VanDusen Festival of Lights


We highly recommend buying tickets in advance to save money, skip the line, and secure your spot.

There is a maximum number of online tickets available each night and we are likely to sell out from December 14 to 24.

*A limited number of tickets will also be available at the gate. The best time for walk-up entry is after 8pm.

Buy tickets starting November 1

Hours of operation

November 30 to December 24: 4pm - 9:30pm

December 25 Closed

December 26 to January 5: 4pm - 9:30pm


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

Make-A-Wish® Canada - Candle Grotto

Make a donation to our 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


Location name
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Location Address

5251 Oak Street
at West 37th Avenue
Vancouver BC

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