Check out our Winter Wonderland, Interactive Light Tunnel, Live music and Festival of Trees. Slow down, be kind to yourself and take it all in at the Bay Centre this holiday season.
During your visit, involve all your senses with weekend performances by local talent the Bankes Brothers, Karly Summers and Jill Cooper.
Centre Court performances are every weekend from 2 pm to 4 pm starting November 30 to December 22.
Immerse yourself in the biggest indoor living tree display in downtown Victoria, featuring an interactive light tunnel surrounded by a winter wonderland – the place to be for your holiday pics.
Festival of Trees
Helping others is a great way to make you feel happier. Tour the Festival of Trees on display on levels 2 and 3 in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Make a donation by texting to vote for your favourite – you will be entered to win a $500 Bay Centre gift card just for voting. PLUS your text to vote donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $15,000 by the Bay Centre.
Curated Gift Boxes
Holiday shopping shouldn’t be stressful, so we have done the hard work for you and teamed up with five of our favourite local Instagram personalities to share their top gift picks. From locally made items, sustainable wares, culinary experiences, health and wellness, and the latest in tech – check every name off your list.
Looking to support local? This gift pack is for you. @lauralhartman has curated her top finds starting with a custom canvas print from locally owned Urban Art. Take your loved ones favourite photo and have it applied to a ready to hang, stretched canvas print to create a long-lasting personalized gift. Handmade in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island the Westcoast Karma Spirit Bear crewneck from Below the Belt Bay Centre is Laura’s second pick. Each piece has been thoughtfully handled and individually screen printed using eco-friendly inks inspired by west coast nature. Make it a crafter-noon with fair-trade sourced hand carved wooden stamps from Chai Fashions Bay Centre. Traditionally used with black non-toxic ink, stamps are paired with henna so your loved one can create DIY henna right at home. Stamps can also be used for ceramics and crafts. Handcrafted in Vancouver and sourced at Lifestyles West, Kara Yoo’s refined Celina Hoop Studs in yellow gold or sterling silver add classic elegance to any outfit. A local gift pack wouldn’t be complete without locally made chocolates crafted from Purdys Chocolatier’s original 1907 caramel recipe invented by Richard Carmon Purdy (the company’s founder and original chocolatier). Laura recommends the Himalayan Pink Salt Caramel chocolates with 100% sustainable cocoa.
This gift pack is perfect for those seeking vegan and sustainable gift ideas that are both stylish and eco-minded. Christina has started her top picks with a toast-worthy United by Blue enamel lined copper mug from Below the Belt Bay Centre. While copper keeps things classy, it gets bonus points because it is natural, fully recyclable and durable. If that isn’t enough, for every product sold United by Blue removes 1 lbs. of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways. A fully vegan bag from Call it Spring Bay Centre will score points for loved ones seeking animal-friendly options without compromising on style. With harsh winter weather, the 100% vegan, naturally derived, moisture-boosting balms from The Body Shop Bay Centre make great stocking stuffers. Allow your loved one to revive their mind and refresh their home with a Aveda rosemary mint vegan 100% naturally derived soy wax candle from Eco Chic Aveda Salon & Spa to offer a moment of calm. Looking for gift wrap alternatives? Wrap these items in a one-of-a-kind silk scarf from Chai Fashions Bay Centre. Each scarf has been created with upcycled saris. Christina paired her scarf with a scrunchie ‘cause you can never have too many!
Health & Wellness
With a focus on self-care, this gift pack will allow your loved one to put themselves and their well-being first. @mommamillsblog recommends the 60-minute pamper package at locally owned and operated Faye’s Spa consisting of 25-minutes each of upper body massage and foot reflexology finished with a 10-minute herbal crystal mud foot bath. After a long day or post workout, this gift pack is perfectly complimented with Aveda’s Stress-fix Composition Oil from Eco Chic AVEDA Salon & Spa – an aromatic, nourishing oil for bath, body and scalp that softens and moisturizes skin with a nourishing blend of certified organic sunflower and jojoba seed oils. For your fitness guru, a compact ceramic hair straightener from Sport Chek Bay Centre a life-saver, whether post workout or after-work on the way out for dinner with friends, your loved one will be feeling their best while on the go. With the new Apple AirPods from the Source Bay Centre they’ll push even harder during every workout when the sound quality of their music is this good. To round out the gift pack a travel textured foam roller from Winners Bay Centre is a must – compact and lightweight providing instant relief for sore muscles no matter where you are.
Make it a night in with this ultimate Entertainment gift pack. For those that grew up in the 90s or enjoying the F.R.I.E.N.D.S sitcom now, the Friends gift set from Winners Bay Centre will make you the greatest “friend” in the world! The gift set includes a travel mug, Central Perk mug and trivia quiz. With a slight pivot, next pick is Nintendo’s Switch Lite from EB Games Bay Centre – designed for handheld play so you can jump into your favourite games wherever you happen to be. From the HBC X Squish collaboration the Montreal based gourmet gummies make a great pairing for your game night featuring sour grapefruit and blood orange, strawberry rhubarb, and 24 carrot magic flavours just to name a few – available at the Hudson’s Bay Downtown. Support Canada’s own Toronto Raptors with this bomber from locally owned Out of Bound Sports. Whether your loved one prefers to watch the game at home or at their favourite sports bar, a gift card for Earls Kitchen + Bar to enjoy globally inspired food paired with Earls’ signature cocktails compliments this entertainment gift pack.
For the Foodie
This gift pack is sure to please the culinary aficionado on your list. Start hyperlocal with a fondue kit from Purdys Chocolatier Bay Centre complete with Vancouver, BC made chocolates using 100% sustainable cocoa. Then, take a culinary tour to Italy with Oilalà E.V. Olive Oil paired with Giusti White Balsamic Vinegar from locally owned and operated The Tuscan Kitchen. With ingredients in hand, your master chef will look the part with a Cuisine 100% Linen Apron from The Tuscan Kitchen – beautifully crafted with cross back straps leaving hands free to cook over managing unruly ties. Stock the kitchen sink with Shea Butter Hand Cream from L’Occitane Bay Centre – considered a “beauty must-have” by many and an essential for the kitchen. To complete this gift pack @TastingVictoria has selected the Google Home Mini from the Source Bay Centre. While helpful anywhere in the house, the Google Home Mini is extra useful in the kitchen – get recipes, set a timer, convert units or play your favourite tunes!
Here are a few self-care ideas to put into your schedule now, for a restful and more relaxed holiday season:
Rejuvenate with a 30-minute cardio blast at GoodLife Fitness Bay Centre.
Get cozy with your favourite holiday beverage and forest bathe in Centre Court.
Relax with a 15 minute foot soak at Faye’s Spa.
Enjoy an express mani/pedi at Cali Nails – their massage chairs are divine!
Treat yourself with a local chocolate tasting made with 100% sustainable cocoa at Purdys Chocolatier.
Enjoy a complimentary mini facial at L’Occitane Bay Centre while enjoying some of their in-store tea.
Make a date with friends or loved ones! Dine in at Earls Kitchen + Bar or have it at home with Skip the Dishes.