Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. This outdoor depiction of the Christmas story runs four times nightly on Dec 21, 22 and 23 at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8pm at Topaz Park, between Quadra and Blanshard. Parking is available at S.J. Willis school and the park’s lot off Quadra. Free. christmasnativity.ca.
At the Royal Theatre December 27, 2pm December 28, 2pm
Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas at Royal BC Museum from Dec 17-31 (noon-4pm). Step through the doors of the oldest house in B.C., still on its original site, and experience what Christmas would have been like in Victoria over 100 years ago. Decorations, music, and first-hand accounts will take you back to Christmas past. Free with museum admission or by donation. For information, visit royalbcmuseum.bc.ca. The holiday’s are alive with quintessential Victorian spirit at Craigdarroch Castle. Travel back in time to a Christmas season 125 years past when you step into the National Historic Site during the month of December. See Jason Steven’s popular one-man production of Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic, A Christmas Carol, set in the Castle’s Dance Hall. Performance will be held December 16 and 17 at 7pm and December 20 to 23 at 6pm and 8pm, and is suitable for ages 13 and up. Patrons are invited to arrive early and tour the Castle. Premiering at Castle this December is Radio, Mistletoe and My Man Godfrey by Launch Pad Theatre. Fun for the whole family and only at the Castle, the show runs December 27 to 30 at 6:30pm. Doors open at pm for a short tour to the dance hall in which the performance takes place. Patrons are invited to arrive early and tour the Castle. Tickets for all performances are just $20 for adults ($18 for members) and available at thecastle.ca or by calling (250) 592-5323. For event tickets or more information, visit thecastle.ca. Milner Christmas Magic at Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach. Stroll through tens of thousands of lights, enjoy local musicians and storytellers, stop by Santa’s shop for a visit, pop into the Teddy Bear Cottage and try to count all of the old bears, and enjoy tea or hot chocolate in the tea room. Dec 2-4, Dec 9-11, and Dec 16-21 from 5-8:30pm (recommended entry by 8pm). Adults $5, children $2.50, families $12. For more information and the entertainment schedule, visit www2. viu.ca/milnergardens or call 250-752-6153.
December 29, 2pm For tickets
PAUL DESTROOPER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
FARQUHAR FAMILY SERIES
December 4 at 11am
Will Stroet of Will’s Jams As seen on Kids’ CBC
January 15 at 11am
Hamelin, a New Fable
Axis Theatre’s musical take on the tale of the Pied Piper
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