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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 18 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 2014 Christmas Guide please click here: 2014 Downtown Christmas Guide - Download

    Prefer to flip through rather than download? Click here: 2014 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.

    7th 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 29th 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 4 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! (View the full list of Ferris wheel performers here)
    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 29 4 pm - 9 pm
    Sunday November 30 noon - 7 pm
    Friday December 5 5 pm - 9 pm
    Saturday December 6 noon - 9 pm
    Sunday December 7 noon - 7 pm
    Friday December 12 5 pm - 9 pm
    Saturday December 13 noon - 9 pm
    Sunday December 14 noon - 7 pm
    Friday December 19 5 pm - 9 pm
    Saturday December 20 noon - 9 pm
    Sunday December 21 noon - 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 for rental information and costs.

    Day Date Time
    Friday December 12 9:15 pm - 10 pm
    Saturday December 13 BOOKED
    Friday December 19 9:15 pm - 10 pm
    Saturday December 20 9:15 pm - 10 pm
    November 29 - December 21
    Saturdays 11 a.m. -  3 p.m.
    Sundays noon - 4 p.m.

    Enjoy a classic downtown tradition with your family this holiday season. Starting November 29 and running every weekend until December 21, 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: /sites/default/files/trolleymap.pdf


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