Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Butchart Gardens lights up the night to get people in the holiday spirit (PHOTOS)


Magic is in the air once again at the Butchart Gardens!

Every year, as the days get shorter, the gardens opt to be a light in the darkness offering everyone thoughtful and jaw-droppingly beautiful Christmas lights displays. 

The Christmas spirit is alive in the garden’s piazza with local carolling groups and brass bands who are brought in to play holiday music, the Coffee Shop serving up hot chocolate and the gift shop is open for anyone who needs to do some last minute, stealthy gift shopping.


Hot chocolate is even free of charge if you bring in a homemade, white paper snowflake, which will be hung in the Coffee Shop’s windows for all to see. 

Once you have a nice cup of something warm to hold onto, walk through the glamorous lights displays and see if you can find all 12 nods to the 12 Days of Christmas, which can be found throughout the gardens. 

Don’t forget to stop off at the carousel for a nostalgic ride on your favourite animal and warm your toes before entering the latter half of the light up walk. 

Here’s 18 teaser photos of what you might see at the Butchart Gardens if you can make it before Christmas!

Train display with tons of little easter eggs (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Brass band playing in the piazza (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Iclicle tree in the piazza (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Is that… a partridge…in a pear tree…? (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Trees illusion (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Fairy lights in the forest (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
The sunken garden (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
The sunken garden (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Five yellow hoops? (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
The north star (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Ominous lighting off the pond (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Festive fountain lights (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Don’t forget to take a ride on the carousel! (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
The singing tree! The louder you sing a christmas carol, the brighter it gets! (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Ornament tree (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
BEautiful tree (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
That’s one big ornament (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
An updated dancing lady carousel (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)

The lights at Butchart Gardens will only be up until January 6th. Attendees have to book their time slot online, especially if they plan on bringing pets, as those time slots fill up fast!

More information on the Christmas season at Butchart Gardens is available here.

Curtis Blandy

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