For its 28th year, the VanDusen Festival of Lights opened tonight (and will be open until January 1). Featuring hundreds of thousands of lights, carolers, Thomas Haas hot chocolate, music and even visits from Santa at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 in Santa’s living room. Click here to find out more.
VanDusen Botanical Garden is located in Vancouver at 37th and Oak easily accessible by car or transit.
When I was little, my family would go every year, a tradition I plan on continuing with my family. I remember the lights, my dad getting roasted chestnuts and trying to make us eat them – yuck! Along with the good memories, I remember waiting forever in line to buy tickets. Now you can buy them online. Brilliant! $7.75 for children (3-12),$14.25 for adults, $10.50 for youth and seniors and free for children under 2. They also have family rates of $32.50 for two adults and two children. Buy tickets.
This weekend Heritage Christmas opens at the Burnaby Village Museum and runs November 24 – January 4, 2013. This free event is open daily except December 24 & 25.
November 24 – December 14, 12noon-4:30pm
December 15 – January 4, 2013, 12noon-9pm
The Village is illuminated this festive season with spectacular displays of lights that are sure to put you and your family into the holiday spirit! Lights in our parking lot are a teaser of what’s to see inside. Delight in the shimmering Winter Wonderland near the Love Farmhouse, an Angel-Crossing at the bridge, a Holiday Lane and be wowed by the gigantic multi-coloured Christmas tree sparkling near the carousel. (To preview some of the scenes, head to our Photo Gallery.)
Eco-sculptures, adorned with shining holiday lights, are out of their winter hibernation and along the edge of the meadow.
And of course, you can enjoy the traditional sights, sounds and tastes of Christmases of the past throughout the entire village – as you stroll through the Village look for scenes from storybooks, take part in a scavenger hunt, enjoy the seasonal entertainment and be sure to look for the special display by the Miniature Club of BC.
With so many things going on here, there is something for the whole family. Carousel rides are $2.30 each. Schedule of events can be found here.
Also opening this weekend on Saturday, November 24, though running through Monday, December 24 daily is the Vancouver Christmas Market.
The Vancouver Christmas Market is an authentic outdoor German Christmas village featuring unique holiday shopping, seasonal music and entertainment, kids activities and traditional food and drinks. Kids activities include: carousel ride, Holly and Jolly the gingerbread mascots, decorate a chocolate lollipop or your own gingerbreadman. It takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.
Cost: $5; $2 kids 7 – 12; free for kids 6 and under
Visit their site at Christmas Market
The holiday season is upon us and this weekend starts a couple holiday fairs for the whole family.
Candytown (November 23 & 24) is a new holiday festival put on by the Yaletown business association. Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down Mainland street transforming the heritage district of Yaletown into a winter wonderland. You’ll also find Mainland Street filled with local artisans, street performers and live music.
Friday, November 23 » 3pm – 9pm
Scotiabank Yaletown Ice Rink 3pm – 9pm
All I Want for Christmas Street Market 3pm – 9pm
Horse-drawn carriage rides 3pm – 9pm
CandyTown Cocktail tour 6pm – 9pm
Saturday, November 24 » 12 noon – 9pm
Scotiabank Yaletown Ice Rink 12 noon – 9pm
Appearance by NHL alumnus Trevor Linden 12 noon – 3pm
All I Want for Christmas Street Market 12 noon – 9pm
Horse-drawn carriage rides 12 noon – 9pm
Visits with Santa (bring your own camera!) 1pm – 5pm
Reindeer barn 1pm – 5pm
CandyTown Cocktail tour 6pm – 9pm
For more information, visit their site at Candytown
Going on right now is the Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival (November 3 – 10). Dance performances, music, workshops and food for the whole family are going on in various locations around Vancouver.
Known as the festival of lights, Diwali is a five day festival which starts on Dhanteras, celebrated on thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin and ends on Bhaubeej, celebrated on second lunar day of Shukla paksha (bright fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Kartik (source: Wikipedia).