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Lower Mainland holiday displays light up Friday

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with two of the Lower Mainland’s biggest holiday displays turning on their lights Friday.

The Festival of Lights kicked off at VanDusen Botanical Garden, with more than one million lights sparkling in the 15-acre site along Oak Street. There are still tickets available on the City of Vancouver’s website.

Meanwhile, Lights at Lafarge lit up Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam. This attraction is Metro Vancouver’s largest free outdoor winter lights display and features more than 100,000 Christmas lights around the lake, which is located close to Coquitlam Centre.

On Nov. 28, VanDusen will hold a sensory-friendly night, which is an event that welcomes neurodiverse individuals, their families, and caretakers to take in the festival in a comfortable and less crowded environment. There will be 50 per cent fewer guests that evening, audio levels will be lowered, and flashing lights will be turned off.

There is plenty of time to take in the sights, as VanDusen Botanical Garden’s event runs until Jan. 7, and Lights at Lafarge continues until the end of February.

Bright Nights at Stanley Park begins next week, but you are out of luck if you didn’t manage to score tickets to the Bright Nights train, as they are all sold out.

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