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Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2023 (Daily)
- SAVE 20% or more on round-trip Victoria Clipper ferry when booking 2-nights or more in Victoria. Kids 11 and under are half-price adult fare!
- See The Butchart Gardens come to life with a breathtaking display of more than 300,000 twinkling holiday lights
- Perfect for families visiting during the holidays, the kiddos will love counting all 12 Days of Christmas displays around the grounds
- Catch festive brass and traditional caroling performances nightly
- NOTE: Motorcoach transfer between downtown Victoria and The Butchart Gardens and back as well as Butchart Gardens admission tickets are included in this package.
About this Trip
Between Dec 1 – Jan 1, it’s holiday magic time at The Butchart Gardens during their annual 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Lights display! Hop on the Victoria Clipper fast ferry to travel from Seattle to Victoria and experience thousands of holiday lights and carolers at The Gardens! Soak in the sound of classic Christmas tunes as they float through the air or stop for a photo with Annabelle the carousel horse as you wander the grounds. Fan of holiday lights? This is an experience you’ll never forget!
Depart from downtown Seattle’s Pier 69 and cruise directly into downtown Victoria. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel before hopping on a deluxe motor coach at 4pm or 6pm Dec. 2-22 (Fri – Sun and Daily Dec. 23 – Jan 1) in front of The Fairmont Empress to head out to The Butchart Gardens. Stroll through the twinkling wonderland as more than 300,000 colorful lights illuminate the 55-acre grounds.
Keep your eyes peeled and see if you can spot all the enchanting 12 Days of Christmas displays. If you worked up an appetite strolling through the beautiful displays, consider capping off your day with a festive feast at Dining Room restaurant. Afterward, take any CVS departing bus from The Gardens at 7pm or 9pm Dec. 2-22 (Fri – Sun and Daily Dec. 23 – Jan. 1) for a relaxing ride back into Victoria.
On your second day in Victoria, grab brunch at one of the many excellent restaurants around town and use the rest of the day to explore the city and join in the holiday festivities before your early evening departure to Seattle. For more ways to help fill your day, check out a few of our favorite things to do:
- 10 Things to do in Victoria, BC this December (2022)
- Holiday Shopping
- How to Plan a Holiday Weekend Getaway in Victoria, BC
For more ideas, see 150 things to do in Victoria
Prices vary by season. Prices listed are minimum prices per adult. All applicable taxes included.
• Pricing in USD and may vary based on actual travel dates
• Best available rates based on 7-day minimum advance purchase
• Rates may be higher per segment of travel for Fri/Sat departures from Seattle and Sun departures from Victoria
• Children pay 50% of adult fare when booked in conjunction with an overnight package
• Passport, Passport Card or EDL required when crossing an international border
• A fuel surcharge, port and security fee may be added to all Victoria / Seattle fares
• Restrictions apply, subject to change
"Butchart is beautiful any time of year, but especially so in December! The lights are fantastic and the whole place is just magical. It’s very easy to spend several hours walking around."
- Diane A., Victoria, BC TripAdvisor
"The Butchart Gardens Christmas lights are a magical addition to an already amazing place. The Gardens are decorated in the 12 days of Christmas theme and they really nailed it with the array of colors and designs! Beautiful and magical!"
- Chivohvoh TripAdvisor
"The gardens themselves were indescribable; without exaggeration, truly one of the most beautiful spots on planet earth. This trip is something I will never forget!"
- Ron R., Andover, MA TripAdvisor