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DOWNTOWN VICTORIA MAGAZINE

Inside: Market Square: Something old and something new VicPD’s Holiday Safety Tips Managing Stress and Overindulgence During the Holiday Season A 9-Point Plan for Overcoming Procrastination A piece of LoJo Top 5 Holiday Experiences at The Bay Centre Santa in Centennial Square Holiday Shopping on Fort Street Downtown Events


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A Conversation with Councillor Lucas Councillor Margaret Lucas City of Victoria

Photo by Darren Stone, Times Colonist Photographer

Catching up with Kerri Milton Kerri Milton Downtown Victoria Business Association I am so excited to share with you our brand new Downtown Victoria magazine! This will be a monthly feature in partnership with the Times Colonist. We want to connect everyone as a community and more importantly share just how great out Downtown is! There are so many hidden treasures that no one knows about and I am not just talking about shopping. We will also get to feature some of our history and things the DVBA does as an office. How many times do I hear….so what do you do all day? Or your job is what? Great questions….we are here to open the door and show exactly what we do and how we support you our Downtown community. Any downtown is heart of the City and just like with humans, without a healthy heart we cannot function. Our City is even more special as we are the Capital City and we have extraordinary history, culture and geography to share with the world. One of the greatest aspects of the Downtown is our precincts. These are groups, or streets of merchants who come together to form a united “precinct” it allows the merchants to have one voice, and to work together on marketing, events and other more

serious issues. We have featured LoJo and Fabulous Fort street in this issue of the Downtown Victoria magazine and will be featuring others as we move forward. In this issue we get to meet and have a “conversation” with Councilor Lucas and we get great holiday tips on health, stress and safety. You can look forward to monthly columns from the VicPD, who are there to provide insight on how we can proactively work together as a business community and the community as a whole. The columns you will read are all written from the perspective of a Downtown merchant, landowner or society. Being in the middle of it all allows me to have a great respect and perspective on what is happening in our Downtown core, both good and not as good. Together we will share these stories and insights with you and remind you why being Downtown Victoria is the greatest place to be! Enjoy our first edition and feel free to call or email the office anytime…we love to hear from you…see you all at the light up on the 26th of this month! Kerri Milton is the Executive Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association.

I have been actively involved in business development in our city for more than two decades holding executive leadership positions in both tourism and retail sectors. I am perhaps best known for implementing the business plan that transformed the Hotel Douglas into the Hotel Rialto, a private revitalization project that not only exceeded its business objectives but served as an important catalyst for investment and redevelopment in the area. I like to get things done. I like success that demonstrates how by working together we can create something bigger than ourselves, something that benefits others in a meaningful way, something that inspires others to fuel the fire of possibility, and take action. This is largely why I ran for Council in 2014. I believe in the power of people and the greater good and I believe in being smart and strategic about putting in place the necessary tools that support getting things done, especially for our local businesses. We are a city of entrepreneurs with the highest self-employment rate in the country. This is the power of our people. Our downtown is comprised of exceptional precincts that showcase one-of-a kind enterprises with distinctive products and services, and our business owners are recognized around the world for the warmth of their welcome and quality customer experience. Buoyed by good timing and supported by bold and innovative Council decisions, our unique business landscape and its vibrancy are currently growing in tandem. Between 2014 and 2015 there was an increase of $80-million in new investment in downtown Victoria, and there are currently 21 construction projects under way including over 1,000 units of new residential development. When downtown Victoria businesses thrive, everyone benefits. My goal every day is to encourage companies to start, stay and grow in our city. To help achieve this goal, the Mayor, my dedicated colleagues and I have applied resources, energy and common sense to the creation of the City of Victoria

Business Hub to streamline and demystify business and development processes, to make it easier to do business in Victoria, and to connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to invigorate and accelerate the development of downtown. The Business Hub won the provincial government’s 2016 Open for Business Award, a strong validation of impact recognizing our local business owners who have created new business development opportunities. Victoria is no longer a secret for eight months of the year. We are now a 12-month destination, a place of natural beauty, commerce, and arts and culture. We are home to a tight-knit, inclusive and burgeoning residential community. Of the 20 Top Cities in the World (Conde Naste, 2016) Victoria ranks number seven. Wow! Victoria is what happens when like-minded people come together with a passion for possibility, a commitment to the greater good and road map to get things done. At the heart of our downtown is the DVBA – the pulse of our City. I’m very proud and always excited to be a part of DVBA’s vision, community impact agenda and ability to get things done. If you have a question to submit to Councillor Lucas, please email Kerri@ downtownvictoria.ca. One of your questions could be featured in an upcoming edition of Downtown Victoria Magazine.


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Events in Downtown Victoria Ongoing

Nov 11 - Jan 9 | Christmas in Old Town Royal BC Museum Nov 13 - Dec 24 | Government Street Grand Giveaway Nov 17 - Jan 3 | 25th Annual Festival of Trees | The Bay Centre & Fairmont Empress Nov 19 - Jan 2 | Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase | Inn at Laurel Point Nov 19 - Jan 2 | Aura Gingerbread Tea | Aura Restaurant

Ghostly Walks | 730-9pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre

Backcountry 101 - Digital (GPS) Navigation | 530-630pm | MEC

Exo//Endo Workshop | 7-830pm | Open Space

A Chorus Line | 8pm | McPherson Playhouse

Winter Salads and Braised Meats Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

The Bump n’ Grind House Fall Edition | 8-10pm | Victoria Event Centre

Brandi Disterheft Trio w. Harold Mabern and Joe Farnsworth | 8pm | Hermann’s Jazz Club

Pavel Plays Chopin | 8pm | Royal Theatre

Choirs in the Courtyard ft. Linden Singers and Happy Valley Elementary | 12pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Movie Night | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe Lounge

Designing Your Board | 4-7pm | Volunteer Victoria

Tues, Nov 29

Bike Maintenance 201 - Wheel Truing | 630-830pm | MEC

Fri, Nov 25

28th Annual Out of Hand Artisan Fair | 10am-9pm | Crystal Gardens Family Storytime | 1030-11am | Greater Victoria Public Library

Nov 19 - Dec 18 | Little Gems 2016: Holiday Art and Craft Fair | 636 Fort St.

Decade of Dreams - Mosqoy’s 10th Anniversary Gala | 530-930pm | Fairmont Empress

Nov 25 - Jan 5 | 2nd Annual Parkside Snow Globe | Parkside Hotel & Spa

WDYH 4th Annual Making History Gala | 6-9pm | Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour

Nov 26 - Dec 31 | Inner Harbour Marina Light Up | Inner Harbour

Friday Night French Series: Seafood Class | Cook Culture | Nov 25 | 6-9pm

Nov 28- Jan 2 | 16th Annual Bear Wear | Hotel Grand Pacific

Book Launch: Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley | 7-9pm | Legacy Art Gallery

Wed, Nov 23

Chess at the Library | 930-1130am Greater Victoria Public Library The Five Trends Changing Victoria’s Future 1130am-1pm | Perro Negro Ladies Night at the Market | 5-730pm Victoria Public Market Un.Expected Conversations | 5-7pm Royal BC Museum Bike Maintenance 101 - Flat Repair | 530630pm | MEC Broadway Nostalgia | 6-930pm | Ambrosia Event Centre Phillips Comedy Night | 8-930pm | The Mint Benji’s Pub Quiz | 830-11pm | Northern Quarter

Is Your Return-to-Work Program 21st Century Ready? | 9am-1pm | Hotel Grand Pacific Toddler Time | 1030-11am | Greater Victoria Public Library Inquizition Trivia on Tap | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe VIAfest - Fortside Chat | 5-7pm | Fort Tectoria Jingle Bells & Dingle Balls | 5-8pm | Oscar & Libby’s Fort St. Museum Happy Hour: Press Record | 5157pm | Royal BC Museum Multicultural Business Mixer with Tim Taddy | 530-730pm | Regus Fresh and Healthy Holiday Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Maureen Washington with Karel Roessingh | 8-11pm | Hotel Grand Pacific Stephen Brown & the Bastion Band | 8-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe Lounge

Scrabble at the Library | 545pm Greater Victoria Public Library

Toddler Time | 1030-11am | Greater Victoria Public Library

Inquizition Trivia on Tap | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe

Fri, Dec 2

Coffee with Caitlyn: Alternative Techniques - Get Creative! | 11am-1230pm | Lens & Shutter Big Bad John’s Day 12pm-2am | Big Bad John’s

28th Annual Out of Hand Artisan Fair | 10am-430pm | Crystal Gardens Jewish Victoria History Tour | 1030am | Meet at Congregation Emanu-El Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides | 11am3pm | Downtown Victoria Mandala Sparks - Play a Game: Learn to Draw Mandalas with Tammy Murdock & Deborah Hall | 1130am-1pm | Opus

Choirs in the Courtyard ft. Sangster Elementary & David Cameron Elementary | 12pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Sun, Dec 4

NGO Ho Ho | 730pm | Victoria Event Centre

Bingo Night | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe Lounge

A Chorus Line | 8pm | McPherson Theatre

Choirs in the Courtyard ft. Sequoia Women’s Ensemble | 1pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Sat Dec 3

Downtown Ferris Wheel | 12-5pm | Centennial Square

Wed, Nov 30

Facebook 101: What can FB do for you? | 1-4pm | Volunteer Victoria

Agave Maestros presents Exploring Espadin | 2-4pm | Cafe Mexico

Bike Maintenance 101 - Customize Your Bike | 5:30-6:30pm | MEC

Pavel Plays Chopin | 230pm | Royal Theatre

Movie Night at the Market - The Holiday | 7pm | Victoria Public Market

Merry & Bright Holiday Auction | 630930pm | Atrium

Have We Got a Story to Tell—Big Beasts! | 7-9pm | Royal BC Museum

Mon, Nov 28

Brandon Wheat Kings vs. Victoria Royals | 705pm | Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

Flamenco de la Isla Fiesta | 6-10pm | The Mint

Women’s Business Circle | 730-9am | Nourish Kitchen Baby Time | 1030-11am | Greater Victoria Public Library

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Downtown Ferris Wheel | 12-5pm | Centennial Square

Sin City Improvised Serial | 8pm | Victoria Event Centre

A Chorus Line | 2pm | McPherson Playhouse

9th Annual Centennial Square Christmas Tree Light-Up | 6-930pm | Centennial Square

Father Christmas in Old Town | 11am-3pm | Royal BC Museum

Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker | 730pm | Royal Theatre

Tumblin’ Dice | 230-530pm | Sticky Wicket

Fight 4 The Cause | 6-1145pm | Victoria Conference Centre

Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides | 11am3pm | Downtown Victoria

Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp | 7:30pm | Royal Theatre

Chess at the Library | 930-1130am Greater Victoria Public Library

Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade | 545pm | Government Street

Santa Claus Sunday Brunch Series | 11am-2pm | Inn at Laurel Point

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tours | 730pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre

Downtown Ferris Wheel | 12-5pm | Centennial Square

Backcountry 101 - Digital (GPS) Navigation | 530-630pm | MEC

Zambri’s Italian Series: Ladies Night In | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Christmas in Old Victoria Walking Tours | 1030am | Meet Tourism Information Centre

Chess at the Library | 630-830pm Greater Victoria Public Library

Smugglers and Rum Runners Tour | 2-330pm | Meet at Tourism Info Centre

Downtown Ferris Wheel | 5-9pm | Centennial Square

18th Island Equipment Owners Association Truck Light Convoy & Food Drive | 630pm

A Chorus Line | 8pm | McPherson Playhouse

Sat, Nov 26

Needle Felting Workshop | 1030am12:30pm | Beehive Wool Shop

Winter Wonderland on the Veranda | 3-8pm | Fairmont Empress

Where Women Lead | 1130-1pm | Union Club of BC

Grand Festive Buffet | 6pm | Fairmont Empress

Sun, Nov 27

Christmas in Old Victoria Walking Tours | 2pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre

Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker | 730pm | Royal Theatre

Downtown Ferris Wheel | 4-9pm | Centennial Square

Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase

Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker | 2pm | Royal Theatre

Father Christmas in Old Town | 11am-3pm | Royal BC Museum

Slam Bam Puppet Jam | 8-930pm | Victoria Event Centre

28th Annual Out of Hand Artisan Fair | 10am-6pm | Crystal Gardens

Nautical Wreath Workshop | 1-4pm | Maritime Museum of BC

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tours | 730pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week | 3-5pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Run Meet-Up | 9-10am | MEC

Music in Market Square | 1-3pm | Market Square

Family Storytime | 1030-11am | Greater Victoria Public Library

Ghostly Walks | 730-9pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre

Nautical Wreath Workshop | 1-4pm | Maritime Museum of BC

Thurs, Nov 24

Thurs, Dec 1

Bike Maintenance 201 - Drivetrain | 630830pm | MEC

Phillips Comedy Night | 8-930pm | The Mint Benji’s Pub Quiz | 830-11pm | Northern Quarter

Run Meet-Up | 9-10am | MEC Pancakes with Mr. & Mrs. Claus | 9-1130am | Vista 18 Chinatown Walks | 1030am-12pm | Meet Fisgard/Government Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides | 11am3pm | Downtown Victoria Father Christmas in Old Town | 11am-3pm | Royal BC Museum Choirs in the Courtyard ft. The Choir & The Victoria Pop Choir | 12pm | Greater Victoria Public Library Downtown Ferris Wheel | 12-9pm | Centennial Square Christmas Craft Beer Show | 1-5pm | Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

A Chorus Line | 2pm | McPherson Playhouse The Nerdy Days of Christmas Craft Fair | 11am-4pm | Ambrosia Event Centre

Wonder Sunday: A Season of Celebration | 1-3pm | Royal BC Museum A Chorus Line | 2pm | McPherson Playhouse Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker | 2pm | Royal Theatre Winter Wonderland on the Veranda | 3-8pm | Fairmont Empress Carol-Along with the Carillon | 430-515pm | Royal BC Museum Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tours | 730pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre The Improv Cabaret! | 8pm | Victoria Event Centre Calling Home: Stories From Military Families | 8pm | Intrepid Theatre Club


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Events in Downtown Victoria Mon, Dec 5

Thurs, Dec 8

51st Annual Carolling Week | 12-1245pm | Victoria City Hall

Choirs in the Courtyard ft. Claremon and Royal Oak Choir | 1230pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Mompreneur Monday - Christmas Edition | 11am-3pm | Victoria Public Market

Choirs in the Courtyard ft. City of Gardens Chorus | 12pm | Greater Victoria Public Library Executive Directors Series: Auditing Lunch and Learn | 12-130pm | Volunteer Victoria Backcountry 101 - Map & Compass | 530630pm | MEC Pasta Fundamentals Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture Naden Band Christmas Concert | 730pm | Royal Theatre Movie Night | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe Lounge

Tues, Dec 6

Salesforce Lunch N’ Learn | 1130-1pm | Fort Tectoria 51st Annual Carolling Week | 12-1245pm | Victoria City Hall Choirs in the Courtyard ft. St. Margaret’s School | 12pm | Greater Victoria Public Library Christmas Starlight Cinema ft. A Christmas Story | 6pm | Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort Scrabble at the Library | 545pm Greater Victoria Public Library Chess at the Library | 630-830pm Greater Victoria Public Library Women and Words | 630-830pm | Nourish Kitchen Naden Band Christmas Concert | 730pm | Royal Theatre Sin City Improvised Serial | 8pm | Victoria Event Centre Bingo Night | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe Lounge

Wed, Dec 7

Toddler Time | 1030-11am | Greater Victoria Public Library

Keeping the Peace: Conservation Challenges and Opportunities in Magnificent Northeast BC | 12-1pm | Royal BC Museum Christmas Lights Across Canada | 6-7pm | BC Legislature

Cookies and Crafts Open House | 2-4pm | Greater Victoria Public Library Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular | 3pm | McPherson Playhouse Winter Wonderland on the Veranda | 3-8pm | Fairmont Empress Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular | 7pm | McPherson Playhouse Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tours | 730pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre

Bike Maintenance 201 - Derailleurs | 630-8pm | MEC

Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides | 11am3pm | Downtown Victoria

Mama Mia! | 8pm | Royal Theatre

Santa Claus Sunday Brunch Series | 11am-2pm | Inn at Laurel Point

Backcountry 101 - Digital (GPS) Navigation | 530-630pm | MEC

Improv Actually | An Improvised Romantic Comedy | 8pm | Intrepid Theatre Club

Movie Night | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe Lounge

Inquizition Trivia on Tap | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe

Tues, Dec 13

Fri, Dec 16

Scrabble at the Library | 545pm Greater Victoria Public Library

Father Christmas in Old Town | 11am-3pm | Royal BC Museum

Beginner Knit Level II | 630-8pm | Beehive Wool Shop Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tours | 730pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre

Bike Maintenance 201 - Brakes | 630-8pm | MEC

Downtown Ferris Wheel | 12-8pm | Centennial Square Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum

Downtown Ferris Wheel | 4-9pm | Centennial Square

Fresh and Healthy Holiday Class | 6-9pm | Cook Culture

Father Christmas in Old Town | 11am-3pm | Royal BC Museum Winter Wonderland | 12-8pm | Centennial Square

Mama Mia! | 2pm | Royal Theatre

Weaving 101 Workshop with Lucy Poskitt | 6-9pm | Lore General Store

Wonder Sunday: A Season of Celebration | 1-3pm | Royal BC Museum Candy Wonderland | 2-6pm | Fairmont Empress Winter Wonderland on the Veranda | 3-8pm | Fairmont Empress

Mama Mia! | 8pm | Royal Theatre

A Downtown Christmas | 4pm-12am | Yates Street Taphouse

Inquizition Trivia on Tap | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe

Improv Actually | An Improvised Romantic Comedy | 8pm | Intrepid Theatre Club

Rock n Roll Christmas | 7-9pm | McPherson Playhouse

Fri, Dec 9

Holiday Speakeasy | 8-1030pm | Victoria Event Centre

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tours | 730pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre

Miracle on Broad Street | 6am-6pm | CFAX1070

Sat, Dec 17

Father Christmas in Old Town | 11am-3pm | Royal BC Museum

Choirs in the Courtyard ft. Girls Night Out| 12pm | Greater Victoria Public Library Downtown Ferris Wheel | 4-9pm | Centennial Square Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tours | 730pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre A Sentimental Christmas | 8pm | Royal Theatre

Chinatown Walks | 1030am-12pm | Meet Fisgard/Government Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Tours on weekends in Downtown Victoria Nov 27 - Dec 24 Christmas Starlight Cinema ft. Elf | 6pm | Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides | 11am3pm | Downtown Victoria

Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy | 8pm | Intrepid Theatre Club

Chess at the Library | 630-830pm Greater Victoria Public Library

Father Christmas in Old Town | 11am-3pm | Royal BC Museum

Sun, Dec 11

Portland Winterhawks vs. Victoria Royals | 705pm | Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

Backcountry 101 - Packing for an Overnight Hiking Trip | 11am-12pm | MEC

Sin City Improvised Serial | 8pm | Victoria Event Centre

Downtown Ferris Wheel | 12-9pm | Centennial Square

Bingo Night | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe Lounge

Winter Wonderland | 12-9pm | Centennial Square

Wed, Dec 14

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum

Christmas in Old Victoria Walking Tours | 1030am | Meet Tourism Information Centre Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides | 11am3pm | Downtown Victoria

Spring Roll Day | 10am-10pm | Edo Japan

Santa Claus Sunday Brunch Series | 11am-2pm | Inn at Laurel Point

Chinatown Walks | 1030am-12pm | Meet Fisgard/Government

51st Annual Carolling Week | 12-1245pm | Victoria City Hall

Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides | 11am3pm | Downtown Victoria

Choirs in the Courtyard | 12pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Father Christmas in Old Town | 11am-3pm | Royal BC Museum

Father Christmas in Old Town | 11am-3pm | Royal BC Museum

Christmas in Old Victoria Walking Tours | 2pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre

Downtown Ferris Wheel | 12-5pm | Centennial Square

Christmas Starlight Cinema ft. Home Alone | 6pm | Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Winter Wonderland on the Veranda | 3-8pm | Fairmont Empress

Choirs in the Courtyard | 12pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Bike Maintenance 101 - Know Your Bike | 530-630pm | MEC

Choirs in the Courtyard ft. St. Andrew’s Singers | 12pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

A Sentimental Christmas | 8pm | Royal Theatre

Downtown Ferris Wheel | 12-9pm | Centennial Square

Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular | 3pm | McPherson Playhouse

Tuba Christmas | 1-3pm | Market Square

Benji’s Pub Quiz | 830-11pm | Northern Quarter

Nautical Wreath Workshop | 1-4pm | Maritime Museum of BC

Wonder Sunday: A Season of Celebration | 1-3pm | Royal BC Museum

Winter Wonderland on the Veranda | 3-8pm | Fairmont Empress Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tours | 730pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre

Christmas in Old Victoria Walking Tours | 2pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre

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Santa Scoot | 1-4pm | Market Square

Bike Maintenance 101 - Cycling Touring | 530-630pm | MEC

Backcountry 101 - Packing for an Overnight Hiking Trip | 11am-12pm | MEC

Adorn with Art II Opening | 1-4pm | West End Gallery

Chess at the Library | 930-1130am Greater Victoria Public Library

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Iconic Superstars Tribute Show | 730pm | McPherson Playhouse Phillips Comedy Night | 8-930pm | The Mint

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum Winter Wonderland | 12-8pm | Centennial Square Downtown Ferris Wheel | 12-8pm | Centennial Square Candy Wonderland | 2-6pm | Fairmont Empress Backcountry 101 - Map & Compass | 530630pm | MEC O Christmas Tea | 730pm | McPherson Playhouse

Sunday Funday - Christmas Edition | 11am-3pm | Victoria Public Market

Live @ Lunch: Filmmaker Stanley Fox | 12-1pm | Royal BC Museum

Phillips Comedy Night | 8-930pm | The Mint

Wonderful Wintry Weather | 1030-11am | Greater Victoria Public Library

A Sentimental Christmas | 8pm | Royal Theatre

Sat, Dec 10

Run Meet-Up | 9-10am | MEC

Mon, Dec 19

Run Meet-Up | 9-10am | MEC

51st Annual Carolling Week | 12-1245pm | Victoria City Hall

Needle Felting Workshop | 1030am12:30pm | Beehive Wool Shop

Naden Band Christmas Concert | 730pm | Royal Theatre

Choirs in the Courtyard ft/ GVPL Sings w/ Karel Roessingh | 12pm | Greater Victoria Public Library

Bengal Festive Dinner | 6-8pm | Fairmont Empress

Chess at the Library | 930-1130am Greater Victoria Public Library

Christmas Starlight Cinema ft. Ice Age | 6pm | Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Mon, Dec 12

Movie Night | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe Lounge

Tues, Dec 20

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas | 12-4pm | Royal BC Museum Winter Wonderland | 12-8pm | Centennial Square Downtown Ferris Wheel | 12-8pm | Centennial Square Candy Wonderland | 2-6pm | Fairmont Empress

Christmas Carols | 3-5pm | Fairmont Empress Vancouver Giants vs. Victoria Royals | 705pm | Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

Scrabble at the Library | 545pm Greater Victoria Public Library

Mama Mia! | 8pm | Royal Theatre

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tours | 730pm | Meet Tourism Information Centre

Christmas Starlight Cinema ft. The Polar Express | 6pm | Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Improv Actually | An Improvised Romantic Comedy | 8pm | Intrepid Theatre Club

Improv Actually | An Improvised Romantic Comedy | 8pm | Intrepid Theatre Club

Chess at the Library | 630-830pm Greater Victoria Public Library

The Party: Mamma Mia! | 10:30pm | Royal Theatre

Chantal Kreviazuk with the Victoria Symphony | 8pm | Royal Theatre

O Christmas Tea | 730pm | McPherson Playhouse

Thurs, Dec 15

Half Moon Run plus Plants and Animals | 8pm | McPherson Playhouse

Bingo Night | 830-11pm | Ocean Island Cafe Lounge

Sun, Dec 18

For more event information, visit www.downtownvictoria.ca/events

Toddler Time | 1030-11am | Greater Victoria Public Library Christmas Carol Sing Along | 12-115pm | St. Andrew’s Presbyterian

Christmas in Old Victoria Walking Tours | 1030am | Meet Tourism Information Centre

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Market Square: Something old and something new If you have not taken a walk through Market Square lately, you are in for a surprise. The roof that covered approximately half of the courtyard has been removed, the walkthrough connecting Johnson Street and Pandora Avenue is now twice as wide, and two staircases leading in to the courtyard have been replaced with one. Big changes that have resulted in a very positive reaction. There has been a lot of great feedback from people enjoying the brighter, more open concept.

that end was closed off, creating a ‘square’, a roof was added on with timbers brought in from a dismantled structure at Rithet’s Pier.

With the exception of the east end, the buildings that comprise the Square date from the 1880s and 1890s and were built at a time when Victoria was enjoying unprecedented growth and prosperity. These buildings are some of the earliest examples of masonry structures in the city and were home to offices, shops, saloons and hotels catering to The seven buildings that sailors working in the comprise Market Square newly invigorated export have gone through sever- industry and miners on al renovations since the their way to the Klondike Bawlf brothers originally gold fields. developed the square in While many shops the late 1970s. At one have come and gone, time, the east end of the square was open. a handful have been in Vehicles could drive in the Square for decades; and park in what is now Green Cuisine Vegetarian Restaurant, Global the courtyard. When

Village Store, Beadworld, and Café Mexico. Two of these tenants have made big changes recently. Café Mexico, in the Square for 30 years, has undergone a complete top to bottom renovation, morphing in to two Mexican eateries; the full sized Café Mexico and smaller Fuego Old Town Eatery. And after 20 years in their courtyard storefront, Beadworld has moved to a beautiful new street-level shop on the Pandora Avenue side of the Square. With the decorative lights and hanging baskets filled with fresh aromatic greenery, now is a great time to take a walk through Market Square and see what is new. Better yet, take in one of the free admission Christmas events on your visit to the Square. For event details, go to www. marketsquare.ca


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2016 Downtown Victoria Holiday Guide If you are looking for things to do around the holiday season in Victoria, pick up the 2016 Downtown Victoria Holiday Guide. Inside you will find information on more than 75 seasonal events. Pick one up at: • • • • • • •

DVBA (20 Centennial Square) The Bay Centre Greater Victoria Public Library Victoria Conference Centre Tourism Victoria Information Centre Coho and Clipper Downtown hotels and businesses

The guide is also available online at downtownvictoria.ca/holidays Photo by Bowen Osoko, Communication Coordinator, VicPD

VicPD's Holiday Safety Tips Cst. Matt Rutherford Victoria Police Department As holiday season is quickly approaching, it is a good time to be reminded by the common things we at the Victoria Police Department see at this time of the year. When shopping in and around the downtown area, it is important to remember not to leave valuables in your vehicles. Theft from vehicles is a crime of opportunity that we see often during the holiday shopping season. When you eliminate the opportunity, your chance of having your car broken into is minimized. Our Reserve Constables and volunteers will be continuing their involvement with the Lock Out Auto Crime Program (LOAC). In years past, this program has been a great way to educate people on

how to prevent theft from vehicles. They regularly see money, smart phones, laptops and other expensive electronics all in plain view, alongside recently purchased presents and gifts. If you find a LOAC notice on your vehicle this holiday season, our volunteers were there to help remind you how you can reduce the chance of theft from your vehicle.

Unfortunately, we see break-ins to business and residences year-round. At VicPD, we utilize Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) as a comprehensive, practical approach to crime prevention. By making simple physical changes to the environment around your residence or business, you can drastically reduce or eliminate criminal behaviour. These changes reduce your chances of becoming a victim of November also marks the beginning of crime. For more information and to learn how to protect your business or resiour drinking and driving counter attack holiday campaign. Unfortunately, we still dence, visit our website at www.vicpd. find people driving impaired by either ca/CPTED. drugs or alcohol in our community. In Cst. Matt Rutherford is the spokesperson and October alone, 34 drivers were taken social media officer for the Victoria Police Departoff the road for driving while impaired ment by drugs or alcohol. It is important that everybody has a safe holiday season, so please plan ahead and get home safely.

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Get to know your neighbours (names, vehicles, job & schedules). Join a Block Watch program. Report suspicious activity. Trim hedges low and use fencing that does not obstruct sight lines. Install motion sensing lights. Secure valuables in lock box or safe. Consider installing an alarm. Lock the door attached to garage; don’t rely on garage door for security. Use timers to create the illusion of an occupied house while away. Photograph or create video and record serial numbers of valuables.


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Managing Stress and Overindulgence During the Holiday Season Dr. Jennifer Dyck, ND

The holiday season often brings with it unwelcome guests including stress and the effects of overindulgence. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — shopping, baking, cleaning, parties and entertaining, to name just a few. To prevent the feelings of overindulgence and stress this holiday season there are a few easy things to integrate into our daily routine that will keep the joy alive this winter.

of these are depleted by stress, and contribute to a state of calm. Magnesium supports muscle relaxation and healthy nerve signaling. Vitamin B6 supports energy metabolism and neurotransmitter production. For a little more help, try something herbal. My favorite is Kava kava which is a herb grown in the South Pacific. Traditionally used in tea form to enhance relaxation, an extract of Kava kava is ideal for anyone wanting to improve sleep quality and reduce occasional anxiety because it helps to balance many of the neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) even at times of stress.

activity and GABA production. Higher levels of GABA- an essential inhibitory neurotransmitter- can create feelings of clarity, calmness, and a sense of being more grounded. For a stronger anti-stress action, PharmaGABA is a standardized and clinically proven supplement to support a sense of calm. Adaptogens are natural metabolic regulators that help stabilize our physiology by promoting homeostasis in the body. They also support our ability to adapt to environmental factors and to avoid damage from such factors, one being stress and its physiological, biochemical, and mental and emotional consequences. Rhodiola is a herb that not only supports the stress response in the body, but also lifts mood. Ashwagandha is one of the most studied adaptogenic herbs, which lowers cortisol- the stress hormoneand restores the function of the adrenal gland, preventing burnout.

Keep Calm and Carry On With overindulgence often comes an Relax the mind AND body increase in stress, and with the added Let’s start with the basics: if you have a pressures of the holiday season, our healthy diet full of whole foods and clean cortisol levels can surge. Safe natural water as well as good-quality sleep, then supplements for combating stress inperhaps supporting your foundation with clude an amino acid derived from green a couple key vitamins and minerals are tea called L-theanine. Rather than caus- Get your ZZZZs all you need. These two nutrients would ing a sedating effect, L-theanine calms One of the best ways to recover from be magnesium and vitamin B6. Both the mind by supporting alpha brain wave stressful events, but also to prevent the

deleterious effects of swings in cortisol, is getting enough quality sleep. To help you fall asleep, melatonin is a safe and widely used supplement to induce sleepiness and to correctly reset your Circadian clock. To help you stay asleep, a serotonin precursor- 5-HTP- can be used to maintain quality of sleep and depth of sleep cycles. And for those of you with “monkey mind”, L-theanine can get that hamster off the wheel so your brain can move from busy beta to a calm alpha state, and therefore allow you to fall asleep more easily. The holidays are meant to be a time to spend with family and friends, but stress and overindulgence are often also part of the package. Remember to take time for yourself, don’t over stack your plate, and give your body the foundation to keep this a joyous time of year. The information in this article is not a substitute for medical advice. Please seek the care of your health care practitioner when starting a supplement regimen. Dr. Jennifer Dyck, ND has a special interest in digestive health, hormone balancing, brain support, and natural pain relief. More information about Dr. Jen can be found at www. DrJenniferND.com.


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A 9-Point Plan for Overcoming Procrastination

Why put off till tomorrow what you can do today? Four reasons why you avoid working on necessary tasks, and five ways to stop been making cold calls for a week now and I’ve had zero success.” Faced with that rejection, it is a lot more appealing to surf the Internet or organize your desk.

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Admit it—you’ve been guilty of procrastination. Sometimes it was unintentional, because you had other priorities to deal with. Occasionally it was deliberate, because something else was more appealing. Either way, the outcome (or lack thereof) was less than desirable, and you likely vowed to yourself that you’d never do it again. Until of course you did. What does it take to overcome this cycle of procrastination? The answer lies in understanding what causes it in the first place, and then taking steps to combat those causes directly. There are four reaYou deserve something incredibly, remarkably, unbelievably

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sons why you (and a whole lot of other people) put off getting things done. THE TASK HAS LOW VALUE In other words, it is something that you dislike. It is far more pleasant to design a new marketing initiative than to gather documents for the tax accountant. It is much more enjoyable to have coffee with a colleague than to file the last three weeks of expense statements. It is easy to put off things you do not like to do. YOU HAVE A LOW EXPECTANCY OF SUCCESS Usually based on your (or other’s) past experiences. You might think: “What’s the point of making all these sales calls; I’ve

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THE OUTCOME IS DELAYED The result is too far into the future. Since the deadline for this sales proposal is not for another month it is okay to leave it for later. And of course, this decision to defer is relatively painless because of reason number four—you’re easily sidetracked by bright shiny objects! YOU ARE EASILY DISTRACTED “Bright shiny objects” are tasks that effortlessly pull you away from your intended goal, such as an unexpected email that takes you away from the report you were writing or an unrelated web link that catches your attention and takes you miles away from the online research you are meant to be doing. Sure, bright shiny objects are sometimes urgent issues that need to be dealt with. But urgent or not, they demand immediate attention and thus distract you from your original objective.

immediate horizon, create your own—a walk down to the local coffee shop or 15 minutes of Angry Birds after you have finished a task, say. THE SALAMI TECHNIQUE Slice it up! This is particularly useful when a task seems too big or overwhelming, and so seems to lack direction. As a roll, salami may be unappetizing, but once you slice it up and pile the thin slices on to your sandwich, it suddenly becomes much more enticing. In the same way, if you take your task or your project and slice it into smaller and smaller pieces by function or time, you will find that it becomes easier to handle or more interesting to start with, and that you will be able to visualize the end result more clearly. PUBLICIZE YOUR TIME FRAME Establish a deadline and tell others. Announcing to your colleagues that you will have a first draft completed by Thursday means that your credibility is now at stake and you have just made yourself accountable for action. This works superbly if you have a tendency to get easily distracted.

Once you know the root causes of procrastination, what can you do to over- JUST DO IT! come it? Here are five specific If all else fails, resort to the Nike adversuggestions. tising tagline. Sometimes the most difficult part of getting a job done is taking THE FIVE-MINUTE TECHNIQUE the first step. Get started—pick up the This is brilliant for things you do not like phone, outline a first draft, get in your doing, or for routine tasks. Set a timer car. Just do it! for five minutes and do nothing but the Merge Gupta-Sunderji is a speaker, author and task. Once the timer goes off, you can consultant who is very excited to be a new arrival either reset it for another five minutes, or to Victoria’s business community. Her leadership development practice focuses on turning just pat yourself on the back and move managers into leaders and people power into on to something else. This technique results. Through large-audience keynotes, training, one-on-one mentoring, and works because a short, fixed time spent small-group customized consulting, Merge has given over tackling even the stuff you don’t like is 67,000 professionals in eight countries specific palatable. And you may find that it unex- and practical tools to help them achieve pectedly helps you build momentum to Watch for the next issue of the get things done once and for all. Downtown Victoria Magazine HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! So called because it involves giving yourself a gift. It can be hard to motivate yourself to do something if the reward is too far out in the distance. But if you can see a short-term reward, the task feels much more immediate, and it gets done. If you ca not envision a prize on the

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A piece of LoJo on your list. Some of the most interesting and exciting fashion bouLooking for a new holiday tiques catering to both shopping experience this men and women can be season? Lower Johnson found here, bursting with Street, or LoJo is the gorgeous winter fashion spot for you. Arguably the and accessories. So most picturesque block while you are searching of downtown Victoria, the for an outfit for yourself, area looks more magical you might also find some

some fun to any party! Or perhaps you would prefer to bring the gift of an experience. A dinner out, fitness class, spa or salon appointment, even a new tattoo can be a personal and thoughtful gift. To really complete your shopping be sure to stop at one of the card

decked out in garlands, baubles and festive lights. The colourful and historical buildings do not hold back during this time of year adding layers of holiday sparkle to dark winter days. To complete your holiday experience, the DVBA is once again offering free Horse-Drawn Trolley Tours in the downtown core, and one of the assigned stops is on LoJo. So grab a hot chocolate and take a break from holiday shopping and catch a Trolley Tour outside of Willies Bakery! As well, be sure to check out marketsquare.ca for other holiday events taking place in the newly renovated square.

fun and stylish stocking stuffers for those on your list.

shops for wrapping supplies and greeting cards as well.

Stocking stuffers. Arguably the best part of the holidays and LoJo has you covered. From imported candies and chocolates to funky socks for men and women or locally made soap, there are goodies to stuff anyone’s stocking! You will discover lovely jewelry, fun shoes and purses, natural and eco-friendly bath and body products as well as quality shaving goods, amongst other unusual stocking stuffers, all in one city block.

Make your holiday shopping enjoyable this year. Grab a warm Belgian waffle or a hot drink and enjoy the beauty of the pastel facades, the festive decorations of historical Market Square and take in the twinkling lights strewn up the street. For the month of December many businesses will be keeping later hours, staying open until 8pm on Thursday and Friday nights giving you the opportunity to bask in the festive glow post sunset. This year try to take in all of the joyful and merry holiday vibes, and remember to treat yourself while you are checking things off of your list!

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Whether you are looking for a sparkly new outfit for this years holiday parties and dinners or just getting a start on your shopping list, LoJo is sure to have something for you and those

Stop by and pick up an irresistible bouquet or potted plant to show your gratitude, or maybe a pound of coffee is more likely to be appreciated. You will also find a great selection of board games and puzzles on Johnson Street if you want to bring


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Cleaning up the small things the butt containers, they are shipped to Terracycle in Ontario for recycling. The paper and tobacco are composted while Every week, the DVBA’s Clean Team the used filters are recycled and used members clean out 20-25 cigarette butt in industrial plastics such as garden containers located throughout downtown benches and pallets. The recycled Victoria. What initially started as a pilot butts also generate rewards which has project with Surfrider Vancouver Island resulted in $274 being donated back to and the City of Victoria almost two years Surfrider Vancouver Island. ago, has become just another part of the job for the DVBA’s Clean Team. Rob Caunter, DVBA Clean Team Supervisor has been with the DVBA for more While there are some cigarette butt than 10 years and oversees the Clean container locations that only need to be Team. emptied monthly, other locations would be overflowing if left longer than a week. “Not only does it improve the aesthetic of downtown,” says Rob. “It keeps them Once a Clean Team member empties out of storm drains, out of our oceans

where fish could eat them, and ultimately out of our food sources.”

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During the 2015 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a national shoreline cleanup program, cigarette butts were the number one item collected in Canada with 409,417 butts collected. An amount four times higher than the second highest item collected, food wrappers. And, according to Surfrider, 4.95 trillion cigarette butts are disposed in the environment every year. The Clean Team will soon recycle its millionth cigarette butt just from the cans in Downtown Victoria. And while this is quite the milestone, Rob adds that given the amount thrown away each year, there is still room to grow the program.

First Annual Pumpkin Pursuit Dolce Vita came in first with an amazing 230 votes – and the winning voter was Drew SimpThis year’s first ever pumpkin son who is now the proud owner pursuit had 183 businesses, carving, creating and displaying of a round trip flight for two courtesy of Harbour Air. their handiwork in their stores. Kerri Milton

With the map below in hand, people could explore downtown businesses and vote for their favourites. More than 1,500 ballots were cast between all the participating businesses!

Look for more fun events and street activations – throughout the year as Ian Piears, the DVBA’s new Events Manager looks to program more for in Downtown Victoria.

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Winter Wonderland 9th Annual Centennial Square Light-Up New this year to Centennial Square is Winter Wonderland where you can come and get cozy in Centennial Square. Live music and lots of holiday cheer for the entire family. Live Music Schedule Dec 17 | Vancouver Island Chamber Choir Dec 18 | CCPA - Alumni Company Christmas Singers Dec 19 | The Choir Dec 20 | West My Friend Dec 21 | Broken Strings Dec 22 | Slim Sandy & The Hillbilly Boppers Dec | 23 Olivia Selig

Get ready to see Centennial Square like never before on November 26. When the lights get switched on, Centennial Square will be awash in a blue and white Winter Wonderland. The DVBA has added more lights, more decorations, and more magic.

with a festive drink while waiting to ride the Ferris Wheel. This year’s entertainment includes Festive Brass, carollers from the

Canadian College of Performing Arts, a performance of Be Our Guest from CCPA, and dance performances from VibeStreet and Freshbeatz. More at www.downtownvictoria.ca/holidays

The Centennial Square Light-Up has moved to a later time from 6-930pm to follow the Island Farms Santa Light Parade. Following the parade, Santa will stop in Centennial Square for the Christmas Tree Light-Up before heading back to the North Pole. Grab a bite to eat from a food trucks and warm up in the Centennial Inn

Grab a festive drink from Driftwood Brewery and Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse in the in the warmth of the Centennial Inn. You can also grab a bite from one of Victoria’s delicious food trucks. The Ferris Wheel will remain open during the week of Winter Wonderland so you can witness the magic of the Square from the air. Don’t forget all month long that when you spend more than $10 at any downtown business, you will receive a token to ride the Ferris Wheel for only $1.

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Family Festive Fitness Looking for something fun and active to do with the family in December? Check out the great skating opportunities offered at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Have you ever wanted to skate where the Royals play? Every weekend in December you’ll have a chance! On Saturdays from 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., drop by for Parent and Child Ice Play, where parents and their children interact and play with a variety of toys, skating aids, or even try a little hockey. It’s also a great opportunity for new, little skaters to get acquainted to the ice. The Sunday afternoon Family Skate from 2:45p.m. – 4:15p.m., is a perfect way to be active and have fun with the whole family. On December 18, Anna and Elsa with join us for a special holiday skate!

If you’re looking for something to do during the holidays but don’t want to spend a lot of money, come by on Tuesday, December 20 from 1 p.m. – 3p.m. for our Christmas Break Toonie Skate. Did you know you can learn to skate at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre? The flexible lesson schedule is designed to meet the needs of busy families, providing learning opportunities on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Sundays. Need a little one-to-one instruction? Private lessons are available for children and adults. For a complete schedule of skating times, or to register for skating lessons, visit: victoria.ca/arena.

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Top 5 Holiday Experiences at The Bay Centre Darlene Hollstein

of Victoria at Migration Boutique, the Centre’s very own bricks & mortar Etsy shop featuring over 40 local designers. Tonic Jewelry and Smoking Lily’s Pop-up Collaborative Shop is also a “must shop.� Be sure to visit this working studio where you can immerse yourself in their creative process from start to completed works of art. Speak to a designer on site and be inspired!

Having worked in Downtown Victoria for the past 14 years, I can say Christmas time, is by far my favourite time of year. While the hustle and bustle of the season is around us, the endless holiday experiences available Downtown provide the perfect avenue to take a moment and truly immerse yourself in the magic of the season. In the spirit of the season, I wanted to share my Top 5 Holiday Experiences at The Bay Centre. Snap a Selfie in a Giant Holiday Wreath Immerse yourself in the Centre’s iconic winter wonderland set under a canopy of twinkling lights surrounded by beautiful live flocked fir trees in centre court. Grab your favourite holiday sweater set, your work family or your loved ones and snap a selfie in the larger than life 10’ tall Christmas wreath – the perfect backdrop for your holiday photos! Plus, you could win $5,000 in travel if you snap and tag a photo in the wreath before December 18th.

Surround Yourself in Trees Grab a peppermint mocha and take in the 25th Annual Victoria Festival of Trees display. The annual display in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, features 65 sponsored trees uniquely decorated by local businesses, organizations, and individuals decking the halls of level 2 and 3. While you are here, be sure to donate to vote for your favourite tree. You could win a $500 Bay Centre gift card just for voting! Shop Local For your BFF that loves Etsy and locally made items. Capture the local essence

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Santa in Centennial Square This year, Santa is flying into Downtown Victoria’s Centennial Square for the first time ever. So, head to Centennial Square to share your wish list with Santa and enjoy a sweet treat from the jolly ol’ man himself. Make sure you bring your camera to capture those special moments with Santa. Along with Santa, the space will be transformed with several opportunities to capture those holiday magical moments with a life-sized polar bear, Ferris Wheel, inflatables and more. Santa in Centennial Square is sponsored by Schedule December 19 | 12-130pm December 19 | 4-515pm December 20 | 12-2pm December 20 | 4-6pm December 21 | 12-2pm December 21 | 4-6pm December 22 | 12-230pm

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Holiday Shopping on Fort Street Leah Davis The holidays are upon us and if you are looking for some fresh ideas and treats for your celebrations, chances are Fort Street will have what you’re looking for! As you plot out your holiday shopping be sure to add this street to your route. There are 5 city blocks of fun and interesting storefronts, from bakeries and delis to shoes and records, Fort Street has something for everyone on your list! Whether you are looking for your bestie or your better half, you will likely discover a bounty of gifts along Fort Street. If you are after ‘experience’ type gifts, you will find cooking classes, spas or maybe someone in your life needs a new tattoo. Maybe you are looking for a more classic gift, like a new board game or jigsaw puzzle to work on after Christmas dinner, or a new read off the Best Sellers list. You will find loads of fashion on Fort, funky shoes and purses, lovely boutiques and organic clothing stores, even jewelry shops designing and creating unique pieces. If you are searching for new and quirky stocking stuffers, you’ll

come across handmade soaps and silly socks, or gourmet preserves and teas. Even the card shops will have you covered for all wrapping needs for the final touch. We are fairly sure the stockings will be stuffed after a visit to Fort Street.

list. And if your goal is the ultimate charcuterie board this season, Fort Street is the place for you. Cheeses from around the globe, delicious sausages and pâtés made locally, olives, pickles, crackers and jams. We have got fresh baked

hostess gifts too. From fresh flowers to locally made chocolates and earth friendly home and beauty products you will be sure to find a gift for the party planner. And if in doubt, showing up to a party with a tray of baked goods is bound to be well received!

If you are still not intrigued, let us just talk about the food on the street... from one of the city’s oldest bakeries, and some of the newest, you are sure to find sweet treats for holiday parties, Christmas morning and maybe a little something to help you through your shopping

bread, local seafood and more desserts than you can imagine. Perhaps you are not throwing the party this year, but you would like to be the ideal party guest. In that case, Fort Street has a wide variety of lovely

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It is worth taking time to explore Fort Street this holiday season, to take in the decorations and explore the exciting new shops and to revisit some of staple businesses of downtown Victoria. So grab a hot chocolate from one of the many coffee shops we have and enjoy the curiosities of Fort Street.


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Two downtown businesses nominated for 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards Small Business BC, the province’s premier resource for entrepreneurs, and the Insurance Bureau of Canada, opened nominations and voting for the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards on October 1, 2016. Good Planet, and The Foxy Box, both small businesses in Downtown Victoria, have been nominated. Good Planet has been nominated in two categories: Premier’s People’s Choice and Best Community Impact Awards. The Foxy Box has been nominated in four categories: Premier’s People’s Choice, Best Community Impact, Best Company and Best Employer. The Small Business BC Awards is the largest small business awards competition in the province. These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of BC’s entrepreneurs and celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in BC, with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.

“The Small Business BC Awards are about celebrating the people who help make communities across the province thrive -- entrepreneurs,” says Premier Christy Clark. “By creating jobs and making neighbourhoods flourish, small business owners are the backbone of B.C.’s growing and diverse economy.” Nominations and voting close on November 30, 2016. Entrepreneurs are invited to nominate their businesses and the public is encouraged to nominate their favourite small businesses in any of this year’s 10 categories: • • • • • • • • • •

a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education, resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from the award sponsors. “Small businesses are playing an increasingly vital role in the social well-being and health of small communitiesand the overall BC economy,” says George Hunter, CEO,Small Business BC. “Their efforts deserve the respect of all British Columbians and the Small Business BC Awards are the best way to celebrate and acknowledge their success and contribution.”

Nominated business owners are tasked with gaining as many votes as possible through social media, word of mouth, e-mail or any other means by November 30, 2016 to make it to the Top 10 in each category. The Top 10 will be announced as finalists on December 12, 2016. More details on the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca.

Premier’s People’s Choice Best Apprentice Training Best Community Impact Best Company Best Concept Best Employer Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Best Innovation Best International Trade Best Marketer

Recipients of Small Business BC Awards are recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash. The winners are also offered

51st Annual Carolling Week Bring a lunch and join the City of Victoria through the first week of December (except for December 8) to hear choirs from Greater Victoria schools performing favourite Christmas carols at City Hall. Mon, Dec 5 | 12pm | Frank Hobbs Elementary Tues, Dec 6 | 12pm | Eagle View Elementary Wed, Dec 7 | 12pm | Tillicum Elementary Fri, Dec 9 | 12pm | Glenlyon Norfolk School Fri, Dec 9 | 1225pm | Rogers Elementary Rod Berod will return on keyboard and Al Ferraby from CFAX 1070 will be the Master of Ceremonies. Join in or listen and enjoy this holiday tradion.

Want to contribute? Our editorial philosophy is basd on a love of all downtown and includes a wide range of topics from different perspectives. We’re looking for writers to tell their downtown stories. If you are interested in talking further, please reach out to us at kristy@downtownvictoria.ca

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