december, 2019

01dec4:30 pm4:30 pmFestival of Lights at VanDusen GardensRecommended Ages:0 to 2 - Infants & Toddlers,3 to 4 - Preschoolers,5 to 8 - Primary,9 to 12 - Intermediate,Over 13 - Teens


Event Details

This is a evening great adventure with kids. Huge parts of the gardens are lit up  (1 million lights in fact) in a dazzling display. There are the “dancing lights” on the central pond, a carousel, sweet treats, real food, and hot chocolate on offer, as well as a lovely Santa in his living room.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens website


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. Operator guidelines apply.

Dancing lights

Be mesmerized by lights dancing to music on Livingstone Lake, once every 20 minutes.

Santa’s Lodge

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.

Santa will be on-site from 4:30pm to 6pm and 7pm to 8:30pm every night. This area is licensed. Choirs, singers, and bands will be performing on select nights. Check back for the full entertainment schedule.

Fireside Lounge

Nestle under our new heated tent with fire pits located in the heart of the garden.

Make-A-Wish® BC and Yukon – Candle Grotto

Make a donation to our charity partner, Make-A-Wish® BC and Yukon, 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

Portobello West Winter Wonderland Market

Open December 16 to 23

Local artistry and superior craftsmanship is on display at Portobello West, Vancouver’s nod to London’s world-famous street market.

Shop goods including jewelry, sustainable textiles, and hand-poured candles from BC’s top emerging artisans at this special Winter Wonderland pop-up edition, chock-full of pretty pieces for everyone!

Portobello West is Vancouver’s original “shop local” market established in 2006, and only not-for-profit with a mandate of supporting local creatives. Visit this pop-up market at VanDusen Festival of Lights.


(Sunday) 4:30 pm - 4:30 pm


VanDusen Gardens

5251 Oak Street at West 37th Avenue

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