Sure, stores have had Christmas decorations and sales going on since Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t make the holidays any less special. Keep the Grinch out of your groove with local markets, parades, and galas.
Sidney Winter Market – Come by and enjoy a relaxing day of browsing and shopping. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10am-4pm at the Beacon Plaza Mall (2335 Beacon). Free.
VGS Open House – Help the Victoria Genealogical Society celebrate the Christmas season. Everyone is welcome to visit our resource centre, see all the family history resources we have to offer and visit with other genealogy enthusiasts. SATURDAY 10am-4pm at the Victoria Genealogical Society Resource Centre (947 Alston). Free. 250-360-2808, victoriags.org.
Winter market – There’s no better place to purchase comfort food on a cold winter’s day! SATURDAY 11am-3pm at Market Square (560 Johnson). Free. victoriapublicmarket.com.
Magic Afloat – The Victoria Model Shipbuilding Society presents its annual Christmas Lighted Model Boat Parade (weather dependent). SATURDAY 6pm in Harrison Model Yacht Pond (beside Dallas Road opposite Government Street). Free. 250 896-7388.
The Mistletoe Project Gala – A formal night of dancing, drinks, door prizes and silent auction. Proceeds support he MS Society of Canada. SATURDAY 7pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $25. themistletoeproject.ca.
Victoria Flea Market – Discover hidden treasures. SUNDAY 9am-2pm at the DaVinci Centre (195 Bay). $2. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas at Craigdarrock Castle – Take a trip back in time and visit the Castle all decked out in traditional Victorian holiday fashion. Take a lively guided tour with Kate the Maid and Christopher the Butler and find out about the Dunsmuir family. Cider and cookies will be provided after the tour. SUNDAY & MONDAY 6:30pm & 7pm both days at 1050 Joan. $7-$14. craigdarrochcastle.com.
Lunar Eclipse Viewing – Members of the Victoria Centre of the RASC will gather at Cattle Point Park in Oak Bay to view the eclipse, weather permitting. Binoculars and telescopes for the public to view the eclipse will be available. The eclipse begins at 10:32pm and ends at 2am. MONDAY 8pm at Cattle Point Park (Oak Bay). Free. 250-380-6358.
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