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Christmas in Downtown Victoria

Downtown Victoria is a magical place like no other to enjoy the holiday season. There is so much to do and see, so many places to gather with friends and loved ones, and enough shopping to take care of your entire list in one go! We have done our best to compile everything in one place so that you don't miss any of the wonderful holiday activities taking place this year in Downtown Victoria.

Downtown Christmas Guide & Online Calendar

The Downtown Victoria Christmas Guide features all of your favourite season-long celebrations, special events, Ferris wheel, trolley tours, and much, much more... all in one place. Pick up your Downtown Christmas Guide after November 17 at these locations:

    • DVBA (20 Centennial Square)
    • The Bay Centre (1150 Douglas Street)
    • Greater Victoria Public Library (735 Broughton Street)
    • Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas Street)
    • Tourism Victoria Info Centre (812 Wharf Street)
    • Coho and Clipper
    • Downtown Hotels and Businesses

    To download the 2015 Christmas Guide please click here: 2015 Downtown Christmas Guide - Download

    Prefer to flip through rather than download? Click here: 2015 Downtown Chrismtas Guide - Flip Book

    Visit the DVBA events calendar for all of the Downtown Holiday Events in a format that you can dowload directly into your own calendar.

    8th Annual Centennial Square Light-Up

    What: Lighting the trees in Centennial Square, with musical entertainment, roving entertainers, the DVBA Ferris wheel and free treats from Downtown Restaurants!
    When: Saturday, November 28th from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (lights go on at 5 p.m. and Ferris wheel operation will continue until 9 p.m.)
    Who: Everyone is invited to this free public event coordinated by the DVBA and the City of Victoria (rain or shine). Afterward, head over to Government Street and take in the Island Farms Santa Light Parade!

    DVBA Ferris Wheel

    What: The DVBA Ferris wheel is back in Centennial Square for four weekends this holiday season!! Enjoy a ride 20m above the sparkling lights of the Square. While you're there enjoy live music and don't forget to take a photo at the Ferris wheel backdrop! 
    Where:Centennial Square, beside the McPherson Playhouse
    Who: Rides are $2 per person. Riders must be over 2 years old and at least 36 inches to ride.


    Day Date Time
    Saturday November 28 12 pm - 9 pm
    Sunday November 29 12 pm - 7 pm
    Friday December 4 5 pm - 9 pm
    Saturday December 5 12 pm - 9 pm
    Sunday December 6 12 pm - 7 pm
    Friday December 11 5 pm - 9 pm
    Saturday December 12 12 pm - 9 pm
    Sunday December 13 12 pm - 7 pm
    Friday December 18 5 pm - 9 pm
    Saturday December 19 12 pm - 9 pm
    Sunday December 20 12 pm  - 7 pm



    Interested in renting the Ferris wheel for your staff party or family event? The Ferris wheel will be available for private group rentals on a few dates this year. Please contact kristy@downtownvictoria.ca for rental information and costs.

    Day Date Time
    Friday December 11 9:15 pm - 10 pm
    Saturday December 12 9:15 pm - 10 pm 
    Friday December 18 9:15 pm - 10 pm
    Saturday December 19 9:15 pm - 10 pm
    November 28 - December 20
    Saturdays 12 pm - 4pm
    Sundays 12 pm - 3 pm

    Enjoy a classic downtown tradition with your family this holiday season. Starting November 28 and running every weekend until December 20, horse-drawn trolleys will circulate throughout downtown making it easy to take in all of the sights and sounds of the Christmas celebrations. The trolleys are free of charge, compliments of the DVBA, and are a unique way to tour the downtown or take a scenic break while you rest your weary feet! Two free trolleys will circulate on a pre-set route throughout the downtown with 4 stops at:
    • A: Store St. at Chatham St. In front of Ocean River Sports
    • B: Johnson St. near Wharf St. In front of Willie's Bakery
    • C: Langley St. at Bastion Sq. Across from Re-Bar
    • D: Government St. at Fisgard St. In front of CRD Plaza

    Click here to download a larger PDF version of the trolley tour map.


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