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Central Saanich’s Butchart Gardens set to light up for magic of Christmas

The official light up event is on Dec. 1
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The magic of Christmas is coming back to Butchart Gardens from Dec. 1 to Jan. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)

Butchart Gardens is about to brighten up for the holidays.

The magic of Christmas returns to the gardens with the official light up event on Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. when attendees can see thousands of twinkling lights, magical displays and festive greenery and enjoy free carousel rides that night.

The annual holiday celebration runs until Jan. 6 and also features traditional carollers, festive brass and a Twelve Days of Christmas display.

The gardens will be open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with viewing until 10 p.m., and they will be closed on Dec. 25.

Guests can bring their furry friends from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Dining Room restaurant will be open for holiday high tea from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and then for dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Blue Poppy restaurant will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Staff at Butchart Gardens are encouraging visitors to reserve a date and time at butchartgardens.com.