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.