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Dec. 20, 2019 – The Lights of Wonder display opened at Centennial Square. It will run until Jan. 4. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria welcomes the Lights of Wonder holiday village

The free light display and market is open at Centennial Square until Jan. 4

Dec. 20, 2019 – The Lights of Wonder display opened at Centennial Square. It will run until Jan. 4. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The Lights of Wonder Christmas Village is set to open tonight. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Lights of Wonder holiday village opens in downtown Victoria tonight

The light village is set to open in Centennial Square at 4 p.m.

The Lights of Wonder Christmas Village is set to open tonight. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The annual outdoor nativity pageant at Topaz Park features a live cast of humans and animals, recreating the story of Christmas. It runs Saturday through Monday with four half-hour performances each night. (Photo courtesy of organizers)

Nativity unfolds at Topaz Park

Three performances a night Dec. 21 to 23

  • Dec 19, 2019
The annual outdoor nativity pageant at Topaz Park features a live cast of humans and animals, recreating the story of Christmas. It runs Saturday through Monday with four half-hour performances each night. (Photo courtesy of organizers)
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Oak Bay High School students have been practicing two to three times a week for their Yuletide performance of A Christmas Carol. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

VIDEO: Oak Bay High stages a music and dance-filled Christmas classic

High school brings back A Christmas Carol for a second year

Oak Bay High School students have been practicing two to three times a week for their Yuletide performance of A Christmas Carol. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Russell Brand is coming to Victoria on April 5, 2020 (File contributed/UVic)

Russell Brand is coming to Victoria this spring

Brand will bring forward his new discussion, Russell Brand: Recovery Live in April 2020

Russell Brand is coming to Victoria on April 5, 2020 (File contributed/UVic)
The Voices in Motion choir is led by Erica Phare-Bergh on Sunday. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
The Voices in Motion choir is led by Erica Phare-Bergh on Sunday. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Rockers ZZ Top come to Victoria on April 29, 2020, to perform with special guest Cheap Trick. (Photo courtesy of Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre)
Rockers ZZ Top come to Victoria on April 29, 2020, to perform with special guest Cheap Trick. (Photo courtesy of Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre)
Swashbucklers take the stage at St. Luke’s for Treasure Island, running Dec. 18 to Jan. 4. (Courtesy St. Luke’s Players)
Swashbucklers take the stage at St. Luke’s for Treasure Island, running Dec. 18 to Jan. 4. (Courtesy St. Luke’s Players)
Bold and brassy quintet touches down at UVic

Bold and brassy quintet touches down at UVic

Internationally recognized Canadian Brass performing with Victoria Symphony on Dec. 21

Bold and brassy quintet touches down at UVic
Talking about tubas! Annual concert attracts hundreds to Market Square

Talking about tubas! Annual concert attracts hundreds to Market Square

The 2019 edition of Tuba Christmas concert and fundraiser goes this Saturday in the square

  • Dec 13, 2019
Talking about tubas! Annual concert attracts hundreds to Market Square
Winnie Cooper (left), Bonnie Dennis, Brad Hawkes, Duncan Sutherland, Candy Little, and John Cornes will be playing at Highlands Music Coffee House on Dec. 14. (Courtesy Highlands Coffee House)
Winnie Cooper (left), Bonnie Dennis, Brad Hawkes, Duncan Sutherland, Candy Little, and John Cornes will be playing at Highlands Music Coffee House on Dec. 14. (Courtesy Highlands Coffee House)
Greater Victoria harpist Julia Cunningham has released her seventh album, Songs From the Harp, in November. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Victoria harpist releases ‘old school’ jazz album, makes singing debut

Musician ‘blown away’ by reactions to her seventh album Songs From the Harp

Greater Victoria harpist Julia Cunningham has released her seventh album, Songs From the Harp, in November. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
An oversized Scrooge plays a central part in A Wonderheads Christmas Carol, playing Dec. 17 and 18 at the McPherson Playhouse. Photo by Kate Braidwood

Heads up! A new take on A Christmas Carol comes to the Mac

Wonderheads tackle the beloved Dickens classic, Dec. 17-18 at Victoria’s McPherson Playhouse

  • Dec 7, 2019
An oversized Scrooge plays a central part in A Wonderheads Christmas Carol, playing Dec. 17 and 18 at the McPherson Playhouse. Photo by Kate Braidwood
The young musician bursary was created in memory of Nathan Alexander Arrowsmith, a bassist from Duncan who took his life in 2018. (Dirty Harriet/Facebook)

Bursary created in memory of late Duncan musician triples in second year

Young Vancouver Island musicians in financial need can apply by Dec. 15

The young musician bursary was created in memory of Nathan Alexander Arrowsmith, a bassist from Duncan who took his life in 2018. (Dirty Harriet/Facebook)
The show follows an alien, played by Alan Tudyk in a twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story (Syfy photo)

Vancouver Island town to star in new Syfy series: Resident Alien

Ladysmith will play the role of Patience, Colorado in the series

The show follows an alien, played by Alan Tudyk in a twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story (Syfy photo)
Artist Tanya Bub with the temporarily-named ‘Stickman’ driftwood sculpture that will live in front of Gage Gallery Arts Collective on Oak Bay Avenue. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Newest piece of public art arrives on Oak Bay Avenue

Contest opens to rename ‘Stickman’ driftwood sculpture

Artist Tanya Bub with the temporarily-named ‘Stickman’ driftwood sculpture that will live in front of Gage Gallery Arts Collective on Oak Bay Avenue. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
The popularity of Jon and Roy is unquestionable, at home or abroad. Their 11th annual Holiday Special concert, Dec. 6 at the Royal Theatre, is already virtually sold out. Facebook

Jon and Roy’s Holiday Special always a hot ticket

Multi-act Dec. 6 concert at the Royal virtually sold out, cozy, chill vibe will prevail

  • Dec 3, 2019
The popularity of Jon and Roy is unquestionable, at home or abroad. Their 11th annual Holiday Special concert, Dec. 6 at the Royal Theatre, is already virtually sold out. Facebook
Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith, a.k.a. The Funk Hunters, bring their fifth annual Funk the Halls show to Victoria for a pair of shows Dec. 6-7 at the Capital Ballroom. Photo by Rob Campbell

Get the funky seasonal spirit with The Funk Hunters

Fifth annual Funk the Halls extravaganza plays two shows at Capital Ballroom, Dec. 6-7

  • Dec 2, 2019
Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith, a.k.a. The Funk Hunters, bring their fifth annual Funk the Halls show to Victoria for a pair of shows Dec. 6-7 at the Capital Ballroom. Photo by Rob Campbell
James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are coming to town on April 14, 2020 (Jamestaylor.com)

James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt make their way to Victoria

The Hall of Fame members will be performing together in April 2020

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are coming to town on April 14, 2020 (Jamestaylor.com)
Joe Wiebe, one of the directors of Victoria Beer Week, speaks to the crowd at the Victoria Public Market. The schedule for the seventh annual 2020 Victoria Beer Week was released Tuesday. (Christian Tisdale Photography)
Joe Wiebe, one of the directors of Victoria Beer Week, speaks to the crowd at the Victoria Public Market. The schedule for the seventh annual 2020 Victoria Beer Week was released Tuesday. (Christian Tisdale Photography)