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VanDusen Festival of Lights to return with over one million twinkling bulbs

Expect 15 acres of glittering gardens.
The Festival of Lights returns for the 2023 winter holiday season to Vancouver's VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Vancouver's beloved wintry botanical wonderland is back for the holiday season.

Over one million twinkling lights will adorn the grounds of VanDusen Botanical Garden during its annual Festival of Lights.

The 15 acres of glittering gardens will include a glowing display inspired by the vibrant colours and unique plants and animals from B.C.'s endangered Garry oak meadows as well as the infamous Dancing Lights and other themed light areas.

Visitors can also light a candle and donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation at the Scottish Shelter. 

A sensory-friendly night will be held on Nov. 28 for neurodiverse individuals, their families, and caretakers to explore the festival in a comfortable and less crowded environment. 

Festival capacity will be reduced by over 50 per cent, audio levels will be decreased, and flashing lights will be turned off during the sensory-friendly evening.

This year, the VanDusen Festival of Lights will open on Nov. 24, 2023, and run until Jan. 7, 2024.

Tickets for the holiday spectacle will be available starting Nov. 1 and must be purchased in advance online. Tickets will not be sold on-site. 

Festival hours are from 4 to 10 p.m. with the last entry time between 8:30 and 9 p.m. The festival will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Pricing and ticketing info is available via the VanDusen Festival of Lights webpage.