Festival of Lights illuminates VanDusen Botanical Garden this holiday season

More than a million lights will light up six hectares (15 acres) of VanDusen Botanical Garden this holiday season.

Vancouver’s premier and longest running holiday event—returns for the 35th year. FOL includes the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, fireside lounge, Make-A-Wish candle grotto, selfies with Santa, beautifully lit carousel, and much more. All FOL activities are included with admission.

The event runs November 30 to January 5 (closed December 25), 4:00 to 9:30 pm.

New this year is the chocolate fondue tent, hummingbird and wooden owl sculptures, and a pop-up Portobello West Winter Wonderland Market from December 16 to 23. The fireside lounge is in a new location close to the rose garden.

Visitors can get a free photo with Santa November 30 to December 24 and enjoy live musical performances in Santa’s Lodge on select nights. A wide selection of food trucks, including Japadog, Cin City Donuts, Reel Mac and Cheese, Chickpea, and Potato Tornado, along with Shaughnessy Restaurant and Truffles Café, will be on site.

Buy tickets online to save and secure a spot. More information can be found at vandusenfestivaloflights.ca.

All FOL visitors will receive a free ticket to Festivale Tropicale, the Bloedel Conservatory’s unique tropically-themed indoor holiday event, which runs December 7 to January 5 (closed December 25). More information is available at festivaletropicale.ca.

VanDusen Botanical Garden, located in the heart of Vancouver, spans across 22 hectares (55 acres) with more than 7,500 unique species and varieties of plants arranged in 50 distinct collections. The Garden is jointly operated by the Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association.

Media release and images provided by the Vancouver Park Board.

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