Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, A Magical Winter Wonderland With Over 1 Million Lights

Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, sponsored by YVR and Air France happening this year from December 1 to January 7! Stroll with friends and family through interactive themed areas, watch the famous dancing lights show on Livingstone Lake, sing along to your favourite holiday classics at the Festival Stage, listen to stories and take a selfie with Santa, light a candle at the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, warm up with a specialty beverage at their new licensed fireside lounge, savour tasty treats and much more.



What else can bring 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. (Suitable for ages 2+ and children 36” and taller. Parents are not permitted to hold babies on the carousel. Other safety restrictions may apply.)

Santa’s Place

Families, kids and couples alike can listen to holiday stories and take a selfie with Santa in the glasshouse until December 24. This is now a free experience included with entry!

Festival Stage

Sing along to your favourite festive classics! Enjoy warm holiday beverages while listening to singers, choirs, bands and entertainers inside the Visitor Centre halls. This area is now fully licensed!

Fireside Lounge

Gather around the fire pits and warm up with a boozy 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.

Make-A-Wish® – Lego Room of Joy

In the Visitor Centre, learn about the Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon, get a glow star with a minimum $5 donation and enjoy the Lego display!

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

Food and beverage:

  • Cin City Donuts
  • Urban Wood Fired Pizza
  • Frosty’s Patio & Bar
  • Potato Tornado
  • Shaughnessy Restaurant
  • Santa’s Kitchen
  • Truffles Café
  • Truffles Pop-up Café
  • Big Dogs
  • Fireside Lounge

Event Information:

When: December 1, 2017 – January 4, 2018
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden | 5151 Oak Street
Tickets: Purchase online

  • December 1 to December 14 : 4:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Open late December 15 to 24: 4:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Closed December 25
  • December 26 to January 7: 4:30pm – 9:00pm

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