Where to Dine Out on Christmas Day: 2014

With Christmas right around the corner, many of us have begun to feel that old familiar mix of excitement and, well, panic. Suddenly, so much to do and so little time! Then on top of all the planning and shopping is the great Christmas dinner — who will step forward to take on the task of cooking? 

Yes, the holiday season is all about family, festivities and food, though not everyone is over-the-top inspired to don the apron and station themselves in the kitchen for days on end. Maybe you’re travelling this Christmas and will be away from home, or maybe you just don’t do Christmas. But you still need to eat, right?

Fortunately Victoria boasts a variety of hotels and restaurants to meet your holiday dining needs, and we’ve compiled a list of just who is open on Christmas eve and day. It can be tricky at the best of times finding the right place to eat, especially during the holidays. We’ve put together a list of options in town that will suit a variety of appetites on Christmas day.

Be sure to double check each place’s website for hours, prices and times, and make sure to CALL AHEAD and reserve your table!

Blue Crab

Three course menu: $65.00 (2:00 PM to 8:30pm)

Phone: (250) 480-1999


Butchart Gardens

The Dining Room: serving a 5 course Christmas dinner- $80.00

The Blue Poppy: winter themed menu – varied prices

Telephone to reserve your seat: 250-652-8222


Chateau Victoria – Clives Classic Lounge

Standard Menu and Drinks

Telephone: 250-361-5684


The Hotel Delta – Lure Restaurant

3 course dinner – $54.00 (bar seating only at this point)

Telephone: 250-360-5873


Fairmont Empress

Christmas Eve Dinner (Dec 23 and 24): $65.00 per adult, $32.50 per child

Christmas Buffet Brunch: $45.00 per adult, $22.50 per child (Reservations 8am – 1pm)

Christmas Day Buffet: $99.00 per person, $49.50 per child (Starts at 3:00pm)

Full Christmas Dinner in the dining room: -$165.00 per adult,  $82.50 per child (Reservations starting at 4:15 pm)

Telephone: 250 389-2727


The Marriott Hotel – Fire and Water 

Festive Dinner Buffet: $85.00

Phone: (250) 480-3800


Laurel Point Inn – Aura Restaurant 

Brunch in the Terrace Ballroom: Adults $65.00 – Children 6 $32.50 – under 5 free (10:00am to 2:00pm)

Telephone: (250) 414-6739


Oak Bay Marina Restaurant – WAITLIST ONLY

Christmas Eve: 5-7pm (regular menu and special 3 course Holiday Menu $45.00)

Add your name to the waitlist: (250) 598-8555


Strathcona Hotel – Sticky Wicket Pub

Christmas: 2 Course dinner (prime rib or turkey) – $28.00

Turkey only: – $22.00

Phone: (250) 383-7137


Sooke Harbour House

Christmas: 4 course dinner – $95.00

(250) 642-3421

Reservations only (later seating available at this point)


Swans Hotel

Christmas Breakfast Buffet: $23.00 (9:00am – 1:00pm)

Christmas Dinner: 3 Course menu – $45.00

Phone: (250) 361-3310


Harbour Towers – Vic Steak House 

Christmas Eve: Four course menu- $42.00 (4:30-8:30pm)

Telephone: (250) 480-6578


Westin at Bear Mountain – Bella Montagna

Holiday Luncheon: Thursday and Friday until December 19, – $29.00 per person.  (11:30 – 2:00pm)

Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet, Christmas Brunch & Dinner: Adults – $63.00, Children 6-12- $30.00

Telephone: (250) 391-7160 Toll Free: (888) 533-2327



Written By:

Holly Brooke is a true B.C. gal. Having lived on the west coast most of her life, except for several years in the Kootenay's where she canoed and fished and lived in a tipi, she's very much at home outdoors and in the kitchen. ...

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