Share Joy and Sparkle at the VanDusen Festival of Lights

VanDusen festival of lights

Are you ready to jump into the holiday season? Mark your calendars to share the joy and wonder of the VanDusen Festival of Lights, a magical winter wonderland with over one million lights sparkling around VanDusen Botanical Garden from November 30 to January 5.

A beloved holiday season event for Vancouverites, the Festival of Lights is back for another year of holiday cheer. I’ve been attending since I was a child, and it’s 100% my favourite holiday season tradition. Here’s what to expect for 2019!

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Share Joy and Sparkle at the VanDusen Festival of Lights

Get Festive: 8 Unique to Vancouver Christmas Season Activities

Image courtesy of the Westin Bayshore

The holiday season spirit is alive and well in Vancouver! If you’re looking for a fun date night, family outing, or something to checkout on your own, let us illuminate you with some the city’s unique offerings of holiday cheer. (Also make sure to have your camera at the ready, as all of the below has been waiting all year to be featured on your Instagram!)

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Get Festive: 8 Unique to Vancouver Christmas Season Activities

VanDusen Festival of Lights Opens December 1

VanDusen Botanical Gardens dazzles during Festival of Lights.

The holiday season is one of my favourite times of year in Vancouver, because it means I get to experience one of my favourite Christmas traditions: the VanDusen Festival of Lights! Opening December 1, this unique annual event is a winter wonderland in the city.

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VanDusen Festival of Lights Opens December 1

Ticket Giveaway: Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens!

VanDusen Botanical Gardens dazzles during Festival of Lights.

Contest alert! It’s day five of The 12 Productions of Christmas. Enter for your chance to win today’s prize!

The production  Based on John Grisham’s novel Skipping Christmas, Christmas with the Kranks stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis as a couple who decide, with their daughter away, to forego Christmas celebrations for a hot-weather holiday – that is, until she plans a last-minute surprise trip home. The comedy features a scene showing the familiar background of downtown Vancouver’s Pacific Centre.

The attraction  The Kranks had to scramble to host a last-minute, show-stopping Christmas, but VanDusen Botanical Gardens staff have spent months planning the annual Festival of Lights (December 1 to January 7). The result: a twinkling holiday postcard come to life, complete with more than one million lights, themed displays, a dancing light show on the lake, stories with Santa, a candle grotto, savoury treats and more.

Post a comment below and you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of admission tickets to VanDusen Botanical Gardens’ Festival of Lights.

*The winner will be chosen in the next three days, and will be contacted via email.

UPDATE:  Thank you, everyone, for entering the contest. The winner is Magdalena – congratulations! Remember to check back weekday mornings for more holiday productions filmed in Vancouver + ticket giveaways to local holiday attractions!

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.

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

Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities

Santa’s Living Room. Photo credit: Van Dusen Botanical Garden

Real reindeer. Giant gingerbread men. Kris Kringle. Ice skating. These are all good reasons to be nice, not naughty this December. Here are Vancouver’s 5 best family-friendly Christmas attractions. Wrangle the kiddos and hit up as many as you possibly can.

Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities

1) Free Ice Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink, ongoing through Feb. 2013
Robson Square’s free ice rink is beloved by families and local schools, who make up most of the 8,300 weekly visitors. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the city-sponsored rink only charges for rentals. So BYOS (Bring Your Own Skates) or pay $4 (cash) for blades. Helmets and ice cleats are $2. The rink is open 9:00am and 9:00pm Sunday to Thursday, and 9:00am to 11:00pm Friday and Saturday. Continue reading:
Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities