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Usually, we wouldn’t ask you to kiss and tell…

But how about a little show and tell?

It’s that time of the year again; it's the 4th annual Kiss in the City Contest in Downtown Victoria, when we we ask Victorians to show us their love for the city... and for each other!

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and the DVBA has a great way for you to win one of three romantic evenings in Downtown Victoria to celebrate love with your someone special. Grab your sweetheart and a digital camera, pick your favourite romantic spot in downtown Victoria and capture your kiss. That's all!

Resolved to improve your fitness in 2013? Let us help!

If one of your New Year 2013 resolutions focusses on improving your health, fitness or wellbeing – and Victoria’s cool, wet winter weather is discouraging you from going for a walk or run – let us help you find another way! On a day like today, it’s nice to know that downtown Victoria has a variety of unique fitness activities happening indoors!

Welcome the New Year in Downtown Victoria

We suspect you’re probably getting ready for an exciting evening of ringing in the New Year, but we think a big brunch tomorrow will help you of bed and get the New Year started off on the right foot!

10, 9, 8, 7… Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Downtown Victoria!

If you are like many of us, New Year’s Eve has probably snuck up on you in the flurry of holiday activities. There is no time like the present to make some plans and usher in the New Year in style! Downtown Victoria’s restaurants, pubs and clubs have a plethora of evening entertainment to help you ring in 2013...

If an elegant evening of five-star food, dancing to live music and a luxurious on-site room to return to is your style, look no further than one of these four fabulous in-hotel restaurants:

A Weekend of Holiday Celebrations in Downtown Victoria

As we near December 25, holiday programming is still going strong in downtown Victoria... but it won't last for long! Here is the list of weekend activities sure to delight family and friends who have gathered to celebrate the holidays in Victoria:

Christmas Day meals made easy!

Dec 12, 2012

Whether the relatives are descending en masse, the condo kitchen is too small, or you’ve never cooked a turkey before and don’t want to try it for this important holiday meal… Downtown Victoria has the answer – restaurants around the city are carefully preparing an assortment of Christmas Day meals for you and your loved ones.

The place to find what you need... and enjoy finding it!

Have you finished your holiday shopping? Are you just starting? Or are you more of a last minute present purchaser? Either way, where else but Downtown Victoria can you find the perfect gift for those hard-to-shop-for friends and relatives, enjoy a seasonal sip and tasty treats, AND celebrate the season with music, lights and free activities all in one afternoon?

Get into the holiday spirit in downtown Victoria!

The weather has turned from summer to fall, and it’s only a month until Christmas Day. Whether you are already in the Christmas spirit, wishing you could get there, or holding out for cooler temperatures and maybe a little bit of snow (yes, we said snow!), there is really no better place to start hunting for your holiday spirit than right here in Downtown Victoria.

Parking downtown: It’s easier than you think this holiday season!

As Christmas approaches, we want you to enjoy your First Hour Free at all five City parkades EVERY Saturday from November 24 to December 22, compliments of the DVBA, no voucher required! It’s our Christmas gift to you this season – hassle free holiday parking.

The five City of Victoria parkades are located at:

- Centennial Square (645 Fisgard Street)
- Bastion Square (575 Yates Street)
- Johnson Street (750 Johnson Street)
- View Street (743 View Street)
- Greater Victoria Public Library (745 Broughton Street)

Step Right Up... It’s the 5th Annual Centennial Square Light Up!


Tomorrow is a big day in Downtown Victoria. It is the day we step on the first Downtown Ferris Wheel, turn on all of the lights in Centennial Square, and welcome the holidays with the Island Farms Santa Light Parade. Here are all of the details for tomorrow’s events... and a special parking deal that you won’t want to miss!



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