It's no secret that Vancouver's VanDusen Botanical Garden is a beautiful destination at any time of year. But every winter a large section of the 55-acre landmark becomes even more breathtaking when it is covered in over one million sparkling Christmas lights. Spread out over the giant garden and strung across ponds, this magical light show is a can't miss and one of the best of Vancouver's Christmas light festivals.
This year, the VanDusen Festival of Lights is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Expect so much more than just lights. There will be dancing light shows, live performances, and photo ops with the big red guy himself.
There’s even a charming carousel that you can ride for free. If you start to feel a little chilly on your visit, you can head to the heart of the garden to enjoy the fireside lounge. The lounge features cozy fire pits in a covered heated tent.
Of course, you'll want to bundle up for the walk, but one item you won't want to be without at the garden is your camera or cell phone. You'll find various frames, photo sets, and other selfie opportunities spread throughout where you can snap those perfect Christmas shots.
This festival is amazing because it's easy to get to — it's right in the middle of Vancouver. It's refreshing because lately some of the coolest holiday light displays are in Seattle or even further away in Calgary!
We all know the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear, and, don’t worry, you can do that too. There will be a playable piano in the garden where attendees can belt out their favourite Christmas tunes.
The festival will run from November 30 until January 5, only closing for one day at Christmas. It's the perfect date night idea to bring your s/o for that special occasion.
You should get tickets online so you don't have to wait so long at the doors. Plus, tickets are cheaper online, too, at just $19 for an adult entry, as opposed to $21 at the gate.
There will also be plenty of nearby restaurants and on-site food trucks where you can grab a quick bite to eat. Past years have had hot, fresh mini doughnuts for sale that go great with a steaming hot chocolate to ward off the cold.
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Price: Starting at $19
When: November 30, 2019, until January 5, 2020
Address: 5251 Oak St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: You can walk through an enchanting botanical garden as millions of lights surround you.