Weekend Planner: Dec 16

Venus Sophia Tea room image courtesy of Ritsuko Nishizawa, Stage Wine Bar image courtesy of Tourism Victoria

December 16th weekend


Another action packed weekend in Victoria; here are a few suggestions of how to enjoy the holiday season.


Friday night see Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol performed in a unique venue – Craigdarroch Castle.


Adapted as a one-man play by Jason Stevens, his performance has been described as “perfect” by the Oak Bay News. The show starts at 7 PM and runs for just over an hour, seating is limited and must be reserved in advance by calling 250-592-5323. After the show, head over to Stage Wine Bar in Fernwood village for a bite and a glass of wine. Their small plates include choices like roast baby carrots, cumin yoghurt & fried chickpeas or beef cheeks with Brussels sprouts and hazelnuts in brown butter. Yum.


Lots to do on Saturday including the Second Annual Figgy Pudding Carolling Competition. Hear carollers on downtown corner from 2 – 3 PM followed by awards and a group sing-a-long in Bastion Square at 3:15 at 3:15..


How about a break from the madding crowds to enjoy afternoon tea – the Fairmont Empress offers their famous tea with festive holiday treats including Christmas cake, mince tarts, ginger shortbread, and brandy cherry cheesecake.


Another lovely place for festive afternoon tea is the Venus Sophia Tea House “a charming oasis in the heart of Chinatown”. Their Christmas tea is served daily from 10 AM to 5 PM and includes home-made cranberry scones, tea sandwich selection of goat cheese and watercress, roasted red pepper with toasted pumpkin seeds and fresh basil, and eggplant caviar and for dessert surprise tarts, Christmas cookies, homemade ginger shortbread, Earl Grey shortbread and saffron chocolate hearts.


Visit Point Ellice House, an historic Victorian era property.  Tours of the festively decorated house and a special Christmas tea are available Saturday December 17th.  For reservations call 250-380-6506.


On Sunday, why not drive out of the city to find that perfect Christmas tree…or even cut down your own.  Visit the Jingle Bell Tree Farm in Saanichton. (saws are provided and the trees are baled for easy transportation).  With a petting zoo, farm animals and complimentary hot chocolate and coffee this is an outing for the whole family. Phone: 250-652-2771. Open December Weekends 10am to 4pm.


If you get hungry here are a couple of options – for a family friendly meal, try Adriana’s located in Saanichton for great Mexican food. .


For a truly spectacular meal,  try lunch at the Deep Cove Chalet Restaurant in Sidney. Reputed to be one of Vancouver Island’s best, this is a special occasion restaurant. Check out their price fixe lunches at  This may not be the best place to take the kids.


And here’s a heads up for next weekend – for a truly delicious festive treat, enjoy dinner at Sooke Harbour House and leave the driving to them. Take a luxury coach to a candle lit, romantic, multi-course dinner. They will pick you up either at Mayfair or Westshore Mall; you will be whisked away with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres served en route.


Relax and enjoy a spectacular multi-course dinner then return by coach… unless you decide to spend the night in one of their luxurious guest rooms. Friday Dec. 23rd only.




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