3rd Dec, 2009

Holly, Jolly vacation getaway

christmas-132It may be Advent in other parts of the world, but here in Victoria, we’re definitely practicing our “ho-ho-hos”! If you’re planning to come to Victoria for any part of December (and we’d love to see you here at the Admiral – check our specials and deals pages for some great prices) you’ll have your pick of activities. We’ll keep you informed right here on the blog, beginning with this weekend:

cary chowCary Chow is one of Canada’s foremost concert pianists, and he’s performing here in Victoria for one night only, December 4 7:30 pm. Tickets are available through the MacPherson boxoffice, and the venue is the Alix Goolden Hall. Come hear Cary play the music of Rachmaninov, Brahms, Lizt and Chopin. His intense yet engaging stage presence is “a composite of Vladimir Horowitz and Ozzy Osbourne”. The breadth of his repertoire extends from J.S. Bach to Franz Liszt to George Crumb and beyond, and he seamlessly traverses these epochs and genres.

lighted shipDecember 5 is the lighted ships parade in the Inner Harbour at 7:15. Be sure to look for the hot chocolate and revel in what our mariners can do with their ships and some coloured lights – especially as it reflects in the water of the harbour. Then, keep your eyes and ears open for the next parade – only this time on land!

lighted truck parade

That’s right, it’s the lighted truck parade right after the lighted ships – be sure not to miss their wonderful trek through Victoria. The route starts at Ogden point at 5:45. They wind their way along the waterfront and Dallas Road/Beach Drive, through Oak Bay, then down Yates Street and through the downtown to Belleville, where they turn onto Government and head out to the Western Communities. They should be down in our area just about the time the lighted boats festival winds up, so be sure to stay around to see them.

If theatre is more your taste, then be sure to check out the Best Chistmas Pageant Ever - a hilarious and heartwarming story of a town’s worst nightmare come true – the worst kids in town invade the Christmas pagent. Dec 5 & 11 at 7 pm, Dec. 6 & 12 at 2 pm at the MacPherson Theatre.

The Carillon lightup and sing a long at the Royal BC Museum starts at 4:30 pm on December 6. Ring in the season with the Provincial Carilloneur Rosemary Laing, choir members and your voice. Songs sheets will be available along with free hot chocolate and cookies.

From December 7 to 11, get your voices in shape for the season by dropping by city hall and sing along with local school choirs. Second floor of city hall.

Keep watching the Admiral Inn’s blog for more information on what’s going on in this city as Christmas draws closer. Be sure to stop in and inquire about our seaonsal rates (or check our deals and specials page) and book your winter holiday with us now. For a limited time only, we have two tickets available (plus an extra special discount rate) for the Canadian Pacific Ballet’s production of Nutcracker suite and the Sugar Plum Fair. Call for details.

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