Bright Nights in Stanley Park

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Join us in 2017 as we celebrate 20 years of 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.

Opening hours

Bright Nights is open Monday, November 28, 2016 to Saturday, January 1, 2017 and is closed on Sunday, December 25 for Christmas.

Dates Matinee train Night train
November 28 – December 15  Friday to Sunday 
10:00am – 2:30pm

Monday to Thursday
3:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday to Sunday
3:00pm – 11:00pm

December 16 – 24 Daily
10:00am – 2:30pm
Daily
3:00pm – 11:00pm
December 25 Closed  Closed
December 26  10:00am – 2:30pm  3:00pm – 11:00pm
December 27 – January 1 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 is no live performer during the matinee train

Night train

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

Tickets

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.

Buy advance tickets online or by phone

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

Note Service fees and charges apply to advance ticket sales.

Tickets go on sale on October 12, 2017.

Buy Same-day tickets in person

Is the time slot you want sold out online? Buy same-day tickets in person at the Train Plaza. A portion of each day's tickets is set aside. 

Come early to avoid sold-out time slots. On-site ticket sales start at 10:00am daily.

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 + GST

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 (19 – 64 years) $12.00 + GST
Senior (65 years and over) $9.00 + GST
Youth (13 – 18 years) $9.00 + GST
Child (3 – 12 years) $8.00 + GST
Small child (2 years and under) Free

Exceptions

Leisure Access Program members can buy tickets on-site for all trains except for the following block-out dates: 

  • All Saturday evening trains
  • All evening trains from December 14 to 26, 2017

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, email stanleyparktrain@vancouver.ca.

 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 

Bright Nights has on-site and overflow free parking lots Friday-Sunday nights. Vancouver Aquarium lots are paid lots during Bright Nights operations.

Stanley Park Railway parking lots are free during all operation hours.

Overflow parking lots

Overflow lots include the Info Booth, North Pipeline Road, and Beaver Lake lots. These lots are free parking after 3:00pm only.

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 until December 24 at the Railway 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.

Dogs at the Stanley Park Train

Dogs of any size are not permitted on the train out of consideration for our visitors with allergies or who are fearful of dogs. Certified service animals are permitted.

Please help our partner charities

When you visit Bright Nights, please give generously to our partner charity, 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.

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.

More holiday events

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden open December 1 to January 2

Festival of Lights

Experience the Festival of Lights, a magical winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Botanical Garden, open from December 1 to January 2.

Contact us

604-257-8531

stanleyparktrain@vancouver.ca

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