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 16 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 Matinee train Night train
November 27 – December 18  Friday to Sunday
10:00am – 2:45pm
3:00pm – 10:00pm
December 19 – 24 Daily
10:00am – 2:45pm
3:00pm – 11:00pm
December 25 Closed  Closed
December 26  10:00am – 2:45pm  3:00pm – 11:00pm
December 27 – January 4 Daily
10:00am – 2:45pm
3:00pm – 10:00pm


Admission fees include tax.

Matinee train

Age group Price
All ages $6.00

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

Night train

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:

  1. Online or by phone in advance
  2. In person at the Miniature Train Plaza on the day of

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 online or by phone at 604-252-3700 with TicketLeader.

Service fees and charges apply to advance ticket sales.

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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.

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 TicketLeader: 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 Bright Nights

Public transit:

Bike, walk, drive to main parking lots:

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

Overflow and trolley parking:

  • Enter Stanley Park on W Georgia St
  • Turn right at the roundabout on to Stanley Park Dr
  • Find pay parking at the Info Booth, Yacht Club, Totem Poles, Brockton Point, or Beaver Lake lots
  • Take the free shuttle trolley to Bright Nights 
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Free shuttle trolley

It's easy to get to Bright Nights without the hassle of busy parking lots.

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

Running every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, the free shuttle runs every twenty minutes.

Donate to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Donate to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank when you visit Bright Nights. Thank you.

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, 23 Oct 2014 11:52:48