Christmas in Victoria Photo by (Doug Clement Photography)

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Christmas Lights In Canada event has be cancelled this evening due to planned planned protests in the downtown Victoria area tonight.

Details of a new date will be released soon if possible, according to BC Legislature.

— original: The most iconic building on Vancouver Island is fully joining the holiday season tonight!

As part of a nation wide celebration that stretches from St. John’s all the way to downtown Victoria, the Parliament Buildings are lighting up for Christmas. The event is called “Christmas Lights In Canada,” and the evening promises to make for spectacular viewing.

Starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 24th, Victorians can enjoy local choirs singing on the steps of the building, with the performances culminating in the lighting of the sequoia tree on the lawn and the overall Parliament Buildings as well.

Musical performances will feature Victoria Children’s Choir, James Bay Community Chorus and the Reynolds Secondary School Carol Band.

The event is free and all-ages and will be held outside this year, with seasonal treats provided for all.

This is the 37th annual iteration of the event, which was introduced in Ottawa in 1985 to highlight monuments, museums, embassies, and other significant sites in Canada’s capital.

Since then, the program has expanded to include the capital cities of each province and territory. Each city celebrates differently, with Victoria centering its display around the legislative buildings.

37th Annual Christmas Lights Across Canada

  • When: Begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 24th
  • Where: Parliament Buildings, 501 Belleville Street

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