The Butchart Gardens

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The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Gardens • Scenic Walking Areas
Temporarily closedClosed until Feb 7, 2022
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Come enjoy our breathtaking 22 ha (55 acres) of gardens year around. In Spring, countless tulips, daffodils and hyacinths will give you a buffet of fragrances and colours. You’ll be saying “wow” when you experience our Summer: The Rose Garden, evening entertainment, subtle night illuminations, the Saturday firework show, and boat tours to name a few of the delights. Perennial borders start their stunning show in late summer, and the Japanese maples turn to russet, gold, and red in the fall. Be captivated by the Magic of Christmas with its decorations, expansive lighting and outdoor ice skating rink. Top off the day with a ride on the carousel and a great meal. Come see why we’ve been designated a National Historic Site.
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Climber811936
Parksville, Canada23 contributions
Dec. 2021
We went see their Christmas light display. It is expensive but it was the best we have ever seen. The displays were quite original and it must have taken thousands of hours to put them together. If you ever in Victoria and like Christmas light you should take time to visit here.
The hot chocolate is really good too.
Written January 10, 2022
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pudman43
Surrey, Canada403 contributions
Dec. 2021
Hadn't been to Burchart for years and years, but on a recent post-Xmas trip to Victoria (we live in nearby Vancouver area), we wanted to see the Xmas light display. WOW, great decision. Not cheap (cost us $130 total for 4 adults) but the display was gorgeous - really wonderful experience. Also a cool "12 days of Christmas" display spread throughout. Easy parking, everything clearly marked, and the whole evening was very worthwhile. Plenty of restrooms as well. Great coffee shop selections, though due to Covid it is takeout only, there are no tables inside currently. Didn't get a chance to visit the giftshop, but it looked great. Highly recommended
Written January 4, 2022
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PMahdis
Edmonton, Canada1,073 contributions
Dec. 2021
We went at Christmas time. There was not much to see in terms of flowers. We made the mistake of going early in the day and it would have been better at night with all the lights. A person should go every ten years or so. One of those high priced but memorable places.
Written December 31, 2021
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Annie H
10 contributions
Dec. 2021
Oh my word. We just spent an evening walking around the gardens in the early evening. The gardens are decorated with millions of twinkle lights and it is just magical. There was music, people singing and truly enjoying the experience. You need to dress warmly as there was a snowfall the day we went. It made everything glow and sparkle with some of the lights being under the layer of snow.

The cafe and gift shop were open for some goodies. Definitely worth a visit.
Written December 28, 2021
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vdsl90
Toronto, Canada408 contributions
Dec. 2021
magical experience as we scrolled thru the gardens enjoying the special Christmas displays. we took lots of photos. to avoid large crowd, we arrived around 4pm. however, we had to wait until the sky turned dark to fully appreciate the christmas lights.

Congratulations to the Team at Butchart Gardens for such a spectacular Christmas display. each piece was unique and intriguing. we spent at least half hours just taking photos of the 5 fully lit multi colored trees! everyone enjoyed the tree which reacts to the level of sound.

most memorable visit to the Butchart Gardens. our heartfelt thanks to all staff. highly recommend.
Written December 20, 2021
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gypsy604
Vancouver200 contributions
Dec. 2021
WOW! Christmas light display was the best I have ever seen!! What a great job they did and my 9 yr old loved the "12 Days of Christmas" theme. Was really worth the drive and money!
Written December 19, 2021
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Catherine M
Montreal, Canada364 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Friends
Went during the Christmas lights and it was beautiful! Look for everything from the 12th days of Christmas song. Very beautiful.
Written December 12, 2021
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Alain G
2 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Couples
The place is spectacular. I can’t believe how many different plants in one place. The Colors are beautiful.
Written December 10, 2021
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john r
2 contributions
Dec. 2021
Wonderful Gardens and fun for the whole family. If you are in Victoria Butchart is a must see attractions. In December they have an amazing Christmas Lights display, it is a must do activity! Great friends staff as well.
Written December 7, 2021
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Novaart
Poulsbo, WA366 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
This was the highlight of our weekend in Victoria and we were so happy that the maritime border between Port Angeles and Victoria opened in time for us to attend. We purchased timed tickets ahead and had reservations for 7:00 PM. The weather was perfect-a thin layer of frost and clear skies. The festive lights were a sight to behold and we actually walked the grounds twice. The theme was the 12 days of Christmas and you g and old alike spent time trying to find the twelve days hidden throughout. The Three French Hens were hysterical as were the four calling birds-just a wacky sense of humor to the creator of this event. Don’t get too caught up if you can’t find the twelve drummers…you will, in time!! There was a carousel for children, plenty of bathrooms, a wonderful gift shop and many, many photo opportunities.
Written December 5, 2021
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