New Year's Day Levee

The public is invited to attend the annual City of Victoria New Year's Day Levee at City Hall, hosted by members of Victoria City Council.

A Levee is a time-honoured tradition that provides an opportunity for citizens and City representatives to exchange greetings and welcome in the New Year.

What: New Year's Day Levee
Wednesday, January 1, 2014, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
City Hall Antechamber, 1 Centennial Square

Coffee and treats will be provided. Free parking will be available at all City-owned parkades and parking meters on New Year's Day.

The word “levee” is derived from the French verb “lever” which means to rise. During the rule of King Louis XIV (1643 – 1715), aristocrats would meet with guests in the morning shortly after rising. By the 18th century, Great Britain and Ireland had made the Levee a formal Court reception for men, hosted by the Sovereign or his/her representative just before or after noon.

In Canada, fur traders made it a tradition to pay their respects to the Master of the Fort or government representative on the first day of the year. Today, the Levee is a New Year's Day social event, hosted by the Governor General of Canada, Lieutenant-Governors, military establishments, municipalities and other institutions.