Fight the Seasonal Affective Disorder at the VanDusen's Garden's Festival of Lights Show

Looking for some new ideas on that perfect Christmas photo? Visit the Festival of Lights hosted by the VanDusen Botanical Gardens and just bring your camera…

VanDusen Botanical Gardens 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver info: 604 878 9274

The opening night at the VanDusen’s Garden's Festival of Lights welcomed thousands of people, but there was enough light and room for everybody. With more than 1.4 million lights (I hope they were LEDs), the dazzling performances of Dancing Lights, and many more thematic light filled galleries and arcades the visitors were treated to much more than neighbourhood Christmas lights.

There was something to enjoy for all ages and groups: the Gingerbread Wood and the Candy Cane Lane for children, the Lover’s Lookout for couples (and not only), the Candle Shrine and the Sparkling Spruce for families and friends, and the Dancing Lights for everybody. This year the lights on Livingstone Lake dance to the unmistakable classic of Nutcracker and to the festive orchestra medley. These pieces rotate every half hour, so you can choose which one you’d like to enjoy and maybe even dance to if it’s cold enough.


There is a lot more to see, hear, touch, and taste at the Festival of Lights. Various community choirs, puppet performances, extravagant rainbows, mountains, cascades, waterfalls and flowers of lights, baked potatoes with toppings and hot cocoa with waffles… The only thing one could wish to add to this celebration would be snow, lightly dancing in the streams of lights, reflecting and multiplying it manifold.

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