A family tradition for many locals at this time of year is planning a visit to The Butchart Gardens for The Magic of Christmas. The season starts with the annual Light Up on December 1st when the switch is flipped to officially turn on thousands of Christmas lights throughout The Gardens.
This year marks 31 years of the Christmas tradition.
From December 1st until January 6, 2018 enjoy skating on the open-air ice rink while tens of thousands of festive lights combine with evergreen swags and wreaths of holly and winter berries to line the walkways and adorn the lampposts. Grab a hot chocolate and gingerbread, then stroll through The Gardens to discover the ever-popular Twelve Days of Christmas displays showcased throughout. Sing along with traditional carolers and enjoy festive brass music. Take a ride on one of 30 hand-carved animals on the Rose Carousel, the only carousel on Vancouver Island. Two chariots accommodate accessible requirements.
Beginning December 1st, special holiday menus are available in the dining room restaurant or enjoy a more casual holiday dining experience at The Blue Poppy Restaurant. Admission to The Gardens is required.
As an added bonus, on December 7th, skate with the Victoria Royals on the outdoor ice skating rink, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
For more information and to make reservations in the Dining Room Restaurant, call: 250-652-8222.
— Monday Magazine