Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights.

Buy tickets to ride the Bright Nights Train and experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers along the train route. Or view the displays at the Train Plaza by donation ($4.00 suggested).

Your donations and a portion of ticket sales go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. $1.4 million has been raised to help burn survivors and their families since 1998.

2016 hours, dates, and prices will be available here in June2016. Ticket sales start on October 4, 2016.

Opening hours

Note This information is from 2015 and for your reference only. Check back in June for 2016 details.

Bright Nights is open Thursday, November 26, 2015 to Saturday, January 2, 2016 and is closed on Friday, December 25 for Christmas.

Dates Matinee train Night train
November 26 – December 17  Friday to Sunday 
10:00am – 2:30pm

Monday to Thursday
3:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday to Sunday
3:00pm – 11:00pm

December 18 – 24 Daily
10:00am – 2:30pm
Daily
3:00pm – 11:00pm
December 25 Closed  Closed
December 26 – 27  10:00am – 2:30pm  3:00pm – 11:00pm
December 28 – January 2 Daily
10:00am – 2:30pm
Daily
3:00pm – 10:00pm

 

Matinee train

Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest with holiday music past magical displays.

There are no live performers during matinee train rides.

Night train

Our classic night train ride includes a 14-minute experience filled with beautiful displays, holiday lights, and a live performer.

Tickets

Note This information is from 2015 and for your reference only. Check back in June for 2016 details.

You must buy a ticket to ride the train. Tickets are sold in half-hour time slots. Several trains will depart within each time slot. Your ticket is valid for one Bright Nights ride during the time slot shown on the ticket.

Note Tickets are only good for the date and time shown on the ticket, and are non-refundable.

Entry to the plaza to view the lights is by donation to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund (we suggest $4.00 per person).

Avoid the crowds and come out Monday to Thursday in the first two weeks.

How to buy tickets

Buy advance tickets early to avoid sold out rides.

Advance tickets

Popular dates sell out in advance - buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Buy online or phone 604-252-3700 with TicketLeader.

Service fees and charges apply to advance ticket sales.

Buy tickets now on TicketLeader.ca

Same-day tickets

Is the time slot you want sold out online? Buy same-day tickets in person at the Train Plaza. At least half of each day's tickets are set aside.

Come early to avoid sold-out time slots. Ticket sales start at 10:00am (12:00 noon when there no matinee trains).

Prices

Prices include tax.

Matinee train

Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest with holiday music past magical displays.

There are no live performers during matinee train rides.

Age Price
All ages $6.00

Night train

Our classic night train ride includes a 14-minute experience filled with beautiful displays, holiday lights, and a live performer.

Age Price
Adult (18 – 64 years) coming soon
Child and youth (3 – 17 years)  coming soon
Small child (2 years and under) coming soon
Senior (65 years and over)  coming soon

Exceptions

Leisure Access Pass is not valid for Bright Nights.

Group bookings

Buy tickets for your group with TicketLeader, online or by phone. (Sorry, group tickets aren't sold in person at the Train Plaza.)

Corporate group bookings

For corporate groups with over 26 people, phone 604-252-3663 or email groupsales@pne.ca.

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

Getting here

Note This information is from 2015 and for your reference only. Check back in June for 2016 details.

Bright Nights is located on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.

Get directions on Google Maps 

Free parking and free shuttle trolley

Bright Nights has on-site and overflow parking lots. All parking is free.

Overflow lots include the Info Booth, Yacht Club, Totem Poles, Brockton Point, North Pipeline Road, and Beaver Lake lots.

A free shuttle trolley takes you from the overflow lots to Bright Nights. The shuttle trolley operates on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm every twenty minutes.

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Ride the train

Several trains depart during each half-hour time slot.

Line up at the start of your time slot for shorter waits.

For example, if your time slot is 7:00pm – 7:30pm, arrive at 7:00pm and join the line for your time slot. You'll board a train by 7:30pm. All aboard!

Photos with Santa

Get photos with Santa every day 4:00pm – 9:00pm until December 24 at the Train Plaza's North Pole. All proceeds to the Burn Fund.

Accessibility

Accessibility parking spots are located near the main gate to the Train Plaza.

The entire site is wheelchair accessible. 

The train has a specially designed carriage for two people in wheelchairs and their companions.

Staff can help passengers board the train, if needed.

Please help our partner charities

When you visit Bright Nights, please give generously to our partner charities, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund.

Bring non-perishable food items for the food bank and a suggested $4.00 donation for the Burn Fund. Thank you.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Burn Fund

Snacks

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.

Dinner packages

For a more substantial meal, take advantage of Old Spaghetti Factory dinner packages.

Packages are available through TicketLeader when you buy your train tickets. Add the dinner package after choosing the time slot for your train ride.

When you complete your order, we recommend you contact the Old Spaghetti Factory to make your dinner reservation in advance.

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Contact us

604-257-8531

stanleyparktrain@vancouver.ca

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