VanDusen Festival of Lights

Get your tickets online starting November 1

We highly recommend buying tickets in advance to save money, skip the line, and secure your spot.

There is a maximum number of online tickets available each night and we are likely to sell out from December 15 to 24.

 A limited number of tickets will also be available at the gate. The best time for walk-up entry is after 8pm.

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Hours of operation

Dates Hours
December 1 to December 20 4:30pm - 9pm
December 21 to 24 4:30pm - 10pm
December 25 Closed
December 26 to January 1 4:30pm - 10pm
January 2 to 6 4:30pm - 9pm

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

Prices from December 1 to 20 and from December 27 to January 6

Age Online price At the gate
19 - 64 years
$18.50 $20
65 years and up
$14.25 $15.50
13 - 18 years
$14.25 $15.50
4 - 12 years
$11 $12
Garden (VBGA) members
With valid card
$14.25 $15.50

Prices from December 21 to 26

Age Online price At the gate
19 - 64 years
$21.25 $23
65 years and up
$16.50 $17.75
13 - 18 years
$16.50 $17.75
4 - 12 years
$12.50 $13.75
Garden (VBGA) members
With valid card
$16.50 $17.75
  • Free for children ages 3 and under
  • Parties of 25 adults or more can receive a group discount
  • Listed prices include GST and/or Tickets Tonight service fees
  • Coupons, discount offers, and admission vouchers are valid for regular daytime garden admission, but not for special events including VanDusen Festival of Lights. These include the Tourism Challenge Privilege Pass, Vancouver Inspiration Pass, Leisure Access Pass, and Entertainment Book coupons, Viator vouchers, and VanPass vouchers
  • VBGA member rates are available online only for those with current memberships
  • Hard copy tickets are priced at gate admission rates and are available for purchase from admissions at VanDusen Botanical Garden during regular day time garden hours. They are valid for any event night except from December 21 to 26. Tickets for December 21 to 26 are only available online and at the gate on event nights, space permitting.


What else brings on more holiday cheer than a ride on a carousel amidst a beautifully lit setting. From grandkids to grandparents, it’s family fun for everyone.

All tickets include a free ride on the carousel.

please note Suitable for ages 2+ and children 36” and taller. Parents are not permitted to hold babies on the carousel. Other safety restrictions may apply.

Dancing lights

Be mesmerized by lights dancing to classic, disco, and soul music sets on Livingstone Lake, every 20 minutes. 

Santa's Cabin

Families, kids, and couples alike can take photos with Santa in the Visitor Centre halls until December 24. This is now a free experience included with entry.

Fireside Lounge

Gather around the fire pits and warm up with a specialty holiday beverage in this new outdoor licensed area.

Make-A-Wish® - Candle Grotto

Make a donation to our charity partner, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and make a wish while you light a candle to fill this picturesque grotto.

Recycled rhythms

Let your kids have some fun making music with recycled instruments.

Tinsel tunes

Play the piano and sing along to holiday tunes in the garden.

Selfie spots and photo ops

Look out for frames, sets, and other selfie spots throughout the show and make sure to share with #VanDusenFOL

View a map of all the highlights, vendors, and amenities  (1.3 MB)

  • Mr. Bannock
  • Vancouver Soup Company
  • Japadog
  • Cin City Donuts
  • Frosty’s Patio & Bar
  • Shaughnessy Restaurant
  • Santa's Kitchen
  • Truffles Café
  • Truffles Pop-up Café
  • Fireside Lounge

View a map of all the highlights, vendors, and amenities  (1.1 MB)


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, wind or other extraordinary weather conditions, VanDusen Festival of Lights may close. A recorded message at 604-257-8463 will provide confirmation. For updates, follow us on Facebook  and Twitter .


Most paths are paved and fully accessible for wheelchairs.

The Heather Garden, Black Garden, and Gingko Garden are not fully accessible.

There are a very limited number of wheelchairs available for use, on a first come, first served basis.

Wear comfortable shoes that are weather appropriate.


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

View a map of all the highlights, vendors, and amenities  (1.1 MB)

Corporate sales and groups

Are you planning a party of 25 or more? We offer adult group rates! Tickets go on sale November 1, 2018.

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