VLC’s Annual Make-A-Wish display now open

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VLC, Vancouver’s Community for Adult Fans of LEGO, has been lucky enough to participate in a wonderful fund-raising event for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the last several years. Each year the LUG puts on a display at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanic Gardens during its Festival of Lights and chooses a theme. Last year’s display was centered around a Carnival called Brickland.

This year, the group chose the theme of Tropical Islands Holidays and invited all members of the club to contribute, whether a huge 2×2 baseplate island, or a simple dingy with people having fun. The club, true to form, went in a variety of directions using just about every theme LEGO produces, and some really wild imaginations. This really is a collaborative build with each person building whatever they wanted within the broader theme and then coming together to assemble the individual builds as a large display on 72 32×32 stud blue baseplates.

Because this is an ongoing fundraising campaign the group has asked to have only a couple of photos shown for now, so I’m going to tease you with the 3 above. The group will have a full gallery available nearer the New Year. SpongeBob and friends, Dinosaur Island and soldiers on a raft are only a few things you’ll see if you have the chance to visit.

A few of the other themes include zombies, Easter Island, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Disney and the perennial holiday favorite – Blacktron. There are tons of awesome details in every part of the display. Some jokes that adults will laugh or smile at, fun vignettes for kids and some really creative building ideas for AFOL or anyone looking to build something new.

I highly recommend the trip to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens to take in the entire Festival of Lights event and while you’re there, be sure to visit the VLC Tropical Island Holiday display and consider donating to the Make-A-Wish foundation. The Festival of Lights runs December 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017.

Hours of display:

December 1 – 15
4:30pm – 9:00pm

December 16 – 23
4:30pm – 10:00pm

December 24
4:30pm – 9:00pm

December 25

December 26 – January 2
4:30pm – 9:00pm

Avoid the crowds: visit on a weekday before December 16.

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