This is my second article on Christmas lights in Victoria, as I did one last year after a radio chat on Shirley Broback’s CFAX 1070 show. On the show we were discussing Christmas events in Victoria and got on the discussion of Christmas lights, and I vowed to take my children in our baby-mobile (mini van) and do some primary market research leading up to a blog post.
The blog post was very well received, and now, with some time for retrospection and experience under my belt, I’m doing an update to help guide parents on where to take their wee ones, and adding some advice, too. Although there are dozens of great Christmas events in Victoria, checking out Victoria’s Christmas lights remains one of my family’s favourite activities of the season.
To start your Victoria Christmas lights tour, it’s best to take children right after dinner, or build dinner into the trip.
For me, I like to break up the trip a bit, and so hit up some good lights, do a dinner break, and then hit up some more lights. Also, if the kidlets are quite young, a good tip I heard from a ChatterBlock mom was to take the kids out in their pajamas, though this might be best after dinner at home, first.
Also, its good to have destinations in mind before leaving the house — I learned this the hard way. There are streets where most of the neighbours get together and put on a truly spectacular display of lights. These are the destinations. I highlight three of these areas below.
But, another idea, when your travelling between Christmas Lights destination areas, maybe drive down some side streets, and see some random, nice Christmas lights too.
1200 Block of Alan Road (off Wilkinson) – this is pretty much a must see. It can be busy, though, so drive slow and watch out for children walking the street.
8021 Block of Galbraith Crescent (Saanich Peninsula) – if you’re not familiar with this street, make sure you have good map directions ahead of time.
1100 – 1200 Block, Marin Park Close (near Butchart Gardens) – maybe take a trip to both Galbraith and Marin Park Close, as they are both near(ish) each other?
If you are in the Westshore area, David Dronsfield at 2622 Peatt Road usually puts on the best figurines display. Downtown, Capital Iron does a great lights display.
Butchart Gardens – very worth seeing the 12 days of Christmas through the gardens. Heritage Acres – they do a good Christmas display, and I believe Santa might visit too? Navy Ships Light-up – at CFB Esquimalt. Usually starts mid December and worth checking out.
Play good old fashion Christmas music on the trip. Get excited about the lights, and the kids will generally get excited too. Drive safe, its dark, maybe wet, and don’t get too stressed about having the kids home on time. Happy light hunting!
Christmas Events: ChatterBlock has a huge list of great Christmas events for kids and families in Victoria.
Winter Break Camps For Kids: If you are a parent with school aged children, you may also want to check out the list of winter break kids camps available throughout Greater Victoria.