Wondering about some cool events that are happening downtown? Well here are some fun events taking place from Monday, December 13th-Sunday, December 19th!

Downtown Victoria Events


1. Lights of Wonder

Where: Centennial Square

When: Begins Thursday, December 16th

Time: 4pm – 10:00pm


The Downtown Victoria Business Association and our 1500 members have created something special: an all-ages, all-access, FREE December holiday extravaganza.

From December 16 through December 31, we invite you and your loved ones to enjoy Lights of Wonder as often as you’d like. Come share the magic of the season, sip some hot chocolate, take a selfie or two under our canopy of lights, and then explore other downtown Victoria venues.

Lights of Wonder offers Greater Victoria a reason to bundle up, get outside, and explore all that downtown has to offer. Did we mention that there’s no admission fee? This celebration is Downtown Victoria’s BIG gift to the region.

Learn more at www.lightsofwonder.ca

2. Winter Wonderland at The Bay Centre

Where: 1150 Douglas Street

When: Until Wednesday, December 29th

Time: 10am – 6pm


Centre Court | Free; Open Daily | Self-Guided Tour & Instagrammable Moments

Take comfort in the Bay Centre’s Winter Wonderland, Victoria’s largest indoor living forest, featuring an interactive light tunnel. Explore in your own way while marking the occasion with a holiday picture with your loved ones.


3. 13th Annual Gingerbread Showcase

Where: 810 Humboldt Street

When: Until Sunday, January 2nd

Time: 9am – 9pm


Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s premier fundraiser the Gingerbread Showcase, presented in partnership with our Fund the Future Foundation Sponsor, The Victoria Real Estate Board will be opening next month!

We are working with four hosts; The Parkside Hotel & Spa, The Chateau Victoria, The Marriott Inner Harbour and The Doubletree to bring you this magical family holiday experience as a walking tour in the heart of downtown Victoria. New features for 2021 include contactless voting and donation options for in person viewing. In addition, online opportunities to view, vote and donate for your favourite in the People’s Choice Award will be available.

In our 13th year we invite you to join us in imagining The Future of Home. We will be looking forward, going beyond the build to consider how we might live and what changes we could make to create a brighter future for everyone. Share these visions for our homes, communities and the environment we share in this new future, full of exciting possibilities!


4. The Matrix

Where: The Vic Theatre

When: Tuesday, December 14th

Time: 8pm – 10:30pm


Join for the ORIGINAL Matrix film before the Resurrections begin!

Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to stopping Neo and the entire human rebellion.


5. RUFUGE- Group Art Exhibition & Sale

Where: Gage Gallery

When: Daily

Time: 11am – 4pm


The exhibition, REFUGE offers a peaceful sanctuary separate from the urgency of the outside world. The seven artists (llka Bauer, Leslie Bell, Elizabeth Carefoot, Anna B Grant, Gabriela Hirt, MJ Hughes and Jane Michiel) work across media and through different techniques to create art that together speaks to our human need for refuge.

Excellent opportunity to purchase unique artworks as holiday gifts.


6. Virtual Shopping with Victoria Market Collective

Where: Online

When: Until Thursday, December 16th

Time: 9am – 9:45am


With the lockdowns of 2020, Market Collective felt offering virtual shopping would help people who were unable to shop in person for any reason the opportunity to gift local + handmade- and it was very well received. Things are a bit different this year, but there are still many reasons why you may not be able to make it into the store- let us bring the store to you, virtually!

Market Collective is booking out 45 minute sessions before the store opens. We can arrange shipping to anywhere (book for an immediate date if you need shipping so it arrives on time), as well as local pick up or delivery!

Have a look through our website and social media to get some gift ideas, and then get ready to ask us all of the questions as someone from our team creates a personalized shopping experience for you.

Thank you for supporting local + handmade!


7. Laughter in the Rafters II

Where: Club KWENCH

When: Friday, December 17th

Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm


After a sold out first instalment of Laughter in the Rafters, be sure to not miss out on Laughter in the Rafters II!

Chelsea Lou! Dylan Williams! Emily Woods! Steve McMath! If you’re not laughing already, there’s still hope for you. Come get your laugh on with these It comedians at KWENCH’s Laughter in the Rafters II.

WARNING: Attending this event will cause repeated, strong abdominal contractions and loud throat sounds to occur in a public setting.


These are just a few events taking place this week- check out our events calendar here for more events downtown Victoria!

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