Calendar: Pre-Christmas Fun

30 11 2011

The Christmas party season is upon us, but before you get partied out enjoy some nice, relaxing events. Maybe an afternoon browsing a craft fair, a quiet Scottish tea or an boat parade.

Christmas Lights Across Canada  – Watch the Seqoia tree light up and enjoy performances by the James Bay Community School Choir and St. Andrew’s Regional High School Choir & band. THURSDAY 4:30pm at the BC Legislature (501 Belleville). Free.

Holiday Magic at Mattick’s Farm – Entertainment, food tastings, special offers and enter to win  prizes at all the shops, valued up to $ 200. THURSDAY & FRIDAY 5-8pm at Matticks Farm (5325 Cordova Bay). Free. matticksfarm.com.

The Owl – Designer fair featuring locally made gifts. With live music by The Ramble and Mark Ednie. FRIDAY 6-10pm & SATURDAY 10am-6pm at the Fernwood NRG (1240 Gladstone). $2. facebook.com/owldesignerfair.

Sea of Lights – Enjoy hot chocolate or coffee and watch lighted boats parade down Victoria’s coast. Proceeds support the Salvation Army and the Oak Bay Kiwanis. FRIDAY 7-8pm along the waterfron of Cattle Point, Willows Beach and Gyro Park. Free.

Christmas Craft Fair & Family Festivities – Includes craft fair, activities, silent auction and more. SATURDAY 9:30am-5:30pm at the Cook Street Village Activity Centre (1-380 Cook). Free. 250-384-6542.

Clothing Swap – Bring along your beloved but outgrown items to exchange for new duds, or come empty handed and fill up a bag! Please bring items in clean and gently used condition (no ripped, torn or dirty items). SATURDAY 10am-1pm at the Fairfield Community Place (1330 Fairfield). Free. 250-382-4604.

Christmas Holly Tea  – Enjoy a festive holiday tea service in traditional Scottish fashion, served on fine china, and provincial Tartan tablecloths. Includes tea, sandwiches, shortbread, christmas cake, truffles, raffle prizes and a craft and bake sale. SATURDAY noon-4pm at United Chapters Hall (3281 Harriet). $8. sacsvictoria.com.

Ross Bay Villa – Tour the house and grounds of this restored historic site. SATURDAY2pm at Ross Bay Villa (1490 Fairfield). $5. 250-995-0022.

Dickens Fair – A festive winter market with juried artisans and crafters, farm produce & meats, baking, greenery, demonstrations, Chicken Lady, children’s choir, family entertainment, a variety of musical performances and cafe with light meals. SATURDAY 3-9pm at  the James Bay Community Centre (140 Oswego). By donation. 250-381-5323, jamesbaymarket.com/events/dickens-fair.

Santa Visits North Park Village – Enjoy festive treats and caroling. Bring your own camera and get your picture taken with Santa! SATURDAY 5pm in the parking lot at Cook and Grant streets. Free. 250-208-1584.

The Mistletoe Project Gala – A formal night of dancing, drinks and doorprizes. Includes silent auction. Proceeds support the MS Society of Canada. SATURDAY 7pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $25. themistletoeproject.ca.

Email calendar@mondaymag.com (SUBJECT: BEAUTY QUEEN) to win two tickets to Langham Court Theatre’s production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Hurry! The last performance is Dec. 3.

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