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  • Location:Victoria, Canada
  • Duration:Flexible

Best Butchart Gardens Holiday Lights Tour

Ride in a motorcoach to Victoria’s Butchart Gardens to experience one of the most magical displays of the holiday season. From December to early January, a festive array of tens of thousands of colored lights, evergreen swags and wreaths of holly and winterberries line Butchart Gardens' walkways and lampposts. Get in the holiday spirit with the Twelve Days of Christmas displays, enjoy live performances featuring traditional caroling and music in the Piazza or ice-skate around an outdoor rink. With three different departure times and return trips, including one with ample time to also dine at The Gardens, you can appreciate the glory of the twinkling lights at your leisure.


  • Butchart Gardens holiday tour from Victoria
  • Travel by motorcoach to Butchart Gardens
  • Skate around an outdoor ice rink
  • Admission to gardens included
  • Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens during the holiday season to enjoy the famous light display
  • Choice of departures throughout the day

What You Can Expect

Best Butchart Gardens Holiday Lights Tour

Butchart Gardens Holiday Lights

From downtown Victoria, depart in your motorcoach to Butchart Gardens, 14 miles (23 kilometers) away. Choose from a 2pm, 4:30pm or 6:30pm departure to view the former quarry right as the sun begins to set or deep into the evening. In the winter, the quarry’s 55-acres of lush vegetation transform into a twinkling wonderland of tens of thousands of lights, strung up into festive illuminations only viewable after the sun dips.

Wind your way through the winterberries, wreaths of holly and evergreen swags lit up in the holiday display. The illuminated walkways will also take you past the popular 12 Days of Christmas vignettes, which include colorful lights and charming figurines. To continue the feeling of holiday cheer, wander to the Piazza for rousing carols and traditional music performances. You can even don a pair of skates and glide around the 3,300-square foot (307-square meter) outdoor rink.

Choose from three return times—5:15pm, 7:30pm, and 9:15pm—to end your visit to this once-a-year attraction on your own time, with plenty of opportunity to soak up the holiday spirit before returning home.

If you’d like to maximize your time exploring the grounds of Butchart Gardens, choose the 4:30pm departure from Victoria and dine at the on-premise restaurant, The Gardens. For an additional cost, you can sample seasonal dishes and gaze out the floor to ceiling windows at the holiday display outside. Utilizing ingredients from local farms and purveyors, past dishes have included oven-roasted turkey served with seasonal root vegetables, organic squash bisque and a composed salad of winter greens.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The tour was fun, pick up at hotel, convenient hours, great price. What's not to love.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

The bus driver was informative and fun.
The gardens at Christmas were magnificent beyond description. What a good feeling it was to pull in on the bus, right up to the front past the hundreds of cars trying to get in and park. Well worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Driver was right on time, very personable and shared lots of interesting information about Victoria. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants a quick and affordable way to visit Butchart Gardens.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

The Gardens are awesome especially the Xmas lights at night.

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