Butchart Gardens gears up for the holidays

Gardens kick off 26th year of festive displays on Saturday, Dec. 1

Alejandra Resendiz puts some of the finishing touches on the lights at Butchart Gardens Nov. 27. The gardens officially open for Christmas Dec. 1.

The Butchart Gardens open their gates for a 26th year of festive Christmas displays and entertainment on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The world-renowned gardens feature the traditional displays that include tens of thousands of coloured lights and Christmas decorations including evergreen boughs and wreaths of holly and winter berries.

The displays take about two months to set up said public relations liaison Graham Bell and the gardens shuffle around staff from various departments each year to achieve the grand displays that light up the gardens.

“We have staff move positions from areas where we don’t need them so we have as many hands as possible working on the lights and displays,” Bell said, adding the gardens even have one of their chefs from the restaurant helping out getting the thousands of lights up.

Again this year the Twelve Days of Christmas displays will be tucked away in various locations around the gardens and traditional caroling and music will be featured from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Piazza every night.

“It’s going to be the traditional Christmas that everyone has come to know Butchart for,” said Bell.

The gardens will also be featuring outdoor skating again this year on their 465 sq. m (5,000 sq. ft.) ice surface during admission hours.

Those interested in skating can drop in at their leisure or can book a scheduled time by visiting the gardens’ visitor information centre. Skate times run on the hour and last for 40 minutes and skates are available for rental for those that don’t have their own.

For more information on the holiday season at Butchart Gardens call 250-652-4422 or visit butchartgardens.com.

Victoria Royals hit the ice Dec. 9 at The Butchart Gardens

From 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 the Victoria Royals will be at The Butchart Gardens. The public will have a chance to skate with the players, meet the team and get autographs. Don’t forget your camera!

 

 

Just Posted

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Colwood square dancing open house to welcome in new dancers

“It’s therapy,” said long-time square dancer Linda Townsend

Tour Government House and other homes, enjoy art along the way

The Art Gallery’s 66th annual House Tour features artists at work, artistic floral displays

Christian bookstore’s Victoria location marks 80 years in business

The store opened on corner of Douglas Street, View Street in 1939

Green candidate expects a tight race in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke

David Merner says Green Party would act as “strong moral conscience” in a minority Parliament

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

B.C. police watchdog to investigate man’s head injury during RCMP arrest

Suspect fled on a bicycle and fell off when an officer attempted to stop him

Nanaimo company gets licence to test psychedelic drugs for therapy treatment

Salvation Botanicals interested in manufacturing, testing and research and development

Most Read