December 7, 2012 was the opening night for the Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver. I had never been to the Festival of Lights but heard of it many times. I am glad I attended this year, and may go again. At the Festival of Lights there are lights choreographed to music on the hour and half hour. There are also themed light areas within the Gardens, such as Gingerbread Wood. If your fingers, toes, and nose gets cold, there are concessions where you can get a hot chocolate or hot spiced apple cider. I did have the cider and it was nice to hold that warm drink in my hands as I watched one of the light shows.
The Festival of Lights has another purpose, other than to entertain you. It is also to support the Make A Wish Foundation. You can light a candle and buy a star shaped necklace that lights up, with proceeds to the Make A Wish Foundation. I did both. Following are pictures I took of the Festival of Lights, followed by my youtube video showing some of the choreographed lights. If you have a chance please go to the Festival of Lights. It is a lot of fun.