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

Hours

Dates Hours
December 5 – 19  Monday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm

Tuesday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm

Wednesday: 11:00am – 10:00pm

Thursday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday: 11:00am – 11:00pm

Saturday: 11:00am – 11:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am – 10:00pm

December 20 – 24 Daily: 11:00am – 11:00pm
December 25 Closed 
December 26 – January 5 Daily: 11:00am – 11:00pm

Admission

Admission fees include tax.

Matinee train (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11:00am – 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)  $7.00
Small child (0 – 2 years) Free
Senior (65+ years)  $7.00

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 at Ticketmaster.ca
  2. In person at the Miniature Train Plaza

Buy early with Ticketmaster

The Bright Nights Train is an annual event in Stanley Park and it's extremely popular. Buy your tickets in advance to make sure you get on the train when you want.

Tickets sold through Ticketmaster include an additional service charge.

Get tickets online 

You can buy Bright Nights Train tickets on Ticketmaster up to 9:00am, day of, except on:

  • Sundays – ticket sales end at 9:00am on the Saturday prior
  • December 24, 26, 27, and 28 – ticket sales end at 9:00am on December 22
  • January 1 – ticket sales end at 9:00am on December 31

Tip: If you're trying to buy tickets online and all the times you check are sold out, phone Ticketmaster. Agents can let you know what dates and times still have tickets available.

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 Ticketmaster is 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, 11:00am to 2:45pm
  • Evening train ride: day of, starting at 11:00am

Group bookings

Would you like to bring a larger group to the Bright Nights Train? Make an advanced reservation at www.ticketmaster.ca.

For corporate groups of 50 people or more, please email stanleyparktrain@vancouver.ca.

 Note: Group bookings are available on limited dates only, and must be confirmed prior to November 9.

Accessibility

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.

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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Follow the Bright Nights train

 

Directions to the train

Public transit:

Bike or walk:

  • Enter Stanley Park on W Georgia St
  • Go north along Pipeline Rd
  • Follow signs for Miniature Railway

Drive:

  • Enter Stanley Park on West Georgia St
  • Go north along Pipeline Rd
  • Follow signs for Miniature Railway parking lots
  • Park for free while visiting

Get a map of driving directions

Railway parking full?

Find overflow parking below.

Overflow parking and free shuttle trolley

Get to the train without the hassle of busy parking lots.

Park in one of the five designated parking lots on the east side of Stanley Park and ride the free shuttle trolley.

The shuttle runs every twenty minutes on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6:30pm – 10:30pm.

View the overflow parking map, shuttle route, and schedule

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