The holiday season is one of my favourite times of year in Vancouver, because it means I get to experience one of my favourite Christmas traditions: the VanDusen Festival of Lights! Opening December 1, this unique annual event is a winter wonderland in the city.
Top Tip: The event will proceed rain, snow, or shine. Make sure to dress accordingly!
With over one million lights strategically and creatively strung around one of Vancouver’s most beloved spots, the VanDusen Festival of Lights is a dazzling display to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages will. Experience the magic of the season with these event highlights:
What else brings on more holiday cheer than a ride on a carousel amidst a beautifully lit setting. From grandkids to grandparents, it’s family fun for everyone!
Top Tip: All tickets include a free ride on the carousel.
*This activity is suitable for ages 2+ and children 36” and taller.
Be mesmerized by lights dancing to classic, disco, and soul music sets on Livingstone Lake, every 20 minutes. (This is my favourite!)
Gather around the fire pits and warm up with a specialty holiday beverage in this new outdoor licensed area.
Families, kids, and couples alike can take photos with Santa in the Visitor Centre halls until December 24. This is now a free experience included with entry.
Make-A-Wish® – Candle Grotto
Make a donation to our charity partner, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and make a wish while you light a candle to fill this picturesque grotto.
Let your kids have some fun making music with recycled instruments.
Selfie spots and photo ops
Look out for frames, sets, and other selfie spots throughout the show and make sure to share with #VanDusenFOL and #VeryVancouver
Play the piano and sing along to holiday tunes in the garden.
- Vancouver Soup Company
- Cin City Donuts
- Frosty’s Patio Bar
- Shaughnessy Restaurant
- Santa’s Kitchen
- Truffles Café
- Truffles Pop-up Café
- Fireside Lounge
VanDusen Garden Festival of Lights 2018
When: December 1, 2018, to January 6, 2019
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Time: Operating hours are as follows:
- December 1 to 20: 4:30 to 9 pm
December 21 to 24: 4:30 to 10 pm
December 25: Closed
December 26 to January 1: 4:30 to 10 pm
January 2 to 6: 4:30 to 9 pm
- Dec 1-20, Dec 27-Jan6: Adults $18.50 online and $20 at the gate.
- Dec 21-26: Adults $21.25 online and $23 at the gate.
- Prices vary for youth, children and seniors.
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