During the holiday season there are so many fun activities happening in and around Vancouver Island! From Christmas lights, wagon rides, Christmas carols, Christmas market & train rides there is something for everyone. We have compiled a list of some favourites to enjoy with loved ones to add to family traditions and create new ones!
Location: 2179 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach.
When: Friday to Sunday for the first three weeks of December
The annual Milner Christmas family festival of lights and music in the Gardens returns this December. Wander the lighted trails through the forest and Gardens while discovering the Teddy Bear's cottage, Santa's Den, and Gingerbread House display. Visit the beautifully decorated Milner House, where you will find a Storytelling Room, a Christmas Gift Shop, the Camellia Tea Room, and local musicians in the Dining Room every evening.
For more information about this magical location visit here.
Location: 403 Lowry's Road, Parksville
When: Saturday, December 14, 10AM - 3PM
Enjoy this family-friendly event to celebrate Christmas "farm-style". There will be wagon rides, live music, Christmas storytelling, kids crafts and activities, The Knockananna Grill serving fresh poutine, cheese & wine samples and pairings, mulled wine samples, free popcorn, marshmallow roasting, and hot chocolate and all your favourite farm animals!
To learn more visit their website here.
Location: Generations Church – 1300 Princess Royal Avenue, Nanaimo
Generations Church presents their 27th Annual Singing Christmas Tree! The giant Christmas Tree is filled with over 50 choir members singing new and old Christmas songs. Along with a drama presentation and light show, the performances are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! So come and laugh along with this year's performance explores the tension between extravagance and simplicity that many of us experience at Christmas!
For more information on this family favourite visit their website here.
Location: The Port Theatre, Nanaimo
When: Monday, December 23rd 7:30PM
Zachary Stevenson is the leading man from the hit musical “The Buddy Holly Story” and he is the main man and host for this special Christmas concert… Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas.
Stevenson will be joined by Cassandra Frie performing as Brenda Lee… and former international tribute Champion Ben Klein will perform as young Elvis.
Hear all the hits plus a sprinkle of your favorite seasonal tunes performed by the cast and backed up by the Legends All-Star Band.
To learn more and purchase tickets visit here.
What could be more fun than to see Santa on skates! Two sessions to choose from. Join Nanaimo Parks & Rec for a skate with Santa, prizes, draws and some hot chocolate and treats.
For all the information, locations and times please visit their website here!
Location: The Port Theatre, Nanaimo
Renowned theatrical imagineers and multi-award winning company the WONDERHEADS reimagine the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his magical journey with giant masks, whimsical puppets, and wondrous, theatrical invention. Think Pixar meets Jim Henson.
Praised by the CBC as “Pure magic” and the Globe and Mail as “Powerful, surprising and moving,” the WONDERHEADS tour the world with their visually stunning and endlessly entertaining shows.
Join Scrooge on his haunted Christmas Eve adventure and be prepared to laugh, cry and be utterly enchanted! All the information here.
Location: BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan
This is a family favourite riding the Christmas Express fun for all ages. For all the information about this annual event please visit their website here.
Location: The Butchart Gardens, Victoria
Grab your friends and family, lace up your skates and indulge in copious amounts of hot cocoa during The Magic of Christmas at The Butchart Gardens. The festivities include colourful lights, Christmas carols, gingerbread and holiday cheer! For all the details on the exciting time at The Gardens visit here.
Location: Royal Theatre, Victoria
Ballet Victoria’s holiday tradition - the same theme but always very different. Accompanied by the Victoria Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, this modern take on The Nutcracker follows Clara on a reimagined Christmas classic journey filled with wonderful new characters. From Harlequin dolls to dragons and fairies, a few mice and a Nutcracker ballerina, it’s an amazing holiday performance for the whole family. For tickets and all the details visit here.
Location: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver
Each year, the Vancouver Christmas Market brings the festive Old World tradition to Vancouver. This cherished holiday event offers an authentic German feast for the senses. Stroll the twinkling pathways of a European-inspired Christmas village in the crisp winter air.
For more information to get in the holiday spirit visit their website here.
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