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Celebrate the holidays with Bright Nights Christmas Train, Festival of Lights, and more

December 12 2014

Lost Lagoon

Bright Nights Christmas Train

Bright Nights in Stanley Park becomes a wintry wonderland with the help of three million lights, animated displays, and holiday sounds.

Entrance to the Bright Nights Train Plaza is by donation (you don't need to buy train tickets to see the holiday lights). This popular, wheelchair-accessible event is presented in partnership with the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund with proceeds helping this charity.

Bright Nights runs daily from November 27 to January 4, but is closed December 25.

Learn more and buy train tickets

Festival of Lights

VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights transforms the gardens into a magical space with over one million twinkling lights and activities like:

  • Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake
  • Photos with Santa
  • Performances by the Scandinavian Christmas gnomes
  • A candy cane express model train
  • Festive food
  • Community choirs

Festival of Lights, most of which is wheelchair accessible, runs daily from between December 10 and January 4, but is closed December 25.

Learn more and buy festival tickets

Festive light displays 

Enjoy holiday lights every morning and evening at:

  • Lost Lagoon Fountain in Stanley Park, easily visible from the Georgia Street causeway, is strung with 6,000 multi-coloured SLED lights (seasonal light emitting diodes).
  • Elm Grove at English Bay (Beach Avenue at Bidwell Street) features over 12,000 energy efficient SLED lights.
  • Giant sequoia tree in George Wainborn Park (on False Creek at the foot of Richards Street) is lit with 5,000 white lights.

We turn on the lights daily from December 1 to January 7 between 5:30am and 8:30am, and 3:30pm to midnight.

Holiday events

Bright Nights Train

Ride the winter holiday train, watch animated displays, and be dazzled by three million twinkling lights.