2008 VanDusen Garden Festival of Lights

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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.

Highlights include

  • 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.
  • Gingerbread Wood
  • 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
Food services
  • 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
V6M 4H1

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