Christmas

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)
Victoria’s Centennial Square will be decorated with elaborate lights this holiday season. (Black Press Media File)

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says online rumours of banning holiday lights are false

‘Largest ever’ lights display planned for Centennial Square in Victoria this winter

Victoria’s Centennial Square will be decorated with elaborate lights this holiday season. (Black Press Media File)
Residents at the Amica Somerset House pack up gift baskets for low-income seniors as a part of the Helping Hands initiative. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria seniors pack Christmas baskets for peers in need

Residents of Amica Houses pack more than 300 gift baskets for seniors living in poverty

Residents at the Amica Somerset House pack up gift baskets for low-income seniors as a part of the Helping Hands initiative. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The exterior of Heather Dickson’s Oak Bay home decorated for Christmas. Don Denton photography

Picture Perfect House of Christmas Decorations

Heather Dickson shows off her curated Christmas collections

  • Dec 24, 2018
The exterior of Heather Dickson’s Oak Bay home decorated for Christmas. Don Denton photography
The ‘Stuffed Beast’ from Victoria’s Very Good Butchers is one of the popular non-meat options people are having for Christmas. (The Very Good Butchers)

Meatless Christmas dinner options popular in Victoria

The Very Good Butcher has already sold 1,000 ‘stuffed beast’ roasts

The ‘Stuffed Beast’ from Victoria’s Very Good Butchers is one of the popular non-meat options people are having for Christmas. (The Very Good Butchers)
Leah Smith and Laura Mckee during Smith’s annual toy drive, Dec. 16. (Jesse Laufer/News staff )

Oak Bay teen collects more than 1,000 toys for those in need

Student seeks someone to take over drive next year

  • Dec 18, 2018
Leah Smith and Laura Mckee during Smith’s annual toy drive, Dec. 16. (Jesse Laufer/News staff )
Greater Victoria firefighters reflect on season of giving

Greater Victoria firefighters reflect on season of giving

‘It’s amazing to get those hugs and see the tears of joy in the parents’ eyes’

  • Dec 17, 2018
Greater Victoria firefighters reflect on season of giving
The DVBA thinks Christmas lights are a valuable use of public money. (File photo)

Downtown Victoria Business Association believes in the value of Christmas lights

The general public have mixed feelings after city council motioned to reevaluate decoration costs

The DVBA thinks Christmas lights are a valuable use of public money. (File photo)
Garth Tufford said he’s going to wait until Christmas to open his gift, which he received through the Angel Gifts Program at Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

WATCH: Hundreds of gifts go out to Victoria’s Our Place patrons

The Angel Gifts Program saw 700 Christmas presents go out to the community

Garth Tufford said he’s going to wait until Christmas to open his gift, which he received through the Angel Gifts Program at Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The City of Victoria is looking at scrapping funds for Christmas decorations. (file photo)

Reader response: City of Victoria considers scrapping Christmas decorations

Hundreds of respondents provide feedback on a recent motion passed by city council

The City of Victoria is looking at scrapping funds for Christmas decorations. (file photo)
Victoria council may stop funding Christmas decorations, such as Christmas trees, to make the city “more inclusive.” (File photo)

City of Victoria considers scrapping funds for Christmas decorations

City Coun. Ben Isitt doesn’t think the government should pay for any religious symbols

Victoria council may stop funding Christmas decorations, such as Christmas trees, to make the city “more inclusive.” (File photo)
Meat and Greet with Butcher Geoff Pinch

Meat and Greet with Butcher Geoff Pinch

Specialty meats are perfect for holiday entertaining

  • Dec 10, 2018
Meat and Greet with Butcher Geoff Pinch
Santa bus is coming to town! (YouTube/BC Transit)                                Santa bus is coming to town! (YouTube/BC Transit)

BC Transit’s Santa bus is back in Victoria

For the 32nd year commuters can enjoy a Christmas-themed ride

Santa bus is coming to town! (YouTube/BC Transit)                                Santa bus is coming to town! (YouTube/BC Transit)
A decorated truck and boat make their way along the Esquimalt Road parade route during the Esquimalt Celebration of Lights in 2017. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Celebration of Lights coming to Esquimalt

Illuminated trucks and cars to welcome Santa in 13th annual parade

A decorated truck and boat make their way along the Esquimalt Road parade route during the Esquimalt Celebration of Lights in 2017. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The Berry family in Langley has created a holiday light extravaganza at their home. The display features over 10,000 lights and many inflatables, with new additions this year. At 9562 215A St, nightly from 4 to 11 p.m (Submitted)

PHOTOS: B.C. lights up for the holiday season

Cities from Langley to Victoria are merry and bright this year

  • Dec 21, 2017
The Berry family in Langley has created a holiday light extravaganza at their home. The display features over 10,000 lights and many inflatables, with new additions this year. At 9562 215A St, nightly from 4 to 11 p.m (Submitted)
Local chefs have created all kinds of examples of Canadian culture under the theme Celebrate Canada! for this year’s Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Showcase, on display daily at the Parkside Hotel and Spa. The event is one of a number of seasonal fundraisers happening in the city this month. Victoria News files

Have some fun in Victoria this month while supporting worthwhile charities

Family friendly events get people into the spirit of the season and of giving

Local chefs have created all kinds of examples of Canadian culture under the theme Celebrate Canada! for this year’s Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Showcase, on display daily at the Parkside Hotel and Spa. The event is one of a number of seasonal fundraisers happening in the city this month. Victoria News files
Santa rides in a horse-drawn carriage in a previous Celebration of Lights parade along Esquimalt Road. This year’s edition happens this Sunday starting at 5 p.m.                                Photo contributed

Esquimalt’s Celebration of Lights a night for the community

Free, fun family event brings together people from various walks of life in Esquimalt

Santa rides in a horse-drawn carriage in a previous Celebration of Lights parade along Esquimalt Road. This year’s edition happens this Sunday starting at 5 p.m.                                Photo contributed