All of the stores, galleries, cafes and restaurants around town have been decorated for the holiday season. Christmas shopping is made easy when you can browse through unique gifts and art created by west coast locals. Walk into a cafe and enjoy a hot cup of coffee brewed with locally roasted beans and served with baking fresh out of the oven. Ucluelet is a cozy place to be over the holidays!
There are many special events happening around town that are fun for the whole family. Join in the festive fun and take in one or more of these events!
December 12th – Harbour Lights Sail Past
This event is truly special! Crowds gather down at Ucluelet's harbour waterfront to watch a parade of festively decorated boats sail by. Sport fishing boats, commercial boats, fancy yachts and sail boats, even little skiffs, putter by a please crowd as they much on free cookies and sip hot chocolate.
This free event starts at 7:00pm at the Main Street dock and Ucluelet Aquarium. Don’t miss it!
December 13th – Gingerbread Building Community Event
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is inviting the whole community to come and build gingerbread houses on December 13th from 3:30-6:00pm in the Wine Cellar at the resort. They would like to create the village of Ucluelet in gingerbread!
Businesses are invited to come down and make their business and community members can come make their own homes or their favourite part of Ucluelet. All of the supplies are included in this free event and there will be plenty of help from Black Rocks Pastry Chef and Executive Chef.
The houses will be on display in the lobby for the rest of the holiday season.
December 15 - Ucluelet Aquarium Release Day
Okay, so it isn't a specific holiday event but is definitely something you and the kids won't want to miss! The Ucluelet Aquarium is releasing all of their beautiful critters back into the ocean on December 15th at 11:00 down by the aquarium at the end of Main Street, Ucluelet.
It's an all ages event, free, and will finish once all the creatures, and finally, the octopus is back in the ocean. Bring your family, friends, rain gear and inner nerd down - help the aquarium celebrate another great year! This will be your last chance to spend some time with your favourite critter - until next spring.
If you're interested in volunteering call the Ucluelet Aquarium at 250-726-2782.
December 31st- New Years Eve Celebrations at Black Rock's Fetch Lounge
Come down to the Float Lounge at Black Rock to hear Whistler’s Brother Twang perform! Enjoy fireworks and sparkling wine toast at midnight. Call 250-726-4800 for more information and tickets.
Happy New Year!