(Lights of Wonder 2019 / DVBA)

The holidays are about to get a little more merry, and a lot more bright!

The Lights of Wonder holiday celebration is returning to the downtown core next week on December 16th, bringing back the twinkling display for a second time.

The $500,000 light installation – purchased by the DVBA – launched in 2019 and brought over 75,000 people to Victoria’s epicentre.

After missing a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festive event returns to decorate downtown Victoria in an abundance of sparkling lights.

From December 16th until December 31st, the free, accessible, and all-ages outdoor light display will be held once again in Centennial Square.

And what pairs with a stunning stroll through the spectacular light display? Some local holiday shopping, of course!

We’ve partnered with the DVBA to gift one lucky winner with a $100 gift card to a downtown business of their choice – so you can check everyone off your ‘nice’ list – or spend it on yourself, we won’t judge!

Whoever you’re shopping for this holiday season, keeping it local is the way to go – whether it’s the latest kitchen gadget for Mom from Whisk Victoria, the coolest outdoor gear for Dad from Patagonia, goodies from Kaboodles for all the kids, or even something sweet for you Secret Santa from Oh Sugar, downtown Victoria is your one-stop shop – quite literally.

And since Lights of Wonder kicks off at 4 p.m. each day, it’s the perfect night cap to your holiday shopping – after all, you’ll have earned it!


To enter for your chance to win a $100 gift card to your favourite downtown business, complete the following:

  1. LIKE DVBA on Facebook and comment below to let us know you have. (1 entry)
  2. FOLLOW @downtownvictoriabc on Instagram (1 entry)
  3. SHARE this article on Facebook and comment below to let us know you have. (1 entry)
  4. COMMENT your favourite downtown Victoria business in the comment section below (1 entry)

Contest entries will be accepted from the time and date of publishing until 11:59 pm on January 3rd, 2022. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they used to enter. Make sure to register when commenting below.

Contest Guidelines

Lights of Wonder

  • Where: Centennial Square
  • When: 
    • December 16th through December 31st, including on Christmas Night
    • Sunday – Thursday 4 pm – 9 pm
      Friday and Saturday 4 pm – 10 pm


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