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20 things to do around Victoria this weekend Dec 10-11


Saturday, Dec 10

Moss Street Holiday Market

  • What: The annual Holiday Market features 80 vendors selling bath products, cards, calendars, clothing, jewelry, pottery, glassworks, art, toys, preserves, baked goods, winter vegetables, pasta, chocolates, meats, fish, hot food, beer, wine, cider, and so much more.
  • When: Saturday, Dec 10, and Sunday, Dec 11; 10AM-4PM
  • Where: Sir James Douglas School & Fairfield Community Centre (1330 Fairfield Road)

Mind Body Spirit Fair

  • What: Come and visit with the practitioners offering metaphysical, intuitive and wellness services. Many of vendors will have gift certificates on hand which make perfect stocking suffers along with the metaphysical and spiritual goods that will be available.
  • When: Saturday, Dec 10, 10:30AM-4:30PM
  • Where: Langford Legion 761 Station Avenue
  • Admission: $2 which is usually donated to Women in Need

Last Chance Christmas Craft Show

  • What:  A wide selection of handcrafted items meeting the highest standards of the finest arts and crafts available on the West Coast of BC. Pottery, metal works, sculptures, wood working, glass and yarn works, weaving, body & skin care, jewelry and sweet & savoury treats. Admission $4 which covers access to both days, along with hourly door prizes from vendors. Children Under 12 FREE. Tickets only at door.
  • When: Saturday, Dec 10, 10AM-5PM and Sunday, Dec 11, 10AM-4PM
  • Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue

Saanich Community Holiday Market

  • What: The Garth Homer Society &The Schoolhouse Market are teaming up to bring you 50 unique vendors offering a sea of treasures — gifts for yourself and others, including handmade crafts, arts, and delectable food items. There will also be music and raffle giveaway.
  • When: Saturday, Dec 10, 10:30AM-3:30PM
  • Where: 813 Darwin Avenue
  • Admission: $2 or a food bank donation. Children 12 & under free.

Tuba Christmas Victoria

  • What: A tradition that began in New York City’s Rockefeller Centre some 40 years ago; more than 65 tuba players from across BC and the Pacific Northwest come together to play much loved Christmas songs in a big way!
  • When: Saturday, Dec 10, 1PM-3PM
  • Where: Market Square

Esquimalt’s Live Christmas Tree Village

  • What: Experience the magic of the holidays in the Third Annual Living Christmas Tree Village! Over 40 trees decorated by local businesses and community groups will fill the Esquimalt Recreation Centre and the Archie Browning Sports Centre. Be sure to vote for your favourite. Your vote doubles as a draw prize entry; draws to take place at random throughout the month of December. The winning tree will receive an Esquimalt Recreation prize package valued at $500. There is no cost to view trees.
  • When: Dec 8-26, 2016.
  • Where: 
    • Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser Street: 5:30AM-10:30PM
    • Archie Browning Sports Centre, 1151 Esquimalt Road: 8AM-9PM

Father Christmas in Old Town

  • What: Savour the sights and sounds of Christmas in Old Town, bedecked in seasonal finery. Visit with Father Christmas and have your photo taken and share your holiday wishes.
  • When: Santa will be in town Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December (2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18) from 11AM to 3PM.
  • Where: Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St
  • Cost: Included with admission or membership. Photo by donation.
  • What: Bring your little one, and your camera, and take some FREE photos with Santa! You, and your kids, will be able to sit on Santa’s knee and tell him your Christmas wish, along with snapping a few pictures with him! Cookie decorating will be available. Find everything you need for under the tree, and on the table. There will be lots of local artisans selling their goods, plus the delicious food at the permanent vendors.
  • When: Santa will be set up on the Upper Level of the Market, in front of Bumble and Hive Play Centre on Saturday Dec 10, and Dec 17 from 12pm – 3pm.
  • Where: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, 6-1701 Douglas Street

Wreathmaking Drop-in Event

  • What: Join CRD Regional Parks naturalists in the spirit of the season to make a festive wreath. They’ll supply materials and instructions— you supply creativity! Drop in anytime and bring a mug for hot apple cider, and clippers if you have them.
  • When: Saturday, Dec 10, 11AM – 2PM
  • Where: Saanich, Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park

Cookies and Crafts Open House at the Library

  • What: To celebrate the holidays, and to say thank you for using and supporting your library this year, all 11 branches will have free festive refreshments and crafts for kids. Drop by for a treat and a chat!
  • When: Saturday, Dec 10, 2PM-4PM
  • Where: All 11 branches of the Greater Victoria Public Library

This Little Light

  • What: This holiday season Belfry Theatre brings you this melodious musical as a staged presentation. A beautiful way to celebrate the season and a special way to experience this brand new musical play, written specifically for Victoria and Fernwood. Starring members of the Canadian College of the Performing Arts’ Company C, local school choirs and other special guests.
  • When: Dec 10-23, 2016Showtimes here
  • Where: Belfry Theare, 1291 Gladstone Ave

Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas

  • What: A beloved Christmas classic is coming to Victoria. Vince Guaraldi and his new trio together with the Victoria Children’s Choir, brings the spirit of Christmas to life through stunning music and charming holiday tales.
  • When: Saturday, Dec 10, 2016, 8PM
  • Where: Dave Dunnet Community Theatre, 2121 Cadboro Bay Road
  • Admission:  tickets $39

Festive music at Craigdarroch Castle

  • What: Craigdarroch Castle’s halls will ring with the sound of festive music this holiday season. Musicians ranging from jazz artists to medieval folk groups to classical cellists to Celtic bands will perform. Enjoy the castle beautifully decorated for the holidays while taking in the sweet sounds.
  • When: December 10, 11 and 17-24 at 11AM and 3PM
  • Where: Craigdarroch Castle, 1050 Joan Crescent
  • Admission: The performances are free with Castle admission.

Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular

  • What: A celebration of Christmas as well as an extravaganza of music and dance, lights and decorations, laughter and tears. Now in it’s 10th year, this year’s singing and dancing extravaganza will include new broadway hits, classical songs and Christmas favourites, as well as musical tributes to Johnny Cash, June Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and the Village People. Elvis will once again grace the stage and the sights and sounds of Abba will be back by popular demand. Enjoy the old classic White Christmas as well as beautiful arrangements of Schubert’s Ave Maria and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
  • When: Saturday, Dec 10 at 3PM and 7PM; and Sunday, Dec 11 at 3PM
  • Where: McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square
  • Admission:  tickets $49

BC Transit Operator Recruitment Fair

  • What: Ever thought about becoming a transit operator and wondering how you can get behind the wheel? The recruitment fair will provide information about the paid training to become a transit operator, the application process, and an overall description of the role from current BC Transit operators. BC Transit is currently hiring for at least 20 transit operators in the Victoria region before April 2017.
  • When: Saturday, Dec 10, 10AM – 2PM
  • Where: 520 Gorge Road East

Sunday, Dec 11

Ensemble Laude presents Skyward!

  • What: Victoria’s premier women’s choir brings light into the darkness this Christmas season with Skyward! In two concerts, Ensemble Laude brings its unique brand of era-sweeping melodies, from Romantic and Classical composers to Scandinavian contemporary and Canadian pieces.
  • When: Sunday, Dec 11, 2016, 3PM – 5PM
  • Where: Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave
  • Admission: $35-$75, tickets available at here.

It’s a Wonderful Night!

  • What: Come for an intimate Christmas concert as Daniel Lapp and friends perform all your Christmas favourites. VIP tickets include confirmed table seating in the front row and wine and cheese welcome reception.
  • When: Sunday, Dec 11, 2016, 7PM – 9:30PM
  • Where: Bear Mountain Resort, 1999 Country Club Way
  • Admission: $15-$20, tickets available at here.

4th Annual Metchosin Light Parade

  • What: Fire Trucks and Emergency Services vehicles will be decorated for the Christmas season with bright lights and decorations as they make their way through the streets of Metchosin. Visit Metchosin Fire Dept website for approximate times and route.
  • When: Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 6PM – 8PM
  • Where: Metchosin Fire Hall, 4440 Happy Valley Rd

Stories with Santa

  • What: Cozy up with Santa Claus for an afternoon of heartwarming Christmas stories, including a reading of Island Santa, the story of a little boy who catches a ride with Santa on his boat and travels from island to island delivering gifts to children in need of cheer. Those in attendance will be entered to win a copy of Island Santa, written and illustrated by the award-winning, local duo, Sheryl McFarlane and Sheena Lott.
  • When: Sunday, Dec. 11 , 2016, 2PM and 3PM
  • Where: Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St

6th Annual Ho HO HO show

  • What: A festive night of stand-up comedy hosted by Kirsten Van Ritzen, featuring her fall comedy students. Cheer as ordinary funny folks take the stage for the first time! With special guests Rosa Graham and Sharon Mahoney.
  • When: Sunday, Dec. 11 , 2016, 7PM – 10PM
  • Where: Ramada Inn Lounge 123 Gorge Road East
  • Admission: Advanced tickets have sold out, there will be 10 – 16 tickets available at the door at 7PM – $10 cash only, no reservations, first come first served.
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