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This is what Vancouver's VanDusen Festival of Lights looked like back in the '80s (PHOTOS)

The beautiful Christmas lights event began 35 years ago and has been igniting festive cheer among its visitors ever since.
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VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights in 1988. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives [CVA 1502-127]

Wandering through VanDusen Botanical Garden's magical Festival of Lights display has become a fond holiday tradition for many Vancouverites.

Built on the former Shaughnessy Golf Course, the Botanical Garden opened to the public back in 1975. The beautiful Christmas lights event began 35 years ago and has been igniting festive cheer among its visitors ever since.

Nowadays, the dazzling winter wonderland has over a million twinkling lights throughout the garden. The festival also includes a breathtaking display on Livingstone Lake every 20 minutes, where lights dance to classic, disco, and soul music sets.

The magical event seems to get bigger and brighter every year.

Here’s how it looked in the early days …

vandusen vintage CVA 1502 151VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights in 1983. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives [CVA 1502-151]
vandusen vintage 1502-147VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights in 1984. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives [CVA 1502-147] ]
Vandusen vintage cva 1502 136VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights in 1984. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives [CVA 1502-136]
Vintage vandusen cva 1502-140 VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights in 1987. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives [CVA 1502-140] ]
vintage-Christmas-5-minVanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights in 1987. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives [CVA 1502-128]
vintage-christmas-6-minVanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights in 1990. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives [CVA 1502-130]
vandusen vintage 1VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights in 1988. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives [CVA 1502-127]
 

 





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