You will be enjoying outdoor activities today. Please dress warmly for winter weather.
Buffet breakfast at hotel.
Enjoy some free time this morning - take a walk by the waterfront or enjoy Christmas morning Church services nearby. The historic Empress Hotel Library is a great location to enjoy a peaceful Christmas morning as well.
Enjoy the Festive Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress. Savour an array of gourmet finger sandwiches, delicate pastries and sip the original blend of "The Empress Tea". With its chic ambience, lovely moldings and polished, hard wood floors, this is truly an exceptional experience for everyone!
This afternoon we depart for the renowned Butchart Gardens. The Gardens boast fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display, meandering paths and expansive lawns. Truly one of the loveliest corners in the world, the gardens are always in season. They are particularly intriguing during the holiday season, when tens of thousands of colored lights combine with evergreen swags and wreaths of holly and winter berries to line walkways and festoon lamp posts in the gardens. The ever-popular Twelve Days of Christmas displays are tucked away within The Gardens and a recreational skating rink creates a truly spectacular winter wonderland.
Savor a festive five course buffet, Empress style in the magnificent Shaughnessy Ballroom, beautifully decorated for the festive season. In appreciation of this special occasion, this event has a semi-formal dress code with a jacket and tie requested for gentlemen; women typically wear short or long, cocktail-style dresses or pantsuits. Cash bar available.
End the evening on a cozy Christmas note in Q Bar and enjoy the beautiful view of the Inner Harbor, watch the lights on the yachts as they bob in the water, or find a warm spot around the fireplace.