The Magic of Christmas

December 1 – January 6

Christmas is a cheerful time of year at The Gardens. Bundle up and stroll through the Twelve Days of Christmas display, sing along to the sounds of the season with Traditional Carollers or listen to the Festive Brass, then stop in at the Coffee Shop to warm up with a hot chocolate and gingerbread by the fire.


Lights Display

While the flowers sleep, we dress The Gardens with boughs of greenery—and lights galore! The Gardens come to life with a colourful display of lights, including scenes depicting The Twelve Days of Christmas. Wander the pathways to discover each scene while you sing along to the classic Christmas carol.

The Japanese and Mediterranean Gardens are closed during Christmas.

Christmas Carols

With traditional carollers and a festive brass band, there’s no shortage of seasonal sounds at The Gardens! Step into the Piazza and sing along to classic carols sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. The sound of the festive brass instruments and traditional carollers will follow you down the garden path, greeting you at the beginning and end of your walk.

Traditional Carollers and Festive Brass alternate every half hour 5:00 – 9:00 pm.


Before or after your walk, enjoy The Gardens’ renowned fare in the Dining Room Restaurant. Festive dining is an experience to remember in Jennie Butchart’s former residence, or opt for more casual fare in the Blue Poppy Restaurant.

Pet Policy

Attention pet owners: Pets are not permitted inside The Gardens December 1 – January 6 between 3:00 PM and 8:00 PMClick here for more information on our pet policy.

Christmas Day

We will be closed Christmas Day to allow our staff to enjoy the day with their families and loved ones.


Due to ongoing staffing challenges, we are unable to offer ice skating.