Magic is in the air this Christmas season at the Bay Centre (Nikki Riddy / Instagram)

From Festival of trees to an evening with three of the city’s hottest drag artists – here are five things to do in and around Victoria today, Thursday November 21st.

Festival of Trees Victoria

The Festival of Trees is back at the Bay Centre!  A community tradition that has become the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season in Victoria. Head down to the Bay Centre, grab your favourite holiday beverage, and tour the trees that have been beautifully decorated.

Support BC Children’s Hospital by making a donation and voting for your favourite tree–you. Funds raised through this event help meet the most critical health needs of kids in BC.

  • When: Trees are on display until January 6 during opening hours
  • Where: The Bay Centre, 1150 Douglas Street

Drag, Queers & Beers 3

The Phillips Brewing Tasting Room is turning into a runway with performances from three of the city’s hottest drag artists. Hosted by the dynamic duo of Victoria’s bearded theatre queen, Woofie Goldberg, and the zest, the spunk, the spicy funk that is Vivian Vanderpuss, and featuring the goth dance party stylings of Pop Tart, this event will have plenty of drag party vibes to lift your spirits and get you grooving.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Where: Phillips Brewing & Malting, 2010 Government Street

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Trivia Night

Blending genres and covering a variety of texts, this is one trivia night where you’re sure to know at least one answer. Join us in David Turpin C126 for a night of sci-fi and fantasy fun!

There will be FREE pizza and pop, as well as prizes. Our grand prize up for grabs: a 20$ Gift Card for Russel’s Books for each member of the team!

  • When: 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Road

2020 Budget Townhall – Have Your Say!

Let City Council know what you think of the 2020 Draft Financial Plan. Want to see more money go to the housing reserve fund? Perhaps you’d like to see more money go into mental health and addictions support?

What about arts and culture? Investments in actions to combat climate change? It’s all on the table and City Council wants to hear what you think.

  • When: 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square

Soapmaking Workshop for Beginners

Spend two hours with a group of up to eight like-minded individuals and a kind, relaxed and oh-so-organized instructor, and come away with wonderful customized products you have created, plus all the knowledge you need to take your new hobby to the next level.

All their workshops provide everything you need – no add-on materials charges or sales pitches for more products! Come as you are – office gear or sweats!

  • When: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Where: The Good Planet Company, 764 Fort Street