Blossoms in the spring and twinkling lights in winter, VanDusen Botanical Gardens has once again made its transformation into a festive, sparkling wonderland for the VanDusen Festival of Lights. This family-friendly event features both indoor and outdoor activities and attractions, plenty of photo opportunities, holiday treats, and of course millions of lights illuminating the spectacular gardens.
Festival of Lights 2017-2018
- Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak St (37th and Oak) in Vancouver
- When: December 1 – 14 from 4:30pm to 9:00pm
Open late December 15 – 24 from 4:30pm – 10:00pm
Closed December 25. December 26 to January 7 from 4:30pm to 9:00pm
- Admission: Buy tickets online in advance to save money and skip the line. Hard-copy tickets valid for any event night will be available for purchase at VanDusen Botanical Garden’s admissions desk. Buy tickets during regular garden hours (10:00am to 4:00pm in November and 10:00am to 3:00pm in December)
Be mesmerized by the Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake every 20 minutes, visit Storytime with Santa (December 1 to 24), enjoy a show at the Vancouver Puppet Theatre (December 26 to January 7), and listen to singers, choirs, bands and entertainers inside the Visitor Centre halls.
All tickets include a free ride on the Air France carousel, where you can also enter to win a trip to Paris!
Walk over to the Make-A-Wish® Candle Grotto to make a donation to the charity partner, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and make a wish while you light a candle to fill this picturesque grotto. There’s also the Make-A-Wish® Lego Room of Joy in the Visitor Centre. Learn about the Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon, get a glow star with a minimum $5 donation and enjoy the Lego display.
Warm up at the Fireside Lounge outside with fire pits and specialty holiday beverages in this new outdoor licensed area. Nosh throughout the gardens at Cin City Donuts, Urban Wood Fired Pizza, Frosty’s Patio & Bar, Potato Tornado, Shaughnessy Restaurant, Santa’s Kitchen, Truffles Café, Truffles Pop-up Café, and Big Dogs.
Miss604 is a proud partner of the 2017 VanDusen Festival of Lights