By continuing to use this website, you consent to cookies. Please review our Privacy Policy for further details.

Victoria + Butchart Gardens Christmas

Location: Vancouver Island
Duration: 12.5 Hours
Age Limit: For All Ages
Victoria + Butchart Gardens Christmas


Your journey begins with a 90-minute BC Ferries cruise. Bundle up and enjoy the scenery from your vessel’s outdoor viewing deck or simply relax as your ship travels through the Strait of Juan de Fuca and past the Gulf Islands. Discover the charming city of Victoria where Christmas lights adorn landmarks like the Fairmont Empress, Parliament Buildings, and boats docked in the Inner Harbour. Next up you’ll visit the Butchart Gardens Christmas displays! Stroll along pathways and wind through the Gardens’ festive poinsettias, dainty snowdrops, and displays focused on the Twelve Days of Christmas. Watch out for mistletoe (unless you’re wanting a smooch or two) and experience the thousands of sparkling lights for yourself!

If you are seeking to inquire about our Private Charter services, please call our Contact Centre at 604-451-1600 for further information.

Tour Highlights

Enjoy a scenic 90-minute BC Ferries cruise through the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Explore Victoria’s festive adornments, including the Christmas decor at the Fairmont Empress and Parliament Buildings.
Visit Butchart Gardens’ enchanting Christmas displays.

Tour Stops

Next stop: adventure! Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing has created an itinerary that gives you the perfect amount of time at each noteworthy tour spot. For something a little off the beaten path, ask our guides. They are always happy to show you a few hidden gems as well!
Stunning view of Vancouver City and mountains from The Lookout, a must-visit attraction for breathtaking scenery.
Victoria Inner Harbour

Victoria is a beautiful oceanside city rich in history, stunning natural beauty, and cultural traditions. Drive along Government Street and sightsee through North America’s second oldest Chinatown. Go for a stroll along the Inner Harbour’s boardwalk while staring up at the majestic Parliament Buildings and Empress Hotel. Depending when you visit, you might be able to participate in one of the many festivals hosted at the Inner Harbour. These celebrations include Victoria’s famous Christmas lights displays.

Sparkling Christmas lights brighten up the garden
The Butchart Gardens - Christmas

Each year, Victoria’s Butchart Gardens delight 1 million visitors with its over 22 hectares of beautifully manicured gardens and landscapes. The holiday season in particular offers guests and locals the chance to walk through tens of thousands of sparkling lights. Bundle up for a festive stroll along pathways decorated with traditional Christmas garlands and displays depicting scenes from the Twelve Days of Christmas. Renowned as a National Historic Site of Canada, the Butchart Gardens during Christmas are a site not to be missed.

Additional Details

Each of our tours shine a spotlight on Vancouver, Victoria, and Whistler’s most iconic landmarks, neighborhoods, and natural parks while guests listen to live narration from our expert guides. The vehicles at Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing all have oversized, tinted windows, which are specifically designed for sightseeing. You won’t miss a thing!

BC Ferries

A floating kaleidoscope of breathtaking scenery, BC Ferries delivers 90 minutes of “wow” to and from Vancouver Island on our Victoria + Butchart Gardens tours. Take a seat and enjoy the voyage across Juan de Fuca Strait and through the Gulf Islands. Or step outside for a closer look and some fresh, salty sea air. Don’t be surprised if you see seals and maybe even a private porpoise or whale show. Onboard amenities include a self-serve restaurant and kid’s entertainment area.



Please Note:

Prices include attraction admission and taxes. Gratuity is optional and is not included in the price. If you feel our staff have gone above and beyond your expectations, gratuity will be greatly appreciated.

Frequently Asked Questions

It takes about 90 minutes to reach Vancouver Island from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. BC Ferries does have several onboard amenities, including a self-serve restaurant, kid’s entertainment area, and washrooms.

Yes. You can purchase food at BC Ferries’ onboard café and full buffet.

It depends on the season. In spring and summer, tour guests will have approximately 2 to 2.5 hours of free time. During the winter, guests will have about 1.5 hours of free time.

Enjoy the Inner Harbour’s quaint shops, cafes, restaurants, and galleries. Sip some afternoon tea at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel or explore the spectacular provincial Parliament Buildings. When in doubt, ask your guide for their recommendations on how to best enjoy your time in Victoria.

Yes, all public areas are wheelchair accessible. The only exception is a viewpoint area within the Sunken Garden known as “The Mound.”

Related Activities

Guided Tour

Grouse Mountain + Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Starting from $223
Guided Tour

Victoria + Butchart Gardens

Starting from $263
Guided Tour

Whistler and Sea To Sky Gondola

Starting from $209
Guided Tour

Vancouver City + Capilano Suspension Bridge

Starting from $154
Guided Tour

Vancouver City + The Lookout

Starting from $89
Guided Tour

Stanley Park + City Twilight Tour

Starting from $35
Guided Tour

Vancouver City + Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights

Starting from $154
Guided Tour

Victoria + Butchart Gardens Christmas

Starting from $263