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British Columbia

Victorian Christmas at the Grand Empress

Wondrous festive lights illuminate Victoria and the Inner Harbour! Celebrate at the Fairmont Empress, enjoy a festive light display at The Butchart Gardens and Tea at the Empress.
Rating (4.8)
Program No. 18099RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
2,249
British Columbia

Victorian Christmas at the Grand Empress

Wondrous festive lights illuminate Victoria and the Inner Harbour! Celebrate at the Fairmont Empress, enjoy a festive light display at The Butchart Gardens and Tea at the Empress.
Length
5 days
Starts at
2,249
Length
5 days
Rating (4.8)
Starts at
2,249
Program No. 18099RJ

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DATES & starting prices
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Dec 23 - Dec 27, 2023
Starting at
2,249
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Dec 23 - Dec 27, 2023
Starting at
2,879

At a Glance

Revel in the spirit of the season amid the history and ambiance of charming Victoria and the opulent, turn-of-the-century Empress Hotel. Presentations and field trips mingle with horse-drawn trolley rides and traditional sing-alongs as you stroll the historic streets of Victoria and learn of Canadian holiday traditions. On Christmas morning, immerse yourself in holiday atmosphere as carolers wander the hotel halls.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Easy walking on relatively flat terrain; optional stairs.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Witness the magical holiday transformation of magnificent Butchart Gardens with a display of thousands of twinkling lights.
  • Be regaled with true accounts of how Christmas was celebrated during the days of Fort Victoria and the gold-rush era.
  • Take part in one of Victoria’s grandest traditions — Afternoon Tea at the Empress — and top off Christmas Day with a festive dinner.

General Notes

Christmas dinner dress code is semi-formal, with a jacket and tie requested for gentlemen. Max of 80 participants, divided into groups for activities.
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Margaret Springer
For more than a decade, Margaret Springer was a television host and producer for Rogers and Shaw Community Channels, covering the arts community and local celebrities. She then spent three years a journalist for the Oak Bay News, covering local gardens, jewelry, flowers, lore and legend. As a result of interviewing Lawrie Wallace, the Queen's Secretary in British Columbia, Margaret was invited to the press reception aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, and was presented to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1983. Margaret has a keen interest in royal history and traditions, and is a frequent guest speaker on all things royal. For the past seven seasons, she has been an educational excursion leader at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, and has presented a series of lectures on the Royal Family and the traditions of afternoon tea.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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John Adams is the author of “Old Square-Toes and His Lady: The Life of James and Amelia Douglas.” Part historian and part storyteller, John has turned a passion for the past into a long career in history. His family-owned business, Discover the Past, provides a variety of historical educational programs for the community. His natural, lively, humorous and clear style makes his presentations both informative and memorable.
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Margaret Springer View biography
For more than a decade, Margaret Springer was a television host and producer for Rogers and Shaw Community Channels, covering the arts community and local celebrities. She then spent three years a journalist for the Oak Bay News, covering local gardens, jewelry, flowers, lore and legend. As a result of interviewing Lawrie Wallace, the Queen's Secretary in British Columbia, Margaret was invited to the press reception aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, and was presented to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1983. Margaret has a keen interest in royal history and traditions, and is a frequent guest speaker on all things royal. For the past seven seasons, she has been an educational excursion leader at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, and has presented a series of lectures on the Royal Family and the traditions of afternoon tea.
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