Santa was at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal Dec. 22, helping to get passengers in the holiday spirit. On Christmas Eve the ferry service shared videos of an “unidentified flying object” that came with the “faint sound of bells” as it flew above, along with a “bright red light leading the way.” (Twitter/BC Ferries)

Santa was at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal Dec. 22, helping to get passengers in the holiday spirit. On Christmas Eve the ferry service shared videos of an “unidentified flying object” that came with the “faint sound of bells” as it flew above, along with a “bright red light leading the way.” (Twitter/BC Ferries)

Santa sightings haven’t delayed BC Ferries Christmas Day sailings

All sailings on time, less than 70 per cent full

Even though Santa Claus and his eight reindeer were spotted zooming past the Spirit of BC last night, the ferry service is on time for travellers heading to or from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal on Christmas Day.

Christmas Day sailings between Tsawwassen and Victoria started at 7 a.m., with vessels departing once every two hours until 9 p.m.

The 5 and 9 p.m. sailings from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay are about 30 per cent full as of 4 p.m. and the 7 p.m. sailing is 13 per cent full.

The 5, 7 and 9 p.m. sailings from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen are 25 per cent full or less as of 4 p.m.

The 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ferries from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay were 54 per cent 48 per cent full, respectively, on Christmas morning.

READ ALSO: A peek at what’s open on Christmas Day in Victoria

Passengers leaving Greater Victoria without reservations would have also been able to squeeze in Wednesday morning, with the 11 a.m. sailing to Tsawwassen 63 per cent full, and the 1 p.m. sailing 60 per cent full.

Click here for information on current conditions at the Swarts Bay ferry terminal.

READ ALSO: A list of where to look for Christmas lights in Greater Victoria this year

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Richard Pierce is the Goldstream Gazette’s 2021 Unsung Hero of the Year. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Navy veteran helping others cope with post-traumatic stress disorder

Rich Pearce is the West Shore 2021 Unsung Hero

Carolyn Howe, a kindergarten teacher and vice president of the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association, says educators are feeling the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic and the influx of pressure that comes with it. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Stress leave, tears and insomnia: Greater Victoria teachers feel the strain of COVID-19

One year in, teachers still adjusting to mask and cleaning rules, pressure from families

A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria Thursday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)
Strong winds predicted for Greater Victoria

Environment Canada issues warning for Thursday afternoon

Sooke Road will be down to a single lane Thursday night while crews work on a water main connection. (Pixabay stock image)
Sooke Road down to single lane for water main connection

Night work scheduled for Thursday, early Friday morning

Langford council approved the 2021 budget request of $5,268,635 from the West Shore Parks and Recreation Society Tuesday night. Of the proposed budget, Langford was asked to contribute an increased amount of $158, 651, as the municipality’s growth rate was higher than other municipal partners on the West Shore. (Black Press Media file)
Langford approves $2.8M for West Shore Parks and Recreation

Unanimous budget approval required by all West Shore partner municipalities

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media File Photo)
POLL: Are you struggling with Greater Victoria’s cost of housing?

While Victoria remains one of the most expensive cities in the country… Continue reading

The Port of Nanaimo has signed a 50-year-agreement with DP World around short-sea shipping operations at Duke Point Terminal. (News Bulletin file photo)
Lease ‘important first step’ in $105-million Nanaimo port expansion project

Port of Nanaimo and DP World sign 50-year shipping operations agreement for Duke Point

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

Photograph By @KAYLAXANDERSON
VIDEO: Lynx grabs lunch in Kamloops

A lynx surprises a group of ducks and picks one off for lunch

Two women were arrested in Nanaimo for refusing to wear masks and causing disturbance on a BC Ferries vessel. (File photo)
B.C. ferry passengers arrested and fined for disturbance, refusing to wear masks

Police said woman threatened their pensions in Feb. 21 incident aboard Nanaimo-bound boat

A Nanaimo RCMP vehicle in the Woodgrove Centre parking lot. (News Bulletin file photo)
Woman groped by stranger in mall parking lot in Nanaimo

Incident happened near bus loop Saturday, Feb. 20, at about 4:45 p.m.

A 19-year-old man is in police custody following a recent violent robbery and assault in Comox . (File photo)
Arrest made in violent robbery and assault of Comox gas station employee

19-year-old man in police custody after incident where woman was putting things in her car

Most Read