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As one Victoria tradition leaves, another returns! 

The Copper Owl, a mainstay among Victoria’s indie music scene, will close its doors in January and is celebrating with a farewell party tonight.

But it’s not all bad news — Sean Drabbitt’s Charlie Brown Christmas music night returns to Hermann’s, one of the best family nights you can have this holiday season. 

Here are 5 things to do in and around Victoria today, December 19th

Copper Owl Farewell

One of Victoria’s most beloved institutions is changing ownership at the beginning of January, so the Copper Owl is holding one last holiday party to satisfy anyone who sang, listened, or danced there over the venue’s lifetime. 

Go and say hello before they say goodbye! 

  • When: December 19th, 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Copper Owl, 1900 Douglas Street

Charlie Brown Christmas at Hermann’s

In our opinion, Christmas really isn’t happening until you’ve listened to the entirety of the Charlie Brown Christmas album. Luckily, renowned double-bassist Sean Drabbitt is once again assembling a world-class team of musicians to bring live music to Hermann’s Jazz Club. 

There are 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. performances on December 19th and 20th, and the club is open to all who want to listen!

  • When: December 19th and 20th, separate performances at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street

Ugly Sweater Party

A note to all the beautiful people in Victoria: time to break out the ugly. Bring your most ridiculous or fluffiest or grossest or corniest Christmas Sweater to the Bard and Banker and you could win a $100 gift card! 

Featuring live music and drink specials, this is the perfect place to wear that one sweater you aunt got you that you’ll never wear otherwise. 

  • When: December 19th, 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • Where: Bard & Banker, 1022 Government Street

Category 12 Anniversary Party

Your favourite Victoria brewery is throwing a birthday party! Category 12 turns 5 this year, and they’re celebrating with a boozy bash. With an expanded taproom, new kitchen, and two new beers — the fruit-infused Juicy Data and a Excitation Shaft Cocktail — this is the best 5th birthday party you’ll ever attend. 

  • When: December 19th, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Category 12 Brewing, 2200 Keating Cross Road

OK Charlie at Canoe

OK, university students, this is for you. Today is the semester’s final Thursday, so you can dance away those tough tests and bad grades (even if you have an exam the next morning). 

  • When: December 19th, 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Canoe Brewpub, 450 Swift Street