Are you ready to experience the city’s most dazzling holiday tradition? We can hardly wait! The annual Festival of Lights is about to begin at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, and we’re excitedly preparing to take part in the magic.
Opening December 7th, this spectacular display of twinkling trees and sparkling shrubs is a must-see event, ideal for the entire family. Scads of volunteers and gardeners have been hard at work since Thanksgiving, checking every one of thousands of bulbs and delicately stringing them across the boughs of the Garden’s multifarious botanicals to create the finest light exhibition yet.
Meanwhile, we’ve been putting together a show of our own, carefully planning and preparing the perfect comfort food staples to serve at four different booths inside the illuminated Garden. Imagine the smell of fresh popcorn blending with that of fall cedar, the spicy aroma of hot apple cider lacing the brisk winter air, the warmth from a bowl of gourmet chili spreading through mittened palms, the pop and sizzle of traditional Bavarian sausages grilling under sparkling boughs… No matter which part of the Garden’s Winter Wonderland you’ll be wassailing in, hot and delicious fare will always be close by!
Here’s a more detailed picture of the gourmet goodies you can expect to sample from our Festival of Lights feast:
Truffles Truck (from December 16th): classic poutine with rich gravy and real cheese curds, giant baked potatoes bedecked with sour cream, bacon, and cheese, crispy hand-cut french fries, juicy BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, hot and buttery popcorn
In addition to these delectable offerings, our Garden Cafe inside the Visitor’s Centre will be open, serving more substantial fare and our usual menu of cold, hot, and alcoholic beverages.
The Festival of Lights runs every evening from 4:30-9pm until January 1st (excluding Christmas Day, when the Garden is closed). For more details on the many festive goings-on to see and do at this event, check out VanDusen’s web page. Get your tickets, friends and family together – this is an incredible holiday experience that you won’t want to miss!