Butchart Gardens Magic of Christmas Season
Photo courtesy of The Butchart Gardens

One of Victoria’s most iconic attractions is kicking off the Christmas season in style!

This Friday, December 1st, Butchart Gardens will throw the switch to kick off their “Magic of Christmas Season” with an official “light up” in front of the Rose Carousel at 5 p.m.

Numerous limited-time attractions will also be available at the Gardens from December through early January, including:

Thirty Years of Christmas Magic

Butchart Gardens Magic of Christmas
Photo via Butchart Gardens

Started in 1987, the lighting display is so large that The Butchart Gardens lighting crew is busy for a full two months installing it, and the accompanying festive decorations.

Each evening the Festive Brass and Traditional Carollers will perform in the crisp night air, with hot chocolate and other Christmas treats nearby to warm you up in the cozy confines of the Gardens’ Coffee Shop.

For a more formal dining experience, enjoy a meal in The Dining Room Restaurant with a special “Magic of Christmas” Menu.

And kids (12 and under) can bring a hand-crafted snowflake and trade it at the coffee shop for a free hot chocolate!