Photo courtesy of The Butchart Gardens

The switch is thrown to light up the Butchart Gardens tonight at 5pm to kick-off the 2016 Magic of Christmas Season.

Christmas lights, holiday wreaths, carollers, ice skating, festive dining—it’s an exciting time at The Gardens. From Thursday, December 1st until Twelfth Night on Wednesday, January 6th, hundreds of thousands of lights twinkle and glow throughout The Gardens.

Started in 1987, the display is so large that The Butchart Gardens lighting crew is busy for a full two months installing it, and the accompanying festive decorations.

Throughout the festive season, the ice skating rink in Waterwheel Square adds an extra experience to the lighting extravaganza.

Each evening the Festive Brass and Traditional Carollers perform in the crisp night air. Hot chocolate and other Christmas treats are near at hand in the cosy, fireplace warmed Coffee Shop and even nearer to the music in the Blue Poppy Restaurant.

More formal dining is offered in The Dining Room Restaurant with a special Magic of Christmas Menu, complete with thoroughly Christmas atmosphere.

And kids (12 and under), remember to bring your hand-crafted snowflake and trade it at the coffee shop for a free hot chocolate!

Remember to bring your camera!

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