VanDusen Festival of Lights

Nov. 30, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020

By The City of Vancouver

Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, a magical winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Botanical Garden.


For more info and to buy tickets, go to



5251 Oak Street
at West 37th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V6M 4H1

Hours of operation

Dates Hours
November 30 to December 24 4pm – 9:30pm
December 25 Closed
December 26 to January 5 4pm – 9:30pm


Festival of Lights tickets make a great stocking-stuffer for friends, family, co-workers, and clients. Gate pricing is inclusive of GST. Online pricing is inclusive of GST and online service fees.

Premium nights are December 7, 8, 14, 15, and 21 to 29


Adults (19-64 years)

Online price At the gate
Regular rates $19 $21
Premium nights $22 $24

Seniors (65 and up) and youth (13-18)

Online price At the gate
Regular rates $14.50 $16
Premium nights 17.50 $19

Garden (VBGA) members with valid card

Online price At the gate
Regular rates $14.25 $15.50
Premium nights $16.75 $18

Children (4-12 years)

Online price At the gate
Regular rates $11.50 $13.75
Premium nights $13.50 $14.75

Free for children ages 3 and under

Group sales

Group tickets are available for groups of 25 or more and are priced at the adult premium online rate. The group tickets are hard copy and valid for any event night.

Download the group sales form and email to

Ticket details

  • Coupons, discount offers, and admission vouchers are valid for regular daytime garden admission, but not for special events including VanDusen Festival of Lights. These include the Tourism Challenge Privilege Pass, Vancouver Inspiration Pass, Leisure Access Pass, and Entertainment Book coupons, Viator vouchers, and VanPass vouchers
  • VBGA member rates are available online only for those with current memberships
  • Hard copy tickets are priced at premium gate admission rates and are available for purchase from admissions at VanDusen Botanical Garden during regular day time garden hours. They are valid for any event night
  • There will be a limited number of tickets available at the gate each night, space permitting

Festival Highlights


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.

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

Make-A-Wish® Canada – Candle Grotto

Make a donation to charity partner, Make-A-Wish Canada, 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

Food and Beverages

The entire event area is not licenced, but speciality beverages will be available to visitors 19 years and over at Shaughnessy Win Bar, Truffles Café, and Santa’s Lodge. Vendors include:

  • Potato Tornado
  • Tin Lizzy Concessions
  • Japadog
  • Reel Mac and Cheese
  • Cin City Donuts
  • Shaughnessy Wine Bar
  • Shaughnessy Restaurant
  • Shaughnessy Lounge
  • Truffles Café
  • Truffles Hot Drink Hut
  • Fireside Lounge

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