19th Nov, 2010

Christmas is – sigh – almost here

glum christmas

Not that we here at the Admiral dislike Christmas. But, like a lot of the rest of the world, we’re never ready for it, decorations go up too early and, y’know . . . there’s a lot of hassle and stress around it. So, in the spirit of trying to find the spirit to get into the spirit of Christmas (and if you followed that, you win an all expense paid vacation to a summer logic camp of your choice!) we’re showing you some of the season around Victoria.

santa parks

November 27 is quite the day here in town – it starts off with the city offering two free hours of parking between 11 am and 2 pm, for those who need to be down here, or for those looking for an edge for the Christmas list – save on time, temper and parking fees!

horse drawn trolley

And while you’re down here, check out the free trolley rides from 11 am to 3 pm at their usual locations. Always wanted to ride in a horse & trolley? Now’s the time.

Once you’ve done that, be sure to look for the Parade Warm up event from 4 to 6 pm. Not sure where it is, but it’ll be bound to be noticable, if only for the crowds.

santa claus

Then, at 5:30 pm, the main event – the big show, the centre of all the excitement and fun – that’s right, it’s the annual Island Farms Santa Claus Parade. Expect to be crowded and have fun – upwards of 40,000 people are expected at this year’s parade (they’re giving Symphony Splash a run for their money!).

ferry ballet

(If you look to the very far right of the upper quadrant, you’ll see the Admiral’s tower in this photo!)

After the parade, meander down to the harbour to see a real, home grown, waterbased treat. The Victoria Harbour Ferries will be performing a Santa Ballet. That’s right, folks, you heard it here first – ballet with ferry boats. This is one of the highlights of the early season, and there’s rumours of hot chocolate too. If you miss the 27th, don’t despair beause there will be several more evenings of the ballet – December 4, 11 and 18.

 butchard gardens lights

And who could go without mentioning The Butchart Gardens Christmas display? Starting December 1 and running until the New Year, this is a definite do not miss. The gardens, beautiful at any time of year and day, are absolutely magical when seen in all their Christmas finery. Enjoy the walk through a fairyland of lights and music provided by some of Victoria’s best muscians and singers. Enjoy the window displays and maybe even bring your skates, and have a skate on the ice rink. Warm up with hot chocoloate or dinner, or just a snack in the snack bar. Come early and stay late, and make it yearly tradition.

Well. That worked! I’m all ready to haul out the holly, deck the halls and fatten up the goose (and put a penny in the old man’s hat)! I’m just not sure I’m ready to do all that Christmas shopping! No matter – I’ll curl up before the Admiral’s lounge fire, have a hot chocolate and wait for you to check in. We do hope you’ll join us this holiday season – and to sweeten the pot, we have some marvellous seasonal specials on – check the website or the specials page here on the blog. We’re cheap, we’re warm, we’re homey and we’re spotlessly clean. And we want to welcome you to our city and our hotel.

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