Festival of LightsVanDusen Botanical Garden
The VanDusen Festival of Lights is a captivating holiday event set in Vancouver's botanical garden. Over 15 acres, the garden transforms into a light spectacle with over one million lights, mirroring the colors and wildlife of BC’s rare Garry oak meadows.
Visitors can experience the magic with three different Dancing Lights shows that occur every 20 minutes, each offering a unique and mesmerizing performance. The event also supports charity, inviting guests to light a candle at the Scottish Shelter in support of Make-A-Wish.
Tickets and Weather Conditions
Tickets for this popular event are available exclusively online and must be purchased in advance, ensuring a smooth entry experience through the VanDusen Visitor Centre. The festival operates rain or shine, encouraging visitors to dress appropriately for outdoor conditions.
Food and Beverages
Culinary delights are a highlight, with options ranging from cozy fireside fondue and gourmet hot chocolates at the Cocoa Chateau, to international flavors from vendors like Mr. Arancino, NaMì, and Ay!Mamacita. For those over 19, the Garden Café and Shaughnessy Patio offer a selection of specialty beverages.
Accessibility is a key focus, with wheelchair-friendly facilities, accessible parking and toilets, and complimentary access for attendants of those needing assistance. However, guests with sensory sensitivities should be aware that the event features music, flashing lights, and typical crowds.
The VanDusen Festival of Lights not only offers a visual feast but also an experience that touches all senses and warms the heart. It's a place where holiday magic comes to life, perfect for creating lasting memories with family and friends. Amidst the glow of a million lights, the festival stands as a beacon of joy, community spirit, and festive cheer in Vancouver, making it an unmissable event for both locals and visitors during the holiday season.