Christmas holiday

The Victoria Police Department is warning people not to leave presents in their cars this holiday season. (Victoria Police Department/Screenshot)

Grinches are prowling for presents this year, Victoria police warn

VicPD reminds people to remove valuables and lock car doors

 

Christmas light display, no date. Stock photo

British Columbians urged to prevent fires involving holiday decorations

Office of the Fire Commissioner has reported 113 Christmas-related fires in B.C. in the past decade

 

A giant star hoisted onto the back of a Colwood home can be seen from West Shore communities below. (Facebook/Leah Moreau)

Colwood family’s giant star shines down from Triangle Mountain

Roughly nine-metre star can be seen far and wide

 

A holiday lights and music display on Walter Avenue in Saanich aims to lift spirits amid the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Katie Bone)

VIDEO: Huge Christmas display in Saanich neighbourhood aims to raise spirits amid pandemic

Cheer-seekers invited to stop by 326 Walter Avenue for lights, music and Santa Claus

A holiday lights and music display on Walter Avenue in Saanich aims to lift spirits amid the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Katie Bone)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes kicked off the Salvation Army’s 2020 Christmas Kettle Campaign outside municipal hall on Dec. 1 with an inaugural contactless donation. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

VIDEO: Tech offers hope as Salvation Army sees need skyrocket across B.C.

Charity is equipping hundreds of kettles across B.C. with ‘touchless giving technology’

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes kicked off the Salvation Army’s 2020 Christmas Kettle Campaign outside municipal hall on Dec. 1 with an inaugural contactless donation. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Island Corridor Foundation says this year’s Holiday Train will be even more brightly lighted when it makes stops to collect donations for the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive. (Photo submitted)

Island Corridor Foundation all aboard with Holiday Train supporting toy drive

Charity event supporting Great Nanaimo Toy Drive takes place at two locations Dec. 10

Island Corridor Foundation says this year’s Holiday Train will be even more brightly lighted when it makes stops to collect donations for the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive. (Photo submitted)
The Vancouver Island Crisis Society has seen a five per cent rise in call volumes compared to this time last year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Winter blues a concern for Vancouver Islanders during COVID-19 Christmas season

Statistics show British Columbians anticipate worsening mental health

The Vancouver Island Crisis Society has seen a five per cent rise in call volumes compared to this time last year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Leah Davis, store manager at Oscar & Libby’s in downtown Victoria, sets out stock at their Fort Street location. The pandemic has changed the way this retailer and others do business, says owner Teri Hustins. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Pandemic alters holiday business strategies for Victoria merchants

Many independent merchants count on holiday shopping to get them through quiet periods

Leah Davis, store manager at Oscar & Libby’s in downtown Victoria, sets out stock at their Fort Street location. The pandemic has changed the way this retailer and others do business, says owner Teri Hustins. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The Better Business Bureau is recommending that businesses ramp up their COVID-friendly shopping options now to prepare for the holiday season. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Time to ramp up COVID-friendly shopping: Better Business Bureau

If businesses want to be successful this holiday season they need to act now, says BBB

The Better Business Bureau is recommending that businesses ramp up their COVID-friendly shopping options now to prepare for the holiday season. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
It’s common for families to fall back into old patterns when they come together to celebrate Christmas, whether that’s avoiding confrontation or pushing each other’s buttons. (Janet Dahmen/Pixabay)

Plan ahead to avoid family fights at Christmas, says clinical psychologist

Reflect and set boundaries before things get heated

It’s common for families to fall back into old patterns when they come together to celebrate Christmas, whether that’s avoiding confrontation or pushing each other’s buttons. (Janet Dahmen/Pixabay)
The Lights of Wonder display in Centennial Square will run until Jan. 4. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria welcomes the Lights of Wonder holiday village

The free light display and market is open at Centennial Square until Jan. 4

The Lights of Wonder display in Centennial Square will run until Jan. 4. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The Bay Centre has seen a steady increase in holiday shopping since 2018. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Greater Victoria malls see jump in holiday shoppers over last year

More people are heading to stores as the busiest shopping day of the year approaches

The Bay Centre has seen a steady increase in holiday shopping since 2018. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Dec 10, 2019 – Kelly Black, executive director of Point Ellice House, in front of a Victorian-era Christmas display. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Revisit Christmas past in Victoria’s Victorian-era traditions display

Antique bobbles, cards, decor and more are on display at Point Ellice House

Dec 10, 2019 – Kelly Black, executive director of Point Ellice House, in front of a Victorian-era Christmas display. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)

Technical difficulties delay Victoria’s $500,000 Christmas light village

The Lights of Wonder display was originally set to open on Dec. 13

Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)
Dec. 5, 2019 – Vivienne Shaw, grade 3 student at Lakehill Elementary School, puts the final touches on a Harry Potter-themed Christmas tree at Government House. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hundreds of students gather at Government House to decorate Christmas Trees

The annual tradition let Grade 2 and 3 students help celebrate for the holidays

Dec. 5, 2019 – Vivienne Shaw, grade 3 student at Lakehill Elementary School, puts the final touches on a Harry Potter-themed Christmas tree at Government House. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The holiday season typically sees a rise in the number of packages are being stolen from front doors. (Flickr/ Paul Sullivan)

Thieves target porch packages during the holiday season

Victoria police warn residents of package theft increase

The holiday season typically sees a rise in the number of packages are being stolen from front doors. (Flickr/ Paul Sullivan)
The Magic of Christmas lights up Butchart Gardens from Dec. 1 until Jan. 6. (Twitter/Destination Greater Victoria)

Christmas events set to begin across Greater Victoria

Lights, parades, gingerbread and more are coming to town until the new year

The Magic of Christmas lights up Butchart Gardens from Dec. 1 until Jan. 6. (Twitter/Destination Greater Victoria)
Jeff Bray, executive director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, stands in front of some early renderings of what the Lights Of Wonder holiday light village will look like (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Massive holiday light village coming to downtown Victoria

The Downtown Victoria Business Association’s ‘Lights of Wonder’ festival begins Dec. 13

Jeff Bray, executive director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, stands in front of some early renderings of what the Lights Of Wonder holiday light village will look like (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Brian Wismath will be conducting Handel’s Messiah Dec. 15 and 17, performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Choral Society. (Photo submitted)

Choir director adds orchestra baton for Messiah performance at University of Victoria

Victoria Symphony Orchestra to perform holiday classic with community choir

Brian Wismath will be conducting Handel’s Messiah Dec. 15 and 17, performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Choral Society. (Photo submitted)