Magic of Christmas — December 1st — January 6th
Read Sunset magazine's Fresh Dirt blog on Winter at The Butchart Gardens.
Shuttles (including admission) from downtown Victoria
December 1st, 2012 marks the start of the 26th season of festive Christmas displays.
Tens of thousands of coloured lights combine with evergreen swags and wreaths of holly and winter berries to line walkways and festoon lamp posts. The ever-popular Twelve Days of Christmas displays are tucked away about The Gardens.
From 5 pm to 9 pm in the Piazza you will find lively performances featuring traditional caroling and music.
Enjoy some recreational ice skating on our 465 sq. m (5,000 sq. ft.) outdoor rink.
Skating is available daily during admission hours. Just show up and skate at the next available time, or you can book a time by visiting the Visitor Information Centre upon arrival. Skate times run on the hour and last for 40 minutes. The rink capacity is 75, so be sure to bring your friends.
Skate prices are Adults $5 plus tax, Youth (13-17) $4 plus tax, and Children (12 and under) $3 plus tax. Admission to The Gardens is required. Skate rentals are available on a first come basis for $3 plus tax per pair. Helmets and wrist guards are available at no charge. *Rates are quoted in Canadian dollars and are subject to 12% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax).
Skate club performances are on several Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.
The Dining Room Restaurant , in the former residence of the Butchart family, is decorated in holiday finery and serves a delicious 3-tiered High Tea. The Blue Poppy Restaurant , filled with poinsettias, offers a variety of tasty main dishes and desserts, with a convenient cafeteria-style service. For a light meal and hot beverages in front of glowing fire, drop in to the Coffee Shop .
If you are hunting for Christmas gift ideas, the Seed & Gift Store presents an array of tasteful selections.