director of Point Ellice House, in front of a Victorian-era Christmas display. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Revisit Christmas past as Point Ellice House displays Victorian-era traditions

Antique bobbles, cards, decor and more are on display

Dec 10, 2019 – Kelly Black, executive director of Point Ellice House, in front of a Victorian-era Christmas display. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Nature Conservancy Canada is suggesting “purchasing” an endangered species or landscape as a green Christmas gift. (giftsofnature.ca)

Unique gift alert: adopt a grizzly bear for Christmas

Nature Conservancy Canada is hosting its 25th annual Gifts of Nature campaign

Nature Conservancy Canada is suggesting “purchasing” an endangered species or landscape as a green Christmas gift. (giftsofnature.ca)
Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)
Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)
Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)

Technical difficulties delay Victoria’s $500,000 Christmas light village

The Lights of Wonder display was originally set to open on Dec. 13

Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)
Dec. 5, 2019 – Vivienne Shaw, grade 3 student at Lakehill Elementary School, puts the final touches on a Harry Potter-themed Christmas tree at Government House. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hundreds of students gather at Government House to decorate Christmas Trees

The annual tradition let Grade 2 and 3 students help celebrate for the holidays

Dec. 5, 2019 – Vivienne Shaw, grade 3 student at Lakehill Elementary School, puts the final touches on a Harry Potter-themed Christmas tree at Government House. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The holiday season typically sees a rise in the number of packages are being stolen from front doors. (Flickr/ Paul Sullivan)

Thieves target packages during the holiday season

Victoria police warn residents of package theft increase

The holiday season typically sees a rise in the number of packages are being stolen from front doors. (Flickr/ Paul Sullivan)
The second annual Ice Festival will take place at G.R. Pearkes Rec. Centre from Dec. 20 to 26. (Saanich)

Ice Festival in Saanich needs a Grinch (and other volunteers)

The festival takes place Dec. 20 to 26 at Pearkes Rec. Centre

The second annual Ice Festival will take place at G.R. Pearkes Rec. Centre from Dec. 20 to 26. (Saanich)
The Open Door Choir warms up the crowd during a previous Carolling in the Village, Cadboro Bay Village’s annual outdoor holiday music and sing-along event. This year’s event is set for Dec. 1. (Black Press Media file photo)

Carolling in Cadboro Bay Village helps fund music at Mount Doug Secondary

Singing set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, in Cadboro Bay Village.

  • Nov 27, 2019
The Open Door Choir warms up the crowd during a previous Carolling in the Village, Cadboro Bay Village’s annual outdoor holiday music and sing-along event. This year’s event is set for Dec. 1. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Seinfeld-inspired, secular December gathering is happening at the Victoria Event Centre on Dec. 23. (Screenshot/Victoriaeventscentre.ca)

Victoria Event Centre cancels Dec. 23 Festivus event

Anyone who is tired of holiday traditions can come to this Seinfeld-inspired event

A Seinfeld-inspired, secular December gathering is happening at the Victoria Event Centre on Dec. 23. (Screenshot/Victoriaeventscentre.ca)
Only one more month until Christmas. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Getting jolly in Victoria: it’s officially one month until Christmas

Where to do some local shopping for last-second holiday gifts

Only one more month until Christmas. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Helmet Heads motorcycle riders wear furry, bright covers over their helmets when they go riding. (Scott Ferron)

Muppet-topped motorcyclists hit the road for sick kids

Helmet Heads Canada collecting donations during Victoria Christmas parades

  • Nov 21, 2019
Helmet Heads motorcycle riders wear furry, bright covers over their helmets when they go riding. (Scott Ferron)
The Magic of Christmas lights up Butchart Gardens from Dec. 1 until Jan. 6. (Twitter/Destination Greater Victoria)

Christmas events set to begin across Greater Victoria

Lights, parades, gingerbread and more are coming to town until the new year

The Magic of Christmas lights up Butchart Gardens from Dec. 1 until Jan. 6. (Twitter/Destination Greater Victoria)
Middle school students Grace Manga and Ada Butcher make bookmarks in Spanish to exchange with students in Guatemala. (Louise Sosa)

Help Cedar Hill Middle School students make a difference in Guatemala this Christmas

Proceeds from Christmas cards made by CHMS go to the Aldea Maya charity

  • Nov 15, 2019
Middle school students Grace Manga and Ada Butcher make bookmarks in Spanish to exchange with students in Guatemala. (Louise Sosa)
Nov. 14, 2019– Kelly King, director of communications for Habitat for Humanity Victoria stand in front of some of the participants in this year’s Gingerbread Showcase at the Parkside Hotel and Spa. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

PHOTOS: 11th annual Gingerbread Showcase comes to Victoria

Bakers spent more than 100 hours perfecting their creations

Nov. 14, 2019– Kelly King, director of communications for Habitat for Humanity Victoria stand in front of some of the participants in this year’s Gingerbread Showcase at the Parkside Hotel and Spa. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Work has begun at Uptown Centre in Saanich to put up a giant Christmas tree. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Christmas celebration preparations begin at Uptown

A 54-foot tree and Santa’s Cottage are under construction

  • Nov 3, 2019
Work has begun at Uptown Centre in Saanich to put up a giant Christmas tree. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)

Massive holiday light village coming to downtown Victoria

The Downtown Victoria Business Association’s ‘Lights of Wonder’ festival begins Dec. 13

Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)