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The Butchart Chronicles : November 21, 2016

Four Fun Childrens Activities for the Christmas Season

Bring the whole family and get in the holiday spirit

The Christmas season means fun for the whole family at The Butchart Gardens. Here are four activities for kids to enjoy when they visit The Gardens from December 1st to January 6th.

1. Bring a Snowflake and Indulge in Hot Chocolate

For children 12 and under, bring us a paper snowflake you have created. We will exchange it for a cup of hot chocolate in the Coffee Shop.

  • Snowflake must be made from an 8 x 11 sheet of white paper and brought from home
  • Limit one per child per day
  • We will put your snowflake on our Coffee Shop windows (space permitting)
  • Valid Dec 1st, 2016 to Jan 6th, 2017
  • Regretfully no substitutions can be made

2. Participate in the Magic of Christmas Walk

Children under 12 years of age will be given a checklist at the admission gate to identify each of the Christmas highlights displayed throughout The Gardens. Upon presentation of their list at the visitor centre, participants will receive a Christmas treat.

  • Limit one per child per day
  • Valid Dec 1st, 2016 to Jan 6, 2017
  • Not valid for organized child and youth groups

3. Glide Across the Ice Rink

Bring the kids and glide underneath soft twinkling lights to the sounds of seasonal music. Skating runs every hour (during admission hours) on the hour and runs for 40 minutes. Skate rentals are available in the information centre. See pictures and rates on our blog.

4. Ride the Rose Carousel

Ride around on one of thirty hand-crafted animals on the Rose Carousel, the only carousel on Vancouver Island. Two chariots can accommodate people with disabilities.

A portion of the proceeds is donated to local children's charities.

Looking for a holiday gift idea? Purchase gift tickets from our online store.