Fans of VanDusen spectacles may have been disappointed when the botanical gardens didn't break out the lights for Glow in the Garden this Halloween, but they can rest assured that the Festival of Lights will be back in time for Christmas.
The annual festive labyrinth will return Nov. 25 and run until Jan. 2. It's anticipated that the installation will use over one million lights to embellish 15 acres of garden from the Laburnum Walk, to the Rose Garden, and Japanese Maples.
Old favourite displays will be returning such as the Dancing Lights on Livingston Lake, while VanDusen is also welcoming a new feature: the Glacial Passage. This indoor installation is set to brighten the hallway that leads guests to an arctic lounge with artisanal icy treats.
Make-A-Wish Canada is the event's charitable partner for the 21st year and the Park Board has set a fundraising goal of $60,000. Donations can be made at the Scottish Shelter in the park, where people can also light candles.
Tickets are available now and must be pre-purchased for a designated entry time. Visitors are encouraged to book early.
VanDusen Festival of Lights
When: Nov. 25,2022–Jan. 2, 2023 from 4-10 p.m.
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens - 5251 Oak St., Vancouver
Cost: $21 for adults, $15.50 for youth and seniors, $11 for children (ages 5 to 12).