Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Bright Nights Miniature Train

During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza at Stanley Park sparkles with three million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year.

The season of generosity

Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund, which helps burn survivors and their families. $1.4 million has been raised over the past 14 years.

Entrance to the Bright Nights Train Plaza is by donation (you don't need to purchase train tickets to see the holiday lights). Donations will be accepted at the front gate. We suggest a minimum $4.00 donation. Thank you!

Hours and admission

Bright Nights operates from Thursday, November 27, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015, and is closed on Thursday, December 25 for Christmas.


Dates Hours
November 27 – December 18  Monday to Thursday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday to Sunday: 10:00am – 11:00pm

December 19 – 24 Daily: 10:00am – 11:00pm
December 25 Closed 
December 26  10:00am – 11:00pm 
December 27 – January 4 Daily: 10:00am – 10:00pm


Admission fees include tax.

Matinee train (Friday to Sunday, 10:00am – 2:45pm)

Age group Price
All ages $6.00

The matinee Bright Nights Train includes displays, but no live actors. Some plaza activities may be closed during the matinees.

Night train (Daily, 3:00pm – close)

Age group Price
Adult (18 – 64 years) $11.00
Child and youth (3 – 17 years)  $8.00
Small child (2 years and under) Free
Senior (65 years and over)  $8.00

Buying tickets

You must buy tickets to ride the train. Your ticket is valid for one Bright Nights train ride and other attractions in the plaza.

Train tickets are sold in half-hour time slots. Several trains will depart within each time slot.

You can buy tickets in two ways:

  1. Online
  2. In person at the Miniature Train Plaza

Buy early from TicketLeader

Advance ticket sales start November 3, 2014. Popular dates sell out in advance – buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Buy day-of at the Miniature Train Plaza

At least half of the tickets for each night are reserved for on-site purchase, so even if online tickets are sold out for that day, there will still be tickets for sale on-site. However, since this event is so popular, tickets for the day can sell out quickly. Come early!

Only same-day tickets are sold at the Train Plaza.

  • Matinee train ride: day of, 10:00am to 2:45pm
  • Evening train ride: day of, starting at 10:00am on matinee days, 12:00 noon on non-matinee days

Group bookings

Would you like to bring a larger group to the Bright Nights Train? Make an advanced reservation online when online ticket sales begin on November 3, 2014.

For corporate groups of 10 people or more, please phone 604-252-3663 or email

 Note: Group bookings are available on limited dates only, and must be confirmed five days before arriving.


The entire site is wheelchair accessible, and the train has a specially designed carriage that accommodates up to two wheelchairs with seating for companions. Staff will help passengers in need of assistance board the train.

Volunteer at the Ghost Train

Are you a high school student looking for a volunteer experience in a fast-paced environment? Get an opportunity to work with our Ghost Train team on-site. Contact 604-689-1463 for details.

Snacks and Bright Nights dinner packages

Purchase snacks, hot and cold drinks, and light meals at the Railway Café concession stand. Or buy hot buttered popcorn at the Stanley Park Ecology Society's Cob House in the plaza.

For a more substantial meal, take advantage of Old Spaghetti Factory dinner packages. Packages are available through Ticketmaster: when buying your train ticket, add the dinner package to your purchase after choosing your train ride time slot.

Call the Spaghetti Factory and make dinner reservations in advance.

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The giving season

You and Bright Nights raise lots of money to support burn survivors and their families

Fire Fighters' Burn Fund

Bright Nights is one of the Burn Fund's major fundraising events. 

Give generously at the front gate. We suggest a $4 minimum.

Last modified: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:38:14