As the holiday season unfolds, Carlton House of Oak Bay undergoes a magical transformation. The building is decorated from head to toe, with twinkling lights, and beautiful ornaments. Inside, the residents enjoy a bustling calendar that echoes the spirit of the season.
There’s lots to do at Carlton House, and this month the calendar features many holiday favorites like wreath making, cookie-decorating, Christmas light tours, sing-a-longs, and various live performances.
Amidst this festive lineup, there is one event that always takes center stage—the annual Christmas Gala.
A cherished tradition since Carlton House first opened its doors in 2005, the Gala is an embodiment of celebration and friendship, hosted by owners Judi Prewett, and Steve and Betsyn Clark. On the eve of the event, the air is filled with anticipation as residents, dressed in their finest attire, gather for an evening promising excitement beyond the ordinary.
Each year, the festivities kick off with a lively champagne reception in the Oak Room, featuring a trio of musicians who set the tone with everyone’s favorite Christmas tunes. Residents spend this portion of the evening mingling, enjoying canapés, and drinking delicious bubbly. Many sing along with the music, and some even get up and dance!
When the clock strikes six, the magic transitions to the beautifully decorated dining room, where residents settle in for an amazing three-course meal. Amidst laughter and merriment, the owners raise a glass to the residents, thanking them for being a part of this very special community.
The culmination of the night is marked by a poignant moment when each resident is presented with a delicate rose by the owners. More than a mere gesture, the rose symbolizes true appreciation, care, and the enduring sense of community that defines Carlton House.
In the heart of Oak Bay, Carlton House isn’t just a residence; it’s a home where cherished memories are made, and the holiday spirit is embraced year after year. It’s a place where holiday magic comes to life, and residents are not just neighbors; they are an extended family sharing warmth, laughter, and the joy of the season.