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Christmas Lights | ©The Butchart Gardens

Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Holiday Lights

Soak up the holiday spirit and enjoy the Magic of Christmas in the City of Gardens

DISCOVER VICTORIA & BUTCHART GARDENS HOLIDAY LIGHTS

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Empress Hotel | ©Destination BC - Jordan Dyck
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Victoria Chinatown | ©Destination BC - Tanya Goehring

Overview

Get into the Holiday Spirit, Canadian-style! Christmas in Victoria, BC is the most wonderful time of the year, as the tree-lined streets are adorned with lights and other festive displays. This full-day tour includes admission to The Butchart Gardens to enjoy the Magic of Christmas, and many other festive sightseeing stops. This experience is best suited for families, couples, young travellers, and seniors.

Itinerary

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and it is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as weather or road closures.

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Vancouver to Victoria (Roundtrip)

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Parliament Building
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Inner Harbor*
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  • Depart from your preferred pick-up location in downtown Vancouver (please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure)
  • Take a scenic ferry ride aboard BC Ferries and through the beautiful Gulf Islands, from Vancouver to Victoria
  • Enjoy a scenic coastal drive through the beautiful communities of James Bay
  • Stop at Beacon Hill Park and Mile 0, the start of the Trans Canada Highway
  • Join a sightseeing tour of downtown Victoria, including the Inner Harbour, Government Street, Chinatown, Empress Hotel, and the Parliament
  • Enjoy free time in the capital of BC. Option to visit the Royal BC Museum (additional cost) or the Inn at Laurel Point to view the Annual National Gingerbread Showcase
  • After the sun sets, soak in the beautiful holiday lights as you drive to The Butchart Gardens
  • A visit to The Butchart Gardens Magic of Christmas is included, which features colourful lights, carollers, and festive fare, as well as the Twelve Days of Christmas displayed throughout the gardens
  • Return on the 7pm ferry back to Vancouver
  • Arrive in downtown Vancouver at approximately 9:30pm

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Ferry
Roundtrip ferries to Victoria
Gardens
Admission to The Butchart Gardens
Bus
Tour of downtown Victoria
Add-on
Optional activities

Tour of Victoria

  • Upon arrival in Vancouver Island, you will travel to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Along the way, you will visit the top sightseeing locations, including Mile 0, Ogden Point, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Empress Hotel and Historic Chinatown, including the famous Fan Tan Alley and its shops.

Downtown Victoria

  • Enjoy free time to explore the capital of British Columbia on your own. Whatever your purpose is for visiting Victoria today, our guide is ready to assist you with suggestions on the best restaurants, top breweries, shops and hidden gems.

Butchart Gardens

  • Visit the renowned Butchart Gardens (admission included). This National Historic Site began with an exhausted limestone quarry that was transformed into the now picturesque Sunken Garden. Today, the garden showcases 55 acres of themed garden displays, including a Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and Rose Garden. During Christmas time, the entire area is covered in magical holiday displays and festive lights – a view you do not want to miss!

Victoria to Vancouver

  • Relax as we cruise back to the Mainland in the evening. Explore the outside decks and views, and wind down with the scenic sailing aboard BC Ferries back to where your tour began.

FAQs

What are The Butchart Gardens and their Christmas lights?

The Butchart Gardens is a world-renowned botanical garden located near Victoria, BC. In the beginning, it was a limestone quarry that was transformed into 55 acres of stunning displays of plants, flowers, and landscaping, featured throughout the year. During the Christmas season, The Butchart Gardens hosts the “Magic of Christmas” event, where the gardens are adorned with colourful holiday lights, carollers perform, and visitors can enjoy festive fare. Additionally, the Twelve Days of Christmas-themed displays are featured throughout the gardens, adding to the holiday spirit.

What is the weather like in Victoria in December?

During the winter months, Victoria experiences mild, coastal, and often rainy weather. The temperatures typically range from around 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F). Weather in the Pacific Northwest is unpredictable, and rainfall is common during this time of year, so it’s recommended to bring waterproof clothing and/or an umbrella. The climate in Victoria is relatively temperate compared to many other parts of Canada, making it a great destination for a holiday tour!

What luggage am I allowed to bring on this tour?

In order to ensure a comfortable experience for all guests, we can only accept a small backpack and handbag per person on our day tours. We recommend bringing a daypack that is compact and easy for you to carry during the day.

If you require luggage storage while on tour, we offer secure lockers that can be pre-arranged at $15 per day. Please contact us in advance for more information.

Are there any age restrictions to join this experience?

Our Discover Vancouver Tours have no age restrictions, and we offer special rates for children (3-12 years old), youth (13-18), seniors (65+), and students 19 or older with a valid student ID.

Babies and toddlers aged 0-2 travel for free, and are expected to sit on their guardian’s lap during the tour, as car seats are not provided.

Get on the waitlist for December 2024!

duration

Duration

14 Hours (Full day)
duration

Size

GUIDED (Max. pax: 24)
duration

Adult (19+)

From* CA$239/pp

Senior (65+)

From* CA$234/pp

Youth (13-18) / Student

From* CA$199/pp (Student ID required for 19+)

Child (3-12)

From* CA$159/pp
*Prices are in Canadian Dollars and include taxes. Fuel surcharge and booking fee are excluded.
Pick-up locations & times

Pick Up Times

1
6:45am
Library Square
2
7:00am
Canada Place
3
7:10am
Hyatt Hotel
4
7:20am
Sheraton Wall Centre
All of the available pick-up locations are located in downtown Vanvouver. Please refer to your confirmation email for final schedule, and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your departure. Missed departures will not be refunded.
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Highlights

  • Enjoy scenic roundtrip coastal ferry rides across the Salish Sea and through the Gulf Islands
  • Join a sightseeing tour of downtown Victoria, including Mile 0 and Historic Chinatown
  • Option to visit the Annual National Gingerbread Showcase
  • Have free time to explore, eat and shop in historic downtown Victoria
  • Visit The Butchart Gardens Magic of Christmas: a National Historic Site showcasing over 900 species of plants, lit up by thousands of Christmas lights & sceneries

Inclusions

  • BusDeluxe mini-coach transportation with air conditioning and large windows
  • FerryRoundtrip ferry rides from Vancouver to Victoria
  • GuideExperienced, fun and friendly tour guide
  • NarrationOn board commentary provided by your driver/guide
  • AdmissionAdmission to The Butchart Gardens Christmas Lights
  • SightseeingSightseeing coach tour of downtown Victoria
  • DiscountDiscounted admission to the Royal BC Museum if you book in advance

What to Bring:

  • Warm clothing and layers, including a winter coat, gloves, a scarf, and a hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes or boots
  • Rain gear such as waterproof jacket and/or umbrella
  • Backpack
  • Reusable water bottle and snacks
  • 2 pieces of ID
  • Camera (recommended)
  • Phone charger (recommended)
  • Christmas Spirit!

Experience the Magic of Christmas in the capital of BC this season

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