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Used Around Town November 2022's sponsored events around Vancouver Island
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Each month sponsors community events here on Vancouver Island and this November is going to be a busy start to the Holiday season! We hope you’ll join us at the following events we’re proudly supporting:

1.) Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation Online Silent Auction – October 26 – November 5

2) First & Last Chance Christmas Craft Shows – November 5-6 & December 9-10

3.) Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Online Auction – November 6-13

4.) Creative Crafts Fair – November 11-13 

5.) Belfry Theatre presents Vigil – November 15 – December 11

6.) 2022 Victoria Festival of Trees presented by Scotia Bank– November 17 – January 2

7.) Christmas Vintage, Retro & Collectible Show/Sale – November 20

8.) 40th Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade – November 26

9.) Nanaimo Art-A-Fair Christmas Craft Fair – December 18-20

10.) Relove Market – November 12-13

11.) Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Showcase – November 26 – January 2

12.) Intrepid Theatre presents HOMO: A Queer Cabaret – December 3

13.) Victoria Festival of Trees supporting BC Children’s Hospital Foundation – November 17 – January 3

14.) IEOA Light Convoy and Food Drive – Saturday, December 3

15.) Children’s Health Foundation presents Pancakes & Pajamas – December 11

16.) Ballet Victoria The Gift of the Nutcracker – December 28-30

17.) 2022 Esquimalt Christmas Tree Village – December 4 – January 4, 2023

Belfry Theatre presents Vigil – November 15 – December 11 

“an achingly funny black comedy.” The Sunday Times 

“a small masterpiece.” The Globe & Mail 

“I’m worried about your health…it seems to be improving.” 

Kemp is a banker. When he receives a phone call from an elderly aunt on her deathbed, he rushes across the country to pay her a visit, anticipating a swift funeral. But she’s not going just yet. As the seasons change and the weather turns, she defies his expectations in this deliciously absurd, incredibly funny, and poignantly tender play. 

Vigil premiered at the Belfry in September 1995 and has played half the world over and been translated into two dozen languages. Buy tickets here. 


Christmas Vintage, Retro & Collectible Show/Sale – November 20 

What’s red and green and sparkles all over? The Christmas Vintage, Retro & Collectible Show/Sale at the Mary Winspear Centre, Beacon Avenue, Sidney-by-the-Sea!  

Want to get your Christmas shopping started? Where else could you find 55 vendors under one roof selling unique vintage items? We have repurposing down to a fine art! This major event is always a great mix of great interesting people and things.  

Small pieces of Mid-Century Modern furniture, vintage jewelry coats, and hats; magazines and other paper collectibles stamps: comic books and postcards. Toys: dolls, teddies, dinky cars, Meccano, mechanical and wind-up. A range of tablewares: pyrex, china, earthware. Paintings, and an amazing assortment of carefully used books. Textiles, gold, silver, and precious gems. Vintage Christmas decorations.  

 Come again or experience the show for the first time at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. 9:30 am – 4 pm Entrance $5. Earlybird: 8:30 am $20. (Cash door please) 


40th Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade – November 26 

The much-loved parade is the Miracle on Government Street and kicks off Christmas on the Westcoast! This year, together with the IEOA truck convoy and Esquimalt Light Parade we are working together as a community to Light Up The City! We will be extending the parade route a few blocks for 2022 as recommended by our friends at Vancouver Island Health Authority. Masks are recommended but not mandatory and we ask that this year, take the time to respect each other, be kind, be polite and enjoy the event together. 


2022 Victoria Festival of Trees presented by Scotia Bank– November 17 – January 2 

The Festival of Trees is a local community event during the holiday season where local businesses and organizations along with members of the Victoria community come together in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Holiday trees are spruced up and on display at the Bay Centre, downtown Victoria, for the community to vote on and enjoy for free. 

The 2022 Festival of Trees is raising funds for diabetes research at the BC Children’s Hospital. Click here to learn how your business can get involved and sponsor a tree this year! 


Creative Crafts Fair – November 11-13 

Vancouver Island’s most established fair, the 43rd Annual Creative Craft Fair provides an abundance of sights, sounds, and the familiar aromas of Christmas in the air. There will be an array of crafts to purchase for the holiday season. Professional exhibitors will show their finest jewelry, glass, pottery, candles, wood, bath & beauty products, clothing, weaving, toys, quilting, specialty foods, paintings, First Nations Art, cards, prints, and High-Quality Imports. Enjoy snacks or lunch at Greek on the Street! The Pearkes venue provides a relaxed spacious environment that is wheelchair accessible. An ideal time to shop is Friday, November 11th, opening at 11:30 am and closing at 7:30 pm. Open Saturday, November 12th, 10 am to 5 pm, and the last day for enjoyable shopping is SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13th 10 am to 4 pm!  

Visit the website for more information 


First & Last Chance Christmas Craft Shows – November 5-6 & December 9-10 

Come enjoy a day with family and friends at the Mary Winspear Center as First & Last Chance Christmas Craft Shows celebrate their 33rd year! Presenting an array of unique inspirations from 85+localartistsand artisans. With over twenty-five categories represented, you are sure to find creative solutions for every person on your list -including you! 

We hope to help make your holidays special. Perhaps you will be one of the lucky ones to receive the$200 Daily Vendor Shopping Spree and/or hourly giveaways. Don’t forget to sit awhile and listen to seasonal live music while sampling Farm’s Gates’s glorious food! Whether you are looking for a gift for someone special, stocking-stuffers, or want to inspire holiday spirit, we offer it all under one roof. Find all the details here. 


Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation Online Silent Auction – October 26 – November 5 

Our Under Paris Skies Gala is sold out BUT our Online Silent Auction is NOW OPEN for YOU and EVERYONE! 

Click through to the SPHHF online Silent Auction site to register & start your bidding! SPHHF Online Silent Auction (if you need assistance, please call our Sidney office at 250-656-2948) 

We are so delighted with the overwhelming support and contributions from our local community and businesses, all the way up to Chemainus, to help us raise funds for our community hospital & this year’s “Close to Home” Campaign. 

Please show your support and keep the bidding going on our many wonderful items: food, activities, entertainment, art, gift baskets, fashion, trips, gift certificates, beauty and so much more – all funds raised will support our campaign to bring equipment to our Emergency and Operating Rooms, and Doctors to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. The auction closes on Saturday, November 5th at 8:30 pm! 

Feel free to spread the word & share the link!  And let the bidding begin……. 


Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Online Auction – November 6-13 

Join The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce on November 6 – 13, 2022 for an online auction extravaganza! ⭐  

This November, bid on vacations, exclusive one-on-one discussions with community leaders, home décor, and much more.  

Find once-in-a-lifetime prizes including a 7-night Caribbean cruise, a chance to speed down the Victoria International Airport Runway in an Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) truck, and a private whale-watching experience for you and 11 of your friends and family.  

Register today to be notified when items become available, and to get a sneak peek at Early Bird bidding! >>> 


Nanaimo Art-A-Fair Christmas Craft Fair – December 18-20 

There is a brand-new craft show in Nanaimo this year! Join us at Art-a-fair, on November 18-20th as we celebrate the holiday season with an impressive array of creative inspirations from70+ talented local West Coast artists, artisans, makers, and designers. Art-a-fair will take place at the Beban Park Social Centre offering an impressive range of beautifully handcrafted gift solutions, daily $200 Vendor Shopping Sprees and hourly giveaways. Farm’s Gates Food & Catering will be there with fabulous food to keep you energized while you listen to seasonal live music.  

Come and be a part of Art-a-fair 2022, support our artists & artisans, and experience finely handcrafted items you simply won’t find anywhere else. Meet the artisans you are purchasing from and hear their stories–it makes for a much more intimate purchase. By purchasing locally made one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, you are supporting not only artists and artisans but also small local Canadian businesses. So, mark your calendar and we will see you at Art-a-fair 2022! Details here. 


Relove Market – November 12-13

The ReLove Market is a Premier Secondhand & Vintage pop up Market, offering the finest in Preloved garments at affordable prices.  Alongside our second-hand resellers, The ReLove Market offers community, connection, creativity & small business love and features local artisans, makers in fashion, vintage, beauty, home and lifestyle.  We are committed to the growth of our community and providing a stress-free shopping experience for both vendors and consumers alike

Come out and shop some of the finest in secondhand & vintage clothing, accessories, housewares and more! This market marks 1 year of ReLove here in Victoria and we are so excited to be back where it all began. You can find us Saturday November 12 & Sunday November 13 from 12-5pm at The Victoria International Marina located at 1 Cooperage Place (next to Boom+Batten Restaurant & Cafe along the Songhees Walkway).

Come for the shopping and stay for the live music and be sure to snag yourself a ReLove Tote for all your incredible finds. Don’t forget to tag your snaps from the day with @therelovemarket & #relovegeneration

Vendor Applications Open


Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Showcase – November 26 – January 2

Victoria’s sweetest holiday event, the Gingerbread Showcase, is returning for its 14th year! The Gingerbread Showcase is Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s premier fundraising event, and we are proud to be presented this year by the team at Revera Living. From November 26, 2022 to January 2, 2023, grab your friends and family and visit these incredible 100% edible creations in person at the Parkside Hotel & Spa. This year’s theme is “Magical,” as we invite bakers of all kinds to interpret some magic into their creations. Don’t forget to donate to vote for your favourite Gingerbread masterpiece! All funds raised at the Gingerbread Showcase will go directly to helping Habitat for Humanity Victoria provide strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership for Victoria families. We’re looking forward to welcoming you and spreading the holiday cheer.


Intrepid Theatre presents HOMO: A Queer Cabaret – December 3, 2022

HOMO is a unique night of art, performance, experimentation, frivolity and a celebration of queer performance. This campy cabaret features a diverse line-up of queer artists, experimenters, and boundary pushers in raucous cabaret acts, fabulous performance pieces, and brand new work created just for HOMO. Now called simply, HOMO, Intrepid Theatre’s winter cabaret of queer art is always a sell-out. Prepare for a night of cabaret, camp and surprises. Hosted by Vancouver Drag Royalty, Jaylene Tyme. Jaylene is a Two-Spirit Indigenous Trans performer, host, and advocate. Saturday Dec 3, 7:30pm Metro Studio – 1411 Quadra Street Tickets $27, and free ASL tickets — Accessibility: This performance will be ASL interpreted by Katt Campbell. Please indicate any accessibility needs, including wheelchair accessible seating or if you require seating with no stairs, in the provided field, and we will make sure to assign seating that works for you. Free tickets for those accessing ASL interpretation are available. — Masks: Masks are strongly recommended for patrons. Metro staff will be masked. Buy tickets here.

Festival of Trees supporting BC Children’s Hospital – November 17 – January 3

Festival of Trees, presented by Scotiabank, brings local businesses and organizations along with members of the community together in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Trees get sponsored and spruced up to go on display for everyone to enjoy over the holiday season.

This year, funds will go towards transforming diabetes care for kids in BC. You can participate by heading down to the Bay Centre and voting on your favourite tree. Each vote is a $5 donation to diabetes research at BC Children’s Hospital.


IEOA Light Convoy and Food Drive – Saturday, December 3, 2022

Convoy starts at Breakwater District at 5:40pm.
Finishes at 2200 Millstream Road at 8:30pm.
Online food bank donation links and more details can be found at:
*convoy route timing is approximate

Children’s Health Foundation Pancakes & Pajamas – December 11

Wear your pajamas to brunch on December 11 and support the health of Island kids!

Remember those holiday mornings when you rolled out of bed to find a delicious breakfast ready and waiting?  Was it just a dream?  It’s real this year! And you didn’t even need to get dressed!  Roll down to the Hotel Grand Pacific on Dec 11 for Pancakes & Pajamas, a feast of fun for kids of all ages, featuring a delicious and extravagant buffet, kids’ activities, and storytime with Santa.

An annual fundraiser for Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, Pancakes & Pajamas is offered twice on December 11 in the hotel’s beautifully decorated Vancouver Island Ballroom.  Choose between the 9am and 12:30pm seatings for a full holiday-morning feast. Kids will receive activity books and takeaways.  Tickets are available now on  Our priority is to keep families safe. In addition to monitoring and following all BC CDC orders, Children’s Health Foundation has implemented additional precautions outlined on the Eventbrite ticket page.

Ballet Victoria The Gift of the Nutcracker – Dec 28-30

The Gift of The Nutcracker is a 21st century Victoria family tradition with everything you expect from a Ballet Victoria production. An original Christmas tale danced to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score of the Nutcracker played by the Victoria Symphony. At last, this year the children are back in the production! The ballet also boasts new lively choreography, hilarious pantomime, new beautiful costumes, magic, and as always, surprises for the whole family. The live music drives the imaginative choreography for the company dancers as well as over thirty local young ballet students. Watch Clara’s Christmas adventure with her toys and the Nutcracker come alive and take you on a journey across the world filled with holiday cheer. Buy tickets here.

2022 Esquimalt Christmas Tree Village – December 4 – January 4, 2023

Experience the magic of the holidays at our ninth annual Christmas Tree Village.
Join us as we transform the Recreation Centre Atrium and Archie Browning Sports Centre into a holiday wonderland, teeming with twinkling lights and delightful decorations. This event is free to the public to enjoy and runs from December 4, 2022 – January 4, 2023.
View the photo gallery. VOTE for your favorite tree. One LIKE on the photo represents one vote. Voting will take place December 4-17th, 2022. The winner will be announced December 20th, 2022.
Special thank you to our community sponsors: Lab Health Physio, Country Grocer, Saxe Point Day Care, Used Victoria, Aragon Development, and Sunnyside Cafe

We hope you have fun at these wonderful, local events this fall! If you’d like to be a sponsor of your event on Vancouver Island, please contact our Community Manager, Carly.