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Things to do in & around Nanaimo in December

Things to do in & around Nanaimo in December

December is a festive time in Nanaimo.   Below you will find some of the many holiday offerings in the mid-Island region including Nanaimo, Ladysmith & the Parksville Qualicum area.


VIU's 18th Annual Festival of Trees- running from November 19-30- Choose your favourite tree at this popular long-running holiday event. Highlights include a dazzling display of Christmas lights, decorations, and trees – many of which will be raffled off at the Festival.

Yesteryear Christmas

Nanaimo Museum • 100 Museum Way

December 15 • 1:00pm- 4:00pm

Experience an old fashioned family Christmas at the Nanaimo Museum featuring historical toys, crafts, and treats. Children (and the young at heart) will enjoy playing with toys that were popular 100 years ago. Decorate traditional Christmas sugar cookies with icing and sprinkles for your own holiday treat, or make your own Christmas craft.


Nanaimo Christmas lights cruiseNYC Annual Christmas Lights Cruise


The Nanaimo Yacht Club welcomes you, with your decorated yacht, motor or sail, to join our NYC members, on their yachts, in our annual Christmas Light Cruise, on the evening of December 8, 2012.  If you don’t have a boat and would like to enjoy the lights there are many places along the water to view the boats as they pass by.




Milner Gardens Christmas Magic


The Gardens will be lit up with thousands of Christmas lights. The Milner House is decorated in old fashioned Christmas splendour


Festival of Lights - Start your holiday season off on Nov 29 in Ladysmith for the 25th annual Festival of Lights. This is a fun family event.  There are over 200,000 lights lit up throughout the town of Ladysmith.  There will be a parade, concessions and a big fireworks show.  If you are not able to make opening night you can visit Ladysmith up until January 14th to enjoy the light show.





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