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Lights of Wonder at Christmas in Victoria

Lights of Wonder

A free attraction at Victoria’s Centennial Square, Lights of Wonder is a Christmas event with beautiful illuminations and live entertainment.

 

Downtown Victoria’s Lights of Wonder

A recent addition to the holiday season, Lights of Wonder made its first appearance in 2019. The 2020 edition was cancelled due to the pandemic, but the event returned in 2021. This past year it ran from December 16th to 31st.

The event takes place at Centennial Square. The plaza is located at 1 Centennial Square downtown, right near both City Hall and Chinatown. Around 500,000 lights were used in 2021 to create the displays which brighten the area with bedazzling trees as well various artistic creations.

It’s estimated that around 75,000 people visited Lights of Wonder in 2019. The 2021 was possibly around the same scale, and since it’s entirely outdoors there was no vaccine or mask mandate. Admission is free for everyone!

 

Holiday Lights in Centennial Square

 

The 2021 Event

Lights of Wonder ran from December 16th to 31st in 2021. On Fridays and Saturdays it was open from 4:00 to 10:00 pm and the rest of the week it closed at 9:00 pm. As mentioned above, there’s no admission fee or ticket required to check out the event.

The first night of the event on December 16th included a blessing and a performance from the Songhees Nation. The first 300 to arrive were also given a small present courtesy of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, who run Lights of Wonder.

The final night on New Year’s Eve was extended so the event closed at midnight rather than the usual time. This meant visitors could ring in 2022 while amongst all the lights.

When visiting Lights of Wonder, the main attraction is obviously the numerous displays of coloured lights around the square. There are trees covered in lights, artificial displays like an electric blue orca, a lit-up archway to walk through, and more.

There are also a couple vendors that sell hot chocolate and snacks, as well as a donation booth. The donation booth has a recipient each night that all donations go to. In 2021 the different organizations who took part were The Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army and Women In Need.

 

Christmas Illuminations at Lights of Wonder

 

Live Entertainment

On most nights there are one or two performances put on in the square. These are also free and a fun addition to the event. In 2021 there was entertainment from Wednesday to Sunday (with the exception of Christmas Day). The 2021 schedule is below.

  • Thursday, December 16th: Songhees Nation and Vancouver Island Chamber Choir & Edelweiss Dancers
  • Friday, December 17th: Passion & Performance Dance and Soul 62
  • Saturday, December 18thSaanich International Folk Dancers Society and the Chris Millington Quartet
  • Sunday, December 19thJaya Bremer Quintet and Theatre SKAM
  • Wednesday, December 22ndStephanie Greaves
  • Thursday, December 23rdTriple Threat Performers and Vinyl Wave
  • Friday, December 24thThe Festive Brass
  • Sunday, December 26thAn & Ben and Victoria Django Festival
  • Wednesday, December 29thCool As Ice – Ice Carving
  • Thursday, December 30thKaleidoscope Theatre and Nick LaRiviere and the Best Laid Plans
  • Friday, December 31stEsquimalt Nation and Cookeilidh

 

Other Information

For more information about the event visit the Lights of Wonder website.

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