Every year around Christmas time the VanDusen Gardens hold its Festival of Lights. This is a great family event and a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t been here, I highly urge you to go and give it a try. It’s also a great place to take a date. Here is some information from the city website:
Dates and times
4:30 to 9 p.m. every night, December 5, 2008 through January 4, 2009 except December 25th when the Garden is closed.
Santa’s Living Room: Dec. 5 – 24 with Santa appearances 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 p.m.
Svend and Jens, our Scandinavian Christmas Elves appear nightly in the Centre Court
Magician David Wilson: Dec. 26 – Jan. 4, in Santa’s Living Room at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 p.m.
Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake: 15 minute show every half hour on the half hour starting at 5:30 p.m.
Golden Chain Walk
Community Choir Concerts on the Deck at 6:30 and 7:30, dates and choirs TBA
Make-a-Wish Candle Shrine
Candy Cane Lane
Candy Cane Tree in the Centre Court
Candy Cane Express model train across from Santa’s Living Room
Dinner nightly at Shaughnessy Restaurant, reservations required 604-261-0011
Dr. Waffle serving up fresh-made sweet and savoury waffles, real apple cider and Thomas Haas Hot Chocolate
Hot Chestnut booth
On a side note, the VanDusen Garden’s is set to receive a major upgrade. I shall post photos as soon as I can get my hands on some.
Tickets are available at the gate or the Garden Shop: Adult $11, Seniors (65+) and Youth (13-18) $8, Children (6-12) $6 and Children under 6 are free.VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak Street (37th & Oak St.) See map.
Vancouver, British Columbia
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