The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have been to visit, wowing crowds outside the legislature and Christchurch Cathedral (you must visit and see the new stained glass window they dedicated!), Remembrance Day has come and gone with its bittersweet evocation of loss and heroism and despair and hope.
Advent, for those who follow the Christian liturgical year, is almost upon us. For the Orthodox, it begins November 15, and for the Western Christian church, November 29. Those weeks lead up of course, to Christmas, possibly the biggest commercial holiday in the world. At the Admiral, we aren’t yet decorated, but we’re thinking about the entire holiday, and hoping to make it a home away from home for you.
In the meantime, Victoria is certainly getting ready for the big celebration, and continuing our proud tradition of never letting the fun stop. November 21 is the Santa Claus parade, sponsored by Island Farms Dairy and one of the biggest events of the year. But before that, we are proud to announce that Jann Arden will be performing at the Memorial Save On Foods arena on the night of November 17. Tickets on sale now, get yours, they’re going fast. And the very next night, Kelly Clarkson, again for one night only, also at the Memorial Save On Foods arena – be sure not to miss her. But if you do, then hustle your buns back down to the ticket office for her New Year’s Eve concert – same venue. On November 20, KraftyKuts, the internationally acclaimed DJ will be appearing at Sugar – 858 Yates Street – be sure not to miss him. Also appearing in Victoria: Alison Crowes at Alix Goolden Hall on November 28.
The Out of Hand Craft show is getting underway Nov 21-23. Not just another craft fair, the Out of Hand Fair is Victoria’s premier showcase for contemporary crafts and artisan food from across Canada. This show has a well deserved national reputation for presenting high quality, original work. It is an excellent opportunity to view contemporary Canadian crafts and meet the artists. 2009 marks the twenty-first anniversary for Victoria’s favourite show, and the fair is moving across the street to the newly renovated Crystal Gardens: a magnificant glass-roofed heritage building.
Nov. 22, the Victoria Symphony, under the direction of Maestra Tania Miller will perform works by Haydn, Prokofiev and Mozart. Featuring soprano Nancy Argenta, this will be a night to remember.
As the holiday season gets closer, be sure to give the Admiral a call for your out of town guests, or if you are coming to town to spend the holidays with friends or family. We’ll extend the joy and festive nature of the day for you, with our friendly, warm atmosphere, spotlessly clean and comfortable rooms, as well as our Christmas Eve “At Home” gathering. We would love to have you stay with us on this most festive of days, and we’ll do all we can to ensure your stay is comfortable, relaxing and homey. Located just minutes from the heart of downtown Victoria, the Admiral Inn is adjacent to the Inner Harbour and gives spectacular views of Victoria’s waterfront. You can’t do better with inner harbour accommodations and you can’t go wrong with our home made muffins (Rita bakes them every day), our friendly and helpful staff and our gorgeous location.