During the Christmas holidays, Butchart Gardens comes alive with a festival of lights that equals the best in the world. Thousands of lights glow in the darkness, each directed around one of the 12 days of Christmas, which is the central theme. Each display has the central figures (e.g., ten lords a-leaping, seven swans a-swimming, etc.) surrounded by glowing lights. Several excellent restaurants, a gift shop, and many accommodations along the walk will make your holiday come alive. Don't leave home without a camera (preferably video) and allow about 2 hours for this walking tour. The nicest, friendliest people on earth are the Canadians. Must be something in the water.