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Holiday lights and special events in Vancouver’s parks and gardens

November 26 2012

Bright nights miniature train

The Vancouver Park Board is once again transforming parks and gardens with a number of family-oriented holiday events and displays.

Festive light displays

Holiday light displays have been installed in three parks, and will be turned on daily from 1 December to 7 January from 5:30 to 8:30am, and from 3:30pm to 12midnight.

  • Lost Lagoon Fountain in Stanley Park, easily visible from the Georgia Street causeway, is strung with 6,000 multi-coloured SLED lights (seasonal light emitting diodes).
  • The Elm Grove at English Bay (Beach Avenue at Bidwell Street) features over 12,000 energy efficient SLED lights. The Elm Grove lights will be left on for 24 hours on 1 December to mark World AIDS Day.
  • The giant Sequoia in George Wainborn Park (on False Creek at the foot of Richards Street) is lit with 5,000 white lights. Concrete pillars are also lit to represent giant candles.

Special holiday events

Bright Nights

Bright Nights at Stanley Park returns for its 15th year. The miniature train has become a wintry wonderland with the help of two million lights, animated displays, and holiday sounds.

This very popular family event is presented in partnership with the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund with proceeds helping this charity.

Bright Nights runs daily from 29 November to 1 January. For hours, pricing and other details, visit the Bright Nights webpage.

Jewel Box of Lights

Jewel Box of Lights at Bloedel Conservatory is back for its third year, and celebrates the 43rd anniversary of the opening of the Conservatory.

The domed tropical garden in Queen Elizabeth Park is transformed with thousands of lights, and a stunning display of holiday poinsettias, Christmas cactus, and exotic free-flying birds.

Jewel Box of Lights runs from 6 December to 1 January. For hours, pricing and other details, visit the Bloedel Conservatory webpage.

Festival of Lights

VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights returns for its 28th year. 

The garden becomes a magical wonderland with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, live holiday music, and festive food.

It opens 7 December and runs until 1 January (closed Christmas Day). For hours, pricing and other details, visit the Festival of Lights webpage.

  • Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

See the lights

Bright Nights Train

Ride the winter holiday train, watch animated displays, and be dazzled by three million twinkling lights.

Bloedel Floral Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory

The Bloedel Conservatory is an indoor tropical garden in Queen Elizabeth Park, atop the highest point of the city.