Vancouver’s harbinger of all seasons, VanDusen Botanical Garden, is a delight to visit for the new blossoms in the spring, full foliage in summer, and the bright bursts of colour in the fall. When winter approaches, the garden is adorned with over one million sparkling bulbs during the Festival of Lights.
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden
This family-friendly festival features both indoor and outdoor activities and attractions, plenty of photo opportunities, holiday treats, and much more.
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden at 5251 Oak St (37th and Oak) in Vancouver.
When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015. Closed Christmas Day.
Admission: Buy in person or online in advance.
Activities range from photos with Santa, the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake with modern and classic sets, Scandinavian gnome performances, to a Lego scene in the Make-a-Wish Room (including Hoth for the Holidays, for Star Wars fans), Gingerbread Wood, Lantern Alley, Mistletoe Mischief, and the Candy Cane Express model train.
Since there’s so much to see and do, you’ll probably need some holiday treats and warm beverages. Dining and snack options include Truffles Café, Truffles Pop-up Café, Shaughnessy Restaurant, Santa’s Kitchen, Ms. Klaus’s Kettle Corn Kiosk, Rudolph on the Roof, Cin City Donuts, and Whistler Wood Fired Pizza.