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Mark your calendars!

Downtown Victoria’s Fairmont Empress Hotel is planning to ring in the holiday season in a big way this year.

On November 28th, the prominent luxury establishment will be hosting a ‘Christmas at the Empress Lights Ceremony’ and invites the public to join in the festivities.

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To kick off the night, staff will be lighting up the 16 ft tall tree in the hotel lobby until it is resplendent with holiday decor.

After that, guests are invited to step outside and watch the grand Empress Hotel building and grounds as they’re lit up with thousands of dazzling lights.

The spectacle will be followed up with a walk through the hotel to see the 2019 Gingerbread Holiday Village display handcrafted by the Empress Pastry team.

This year, the entire decor of the hotel will feature a whopping 7,500 ornaments.

CFAX Radio personalities and their Santa Bear mascot will also be on site collecting toy donations for Santa’s Anonymous, so that no child is left behind on Christmas.

Of course, no holiday season kick-off is complete without Father Christmas himself.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus have promised to make an appearance to serve Christmas cookies and hot chocolate on the veranda, alongside the Empress’ trusty canine ambassador, Winston.

As of the time of publication, over 1,000 Victorians are expected to attend this event.

Christmas at the Empress Lights Ceremony

  • When: Thursday, November 28th, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Where: Fairmont Empress, 721 Government Street