Only a week or so away from officially opening our newest location at VanDusen Botanical Garden, and we couldn’t be more excited. The timing is perfect – we’ll be opening our doors just in time for the Garden’s annual Festival of Lights, a breathtaking display that draws crowds from all over the city. Every year, what remains of Van Dusen’s renowned array of flora is bedecked with thousands of lights and ornaments to dazzle Christmas wassailers of every age. From waterfalls to rock gardens, VanDusen Garden is transformed into a veritable winter wonderland – and we’re proudly overlooking it all from our Visitor’s Centre vantage point (which, by the way, has magnificent spans of windows).
The Festival of Lights begins on December 9th, running every night (except Christmas) from 4:30pm to 9pm until January 2nd. Within the Gardens you’ll find the Gingerbread Wood, the Golden Chain Walk, a giant Sparkling Spruce, and the Candy Cane Express model train that kids of every age adore. You’ll also have a chance to meet Santa in his Living Room, see the Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake, dream in the Make-a-Wish Shrine, and jingle with Sven and Jens, the Scandinavian Christmas Elves. For traditional delights, Dr. Waffle will be serving up waffles of every flavour with real apple cider and Thomas Haas Hot Chocolate; Mrs. Claus will have hot dogs, smokies, freshly-popped kettle corn, apple-walnut turnovers, and chicken fingers aplenty; Whistler Wood-fired Pizza Company will be offering slices and entire pies from their on-site ovens; Mr. Ken will be frying up the good ol’ donuts he’s famous for; and of course, yours truly will have bistro favourites and hot drinks ready to impress. You won’t want to miss out on the many tastes of the holidays!
Enjoy the season with a local tradition that truly embraces holiday warmth. Check out VanDusen’s website for tickets, and don’t forget to stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter for Truffles Cafe updates about the new cafe!