Christmas in Sidney BC features a diverse array of events and festive celebrations for the entire family! We have curated a list of our favourite activities in Sidney this holiday season to share with you! Be sure to share the images you capture and tag us in them on Facebook and Instagram (@exploresidney) using the hashtag #christmasinsidney to show that Christmas in Sidney BC is a magical time!
Attend the Annual Merchants Open House & Kick Off to Christmas on November 30
On Friday November 30 from 5 to 8:30pm Sidney merchants are open late to celebrate the start of the holiday season with you. Along with festive treats and celebrations in stores, you can enjoy a free carriage ride and listen to carol singers as they stroll the town. Capture the memory of this special night at the Four Frames Photo Booth located outside Sabhai Thai. Be sure to make your dinner reservations now as it will be a busy night in Sidney.
Attend the Sidney Sparkles Parade & Lighted Sail Past
A long standing Christmas tradition for families far and near. The Sidney Sparkles Parade is taking place on Sunday, December 2 at 5pm which is directly followed by the lighted sail past along the waterfront. Bring a blanket, purchase a hot beverage from a local Sidney cafe and enjoy the show. The Sidney parade is guaranteed to bring joy to your heart and remind you of what the season is all about.
Enjoy a Festive Carriage Ride Around Sidney
Enjoy a horse and carriage ride with friends and family from December 1 to 23 in Sidney this Christmas. Be sure to book ahead as the tours fill up fast. Each carriage seats 6 people, the tour is 20 minutes and the cost is $40 per carriage. Blankets are provided however we suggest bringing a hot chocolate and a festive treat to enjoy along the way. Call 250-893-0093 for reservations.
Visit the Festival of Trees Display at Mary Winspear Centre
Take in the display of creatively decorated trees at the Mary Winspear Centre opening December 1st. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Peninsula Santas Helpers toy drive or an item for the Sidney Lions Food Bank and give back to the local community this holiday season. Be sure to vote for your favourite tree.
Enjoy a Walk Along Sidney’s Waterfront
Take time to enjoy the moment, slow things down and get outside to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds Sidney. Sidney is blessed with a stunning waterfront walkway with views that never bore. Be mindful this season and take time for outdoor activities. The Sidney fishing pier is the perfect place to take those family Christmas pictures and offers an opportunity to watch the wildlife that lives in our local waters.
Track Down the Gingerbread Houses Around Sidney & Enter to Win a Prize
Locate the festively decorated gingerbread houses located all around Sidney. Locate 12 of them and enter to win a prize by completing the entry form in the December events calendar (pick up at most coffee shops or at the Sidney Information Centre at 2281 Beacon Avenue).
Take in a Show at the Mary Winspear Centre
The Mary Winspear Centre is truly the event hub of the Saanich Peninsula. Event tickets make a fantastic gift so be sure to check out the event schedule at www.marywinspear.ca or visit the Sidney BIA on-line event calendar for a full line up of Sidney & Peninsula concerts and events.
Enjoy the Linden Singers as they Perform Traditional Carols Around Town
On Saturdays and Sundays from December 1 to 23 you will find The Linden Singers in Sidney sharing traditional carols to get you in the Christmas spirit. Check off your shopping list while listening to the sounds of your holiday favourites.
Visit Victoria Distillers for a Tour, a Tasting and a Seasonal Cocktail
Nothing signals the holidays have started more than a rum and egg nog. In Sidney we like to raise the bar a little so you can purchase a locally made rum “Sidney Spiced” by the one and only Victoria Distillers. Not only does the Distillery offer an impressive line up of locally made spirits (including the legendary Empress 1908 gin), they have an incredible selection of bar tools, cutting boards and glasses perfect for gift giving. Be sure to pick up a mini bottle of the Empress 1908 indigo coloured gin which makes the perfect little stocking stuffer. Cheers!
And if that was not enough to inspire you to experience Christmas in Sidney BC, we are pretty confident that this video will do the job: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jso4YDnnZaw
See you in Sidney this holiday season!