VanDusen Festival of Lights 2013

  • December 27, 2013 · 3:30 PM
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden

This is a lovely event. We've been many times and it's just gorgeous with so many interesting and beautiful photo opportunities.

NOTE THIS CHANGE OF PLANS: We will no longer be meeting "inside" the gate after tickets are bought. INSTEAD, We will meet and organize ourselves between 3:30 and 4pm OUTSIDE the ticket gate to take advantage of group ticket discount. The first 10+ people who arrive before 4pm will form a group in the line to buy group tickets. If you arrive after 4pm (or after the main group has formed), then you may be on your own or will need to form another group later in the lineup depending on how long the line is when you arrive.

Please note that the parking lots are apparently full before 4:30pm, so leave yourself lots and lots of time to park and arrive to meet the group.

We will try to stick together throughout our walk through the garden after entry. If you want to wander off, then fine. If you wish to stick with the group, then buddy up and look out for each other as we all wander and shoot.

Cost of tickets for this special Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden is $14.25 per person.

See the festival web site here, and click the link at the top of the page for all info: http://vandusengarden.org/visit/whats-happening/featured-events

Parking: from downtown, take Cambie Street, turn right onto West 33rd Avenue at the traffic lights. Proceed west along West 33rd until you reach Oak Street (about 5 blocks). Turn left onto Oak, proceed south four blocks and turn right onto West 37th, then turn right to enter the designated parking lot.

By bus: from downtown take #17 Oak bus, get off at West 37th Avenue, cross the street and it's right there. 

What to expect: this will be low-light photography setting but newer point and shoot cameras will be able to handle many shots because there are so many lights. If you're serious, you will want to bring a tripod.

Peer advisors: as with most of our outings, we encourage newer photographers to ask questions of other members and seek help in setting up shots, and those who love to teach are encouraged to discuss and advise on technical setup.

Food: there will be lots of snacks and hot and cold refreshments on sale throughout the gardens. (We are considering dinner after the event... stay tuned for more details.)

In case of rain, we will move the date to Sunday, Dec 29th, same time. Die-hards may feel we're being sissies about a little rain but truly, we have braved serious downpours as well as light rain at this event and after all that we feel that going to VanDusen for this lovely event in the rain is just not worth it. Fingers crossed those in charge of rain will be thinking of us that night. :)

See you there!

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  • Lynn H.

    Enjoyed the evening. Have never been to the Festival of Lights before and found it a magical atmosphere.

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Lucho B.

    It was a fun activity but I was fck1ng cold, I agree with Neil. Was cool meet you all.My pics are up now….

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Neil L.

    It was great , but why can't we do this in July ...Darn cold last night!! ;-)

    2 · December 28, 2013

  • Anne

    Great evening and nice to meet some more people. Got so mesmerized by the lights and photo ops, that i missed the white spot meet up…lol.

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Jeannie T.

    wow the lights were fantastic!! glad I went and it was great to see everyone

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Alexander

    Thank you Trish for organizing this photography workshop in such a beautiful place.

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Noel

    Thanks for tonight, my daughter and I had a great time! Sorry we didn't come out after, we were both a little tired. Looking forward to the next meet up!

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • HarleyGuy

    awesome...

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Charlene

    lots of fun, thanks very much!! looking forward to attending more : )

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Charlene

    It was fabulous!!

    1 · December 27, 2013

    • Trish

      It was great to meet you, Charlene!

      December 27, 2013

  • Trish

    Thanks so very much to everyone who came out tonight. I had a wonderful time! So much fun! The weather was perfect and it was a good call, Pete. I'm also glad that we met early as it gave us time to chat before the gate opened and most of us got the discounted price too! Looking forward to seeing you all again soon! :)

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Kirsten P.

    Thanks for today was so fun!

    I couldn't make it to the white spot. Next time for sure. I had my "Japanese" lessons and the girl I meet with, she teaches me Japanese I teach her English, is shy and wanted to keep our meeting with just her and I.

    I am excited to go through my pics! The crowds started to affect getting a good shot so I bailed around 6pm.
    I had a great time and I'm eager to attend the next.

    Thanks!!! Was great to meet so many friendly faces. :)
    Kirsten

    1 · December 27, 2013

    • Trish

      It was good to meet you too, Kirsten. Thanks for coming out! Hope to see you again soon. :)

      1 · December 27, 2013

  • ramazan d

    Thanks Trish for this awsome organization

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Trish

    It's 6:30pm, and a few of us are going to White Spot at Oakridge. Feel free to join us!

    2 · December 27, 2013

  • kelly

    Hi Peter and Trish, looks like rain Friday...when will you be making the decision on changing the date?

    December 25, 2013

    • Trish

      If you change your mind, Kelly, you know where we'll be :)

      December 27, 2013

    • kelly

      Thanks Trish, I am so tempted...but it's just after 5 and I'm in North Burnaby...my appointment took longer than I thought it would.....Look at that sky, you have the perfect night!.....I can't wait to see the pics!

      1 · December 27, 2013

  • Peter H

    Neil, look out your window to the south. There be 'Blue Sky' there.

    2 · December 27, 2013

    • Neil L.

      Rats - I can't see South, only East, so now I'll be heading West.

      December 27, 2013

    • Neil L.

      ... And now I have the good parking spot! They are just setting up tix windows now. It's windy out so dress for it guys!

      December 27, 2013

  • Jody L.

    sorry, just saw the time change and I can't make it there in time for 3:30

    December 27, 2013

    • Davis

      We are just meeting up at 3.30.. The lights start at 4.30 I think..

      December 27, 2013

    • Neil L.

      Correct. It won't get dark enough for the good shot till later anyways.

      December 27, 2013

  • Guy P.

    I have to pass for personal reasons. Hope to get to the next one.

    December 27, 2013

  • Maurice W.

    Sorry we JUST got back from Seattle, there is no way I am going to make it tonight.

    December 27, 2013

    • Trish

      Next time, Maurice. :)

      1 · December 27, 2013

  • ramazan d

    Hey guys, do you know how long it will take

    December 27, 2013

  • Lucho B.

    I should get out of the cave and go meet all of you.

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Neil L.

    Prob rain over 80% , so... "I'm out". Rain plus 30 cameras plus 100 umbrellas , not doing it for me. Good luck to the hardy folks!

    December 27, 2013

    • Trish

      *are

      December 27, 2013

    • Neil L.

      Wow ..looks like my account was hacked! ;-0 who set me to "NO"? ;-p c u soon!

      2 · December 27, 2013

  • Kirsten P.

    I'm playing it by ear. I'm still going and I live near there in the village. It's not raining yet. If it does downpour I'm out. A little rain...I'll go and it'll make for pretty photos. Plus it'll cut down on tourists! See ya 330-4. It's sunny downtown too.

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Trish

    The sun is shining through the clouds on the west side! :)

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Peter H

    What happened to all the 'Photographers'? Here in Burnaby it's so light out that the sun is almost shinning.

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Patricia J.

    I won't be able to attend today. Please let me know if this is re-booked.

    December 27, 2013

  • Brigitte

    As long as it's not pour down crazy rain...I will be there :)

    December 26, 2013

    • Brigitte

      Unfortunately, I am going to cancel. It is raining too hard. I've been to the gardens after a rain and sections are too muddy for me.

      December 27, 2013

    • Davis

      It sure looks damn cloudy, but right now I checked and no rain on the east side...I really hope it stays at least like this all day... See y'all at 3.30 :-)

      December 27, 2013

  • Lily

    Sorry I can't make it that early, as it's a working day. Hope would be able to join you guys next time.

    December 27, 2013

  • Francine

    Looks like I cannot get off work on time for this now. I will cancel.

    December 27, 2013

  • Francine

    It is a working day for me Friday and I cannot make it before 4:30 as originally planned. Does anyone want to form a second group?

    December 26, 2013

    • Peter H

      Francine, if you get in late, every 'on the hour' and 'on the half hour' is the light show. The best place to shoot it is right in front of the Lagoon which is right in front of the main entrance. You can meet up with some of us there. If there are enough late comers at the gate to form another group of ten, then that would be good also.

      1 · December 27, 2013

    • Trish

      I'll just add, if you arrive at 4:30, you will be able to find us because we'll be 20+ people mostly carrying tripods and slowly wandering and shooting before reaching the lagoon. I'm sure you can't miss us. Just ask someone with a tripod if they're with the Meetup group. :)

      December 27, 2013

  • Kirsten P.

    That's what I said! The rain will make for even more amazing shots! Thanks for the suggestion of bringing my tripod. I didn't think of that. I'm excited to finally join in.

    December 26, 2013

  • Neil L.

    Tentative yes. I'll update well before

    1 · December 20, 2013

    • Neil L.

      My Status unchanged, weather dependent now.

      1 · December 26, 2013

  • Chang

    Looking forward to do more photography for the year of 2014!

    December 26, 2013

  • Kirsten P.

    I haven't been to any meet up groups recently but I'm looking forward to this one. It's part of my new year resolutions, to join up more. Thank you for the tip on getting there early. I'll head over around 330. I don't want to miss out on getting a ticket. Where is everyone meeting? I didn't see that listed. It's probably obvious but I missed it. Thanks!

    December 26, 2013

    • Kirsten P.

      Never mind I saw where to meet. Duh.

      December 26, 2013

  • Noel

    Hi,I'm new at this i am willing to be there ahead of time if this helps , my 25 year old daughter may come along too. Please bear with me as i'm not computer savvy,I leave my phone NO. [masked],Noel.

    December 25, 2013

  • Peter H

    Maurice if we get a group of 10 or more we can get a discount. But we have to line up together and go through the cashier together.
    Group rate is adults 11.25, seniors 9.25. We would have to wait outside at the end of the line, no jumping the que, until most have arrived and all go through together. Or perhaps, you could show up early and wait outside and organize groups of 10's and send them in together.
    Just a suggestion.

    2 · December 25, 2013

  • Davis

    Planning to take a day off from work and enjoy my first time at van dusen

    December 24, 2013

  • Maurice W.

    Has anyone talked to them to see if we can get the group rate... there is 40 of us?

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • David B.

    I went yesterday with 3 grandchildren under 6. Nice that it wasn't raining. Lots of places to buy hot chocolate in case it is chilly. I'd advise buying your tickets online before going. Then you can go in the "Will Call" line and avoid the long lineup of people buying tickets. We arrived at 4:30 and the parking lot and all parking along Oak and 37th was taken but we found a spot on Osler not too far away.

    1 · December 22, 2013

    • Patricia J.

      I would check with the ticket office; if I remember correctly, tickets purchased online must be used on a specific date. If the date of the photowalk is changed, the ticket won't be valid. If you pick them up at Van Dusen (I bought mine today) they can be used any night.

      December 22, 2013

  • Melody L.

    Well, I won't be coming with you but I'll be there is spirit. I can hardly wait to see your photos.

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • robert

    Sorry I Work till 5PM.

    December 21, 2013

  • Alexander

    Thank you Trish.
    You right. I just realized my mistake and I changed my RSVP.
    I will be there.

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Channing

    Hello, this is Channing, first time joining any meet up even, looking forward to meet u all!!

    December 20, 2013

  • Alexander

    Sorry, my schedule for tomorrow unexpected had change.
    I wish you all a very good time.

    December 19, 2013

    • Trish

      Alex, the event is next week - not tomorrow! Maybe you can still join us?

      December 19, 2013

  • kelly

    To avoid the ticket line-up, tickets can be pre-purchased through tickets tonight or if you in the area right at the gardens

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • Diane G.

    Sorry have a family function that night... have fun

    December 17, 2013

  • Tyler

    I can't make it, but enjoy! I was their for the opening ceremony last week. While you are their, don't forget to check inside and see the LEGO PARADE created by the Vancouver Lego Club in support of Make-A-Wish. ;)

    http://vlc.ca/2013/11/make-a-wish-bc-yukon-parade-of-lego-wonders-at-van-dusen-gardens-festival-of-lights-dec-2013/

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Peter H

    Photographers, those lights photograph beautifully, and this is a great way to tryout your new, or old, tripod. (You know, the one Santa brought you.) Also bring a flash, and I will show you how to "drag the shutter" and get some crazy light portraits.

    2 · December 17, 2013

  • Peter H

    Works for me. What's your 'plan B', if it's raining?
    Also need feed back on a place for dinner/coffee afterwards.
    There is a 'Denny's' on Broadway just east of Granville, and a 'Whitespot' on Cambie and 12th. Those are just suggestions.

    December 12, 2013

    • Trish

      OK, I've added more details with dates... Pete - tell me what you think. :)

      December 12, 2013

    • Peter H

      All looks good to me. About all sticking together, could be a problem. But the light show at the lagoon is usually on the hour and on the half hour, so those are good times to regroup at the front of the lagoon.

      1 · December 13, 2013

  • Trish

    Thanks for posting, Pete! The best date for me is after Christmas. Does December 27th work for you?

    December 12, 2013

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