Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

The Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Get into the spirit of the holiday season at the 2013 Festival of Lights from December 11 to January 4 at Van Dusen Botanical Garden.

The Festival of Lights is a magical experience for the whole family with over a million twinkling lights covering Van Dusen Botanical Garden from 4:30pm to 9:00pm, every evening during the holiday season except on Christmas day (December 25).


  • Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake starts nightly at 4:30pm: two different shows alternate every thirty minutes throughout the evening
  • Photos with Santa and the backdrop of a million twinkling lights (December 11 – 24)
  • Scandinavian Christmas Gnomes, Svend and Jens, appear nightly in three performance areas  
  • Mischievous Grinch and his secret hut
  • Shadow puppet performance by the talented duo Mind of a Snail
  • Choirs on the Performance Stage
    • Community choirs (December 11 – 20)
    • VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir (December 21)
    • The Christmas Revelers (December 22 – 23)
  • Make-A-Wish Candle Grotto
  • Candy Cane Express model train
  • Make-A-Wish "Room of Joy" featuring a Parade of Lego creations by the Vancouver Lego Club
  • Special themed areas: Gingerbread Wood, Golden Chain Walk, and Candy Cane Lane

Buying tickets

The Festival of Lights is an extremely popular event – buy your tickets early. Tickets make a great stocking stuffer or gift for friends, co-workers, or clients.

Beginning November 1, you can purchase tickets to the Festival of Lights:

  • In person at the Admissions Desk in the Visitor Centre (no service charge applies)
  • At Tickets Tonight (service charge applies)

Price of admission

Prices include tax.

Age Price
Adult (19-64) $14.25
Senior (65+) $10.50
Youth (13-18) $10.50
Child (3-12) $7.75
Child (2 and under)   Free
Family (two adults and their children under 18) $32.50
VanDusen Members $11.25
VanDusen Family Members (two adults and their children under 19) $27.25

Food services

Enjoy light fare and full meals at VanDusen Botanical Garden during the Festival of Lights.

  • Dinner is served every night at the Shaughnessy Restaurant during the Festival of Lights. Reservations are recommended.
  • Experience casual dining at Truffles Café in the new Visitor Centre. No reservations are required.

More information about food services will be available in November.

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Hours of operation

December 11 to January 4
4:30pm - 9:00pm

December 25

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Information Line

Phone: 604-257-8335, press 12

If there is heavy snow or extreme weather, the Festival of Lights might be closed. Phone to check updated hours.

Contact VanDusen Garden

5251 Oak Street
at West 37th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604-257-8335

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Last modified: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:35:09