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Ready for a fun night out? We’ve got Harry Potter trivia, an evening all about family and their stories, and a hip, wine-sipping night market. 

Without further ado, here are 5 things to do in and around Victoria today:

Breakfast with Santa

Join Panorama Recreation for a festive breakfast with Santa! Pancakes and fruit will be served, and Santa will be kicking around for photos! The event is aimed at children from ages two to five, but with enough food for parents, as well, this really is enjoyable for the whole family. 


  • When: December 12th, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Drive




Holiday Night Market at Heartwood & Co.

Victoria’s hippest artisans are gathering for this night market, featuring the best handmade food, clothing, and jewellery manufacture on the island. With wine and snacks provided by Back In Five Café, this is the perfect relaxed environment to shop for local handmade goods that are sure to thrill this Christmas. 


  • When: December 12th, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Heartwood & Co., 1402 Broad Street




Confabulation – Family

The holidays are all about family, which explains the theme of this edition of Confabulation. Confabulation is an all-true storytelling series that takes place monthly in Montreal and Victoria, featuring honest accounts told by the people that lived them, without notes, props or gimmicks. 

This month’s event features tales about the people you have to live with or how you live without them.


  • When: December 12th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street




Harry Potter Trivia Night

Do the Harry Potter movies count as Christmas films? It’s a tough question to answer, and so are the rest of the brainteasers from Harry Potter Trivia Night at Darcy’s Pub in Westshore. 

Featuring a costume contest and a $300 prize for the winning team, this is the best way to prove that you truly are the Chosen One among your Potterhead friends. 


  • When: December 12th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Darcy’s Pub, 737 Goldstream Avenue




Holiday Beer Taster 

Settle in with local craft beer expert Joe Wiebe and explore some of the best holiday craft beers on offer at the moment. 

Get ideas for presents for the beer lovers on your list, as well as selections to bring to parties or even to serve at your holiday dinner. With 14 spots available, this is an informal and intimate evening dedicated to seasonal beers, brews, and ales. 


  • When: December 12th, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Vessel Liquor Store, 1609 Fort Street