THE OWL DESIGNER FAIR
Take time for one of Victoria’s most creative holiday fairs happening at the Fernwood Community Centre. Come meet local designers and enjoy their handmade or upcycled creations. This event is wheelchair and stroller friendly, accompanied by live music, and fun for any age.
Dec. 5, 6–10 p.m., Dec. 6, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave.
Admission: $3 at the door for adults
This is an all-ages event and for more information visit fernwoodnrg.ca
Market Square mistletoe is back! Bring your sweetie and give them a smooch under the largest mistletoe in the city. Volunteers will be around to take photos and your photo can be entered to win round-trip passes for two aboard the Clipper to downtown Seattle.
Dec. 6, noon–3 p.m.
Market Square Main Gate, 560 Johnson St.
For more information visit marketsquare.ca
FREE DRUMMING WORKSHOP
Fairfield United Church will be hosting a free drumming workshop for percussionists of all levels. Come jam out with your neighbours and learn some new skills. Drums are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have one.
Dec. 18, 7–8:30 p.m.
Fairfield United Church, 1303 Fairfield Rd (at Moss St.)
For more information visit drumvictoria.com
GOVERNMENT HOUSE FREE PUBLIC TOURS
Visit the the Government House this holiday season for free tours of the facility. Learn about the Lieutenant Governors responsibilities, enjoy the elaborate architecture, and meander through the gardens that overlook the ocean.
Dec 20, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Government House, 1401 Rockland Ave.
For more information visit ltgov.bc.ca
FREE JAZZ AND BLUES AT THE BENGAL LOUNGE
Head to the Empress for an all-ages evening filled with smooth blues and jazz music. Maureen Washington performs with her quartet featuring Daniel Cook, Joey Smith, and Damian Graham. Washington will be performing holiday classics and original contemporary pieces at the Bengal Lounge.
Dec. 6, 8–11 p.m.
The Empress, 721 Government St.
For further information please visit maureenwashington.ca
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISER
Come down to the Makehouse for a family-inspired evening featuring a holiday relic. A Charlie Brown Christmas will be performed live by local musicians Brent Jarvis, Sean Drabitt, and John Lee. This event features free popcorn, and proceeds will be donated to The Mustard Seed.
Dec. 13, 4:30–6 p.m., Doors at 4 p.m.
The Makehouse, 833 ½ Fort St.
Admission: $10, kids under 12 are free
Tickets available at the Makehouse (cash only). Visit themakehouse.ca for more information
ANOTHER PUNK ROCK CHRISTMAS
Head down to Logan’s and see Angry Snowmans and Orange Krush for all your holiday punk favourites. A tradition since 2008, Angry Snowmans (Christmascore) invite you to drink beer and slamdance with your friends. It’s going to be a loud and rowdy evening.
Dec. 20, 9 p.m.–1 a.m., Doors at 8 p.m.
Logan’s Pub, 1821 Cook St.
For more information visit livevictoria.com
KANDLE & THE KROOKS TRIO SHOW
Victoria native Kandle Osborne returns home, bringing the Krooks and Sarah Osborne with her. This sultry songstress has provocative lyrics and a hauntingly electrifying sound. Featuring a collaboration with Sam Goldberg Jr. of Broken Social Scene, this show is a must see.
Dec. 21, 8 p.m.
Lucky Bar, 517 Yates St
Tickets available at Lyles Place, Ditch records, or online at ticketweb.ca
Ballet Victoria, in association with the Victoria Symphony, presents an original Christmas story to the soundtrack of The Nutcracker. The Gift is a contemporary piece with new characters inspired by the movie Frozen.
Dec. 27–29, 2 p.m.
Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St.
Admission: starting at $30
For more information visit rmts.bc.ca