Holidays

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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)
At more than nine metres wide, the enlarged Colwood Star can be seen from afar, now that it is remounted on the back of Dwayne Gordon and Leah Moreau’s Triangle Mountain home. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Gordon)

Scaled-up Colwood star shines down on city for second year

After receiving plenty of positive feedback last year, homeowners make it bigger and brighter

At more than nine metres wide, the enlarged Colwood Star can be seen from afar, now that it is remounted on the back of Dwayne Gordon and Leah Moreau’s Triangle Mountain home. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Gordon)
Greater Victoria residents are encouraged to light up their properties with holiday decorations this month, and to enter into the Light up the City contest though vicnews.com/contests, with the top-voted displays earning prizes from Helijet International, Peninsula Co-op, and other local sponsors. Pictured is a display from the 2020 contest. (Photo Courtesy of Greater Victoria Festival Society)

Light Up The City holiday decoration contest returns to Greater Victoria

Enter and vote for your favourites at vicnews.com/contests until Dec. 17

Greater Victoria residents are encouraged to light up their properties with holiday decorations this month, and to enter into the Light up the City contest though vicnews.com/contests, with the top-voted displays earning prizes from Helijet International, Peninsula Co-op, and other local sponsors. Pictured is a display from the 2020 contest. (Photo Courtesy of Greater Victoria Festival Society)
The Esquimalt Celebration of Lights parade rings in the Christmas spirit Dec. 5 starting with the parade at 5 p.m. along Esquimalt Road from Canteen Road to Esquimalt Plaza. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt gearing up for seasonal celebration

From lightup parade to holiday entertainment, Celebration of Lights brightens spirits Dec. 5

The Esquimalt Celebration of Lights parade rings in the Christmas spirit Dec. 5 starting with the parade at 5 p.m. along Esquimalt Road from Canteen Road to Esquimalt Plaza. (Black Press Media file photo)
Art pieces, tasteful Christmas decorations and stylings can be found this month at Coast Collective’s Gifts and Wishes holiday showcase of art and fine craft. (Courtesy of Coast Collective)

Holiday shopping transforms Pendray House in Colwood

Coast Collective’s annual Gifts and Wishes show runs Nov. 27 and 28

Art pieces, tasteful Christmas decorations and stylings can be found this month at Coast Collective’s Gifts and Wishes holiday showcase of art and fine craft. (Courtesy of Coast Collective)
FILE - Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, Nov. 22, 2021. Despite the pandemic inconveniences, stall owners selling ornaments, roasted chestnuts and other holiday-themed items in Frankfurt and other European cities are relieved to be open at all for their first Christmas market in two years, especially with new restrictions taking effect in Germany, Austria and other countries as COVID-19 infections hit record highs. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Europe’s Christmas markets warily open as COVID cases rise

Despite inconveniences, stall owners relieved for their first Christmas market in two years

FILE - Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, Nov. 22, 2021. Despite the pandemic inconveniences, stall owners selling ornaments, roasted chestnuts and other holiday-themed items in Frankfurt and other European cities are relieved to be open at all for their first Christmas market in two years, especially with new restrictions taking effect in Germany, Austria and other countries as COVID-19 infections hit record highs. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
Goldstream Food Bank Society volunteer Petra Benbow, left, president Gayle Ireland and volunteer Cynthia Fizzard show off a fully loaded shopping cart similar to the Christmas hampers the organization will soon be giving out. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘It means a great deal:’ Goldstream food bank busy preparing Christmas hampers

The holiday meal-themed hampers will also include gift cards to buy a turkey and toys for the kids

Goldstream Food Bank Society volunteer Petra Benbow, left, president Gayle Ireland and volunteer Cynthia Fizzard show off a fully loaded shopping cart similar to the Christmas hampers the organization will soon be giving out. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The West Shore RCMP is encouraging residents to be safe this holiday season, and avoid falling victim to scams or theft. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore RCMP warns residents to be cautious of holiday scams, theft

Online shopping, mail, and unattended vehicles are all targets during the holiday season

The West Shore RCMP is encouraging residents to be safe this holiday season, and avoid falling victim to scams or theft. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canada Post continues its tradition of releasing new holiday-themed stamps in 2021. (Photo by Canada Post)

‘Tis the Season: Canada Post unveils latest holiday-themed stamps

The holiday stamps feature three recognizable characters — Santa, a reindeer and an elf

Canada Post continues its tradition of releasing new holiday-themed stamps in 2021. (Photo by Canada Post)
Christmas light parades and a variety of holiday events will resume this year in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Holiday celebrations return to Greater Victoria, lighting up the community

Annual lights festivals and parades are a marker of holiday tradition

Christmas light parades and a variety of holiday events will resume this year in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Christiane Coopman, a 73-year-old blood cancer patient in Chilliwack, B.C., and her husband Murry who suffers from melanoma, both received booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine two weeks ago. HO-Cristiane Coopman / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Third-dose Thanksgiving: immunocompromised guests still wary of gatherings

Many immunocompromised Canadians deciding to forego or modify their traditional Thanksgiving plans

Christiane Coopman, a 73-year-old blood cancer patient in Chilliwack, B.C., and her husband Murry who suffers from melanoma, both received booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine two weeks ago. HO-Cristiane Coopman / THE CANADIAN PRESS
(Pxfuel)

Keep Thanksgiving dinner small and vaccinated, Dr. Henry urges

Hundreds of new COVID cases continue to be reported each day

(Pxfuel)
A warm and sunny day at Boomerang Court (Plaza Franco), where the Victoria Francophone Society holds annual St. Jean Baptiste Day celebrations. June 24 St. Jean Baptiste Day events will be held at Boomerang Court and open to everyone. (Courtesy of the Victoria Francophone Society)

Music and poutine on tap in Victoria for St. Jean Baptiste Day

June 24 celebrations for Victoria’s French-speaking community happen in Boomerang Court

A warm and sunny day at Boomerang Court (Plaza Franco), where the Victoria Francophone Society holds annual St. Jean Baptiste Day celebrations. June 24 St. Jean Baptiste Day events will be held at Boomerang Court and open to everyone. (Courtesy of the Victoria Francophone Society)
People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Some industrious person has whittled out a canoe on the beach, though no word on whether it’s seaworthy. A small sign carved into wood advises the craft is for dogs only. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Some industrious person has whittled out a canoe on the beach, though no word on whether it’s seaworthy. A small sign carved into wood advises the craft is for dogs only. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
A long and happy life in Chemainus has been very good to Ejlif and Anna Mose. (Photo by Don Bodger)

B.C. couple celebrating nearly 70 years of Valentine’s

Chemainus pair Ejlif and Anna Mose still very much in love after nearly 70 years of marriage

A long and happy life in Chemainus has been very good to Ejlif and Anna Mose. (Photo by Don Bodger)