‘Beam me up Scotty’ often meant that Kirk and Spock needed to escape… and fast. However, once a year, at VanDusen Botanical Garden, it’s more a case of ‘beam me down’ … and, once here, you don’t want to leave. Upon arrival you’ll find yourself in the midst of more than a million beams of twinkling lights, sipping steaming hot chocolate and surrounded by beaming, happy people. Yes, you’ve been transported to an alternate reality; you’re at VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights – a must-experience holiday tradition. Opening December 9th, Festival of Lights runs every night (except for Dec.25th) from 4:30 – 9 p.m. through January 2nd.
Come hungry as there’s plenty to eat: Dr. Waffle will be serving up savoury and sweet waffles along with home-made soups, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen next to Santa’s Living Room, Shaughnessy Restaurant, Truffles Café, Dr. Waffles’ Gourmet Hot Chocolate Bar (try the trio flight), Whistler Wood-Fired Pizza and the ever-popular Mr. Doughnut mini-donuts.
Advance tickets are on sale starting November 1st at Tickets Tonight at 604-684-2787 / www.ticketstonight.ca (service charge applies) or you can pick them up in person at the Garden Shop (no service charge) or Garden Administration Office. Tickets are also available at the Gate every evening.
Special prices are in effect:
Adult (19-65): $13.50
Senior (65+): $10
Child (3-12): $7.50
Children under age 3 are free
Family (2 adults + 2 children age 18 and under): $31
For more information on VanDusen Botanical Garden and its events visit VanDusen’s web site
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