Thursday, February 22, 2024

This Vancouver Island cidery is hosting a free holiday light up with thousands of twinkling lights


Ready to get into the Christmas spirit?

Vancouver Island’s own Merridale Cidery and Distillery wants you to join them for holiday fun you won’t forget!

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Cowichan Valley, the Merridale Cidery and Distillery is a working orchard, cafe, and farm. This time of year, the Merridale Cidery and Distillery becomes a cozy winter retreat.

Whether you’re going on a first date, reconnecting with family or celebrating a year of hard work with your co-workers, they have a little bit of something for everyone.

With an exciting new lineup of Cowichan Spirits, the Merridale distillery is rolling out its Aura Gin this holiday season.

This is no ordinary spirit. Mixed with juniper and floral notes, guests will enjoy a bold violet colour infusion, blended with a mix of lavender, hibiscus and Thai butterfly flowers.

Beverage connoisseurs will enjoy a drink that transforms from a deep violet to a vibrant pink as the PH changes.

As dusk approaches and the blue hour cools the sky, twinkling lights will illuminate the Merridale courtyard.

Victorians may recognize the extravagant light display that is now situated on Merridale’s property, as it was purchased from a popular Saanich home on Tuxedo Drive in 2017.

The collection of over 100 pieces of Yuletide keepsakes (including a 1956 fire engine, huge inflatables like a snowman and a nutcracker more than 30 feet high, and life-sized reindeer carrying Santa’s sleigh) was moved to their new home at Merridale, after lighting up their previous spot for nearly three decades.

Janet Dochert, the Co-owner of Merridale says the light show is a way to appreciate guests that stop by and spread the word.

“We wanted to give back to our community and create an amazing atmosphere that brings people together. So, we created this enchanting light show in the courtyard and orchard for everyone to enjoy,” said Dochert.

The Merridale eatery is proud to serve farm-to-fresh meals throughout the holidays. If you have been cooking and baking your hearts out, you will be glad to know the Merridale eatery is proud to serve farm-to-fresh meals throughout the holidays.

From November 18th until January 1st, the farmhouse eatery will be open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. while holiday reservations are available in the eatery from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Festive lunches and brunches will serve seven days a week from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Though a little bit of a drive, this one is worth adding to your Xmas map display route!

Merridale Cidery and Distillery

  • Where: 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill
  • When: Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

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