26th Nov, 2009

Moody, dark November holidays

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“November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,” declared Meg March, in Louisa May Alcott’s immortal Little Women. While her sister, Jo, felt that was the reason she was born in it, truth was that Jo brought light and laughter to everyone around her. November in Victoria, especially this year, is much as Meg described it – but like Jo, we at the Admiral endeavour to bring light and laughter to our guests, and to you, our readers. 

If you have kids who like to read, or you yourself like kids books, head on over to the Fairfield Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Road, on Saturday November 28, between 1:30 and 3:30 for the CWILL BC’s Kid’s Book Bash. Some of Victoria’s best kids authors are going to be there, just hanging out to meet some of their readers. If you’ve always wanted to meet Julie Lawson, or Fiona Bayrock, shake hands with Jeff Rud or check out Kit Pearson’s history, or see just how much Bev. Cooke really knows about subway societies and feral cats this is the place to be! Books will be on sale.

If you can brave the weather, the Empress has introduced walking tours around the city. Led by Mandy Kray the tours feature the history of the Empress hotel – from how it was built on water, some tales of its undeniably scandoulous architect, Francis Rattenbury, gossip about past guests, including the founder of world-famous Roger’s chocolates and maybe even some dishing about Hollywood celebrities who have stayed at the hotel. Email Mandy at walkabouts@shaw.ca for details of her walking tours.

The Butchart Gardens is preparing for Christmas – beginning December 1, their wonderful Christmas light show begins, and it’s a real treat. If you haven’t yet been to it, be sure to plan a visit this year. Arrive after dark and the gardens are a magical place with the lights and the surprises all through the landscape. Stop after your tour and have a hot chocolate. For transportation out, you can drive, take the city bus or take the “Grey Line’s Butchart Gardens/ Victoria City Combination Tour & Butterfly Gardens”. Call Grey Lines for details, 250-388-6539 or 1-800-663-8390.

You might want to take in the carillon light-up this year. Ring in the season with the RBCM’s third annual sing-along concert. Live music will be provided by Provincial Carilloneur Rosemary Laing, members of the Newcombe Singers and you! Song sheets will be available long with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. The event takes place outdoors so dress appropriately. Following the concert, the Carillon will be lit for the season.

Beginning December 5, Kaleidoscope Theatre presents The Best Christmas Pagent Ever. If you don’t know the book, or the film, this is a great chance to get introduced to one of the best, and funniest, Christmas stories around. The Herdman kids are the worst kids in the world, and their misdeeds are the stuff of legend around town. Kids (and adults) walk in fear of them all, so you can imagine the horror (and hilarity) that ensues when they get involved in the town’s church Christmas pageant.  Dec 5, 11, 12 and 13.

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The Nutcracker Suite is coming to Victoria – watch this space for more information about the Canadian Pacific Ballet’s presentation of selections from this beloved seasonal favourite.

Like Meg, many in Victoria feel that November is a disagreeable month – but not at the Admiral. Enter our warm, cozy lobby, curl up in one of the soft and cuddly couches and enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee while we clean your room. If you feel like going out, let our front desk staff put together an itinerary specially for you, based on your interests and desires. Holiday season is approaching and we’d love to have you stay with us during the festive time of year. Be sure to check our specials and deals page before you book. Situated adjecent to the inner harbour, you won’t find better downtown harbour accommodation anywhere in town.

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