Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Bright Nights 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.

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

Opening hours

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

Check back for detailed opening hours in summer 2015.

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.

How to buy tickets

Buy advance tickets early to avoid sold out rides. Ticket sales start on October 1, 2015.

Tickets are sold in half-hour time slots. Tickets are good for one train ride during the time slot shown on the ticket, and for one entry to the Train Plaza attractions.

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

Advance tickets

Buy online or phone 604-252-3700 with TicketLeader. Service charges apply.

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).


Check back for ticket prices in summer 2015.


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

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

Getting here

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. Check back for the trolley route map and schedule in summer 2015.

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 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


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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Last modified: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:51:43