Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden: 30th anniversary

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Experience the Festival of Lights, a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Garden.

Stroll with friends and family through themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performance, and the shadow puppet show. Have photos taken with Santa, savour holiday treats, and delight in much more!

Take in the magic from Wednesday, December 10, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015. The Festival of Lights is closed on Thursday, December 25 for Christmas.

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This year at the Festival of Lights, enjoy these highlights.

Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake at the Festival of LightsDancing 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 at Festival of LightsPhotos 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 Gnomes at Festival of LightsScandinavian Gnome performances

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

A Lego scene in the Make-a-Wish Room of JoyMake-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 at Festival of LightsMake-A-Wish candle grotto

  • Light a wish candle
  • Donations welcome

Gingerbread Wood at Festival of LightsThemed areas

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

Shadow puppet show at Festival of LightsShadow puppet show

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

Interactive Icebergs in Livingstone Lake

Candy Cane Express model train


Find out where the Festival of Lights entertainment, highlights, and food will be.


Festival of Lights tickets make a great stocking-stuffer for friends, family, co-workers, and clients.

Buy early to skip the line-ups and avoid sold out dates.

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Service charges apply.

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Buy in person at VanDusen

The VanDusen Garden Visitor Centre admissions desk sells tickets during opening hours.

  • November: Daily, 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • December: Daily, 10:00am to 3:00pm (except Christmas Day)
  • January: Daily, 10:00am to 3:00pm

Ticket prices

Prices include tax.

Age Price
Adult (19 – 64 years) $15.00
Senior (65 years and over) $11.00
Youth (13 – 18 years) $11.00
Child (3 – 12 years) $8.00
Child (2 years and under)   Free
Family (2 adults and their children under 18) $34.00
VanDusen members $12.00
VanDusen family members (2 adults and their children under 18) $29.00

Great ways to save on tickets

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Get free entry to the garden during the year and enjoy many other exclusive benefits. Learn more.

Opening hours

The Festival of Lights operates from Wednesday, December 10, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015, and is closed on Thursday, December 25 for Christmas.

Dates  Hours 
December 10 – 18  Daily, 4:30pm to 9:00pm 
December 19 – 23  Daily, 4:30pm to 10:00pm 
December 24  4:30pm to 9:00pm 
December 25  Closed 
December 26 – January 4  Daily, 4:30pm to 9:00pm

Visitor Centre at VanDusen Botanical GardenWashrooms

Full-service washrooms are located in the Visitor Centre.

Portable toilets are outside the garden entrance and inside the garden.


If there is heavy snow or extreme weather, the Festival of Lights may close. To check our updated hours, phone 604-257-8463.

While most of Festival of Lights is outdoors, there is some indoor entertainment, including the gnome performances, puppet shows, and the Make-A-Wish "Room of Joy" display by the Vancouver Lego Club.


Most paths are paved and fully accessible for wheelchairs. The Heather Garden, Black Garden, and Gingko Garden are not fully accessible.

 The garden does not rent or loan wheelchairs during the Festival of Lights.


Dogs and pets are not permitted into the garden, except for certified guide dogs.

Truffles Café

Truffles Café, located in the Visitor Centre, is deeply passionate about providing the most memorable culinary experience. The café uses the freshest ingredients to ignite your taste buds and offers the finest service to please all of your catering needs.

Truffles Pop-up Café

Truffles Pop-up Café, located just inside the garden entrance, will join the holiday fun and serve up festive treats, including homemade chili, fresh popcorn, and premium hot chocolate.

Shaughnessy Restaurant decorated for the holidaysShaughnessy Restaurant

Shaughnessy Restaurant offers a West Coast-inspired menu featuring local, seasonal ingredients and fusion flavours. Open every day for lunch, brunch, and dinner, come make family memories, visit with out-of-town guests, or have a quick meal before heading into the garden to see the Festival of Lights.

To reserve:

Santa's Kitchen

Santa's Kitchen is located on the deck of Shaughnessy Restaurant and has fabulous views of the light show from their heated, covered patio. Indulge in all-beef hotdogs, hand-cut fries, house-baked turnovers, and other treats. Don't forget to warm your hands with our hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and coffee.

Frosty’s Patio & Bar

Frosty’s Patio & Bar is a great adult spot located on the side patio of Shaughnessy Restaurant. Enjoy hot mulled wine, spiked eggnog, twisted apple cider, and Baileys coffee.

Ms. Klaus's Kettle Corn Kiosk

Ms. Klaus's Kettle Corn Kiosk serves the best savory and sweet treat ever created! Popped fresh every night, Kettle Corn is easy to share and a hassle-free snack for your evening in the garden.

Rudolph on the Roof

Rudolph on the Roof, located outside the Visitor Centre entrance, will serve hot beverages, soft pretzels, and snacks to warm you up before you enter the garden.

Cin City Donuts

Cin City Donuts will serve up hot, fresh mini donuts, fresh squeezed lemonade, and hot beverages in the garden.

Whistler Wood Fired Pizza

Whistler Wood Fired Pizza bakes wood-fired pizzas in the garden, served by the slice, and in family and personal sizes.


Event partners


Shaughnessy RestaurantTruffles Fine FoodsWesternOne


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5251 Oak Street
at West 37th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604-257-8335

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Getting here

Located at 5251 Oak Street in the heart of Vancouver, getting to VanDusen Botanical Garden is easy.

Make use of sustainable transportation options: walk, bike, or take public transit.

Parking is free – but limited – with electric vehicle charging stations available.

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Last modified: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:51:59