Friday Postcards from a Butchart Gardens Christmas
Merriment is in the air and with it the sparkle of fairy lights in gardens across North America. None shine so brightly as those found at a Butchart Gardens Christmas in Victoria, BC, where the 12 Days of Christmas come alive in a fun and unique way this holiday season.
The first time we visited Butchart Gardens was at the start of the holiday season back in December 2011. I’d grabbed a few cheap seats on the Victoria Clipper and had a Groupon for the Hotel Grand Pacific, directly across from the Clipper terminal. This was our first trip to Vancouver Island as well as Butchart Gardens and we couldn’t have picked a better time to visit. A Butchart Gardens Christmas could only be rivaled by Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, and even then, I’m not sure Longwood would come out on top in the end.
Christmas carols filled the air as visitors toured each of the 12 days of Christmas displays. My favorite was the Partridge in a Pear Tree, but the three French hens, which were actually hens dining in Paris, had my husband and I laughing as we walked to four calling birds, which brought on more giggles as we gazed upon four parrots chattering away on cellphones. The staff at Butchart Gardens definitely has a sense of humor when it comes to their holiday decorations and garden lights.
The weather had turned very cold in the Pacific Northwest, and British Columbia was no exception. With a two year old in tow we could only enjoy the Christmas lights for an hour or two, but that had been plenty of time. There would be no ice skating for us or extra holiday activities that the gardens provided, except a quick spin around the carousel. After a hearty meal in one of the restaurants, we were able to bring our little guy back to our hotel and tuck him in to dream about the Butchart Gardens holiday lights.
Sadly we never got back up to show my youngest a Butchart Gardens Christmas celebration before we moved back to the East Coast. We did take him up one spring, which showed the gardens in full bloom, but there was just something about those beautiful Christmas lights under a clear and crisp Canadian sky that made the garden all the more magical. Perhaps the fairies really had come out to play, or maybe a bit of Christmas magic had come to life. Either way, I’ll be longing for the Butchart Gardens 12 Days of Christmas this holiday season. Although, come to think of it, Yuletide at Winterthur is just an hour and a half away, and Longwood Gardens is just beyond that. Perhaps it’s time to see if Longwood really could hold its own against a Butchart Gardens Christmas. I’ll be sure to report back and let you know what I find out.