Ho Ho Ho already

19 11 2009

Ah, the Santa Season is nearly upon us and, like many people, you’re likely already feeling overwhelmed by the amount of festive offerings on tap. To help you steer your way through the reindeer herds, here’s our best bets for the weeks ahead. For a complete list of seasonal markets and events, see our annual Christmas Guide on the stands now. (Or, if you can’t find one, swing by Monday HQ at 818 Broughton and just ask for one.)  We’ve split things into three sections—”Shopping” (offbeat or one-shot seasonal markets), “Events” (things happening around town, usually free) and “Shows” (on-stage offerings, be they music, dance or plays)—and they should be at least vaguely chronological, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for, just keep scrolling down.


Get yer ho on with bad Santa at the Rock, Rock, Rock and Roll Market

Knitted Owl – This popular and funky two-day market at the Fernwood NRG gym boasts live music Friday night, clothes for all ages, jewellery, passport sleeves made from maps, handwoven textiles and much more. Proceeds go to the Mary Manning Centre. November 20-21 at the Fernwood NRG, 1240 Gladstone. Email info@eaphoto.ca for more details.

Out of Hand – The mother of all artisan fairs, this weekend-long event celebrates 21 years this year. With 130 booths showcasing everything from painting and sculpture  to body-care products and home decor, this is truly a one-stop shop for everyone on your list from roommate to grandma. Also featuring tasty treats by Truffles. November 20-22, now at the Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas. outofhand.ca
The Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock ‘n’ Roll Market — Four years in the running, find nearly 40 original vendors plus musical entertainment by the Angry Snowmans at Logan’s in Fernwood. Shopping starts at 3 p.m. and bands are at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 28. It’s $5 for the market, $8 for the bands or $10 for both with all proceeds going to the Out of the Rain Youth Shelter. 250-360-2711.

Noel Bazaar – One of the city’s funkiest markets, Rebel Rebel’s annual market boasts some of the Island and Lower Mainland’s favourite indie designers and artisans—plus, there’s a cash bar! December 1-3 at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad.

The Fringe That Stole Christmas – Where else can you bid on an appearance on the cover of Monday Magazine, a house concert with famed local pianist Anne Schaefer or a private glam night with the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue, amongst many other cool items? Only at this special fundraiser for Intrepid Theatre, featuring an evening of cabaret-style entertainment with local performers and a silent auction. From 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 6, at the Metro Studio.  Tickets $10 online (intrepidtheatre.com), by phone (250 383 2663) or at Intrepid Theatre (Fisgard at Blanshard).

Moss Street Holiday Market – The beloved Fairfield market heads indoors for its holiday edition. Expect all the great local produce (well, what’s in season, anyway), foodstuffs and arts and crafts you’d get at the summer market with a wintry twist. December 12-13 at the 1330 Fairfield. mossstreetmarket.com

Dickens Craft Fair – Shop for unique homemade, homegrown or handmade items at this 29th annual fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 5 at James Bay Community School Centre, 140 Oswego. By donation. 250-381-5323. jamesbaymarket.com

Tribal Market – Get your holiday gift shopping done in one groovy place with five awesome vendors including a fine selection of crystals and gems, bamboo clothing, leather work, jewellery and original clothing designs, December 5-6 at the Base Lounge, 1303 Broad. 250-590-1816


Hey, Christmas lights look much better on the water than when they're obscured by rain!

Children’s Christmas Festival – Looking for something fun to do before the Island Farms Santa Light Parade? Festive carolers and holiday musical performances will bring Spirit Stage to life. Warm up with a free cup of hot chocolate while the kids make assorted decorations under heated tents. Santa and his helpers will make a special appearance. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Mustard Seed Food Bank. Rain or shine. (But what about snow?) 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 21 at downtown’s Spirit Square (formerly Centennial Square). victoria.ca.

Santa Light Parade
– Then you can see Santa make his grand entrance with this great Christmas parade through the festively decorated streets of Victoria. You won’t be alone with over 40,000 spectators generally attending this event. Non-perishables or donation to the Mustard Seed Food Bank graciously accepted. 5:30 p.m. November 21 along Government Street. Free. 250-382-3111.

Victoria Gallery Walk
– Join Victoria’s downtown galleries for an evening of art, food, and company. Start at any gallery and walk or take a free horse-drawn trolley to the next one. View Art Gallery, Alcheringa Gallery, West End Gallery, Winchester Galleries and Legacy Gallery all take part in the show. Exhibitions and light refreshments continue Friday and Saturday during regular gallery hours. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, November 27.

Spirit Square Christmas Tree Light-Up – The DVBA is fronting some serious festivity at this family event, so bring the kidlets and leave your bah humbugs at home. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, November 27, you can catch the Magic of Christmas on the new Spirit Stage followed by the grand light-up (no, not that kind of light up, geez) at 6 p.m. Be sure to hang out for the dramatic Fire and Light show to polish off the evening. Free. downtownvictoria.ca

Oak Bay Light-Up – Thousands of lights have been hung on buildings, trees and lampposts for the Christmas season. Family entertainment begins at 3 p.m. with a kids flower arranging workshop, giant games, roasted chestnuts and more. Quicksbottom Morris will perform a Mummer’s Play and enjoy upbeat musical entertainment featuring the energetic, upbeat sounds of the Getting’ Higher Choir, Daniel Lapp’s BC Fiddle Orchestra, and a special appearance by Adrian Dolan of the Bills. At 5 p.m., the lights come on with help from Santa Claus and Oak Bay’s town crier. Following Light Up, several stores are holding special receptions: Rogers Chocolates will be serving hot apple cider and treats from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Eclectic will be serving cookies and specialty tea from Metchosin’s Happy Valley Herb Farm from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.. All of it happens Sunday, November 30 at Hampshire & Oak Bay Avenue.

Butchart Gardens Christmas Magic – December 1st will mark the start of the 23rd season of festive Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens. Tens of thousands of colored lights combine with evergreen swags and wreaths of holly and winter berries to line walkways and festoon lamp posts. The popular Twelve Days of Christmas displays are tucked away about the Gardens and the new Children’s Pavilion and Rose Carousel will be open and running. From 5 p.m.-9 p.m. in the piazza you will find lively performances featuring traditional caroling and music. Lights are on from December 1 to January 6, 2010. $23.50. butchartgardens.com

CFB Naval Fleet Light-Up – The Canadian Pacific Naval Fleet decorates eight ships as a food-bank fundraiser, and you’ll also be able to visit the Admiral’s residence. No admission charge, but visitors are encouraged to bring a donation of cash or non-perishable food. Don’t forget to cast your ballot for favourite display. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly throughout December. 250-363-4006.

Christmas Starlight Cinema – Every Tuesday and Wednesday in December before Christmas watch a free Christmas movie on the Harbour Patio at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy a Christmas story under the stars. Hot Beverages will be for sale and donations to Santa’s Anonymous will be greatly appreciated. Free.

Lighted Truck Parade
– Don yourself in warm winter garb and join the crowds to watch this delightful display of heavy-duty trucks inventively decorated with lights. Don’t forget to donate to the Mustard Seed Food Bank at one of the drop-off points along the route on December 5. And yep, it’s free! Here’s the route, but be sure to allow for traffic delays: trucks leave the parking lot at Ogden Point at 5:45 p.m., arrive Oak Bay Village 6:30 p.m., arrive at Yates and Douglas 7 p.m., arrive at Helmcken and Trans Canada overpass 7:30 p.m., and end up at Western Speedway at 8:15 p.m.

Lighted Ship Parade – Watch a magical parade of ships, dressed in their finest colours tour through Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Happening in the evening on December 5.

A Global Christmas Celebration – Experience how different cultures celebrate Christmas.  Enjoy carols performed in their native language, traditional dance, and a variety of children’s entertainment on downtown’s Spirit Stage. Make unique cultural crafts, and warm your taste buds with delicious treats from around the world. Santa and his helpers will make a special appearance. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Mustard Seed Food Bank. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, December 12 in the Spirit Square (formerly Centennial Square). Free. victoria.ca

Santa’s Pancake Breakfast – What could be better than pancakes and Santa? Pour some syrup on your ho-ho-ho, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 12, at Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Fun for the whole family—live entertainment, crafts, a family play zone, plus Santa’s gift and photo area. $4 or $8 for family. 250-388-5251.

Christmas Lights Bike Ride – Decorate your bike and head out on this perennial family fave with the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. Colourful Christmas light displays and crisp air awaits on your leisurely ride. Leaves at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, December 19 from the CNIB Building, 2340 Richmond, and returns at 9:00 p.m. for free refreshments and door prizes. The ride is approximately 20km. Participants must wear helmets and bicycles must be in good mechanical condition. By donation. 250-480-5155


Don't miss Alberta Ballet's splendid version of The Nutcracker, complete with the Victoria Symphony

Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker – The definitive performance of this classic is back in Victoria. See the Alberta Ballet perform the new Nutcracker choreography. 7:30 p.m. November 27 and 28, and 2 p.m. November 28 and 29 at the Royal Theatre. $58-$98. 250-386-6121.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier – Four Seasons Musical Theatre presents their latest original family musical by Stan and Nancy Davis, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a tin soldier who falls in love with a ballerina and vows to protect her from an evil Jack-in-the-box. Runs November 21-22 at St. Ann’s Academy, November 28-29 at Sidney’s Charlie White Theatre and December 5-6 at Langford’s Isabelle Reader Theatre. Tickets $8-$10. 250-478-0329. fourseasonsmusicaltheatre.com

Allison Crowe’s Tidings Concert – The Nanaimo-born Crowe will be covering old Christmas faves with her unique blend of jazz, folk, rock, and gospel, and will be joined by special guest Ellisa Hartman. It’s warm holiday cheer at the Alix Goolden come 8 p.m. Friday, November 28. This annual holiday season fundraiser supports Artemis Place and HepCBC. $15-$20. 250-386-6121.

A Vinyl Cafe Christmas – Thanks to Stu, cooking a turkey will never be the same. One of Canada’s most treasured storytellers, Stuart McLean, is back for another classic Christmas performance with new laugh-out-loud tales of Dave and his family. This year’s tour will also feature music by the Vinyl Cafe Orchestra, featuring East Coast Music Award winners Jill Barber and Matt Andersen. 7:30 p.m. November 30 to December 1 at the Royal Theatre. $31.50-$54. 250-386-6121.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Kaleidoscope Family Theatre presents this hilarious story concerning the efforts of a woman and her husband to put on the annual church Christmas pageant despite having to cast the Herdman kids—the meanest, nastiest, most inventively awful kids in the history of the world. Catch this wholly wholesome mayhem at 7 p.m. December 5 & 11, 2 p.m. December 6 & 13, and 4 p.m. December 12 at the McPherson. $21.50- $23.50. 250-386-6121.

Inspired by Java – Take in this concert to support Indonesian Earthquake Relief and catch performances by the likes of Sutrisno Hartana and the Busy Island Gamelan Orchestra, plus the Jon Miller Jazz Trio, Niel Golden, Tim Gosley and the Victoria Puppet Zone and more, 8  p.m. Sunday, December 6 at St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra. Tickets $12-$20. 250-598-1430

What A Wonderful World – The Victoria Symphony, conducted by Tania Miller, will perform this Christmas Pops concert, with Landrecht as the featured soprano. This concert is bound to put you in the Christmas spirit. 8 p.m. December 11-12 and 2 p.m. Dec 13 at the Royal Theatre. $31-$69.250-386-6121.

Christmas with the Kennedys – Local sister act jazz up the holidays, with Kelby MacNayr and guests, 7:30 p.m. December 11 at the Metro Studio, 1411 Johnson. Tickets $15 at Larsen Music, Long & McQuade or the door. cjkennedy.com

Jon and Roy Holiday Show – Jon and Roy will be joined by a host of friends and guests at this festive all-ages concert blow-out. Gracing the stage you can expect the likes of Current Swell, Hey Ocean, Dan Mangan, Sgt. Strumalong, Hannah Georgas and more. 8 p.m. December 12 at Alix Goolden Hall. $22. 250-386-6121.

A Christmas Carol – Acclaimed Canadian actor Scott Hylands plays Mr. Bah Humbug, in this one-man performance of Scrooge. Christmas just isn’t the same without this classic tale, and really, how is he going to play all those past present and future ghosts and Tiny Tim and the turkey and all that at the same time? Find out at the Mary Winspear Centre. 8 p.m. December 17-19 and 21-23 plus 2 p.m. December 20. $12-$20-$25. 250-656-0275.

Handel’s Messiah – The Victoria Symphony joins forces with the Victoria Choral Society for a majestic performance of Handel’s iconic classic. This performance features a brilliant cast of soloists. 8 p.m. December18 and 2:30 p.m. December 20 at UVic’s University Centre Auditorium. $26-$41. 250-721-8480.

Michael Kaeshammer’s The Days of Christmas – Toronto-based piano-playing jazz star Michael Kaeshammer makes his orchestral debut with the Victoria Symphony. Be prepared for a knock-out, up-beat performance of Christmas favourites and Kaeshammer’s stellar originals. 8 p.m., Saturday, December 19 at the Royal. $35-$75. 250-386-6121.

Jingle Bell Rock – Rock your way around the Christmas tree with AFI, Tegan and Sarah and Jets Overhead. 8 p.m. Monday, December 21 at Memorial Arena. $37.50. 250-220-7777.

Cinderella – Ballet Victoria returns with one of fairy tales’ most loved princess! Witness the magic of the fairy godmother and enjoy a laugh or two at the expenses of a few villains. The imaginative and humorous choreography of artistic director Paul Destrooper, showcases the brilliant technical skills of the dancers as well as their immense dramatic talent. If you missed it the first time, catch it at 7:30 p.m. December 27 to 30 at the Royal Theatre. $31.50-$56.50. balletvictoria.ca

The Nutcracker Suite and The Sugar Plum Fair – Christmas without The Nutcracker is like plums without sugar, and Canadian Pacific Ballet puts on a sure-to-please performance. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy all the classic Nutcracker moments, with the additional magic of a Sugar Plum Fair—yeah, you read right, it’s an interactive transformation of the McPherson lobby where children, young and old, can enjoy the sweets of the land. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 29 at the McPherson Theatre. $36.50 to $46.50. 250-386-6121.




5 responses

21 11 2009
Siegrid Hauth

Where is A Global Christmas Celebration being held???

23 11 2009

Siegred: it’s at the Spirit Square (formerly Centennial). Added in that info. Thanks for letting us know!

13 11 2010
Dumbbell Set Weights ·

it is wise to choice to select Light Emitting Diode christmas lights becaue they are not fire hazard :,~

20 06 2013


24 06 2013

できる場合がありますを受信するあなたのハンドバッグメソッドで、適切な割引。ごとに 1 つの水しぶきがあるでなめらかなワインとシンプルな円筒黒い帽子。あなたが達成すべての黒のが後すぐに水玉模様がある私たちドットソックスします。スカルファッションに忍び込んでいる、クリムゾンでカーペットラと有意差のファッションに。 – マークジェイコブスバッグ

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