18099
Victoria
Victorian Christmas at the Grand Empress
Celebrate Christmas at the Grand Empress Hotel, enjoying local traditions, choral performances, a lights display at Butchart Gardens and of course — Afternoon Tea at the Empress!
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Program No. 18099RJ
Length
5 days
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1,545
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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
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

The rooms available for this program date have one bed per room, therefore we cannot offer roommate services on this program. Christmas dinner dress code is semi-formal, with a jacket and tie requested for gentlemen. Note: Program limited to 80 participants, divided into smaller groups for most 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.
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