Guess what, Christmas lovers? Vancouver was just recognized by Condé Nast Traveler for having one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in the world – an honour that makes the start of the season even sweeter, if you ask us.
Among festive holiday capitals like Rockefeller Centre in New York City and Oxford Street in London is none other than Vancouver’s very own VanDusen Botanical Garden, which transforms into a magical wonderland every year during its Festival of Lights.
Recognized as “easily one of the best holiday displays in the nation,” VanDusen’s Festival of Lights runs from November 24th to January 7th and features 15 acres of vibrant light displays, glittering trees, and a festive carrousel, according to CNT.
With delicious mini donuts and hot cocoa in hand, garden visitors can peruse the illuminated grounds, witness the immersive Dancing Lights show, and take in over one million twinkling lights.
This BC holiday dining experience is in the forest & has a life-sized gingerbread house
BC is getting a new festival of lights with a glowing tunnel & enchanted forest
This year, the massive light displays will pay homage to the vibrant flora and fauna from BC’s endangered Garry Oak meadows, according to the City of Vancouver.
As for the other dazzling holiday light displays to make the list, here are the top 10 destinations from around the globe:
- Oxford Street, London, England
- Rockefeller Center, New York City, New York
- Canyon Road Farolito Walk, Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Luci d’Artista, Salerno, Italy
- Amsterdam Light Festival, The Netherlands
- Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Village de Noël, Nice, France
- Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong
- Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York
- Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania
So there you have it, Vancouver! It looks like our city has plenty of holiday cheer to dole out. Get ready to enjoy some beautiful holiday lights this season.