Judging by Victoria’s jam-packed calendar, there’s more than a trio of holiday happenings to make the 20-plus crowd feel like the under-10s this season. We’ve handpicked a few events guaranteed to leave you feeling festive—and spry.
Get Your Gingerbread On at the Cottage Bakery
Cottage Bakery & Café
1267 Fairfield Road
December 5 & 12
Call to book: 778.433.2412
Fairfield’s cheery Cottage Bakery & Café is hosting kid and adult-friendly gingerbread house decorating sessions. And guess what? The bakery tackles all of the structural labour so you can focus on your edible crib’s curb appeal — the reason you slog through the blueprints and baking in the first place. Co-owners (and sisters) Meleah and Katy supply a range of confectionery bling to help you make a maison your own.
Bonus: Proceeds benefit a children’s charity — another reason to skip the heavy lifting and get right to the good stuff.
Watch the Truck Parade at Kate’s Café
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
There’s nothing quite like a parade to leave you waxing nostalgic. If you’ve never taken part, Victoria’s Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive hosted by the Island Equipment Owners Association (IEOA) is a seasonal good time: industrial vehicles and vintage fire engines snake from Ogden Point to the Western Communities festooned with lights and pumping the holiday jingles. Even better? The event supports local food banks.
For a third year, Kate’s Café at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is offering front-row parade seating on its licensed patio, complete with heaters, warm drinks, bites and entertainment. For kids and big kids who like to enjoy their roadside festivities in style.
Insider intel: Arrive early to Kate’s if you plan to claim a spot. The café will accept non-perishable food bank donations, so take your contributions along.
Ride the Ferris wheel in Centennial Square
November 28 – December 20, 2015
Fridays: 5-9 pm | Saturdays 12-9 pm | Sundays 12-7pm
Looking to recapture the wonder of youth? Take a spin on the Ferris wheel in Centennial Square. A holiday institution sponsored by the Downtown Victoria Business Association, we think the big wheel is best experienced at nightfall. For a toonie, you can feel the breeze on your face and the chill in your mitts as you admire the twinkling lights of downtown. Or ride the rails with your sweetheart and make out like it’s 1999.
Pro tip: It’s hardly the Zipper, but a word to the wise: save the spiked ‘nog for afters.
Photo: Andy Nystrom via Flickr