If You Can’t Feel The Magic of the Holidays at the VanDusen Festival of Lights, Your Heart is Full of Unwashed Socks

Festival of Lights 30th Anniversary

The VanDusen Botanical Garden is one of the top ten public gardens in North America and for three weeks at the end of every year, it turns into a winter wonderland. This year, they’ve reached a new milestone. Come to the VanDusen Botanical Garden and celebrate the Festival of Lights 30th Anniversary in Vancouver, BC.


Experience the Festival of Lights, a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Garden. Bring friends and family and enter themed sections and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performance, and the shadow puppet show. Take a photo with jolly Saint Nick, savour holiday treats, and delight in much more!

Festival of Lights 30th Anniversary

December 10, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015
5251 Oak St
Vancouver, BC

Dates and Times
December 10 – 18 4:30pm to 9:00pm
December 19 – 23 4:30pm to 10:00pm
December 24 4:30pm to 9:00pm
December 25 Closed
December 26 – January 4 4:30pm to 9:00pm

Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake with modern and classic sets

  • Schedule for modern set: 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, and 9:00pm
  • Schedule for classic set: 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm (December 19 – 23 only)
  • Show length: 8 minutes

Photos with Santa

  • Schedule: 5:00pm to 8:45pm from December 10 to 24 (closed every hour from :45 to :00)
  • On-site photo fee applies

Scandinavian Gnome performances

  • Schedule: 5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, and 8:45pm
  • Show length: 15 minutes
  • Indoors

Make-A-Wish “Room of Joy” display by the Vancouver Lego Club

  • Indoors
  • Hoth for the Holidays theme (It’s Star Wars. Get it?)
  • Glow star necklaces by donation ($5.00 suggested)

Make-A-Wish candle grotto

  • Light a wish candle
  • Donations welcome

Themed areas

  • Gingerbread Wood
  • Lantern Alley
  • Mistletoe Mischief
  • Candy Cane Lane

Shadow puppet show

  • Schedule: 5:15pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm, and 8:15pm
  • Show length: 15 minutes
  • Indoors

Tickets are availalbe at VanDusen or they can be purchased online at TicketsTonight