Stanley Park Bright Nights

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.

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
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
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.


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.

Tickets go on sale on October 5, 2016.

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Same-day tickets

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 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


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 16 to 26, 2016

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 

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

Miniature Stanley Park Train parking lots are free during all operation hours.

Overflow parking lots

Overflow lots include the Info Booth, Yacht Club, Totem Poles, Brockton Point, 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 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.

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.

Save 10% on Vancouver Aquarium tickets

Show your Bright Nights ticket or proof of purchase and get 10% off admission to the Vancouver Aquarium.

Belugas, penguins, sea otters, and 50,000 other aquatic creatures await your arrival at one of the top aquariums in the world. The Vancouver Aquarium is located in world famous Stanley Park just steps from the Ghost Train, and is open 365 days a year.

Terms and conditions

  • Discount valid for the number of Bright Nights tickets purchased
  • Not valid with any other offer
  • Redeemable in person only with proof of purchase
  • No cash value
  • Expires January 2, 2017

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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. External website

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