Christmas in Victoria

Performances and shops coordinate hours for the holidays

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Victoria by the Sea is a summer destination for fine crafts, culinary treats, and entertaining performances, but this year, Victoria-based businesses have teamed up to offer shopping and entertainment in the village through the month of December.

Victoria Playhouse will be hosting two performances of the Atlantic String Machine Christmas with Tara MacLean, a holiday concert collaboration featuring songs and stories from the artists’ own family traditions. Performances take place December 11 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm.

The Playhouse will also host the musical tribute show, Christmas in the Kitchen, featuring Nicholas Whelan, Suzy Wilde and storyteller Alan Buchanan, along with some of PEI musicians performing new arrangements of Christmas songs by The Rankin Family, Nancy White, David Myles, and Anne Murray. The show takes place December 12 at 2 pm.

Victoria Playhouse tickets can be purchased online at or call 1-800-925-2025.

A number of local businesses will have opening hours in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

“With many Islanders consciously choosing to shop local this year for Christmas, a number of the artists and craftspeople of Victoria by the Sea have decided to remain open into December and to coordinate their opening hours to make it easy for folks to plan a shopping trip to our community,” says Michael Stanley, President of the Victoria Business Association.

Ewe and Dye Weavery, Birch Tree Gallery, Michael Stanley Pottery, The Studio Gallery, Victoria’s Glass Studio, and A Hand Made Cross will be open from 10 am– 5 pm, December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19. Island Chocolates will be available at “pop-up” locations during these same times.