19th Nov, 2009

Blustery, mustery vacation days

wind ross bay 

 Just as we predicted, the winter winds have arrived with a vengence! Ferrys are cancelled, rain is pelting down and up-Island, electricity is out. It’s exhilarating to walk down the street and feel the air pushing you along, to see the white capped waves break against the concrete and stone walls along the coast and to taste the salt spray on your lips and tongue.

This photo doesn’t do justice to the wildness of the weather, but it’s the closest we can come right now. So if you’re planning a trip to Victoria and you like wind, now’s the time!

If you aren’t a big fan of moving air, then we suggest that you come anyway, but be sure to build the events below into your stay here and wear warm clothing and a hat to keep your coif protected from the imps of the air! These are worth braving the elements for!

If you’ve got kids and are looking for something fun, Four Seasons Musical Theatre is presenting a musical adaption of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Steadfast Tin Solider at Spirit Square, just across from City Hall on December 21, just before the Santa Claus Parade - 2pm to 5 pm. This is sure to be a wonderful, well mounted production, and best of all, it’s free with a donation to the food bank.

Once that’s done, the kids of all ages will be cuing up for Santa’s arrival along Douglas Street. And then, move down to the harbour front to watch Santa and his reindeer perform the Nutcracker Ballet over the water in the Inner Harbour. Courtesy of the Inner Harbour Ferries, all proceeds from the hot chocolate and goodies will be going to support local charities. Bring food for the food bank, or a piece of warm clothing to donate to the local shelters, so they can give the homeless some warm clothing and food. If you miss this performance, don’t despair – this will be continuing all through the holiday season, so you can catch it another time – Saturday, November 21: Following the Island Farms Lighted Santa Parade. Friday, November 27: Following the Centennial Square Christmas Tree Light Up. Saturday, November 28. Friday, December 4. Saturday December 5: Following the Lighted Ships Parade in the Inner Harbour. Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12. Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19. So be sure to be downtown on one of those occasions to catch the water ballet.

As mentioned above, there are two more parades coming up – one on water and one on land. The Lighted Ship Parade commences Dec 5 at 7:15 pm – it’s worth coming out to see the lovely light decorations on the many ships in the city. And the Lighted truck parade is the same night – you can’t miss that!

If you’re more the indoor type, there’s lots going on – both seasonal and non-holiday type activities.

Stuart MacLean of the Vinyl Cafe will be in town November 30 to December 1 at the MacPherson Theatre. Get your tickets now – Dave is one of the most beloved and popular fictional characters in Canadian history, so there tickets will be going fast.

Direct from Zimbabwe Black Umfolosi will thrill the audience with their marvelous harmonies, gospel singing and gum boot dancing at Alix Goolden Hall Novbember 26. Tickets available from the McPherson Box Office in person, by phone at 250-386-6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca. (Christmas is Here).

Enjoy the music of the Beatles as the Fab Four recreate your favourite songs – their attention to detail makes them almost indistinguishable from the original band. At the Royal Theatre December 18.

While you’re enjoying all these events, and our wild, wonderful weather, we’ll welcome you back to the Admiral with a hot coffee, hot chocolate and our own warm and friendly atmosphere. We’re conveniently located adjacent to the Inner Harbour, just down the street from the Parliament Buildings and the RBC Museum, handy to all the action. In fact, if you book one of our Best View Rooms, we’ll bet that you can see the water ballet, the lighted ships AND the lighted trucks parade from the balcony of your room. Be sure to book with us for your holiday vacation, and we’ll be sure to keep the coffee fresh and hot!

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