Butchart Gardens

Victoria, BC: 2-Day Christmas Itinerary

Celebrate the Christmas holiday in style with a trip to British Columbia’s capital. Read the Victoria, BC Destination Guide before you hop on the Victoria Clipper or a ferry up to the island. To get your trip planning started on the right foot, here is an easy itinerary to follow along, or start making your own plans. It includes many of our favorite Christmas activities, spots to eat, and a hotel recommendation. For specifics and more options, refer back to the destination guide.

Victoria, BC

Day 1

  • Depart for Victoria, BC from Seattle or Vancouver in the morning
  • Arrive in Victoria, BC
  • Check into Hotel Grand Pacific (or leave your bags with bell hop)
  • Tour the Festival of Trees in the Fairmont Empress
  • Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress (reservations needed)
  • Rent a car, take a charter or public bus up to Butchart Gardens just before the sun sets
  • Tour the 12 Days of Christmas light display in the gardens
  • Dinner at Butchart Gardens
  • Evening boat show or truck parade (1st weekend of December)
  • Back to the hotel to warm up and sleep

Day 2

  • Breakfast at John’s Place
  • Tour the town and winter market
  • Stop in at the Original Christmas Village for a few new ornaments
  • Lunch at Red Fish, Blue Fish
  • Take the ferry back to Seattle or Vancouver

Victoria BC: 2-Day Christmas Itinerary written by Keryn Means