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Magic to behold: Butchart Gardens’ annual Christmas lights ceremony happening next week


There’s nothing quite like walking through a sea of Christmas lights, and The Butchart Gardens’ display is unmatched!

Gather your friends and family and enjoy a visit to the garden at 5 p.m. on December 1st for their official annual light-up. 

Once the grounds are aglow with tens of thousands of lights, take a stroll through their festive greenery and see if you can spot all Twelve Days of Christmas decorations speckled throughout the garden. 

With free carousel rides for the evening, traditional carollers, and festive brass, there is no shortage of seasonal sounds and Christmas magic at the Gardens!

From December 1st to January 6th, the Gardens will be open to the public from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.—9 p.m. being the last time slot to enter, but viewing for those on the grounds is until 10 p.m.

The Dining Room Restaurant will be open for Holiday High Tea from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and then for dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Reservations are recommended if you’re hoping to get a guaranteed spot!

The Blue Poppy Restaurant will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and the The Coffee Shop, The Seed & Gift Store and the Rose Carousel will also be open.

For any children 12 and under, Butchart Gardens encourages you to make a snowflake at home from a 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of white paper and bring it into the Gardens when you visit!

To thank you for your artistic contribution, they’ll give you a cup of delicious hot chocolate at their Coffee Shop and will display your creation in the window. 

Additionally, if you’re hoping to involve your pets in on the holiday fun, they’re welcome on the grounds from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.!

General admission for adults is $35, $17.50 for youth from ages 13 to 17-years-old, $3 for children who are ages 5 to 12-years-old. and free for the kidlets that are under 5-years-old. 

They encourage everyone to reserve the date and time of their visit and that can be done here

If you’re hoping to check out the Gardens again (and maybe again), you can upgrade your general admission to a 12 month pass at the Visitor Information Centre on the day of your visit. 

They will be closed on Christmas Day to allow staff to spend time with family and friends.

Butchart Gardens’ Annual Light Up Ceremony

  • Where: 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay
  • When: Friday, December 1st at 5 p.m.

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