This holiday season might look a bit different compared to previous ones but there’s always reasons to eat, drink and be thankful. Here is a list of restaurants and businesses in Victoria and rest of Vancouver Island that have special Christmas offerings this year.
Of course, any support to local businesses is appreciated in these times. Christmas celebrations can take on different forms from traditional, fusion to modern. Please use this list as an inspiration for ideas on how to put together your own Christmas celebration.
This list is updated as information becomes available. Please reach out to me [email protected] or @foodgressing on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok) for any suggestions.
- Christmas Day & Eve Dine-In
- Fairmont Empress
- The Courtney Room @ Magnolia Hotel (Victoria)
- The Pacific Restaurant @ Hotel Grand Pacific (Victoria)
- Oak Bay Beach Hotel (Victoria)
- Brentwood Bay Resort (Brentwood Bay)
- Tigh-Na-Mara Resort (Parksville)
- Kingfisher Spa (Courtenay)
- 10 Acres at the Pier (Sidney)
- Christmas Turkey-To-Go
- Festive Dining
- Holiday Gift Ideas
Christmas Day & Eve Dine-In
Q Restaurant at Fairmont Empress will have festive dinners available both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The Christmas Eve Dinner features a four-course menu priced at $159.00 for adults and $79.50 for children, with the option to add wine pairings for $45.00.
Seatings are available from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm and reservations must be made by calling the restaurant’s reservations team at 250.389.2727.
Q Restaurant’s Christmas Day Dinner boasts an elegant five-course set dinner menu with a selection of entrées such as Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings or Pan Roasted Sablefish.
Priced at $185.00 for adults and $92.50 for children, this special dinner service has seatings available between 4:00pm and 9:00pm.
The Courtney Room @ Magnolia Hotel (Victoria)
The Courtney Room will host a special three-course Christmas menu on December 24 and 25.
The Pacific Restaurant @ Hotel Grand Pacific (Victoria)
Oak Bay Beach Hotel (Victoria)
Christmas Day Brunch is held in the Grand Lobby with a lavish table d’hôtel dining experience created by Executive Chef Kreg Graham. There will be two seatings for brunch held at 10:00 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. on December 25, 2020. Please note, your reservation is for 1 hour and 45 minutes of dining. Tickets: Adults: $78 / Children: $35 / Children 2 and under complimentary.
Christmas Day Dinner is served in the neighbourhood’s favourite pub, The Snug, as well as The Grand Lobby. Two seatings at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Please note that reservations will be taken for Hotel Guests only until Dec. 1, 2020, at which point they will then be opened up to the general public. Tickets: $85 + tax per person.
Brentwood Bay Resort (Brentwood Bay)
Tigh-Na-Mara Resort (Parksville)
They also have a 4 Course Set Menu for Christmas Dinner from 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Adults $69. Children under 12 years $23.
Kingfisher Spa (Courtenay)
- Christmas Eve 3-course plated dinner from 5 pm onwards ($85 per person)
- Christmas Day Brunch at AQUA from 9 am – 2 pm (regular brunch menu)
- Christmas Day 3-course plated dinner from 4:30 pm onwards ($85 per person)
10 Acres at the Pier (Sidney)
The Fairmont Empress is offering Festive Turkey to Go which includes herb brined & slow roasted Vancouver Island free run turkey, sourdough-sage stuffing, rosemary & garlic roasted creamer potatoes, maple roasted roots, green beans, rich turkey gravy, house made cranberry-apple chutney and Portofino crusty rolls. Serves 8-10 people. Ready to roast is $374 and Ready to Serve is $399.
- Pick up December 24 (ready to serve or ready to roast)
- Pick up December 25 (ready to serve only)
Whole Foods (Victoria)
Whole Foods is offering Festive Feasts, Classic Roast Turkey Breast Dinners, Whole Turkey, Sides, Desserts and more. Please check your local Whole Foods to see what is offered as offerings may vary by location.
Tigh-Na-Mara Resort (Parksville)
- Whole Turkey (up to 20 people) – $325 plus applicable taxes
- 1/2 Turkey (up to 10 people) – $175 plus applicable taxes
- 3-course For One – Includes appetizer & dessert. $40 plus applicable taxes
- Prime Dinner Half (up to 8 people) – (approx 13 lbs raw weight) $225 plus applicable taxes
- Prime Rib Dinner 3-course For One – Includes salad & dessert. $45 plus applicable taxes
Orders must be placed by 8pm on Monday December 21, 2020. Pickup from 3 pm – 5 pm on Dec 24 or 25.
From December 22nd to January 4th, you can order a roast turkey dinner for 4 people for $59.99, or get the entire package with a whole pumpkin or pecan pie for $74.99. Offer valid for take-out only.
Option #1 – Traditional turkey dinner for 4 people featuring tender carved turkey breast, savoury stuffing, garlic red-skinned mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and your choice of broccoli or sweet petite corn. Pick up cold and reheat at home.
Option #2 – Traditional turkey dinner for 4 people featuring tender carved turkey breast, savoury stuffing, garlic red-skinned mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and your choice of broccoli or sweet petite corn. Pick up cold and reheat at home.
Please check out my post on Denny’s Christmas Menu 2020.
Available December 5, December 12 and daily from December 19 to January 2, the Festive Afternoon Tea is priced at $85.00 for adults and $45.00 for children.
Tea-goers can make it an extra special affair by adding a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne for $33.00 CAD.
You can also enjoy Festive Empress Tea To-Go featuring a box that is filled with the same sweet and savoury delicacies that are found on the festive tea tier – made fresh to order daily.
A great way to enjoy a reimagined Christmas classic, the Festive Empress Tea To-Go is priced at $65.00 CAD and is available for pick-up December 5 and 12, as well as daily from December 19 to January 2.
Holiday Gift Ideas
If you’re looking to buy some gift cards for loved ones or yourself this holiday season, you might want to take advantage of some restaurant gift card deals. Large chains (like Cactus Club, Earls, Boston Pizza) and other local restaurants are offering bonus gift cards with gift card purchases. See restaurant for details.
Food banks are in great need of donations during these difficult times. Please consider making a donation this holiday season or anytime during the year.
- Mustard Seed Street Church & Food Bank
- Goldstream Food Bank
- Loaves and Fishes Food Bank
- Victoria’s Our Place Society
- Campbell River & District Food Bank
- Sooke Food Bank Society
- Sidney Lions Food Bank
- Salt Spring Island Community Services Food Bank
- Lake Cowichan Food Bank Society