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Grinch tries to steal Christmas, but the show will go on!

November 23 2015

Bright nights miniature trainin in Stanley Park

The Grinch tried to steal Christmas, but the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park will forge ahead for the 18th year in a row.

Stolen equipment

Thieves stole about $7,000 worth of extension cords, probably for the copper they contain, on Remembrance Day. Despite the setback, the seasonal attraction will be up and running as scheduled on November 26.

Burn Fund

All front gate donations and a portion of ticket sales go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. More than $1.5 million has been raised to help burn survivors and their families since 1998. Eight hundred fire fighters volunteer more than 8,000 hours to set up, operate and tear down three million lights at the train and plaza.

New train station

This year, the attraction includes a new station to protect visitors from the elements. Architectural features in the station reflect the previous structure, which was destroyed in a fire in 2012.

Trains depart every 4.5 minutes during peak periods for the 15-minute journey. It is one of Vancouver's most popular family attractions, carrying more than 200,000 passengers per year. 

During Bright Nights, the train’s four engines and three sets of cars travel more than 5,000 kilometres—the distance across Canada. Bright Nights runs until January 2 and is closed Christmas Day. Visitors are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

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