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Escape to Victoria – Christmas in Victoria with the Magnolia Hotel and Helijet

Magnolia Hotel Celebrates the Holidays with a Festive Trail

It couldn’t be easier to get over to the Island with Helijet, and that’s exactly what you should do to capture Victoria’s holiday magic this December. With over a dozen flights a day, right from downtown Vancouver, you are easily on your way on your holiday journey and quickly back to the mainland when you’re ready.


Book ahead for the Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s ‘Christmas in Victoria’, starting at just $249 per night until December 31, 2016 and you’ll receive all the special holiday touches the hotel has to offer.

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Start the day with muffins and coffee in the lobby, or return later in the afternoon and warm up with a hot cup of mulled apple cider and cookies.

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Special Christmas treats such as Bailey’s and hot chocolate are delivered to each guest’s door as part of the hotel’s nightly turndown service and the ‘Christmas in Victoria’ package also includes a $25 daily voucher for a hotel service of choice.



While in town I’d suggest checking out Ferris Oyster Bar, where I recently had fresh oysters and a spectacular cocktail, the Spanish Negroni with olorosso sherry, campari, cinzano, orange and cava, and a tasty salad after some shopping along Fort Street.


The hotel’s restaurant, Catalano, is also great for happy hour, lunch and dinner; I dined on a perfectly cooked duck paired with a glass of Burrowing Owl Syrah and I’d recommend you do too!

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The rooms are gorgeous, many have views of the harbour and you’ll have a hard time rising from their super comfortable beds.


Breakfast at the hotel is also lovely. I went for the healthy start (for a change).

Be sure to check out “The Festive Trail”, part of the hotel’s Curated Trails program,  and see the festive sights of Victoria.  The Annual Festival of Trees, at the Bay Centre will get you in the holiday mood and the Gingerbread Showcase is a must at The Inn at Laurel Point. Festive Trail highlights also include Christmas in Old Town at the Royal BC Museum and a holiday Ferris Wheel, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

To book, visit www.magnoliahotel.com or call 1-877-624-6654.

*Helijet and Hotel Magnolia covered my charges, but, as always, I only write about what I truly loved.

Holiday Season Getaway at Victoria’s Magnolia Hotel

While there’s much to do in Vancouver during the holiday season, there’s a certain special vibe across the straight, in Victoria. I nipped over for a few night’s in November for a sneak peak of the Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s Christmas in Victoria package, available until January 2.


Why not leave the car at home and fly over on the Helijet as flights start at $159 this time of year and they’ll drop you off at the hotel if you ask nicely (kids under 12 yrs fly for free)! There’s so much to do downtown this time of year, and you can do it all on foot.

The Magnolia is right in the heart of downtown Victoria, minutes from the harbour, shopping, holiday lights and sites and fab dining experiences.

Book a Diamond room and you’ll find oversized beds, soaker tubs, cozy gas fireplaces and lots of indulgent treats such as the hot chocolate and baileys for before bed.

There’s two very cool routes that the hotel has put together for this time of year; one is the Tapa Trail and the other the Festive Trail.

The Tapa Trail includes the following. I have have been to a few that I have starred and therefore can give them thumbs up, but I’ve heard good things about all.

*The Magnolia’s Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar – Mediterranean inspired. Enoy Venetian style cicchetti (Italian for small bites) at the bar.  619 Courtney Street Twitter @cicchettibar

*Chorizo & Co – Love love love this spot! Great chorizo sausage from a family recipe, tapas and paella parties. 807 Fort Street Twitter @ChorizoandCo

Bodega Bar Spanish cuisine from pinchos to a Barcelona board featuring Spanish charcuterie. 1210 Broad Street

Tapa Bar – Meat and seafood and veggie dishes to share. 620 Trounce Alley

Northern Quarter Bar – live performances – meat or cheese boards. 1724 Douglas Street

The Drake Eatery – British pub style and local craft beer. 517 Pandora Avenue

Perro Negro – Located above Ferris Grill. wide range of cocktails, sherry and wine from Spain. 536 Yates Street Twitter @perronegrotapas

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*Little Jumbo Restaurant – Stellar cocktail list an inventive Canadian cuisine. Do not miss the duck fat fried frites! 506 Fort Street – photo from their website.

*10 Acres Bistro Smaller plates made with loacal, seasonal ingredients 611 Courtney Street Twitter @10acresbistro


Additionally through the holiday season the Magnolia Hotel’s Festive Trail captures the town’s spirit. Take in a performance of Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker, try outdoor ice-skating, a Ferris Wheel ride in Centennial Square, free horse-drawn trolley ride, visit the Festival of Trees at The Bay Centre, head to the Inn at Laurel Point for Gingerbread displays or check out the IMAX Polar Express adventure at the Royal BC Museum. Check in with the hotel’s concierge for more. The Hotel’s Catalano Restaurant and Cicchetti Bar will do a holiday feast on December 25 as well.

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Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s Christmas in Victoria package starts from $189 per night, and includes a special gift of a $25 voucher, per day, to use towards in-room dining, Spa Magnolia, Catalano Restaurant, mini-bar treats or parking. The price includes a continental breakfast as well.

To book Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s Christmas package call 1-877-624-6654 or visit www.magnoliahotel.com.