Holidays

Pickleball players enjoy a game at Tolmie Park in mid-October. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Pickleball players compete in holiday tournament in Saanich

Teams competed for gold, silver and bronze honours

 

The Russow family took to creativity this holiday season to raise money for Thrifty’s holiday food bank fundraiser. (Photo courtesy of Soren Russow)

Gratitude rocks painted by Victoria family raises money for Thrifty’s holiday food bank

Inspirational quotes encourage a message of love and gratitude in times of adversity

 

Amanita muscaria mushrooms are linked closely with many holiday traditions, says an anthropology instructor at Camosun College. (Pixabay)

Camosun instructor speaks on mushrooms and their link to several holiday traditions

Anthropology instructor says ancient cultural traditions can be found in unexpected places

 

People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a Christmas display in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? What about eggnog – yay or nay?

On the plus side, more Canadians expecting the holidays to be less stressful than last year

People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a Christmas display in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to a waiting family Tuesday afternoon at the legion branch in Langford. Volunteers handed out a turkey meal, food and gifts to 73 families. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford legion gifts turkey meal, presents to families in need

226 meals and 112 gifts were given out this year to 73 families

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to a waiting family Tuesday afternoon at the legion branch in Langford. Volunteers handed out a turkey meal, food and gifts to 73 families. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A group called the Mile Zero Minnows do cold dips year-round no matter the weather. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Polar bear swims are back in Greater Victoria – here’s what you need to know

Find events at Esquimalt Lagoon, Sidneys Glass Beach, and more

A group called the Mile Zero Minnows do cold dips year-round no matter the weather. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Victoria-based fabric artist Deb Bell is dedicated to creating pieces with love and encouraging people to shop local during the holidays. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Indigenous fabric artist encourages Victoria residents to shop local during the holidays

Deb Bell sews masks, healing scarves, change purses and more using locally purchased materials

Victoria-based fabric artist Deb Bell is dedicated to creating pieces with love and encouraging people to shop local during the holidays. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Rainbow Kitchen volunteer Bonnie prepares Dec. 8's meals. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Esquimalt food bank straining under unprecedented, pandemic-fueled ‘tidal wave’

Victoria’s Rainbow Kitchen is seeing new clients every day, including those who used to donate

Rainbow Kitchen volunteer Bonnie prepares Dec. 8's meals. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Residents are invited to submit their best holiday decorations for the Light Up View Royal contest. Nominations of lit-up properties are open until Christmas Eve. (Unsplash)

View Royal residents invited to help light up the town

Light Up View Royal contest nominations are open online until Dec. 24

Residents are invited to submit their best holiday decorations for the Light Up View Royal contest. Nominations of lit-up properties are open until Christmas Eve. (Unsplash)
There’s plenty of options from B.C. brewers for holiday themed craft beer ideas. (Courtesy BC Craft Brewery Guild)

Holiday-themed beer recommendations crafted around the BC Ale Trail

Many new flavours, concoctions and combinations in store for the enthusiast

There’s plenty of options from B.C. brewers for holiday themed craft beer ideas. (Courtesy BC Craft Brewery Guild)
A volunteer with the Salvation Army drops donated toys into a bin during a recent fundraiser event at the Saanich Victoria Citadel. Donations of toys, cash and other goods are being accepted until Dec. 24 as part of the organization’s holiday appeal. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Salvation Army Victoria Citadel hosting annual holiday toy drive in Saanich

Families in need across the region to benefit from community donations

A volunteer with the Salvation Army drops donated toys into a bin during a recent fundraiser event at the Saanich Victoria Citadel. Donations of toys, cash and other goods are being accepted until Dec. 24 as part of the organization’s holiday appeal. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A Harbour Ferry Taxi cruises through the inner Harbour in this file photo. Victoria Harbour Ferry is launching a pair of holiday offerings this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Harbour Ferry offering pair of holiday specials

The annual Santa Ballet is set to return along with a new Sleigh Boat Ride

A Harbour Ferry Taxi cruises through the inner Harbour in this file photo. Victoria Harbour Ferry is launching a pair of holiday offerings this month. (Black Press Media file photo)
The City of Colwood is hosting a free holiday concert Friday evening (Dec. 10) at Meadow Park, featuring choirs from Sangster Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of the City of Colwood)

Colwood hosting free holiday concert Friday night

Sangster Elementary choirs featured; hot chocolate, light tunnels 6-7 p.m. Dec. 10 in Meadow Park

The City of Colwood is hosting a free holiday concert Friday evening (Dec. 10) at Meadow Park, featuring choirs from Sangster Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of the City of Colwood)
The Sooke School District 62 is advising families to be aware of and follow all government COVID-19 restrictions upon returning from holiday travel this season. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Sooke School District reminds holidaying families of requirements for unvaccinated children

Parents should work with schools, teachers if children will be missing school while in quarantine

The Sooke School District 62 is advising families to be aware of and follow all government COVID-19 restrictions upon returning from holiday travel this season. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Virginia MacLeod reads to children during storytime at the Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. The library is hosting multiple holiday themed events this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s library lines up family holiday activities

Scavenger hunt, story walk planned throughout the month

Virginia MacLeod reads to children during storytime at the Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. The library is hosting multiple holiday themed events this month. (Black Press Media file photo)
More than 80 trucks covered in holiday decorations rolled through Greater Victoria’s street Saturday night, during the 23rd IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: IEOA Truck Light Convoy shines throughout Greater Victoria

More than 80 trucks participated in this year’s parade and food drive

More than 80 trucks covered in holiday decorations rolled through Greater Victoria’s street Saturday night, during the 23rd IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy is set to perform this holiday season in support of the Salvation Army Toy Drive. (Photo courtesy of Patricia Mamic)

Naden Band annual holiday performances supports Greater Victoria Salvation Army toy drive

Concerts are set to take place at the Royal Theatre Dec. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy is set to perform this holiday season in support of the Salvation Army Toy Drive. (Photo courtesy of Patricia Mamic)
Seattle novelty company Archie McPhee is selling mac and cheese candy canes this year. (Archie McPhee)

Candy canes re-imagined: Twist on holiday treat may not delight all tastebuds

Flavour profiles expanded to include sardine, kale and hot dog

Seattle novelty company Archie McPhee is selling mac and cheese candy canes this year. (Archie McPhee)
A yuletide showing of eight maids-a-milking at a past Butchart Gardens Magic of Christmas display. American-based PNC Christmas Price Index explores the cost of the items in the popular song, The 12 Days of Christmas, with eight maids-a-milking coming in with a price tag of $58. (Black Press Media file photo)

12 Days of Christmas comes with hefty price tag as inflation drives up costs

8 maids-a-milking the lowest-priced item on the list at $58

A yuletide showing of eight maids-a-milking at a past Butchart Gardens Magic of Christmas display. American-based PNC Christmas Price Index explores the cost of the items in the popular song, The 12 Days of Christmas, with eight maids-a-milking coming in with a price tag of $58. (Black Press Media file photo)
Children’s Health Foundation donors Adrian D’Silva and Tracey D’Silva have volunteered to decorate the home every year since 2012. (Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island/Facebook)

Volunteers light up View Royal ‘home away from home’ for the holidays

Jeneece Place covered in donated lights to brighten spirits

Children’s Health Foundation donors Adrian D’Silva and Tracey D’Silva have volunteered to decorate the home every year since 2012. (Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island/Facebook)