Christmas holiday

Sipili Molia, regional kettle manager, shows off the Salvation Army’s new contactless donation system for the 2020 Christmas Kettle Campaign outside municipal hall on Dec. 1. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

VIDEO: Tech offers hope as Salvation Army sees need skyrocket across B.C.

Charity is equipping hundreds of kettles across B.C. with ‘touchless giving technology’

 

Leah Davis, store manager at Oscar & Libby’s in downtown Victoria, sets out stock at their Fort Street location. The pandemic has changed the way this retailer and others do business, says owner Teri Hustins. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Pandemic alters holiday business strategies for Victoria merchants

Many independent merchants count on holiday shopping to get them through quiet periods

 

The Vancouver Island Crisis Society has seen a five per cent rise in call volumes compared to this time last year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Winter blues a concern for Vancouver Islanders during COVID-19 Christmas season

Statistics show British Columbians anticipate worsening mental health

 

The Better Business Bureau is recommending that businesses ramp up their COVID-friendly shopping options now to prepare for the holiday season. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Time to ramp up COVID-friendly shopping: Better Business Bureau

If businesses want to be successful this holiday season they need to act now, says BBB

The Better Business Bureau is recommending that businesses ramp up their COVID-friendly shopping options now to prepare for the holiday season. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The winner of last year’s Esquimalt tree decorating contest, Operation Christmas Child. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)

Esquimalt tree decorating contest lights up online this holiday season

Businesses, non-profits can submit photos for the People’s Choice award

The winner of last year’s Esquimalt tree decorating contest, Operation Christmas Child. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)
Saanich police removed nearly 30 drivers from the roads between Dec. 1 and Jan. 1. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Saanich police removed nearly one impaired driver per day from roads over holidays

Police removed 28 impaired drivers from the roads in Saanich during Dec. 2019

Saanich police removed nearly 30 drivers from the roads between Dec. 1 and Jan. 1. (Black Press Media File Photo)
It’s common for families to fall back into old patterns when they come together to celebrate Christmas, whether that’s avoiding confrontation or pushing each other’s buttons. (Maggie Morrill/Pixabay)

Plan ahead to avoid family fights at Christmas, says clinical psychologist

Reflect and set boundaries before things get heated

It’s common for families to fall back into old patterns when they come together to celebrate Christmas, whether that’s avoiding confrontation or pushing each other’s buttons. (Maggie Morrill/Pixabay)
(Black Press Media file photo)

BC Transit offers free bus service for New Year’s

Altered schedules posted for the holiday season across Greater Victoria

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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 Bay Centre has seen a steady increase in holiday shopping since 2018. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Greater Victoria malls see jump in holiday shoppers over last year

More people are heading to stores as the busiest shopping day of the year approaches

The Bay Centre has seen a steady increase in holiday shopping since 2018. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Dec 10, 2019 – Kelly Black, executive director of Point Ellice House, in front of a Victorian-era Christmas display. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Revisit Christmas past as Point Ellice House displays Victorian-era traditions

Antique bobbles, cards, decor and more are on display

Dec 10, 2019 – Kelly Black, executive director of Point Ellice House, in front of a Victorian-era Christmas display. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)

Technical difficulties delay Victoria’s $500,000 Christmas light village

The Lights of Wonder display was originally set to open on Dec. 13

Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)
Dec. 5, 2019 – Vivienne Shaw, grade 3 student at Lakehill Elementary School, puts the final touches on a Harry Potter-themed Christmas tree at Government House. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hundreds of students gather at Government House to decorate Christmas Trees

The annual tradition let Grade 2 and 3 students help celebrate for the holidays

Dec. 5, 2019 – Vivienne Shaw, grade 3 student at Lakehill Elementary School, puts the final touches on a Harry Potter-themed Christmas tree at Government House. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The holiday season typically sees a rise in the number of packages are being stolen from front doors. (Flickr/ Paul Sullivan)

Thieves target packages during the holiday season

Victoria police warn residents of package theft increase

The holiday season typically sees a rise in the number of packages are being stolen from front doors. (Flickr/ Paul Sullivan)
A Seinfeld-inspired, secular December gathering is happening at the Victoria Event Centre on Dec. 23. (Screenshot/Victoriaeventscentre.ca)

Victoria Event Centre cancels Dec. 23 Festivus event

Anyone who is tired of holiday traditions can come to this Seinfeld-inspired event

A Seinfeld-inspired, secular December gathering is happening at the Victoria Event Centre on Dec. 23. (Screenshot/Victoriaeventscentre.ca)
Only one more month until Christmas. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Getting jolly in Victoria: it’s officially one month until Christmas

Where to do some local shopping for last-second holiday gifts

Only one more month until Christmas. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Annual truck convoy ready to light up the night in Greater Victoria

Annual truck convoy ready to light up the night in Greater Victoria

The 21st annual Truck Light Convoy will roll through communities supporting local food banks

Annual truck convoy ready to light up the night in Greater Victoria
The Magic of Christmas lights up Butchart Gardens from Dec. 1 until Jan. 6. (Twitter/Destination Greater Victoria)

Christmas events set to begin across Greater Victoria

Lights, parades, gingerbread and more are coming to town until the new year

The Magic of Christmas lights up Butchart Gardens from Dec. 1 until Jan. 6. (Twitter/Destination Greater Victoria)
Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)

Massive holiday light village coming to downtown Victoria

The Downtown Victoria Business Association’s ‘Lights of Wonder’ festival begins Dec. 13

Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)
Brian Wismath will be conducting Handel’s Messiah Dec. 15 and 17, performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Choral Society. (Photo submitted)

Choir director adds orchestra baton for Messiah performance at University of Victoria

Victoria Symphony Orchestra to perform holiday classic with community choir

Brian Wismath will be conducting Handel’s Messiah Dec. 15 and 17, performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Choral Society. (Photo submitted)