Celebrate the Holidays at The Butchart Gardens Magic of Christmas this year!
Join the Butchart Gardens December 1 to January 6, 2020 when they officially transform The Gardens into the Butchart 2019 Magic of Christmas. From 5:00 pm to 11 pm every day, colourful lights, carollers, ice skating and festive fare—Christmas is a cheerful time of year at The Gardens. Experience the Butchart 2019 Magic of Christmas with family and friends. Bundle up and stroll through the Twelve Days of Christmas display, sing along to the sounds of the season with Traditional Carollers or listen to the Festive Brass, then stop in at the Coffee Shop to warm up with a hot chocolate and gingerbread by the fire.
Ice skating (regular rates apply); skate rentals available
Tens of thousands of Christmas lights
The 12 days of Christmas display throughout The Gardens
Carollers and Festive Brass in the Piazza
The Dining Room Restaurant re-opens for seasonal tea and a festive Christmas season dinner menu
The Blue Poppy Restaurant re-opens for festive dinner dining
Seasonal children’s activities
Admission to The Gardens is required for this event.
Tip: Don’t Miss out on The Gardens’ Festive Dining
Combining Christmas merriment with The Gardens’ renowned fare, festive dining is an experience to remember. In the Dining Room Restaurant, choose from seasonal afternoon tea or delicious dinner, or opt for the more casual fare in the Blue Poppy Restaurant. This is the time of year to indulge in the rich and sweet flavours, take in the lights display, then sit in the Piazza to listen to the music of the season.
Did you know the The Butchart Summer Fireworks began in 1977?
The choreographed 30 minute shows continue to be just as jaw-dropping year after year. 2018 show times and dates vary from year to year. so please check below for the detailed schedule.schedule. The same show happens each Saturday but changes from year to yearAfter the show, we invite you to linger a while to minimize conjestion leaving the parking lots. Take some time following fireworks to enjoy the Night Illuminations throughout The Butchart Gardens or a half hour live recital from the rare Aeolian Pipe Organ situated in the loft of the Organ Pavilion adjacent to the Concert Lawn.
2019 Show Times:
Saturday, June 29
Saturday, July 6
Saturday, July 13
Saturday, July 20
Saturday, July 27
Saturday, August 3
Saturday, August 10
Saturday, August 17
Saturday, August 24
Saturday, August 31
VIP fireworks seating makes for an especially memorable evening, or a great gift for valued employees and can be a great way to say thank you to special business clients. The VIP package includes:
Expedited entry to The Gardens
Reserved seating in the VIP Private Viewing Area
Only a limited number of VIP Fireworks seats are available each Saturday so reservations are strongly recommended. Reservations may be made Monday through Friday, with a 3 pm cut-off on the
Victoria, B.C., . . . On Saturday, October 7, members of the World Tulip Summit Society (WTSS) gathered in Ottawa, to announce the recipients of the 2017 World Tulip Awards, including the coveted title of World Tulip Garden.
Gardens British Columbia is happy to announce the title of World Tulip Garden of the Year (2017) has been awarded to one of our members, The Butchart Gardens, in recognition of their beautiful tulip display, in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.
“We are honored to receive this award,” commented Dave Cowen, Butchart Gardens CEO. “To be recognized in such illustrious company is truly a privilege.”
World Tulip Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of tulips as part of their destination’s tourism appeal. “Tulips are part of the culture of many countries. Existing national tulip traditions and successful tulip initiatives can be adopted by attractions, events and festivals around the world thus providing new opportunities to share our cultures and strengthen friendships”, says Michel Gauthier, Chair of the World Tulip Summit Society.
In the spirit of highlighting the world’s most dynamic tulip experiences and their contribution to world friendship, WTSS is honored to announce the 2017 recipients of the World Tulip Awards.
2017 WORLD TULIP AWARDS
World Tulip Festival of the Year: Tulip Time, Holland, USA World’s TOP 5 Tulip Festivals Worth Travelling For:
Floriade, Canberra, Australia
Istanbul Tulip Festival, Turkey
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, USA
Srinagar Tulip Festival, Kashmir, India
Taean Tulip Festival, South Korea
World Tulip Event of the Year: Bloememcorso Bollenstreek, Netherlands World Tulip Display of the Year: Tonami Tulip Fair, Japan World Tulip Garden of the Year: The Butchart Gardens, Canada World Tulip Destination of the Year: Mainau Island, Germany World Tulip Attraction of the Year: Jiangsu Dafeng Holland Flower Park, China World Tulip Promotion of the Year: Canada 150 Tulip, Canada World Tulip Game of the Year: Tulip Crush, Canada World Tulip Product of the Year: Tulpi Chair, Netherlands World Tulip Partner of the Year: Veseys, Canada World Tulip Person of the Year: Mayor Osamu Natsuno, Tonami, Japan
Join us in congratulating The Butchart Gardens on their World Tulip Garden of the Year win. Gardens British Columbia would also like to congratulate all the awardees from around the world who were recognised at the 2017 World Tulip Summit. This is particularly exciting coming on the heels of the ‘Canada 150 Garden Experience’ designations awarded to all 10 members of Gardens British Columbia this past winter at the Garden Tourism Conference, by the Canadian Garden Council.
The World Tulip Summit Society brings together the tulipists, tulip aficionados, connoisseurs, fans, devotees and tulip lovers of the world to celebrate and promote the positive influence this beautiful and unique flower, one of the world’s most beloved flowers, has had and continues to have worldwide, on all aspects of life as a symbol of international friendship, peace and spring.
promote the tulip as a symbol of friendship, peace and of spring
make use of the tulip as a means to promote international goodwill
encourage and facilitate the celebration of the tulip
promote the organization of tulip celebrations for the benefit of local residents and tourists
pursue and facilitate the exchange of information and cooperation between countries with regard to tulips