bloedel conservatory: the warmest holiday activity for families in metro vancouver

Twinkling lights, chatty birds, lush foliage, and sparkling penguins await at Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory this holiday season. From now until January 7th (closed Christmas Day), you and your kiddos can wander through a tropical paradise, beautifully lit with 40,000 lights. It’s the warmest way to get into the holiday spirit!


Since the Bloedel Conservatory is a giant greenhouse full of tropical plants and birds, your family will stay nice and warm. It’s the perfect place to take kids and adults who don’t like being out in the cold but still want to see holiday lights. The meandering path takes you through beautiful light displays interspersed throughout the 500 exotic plants that live in the Conservatory. Grab a scavenger hunt card from the front desk and keep an eye out for twelve penguins — if you find all of them, you’ll get a candy cane treat at the end of your visit.


The path through the Conservatory goes in one big loop, so it’s a great opportunity to let your older kids have a bit more freedom as they hunt for penguins or find birds on perches. For younger ones, it’s not too long of a loop, so their legs won’t get tired, though they will probably want to go around again and again and again! Keep your eye out for real live birds too, there are over 120 free-flying exotic birds that call the Conservatory home. Make sure to say “hello” to all the ones you see, some might answer “hello” back!

A trip to Holiday Heights won’t break the bank either – a family pass for 4 (2 adults and 2 kids 4+) is only $15.49 at the gate.

Tips for visiting Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory with kids:

  • Parking is free during the event, as long as you park in the lot near the fountains (stay and watch the lit fountain show for a bit – it’s spectacular too!)
  • Bloedel Conservatory is nice and warm, so you may want to leave your winter coats in the car.
  • The Conservatory is wheelchair accessible and totally stroller friendly.
  • There aren’t refreshments served inside the Conservatory, but there are food trucks parked right out front.
  • Washrooms are located about halfway through your meander through the lights.
  • Remember to look UP and DOWN for the penguins!


Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory – Arctic Oasis
December 15th – January 7th, 10 am – 8 pm daily (closed December 25th)
Bloedel Conservatory, 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Looking for even more holiday fun? Stanley Park’s Bright Nights train ride and VanDusen’s Festival of Lights are two more awesome holiday events put on by the Vancouver Park Board. You may want to visit all three for the ultimate trifecta of holiday events!

Presented by: Bloedel Conservatory

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