A Very Butchart Christmas
Butchart Gardens is magical at any time of year, but the gardens are especially dazzling at Christmastime. Every year, the famous 107-year-old show gardens turn into a Christmas wonderland for the month of December and the first week of January. Tens of thousands of lights decorate the trees and hedges, skaters take to the lighted skating rink, and sounds of carols waft over the gardens. With so many festivities, it’s difficult to resist getting into the Christmas spirit.
One of the main features of a Butchart Gardens’ Christmas is the Twelve Days of Christmas displays tucked into the gardens. As you walk along the path, you’ll see twinkling turtle doves, swimming swans, dancing ladies, and, of course, a partridge in a pear tree. You might even hear other visitors singing a new verse of the song as they reach each display!
If you’re hesitant to join in with the singing, gather at the centre of the gardens to see
live carolers and musicians sing or play Christmas tunes by request. Or rent some skates and head to the newly expanded rink for a skate. Afterward, grab a hot chocolate at the coffee shop and curl up in front of the fire to warm up.
Skates, Christmas lights, carols, and a warm fire to end the night? What else could you ask for on a cool December evening?
Posted December 12, 2011 by Kara Johancsik