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 ($5.00 suggested).
Your donations at the front gate 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.
|November 28 to December 19||3pm to 10pm|
|December 20 to 29||3pm to 11pm|
|December 24||3pm to 10pm|
|December 30 to January 1||3pm to 10pm|
November 29 to December 1
December 6 to 8, 13 to 15, and 20 to 24
Saturday, November 30, the matinee will begin at 12pm
|11am to 2:30pm|
|December 26 to 29||11am to 2:30pm|
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.
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 $5 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
Service fees and charges apply to advance ticket sales.
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 11am daily until December 31. On January 1, on-site ticket sales begin at 2pm.
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.
|3 and older||$6 + GST|
|Children 2 and under||Free|
Our classic night train ride includes a 14-minute experience filled with beautiful displays, holiday lights, and a live performer.
|Adult (19 – 64 years)||$12 + GST|
|Senior (65 years and over)||$9 + GST|
|Youth (13 – 18 years)||$9 + GST|
|Child (3 – 12 years)||$8 + GST|
|Small child (2 years and under)||Free|
Leisure Access Program members can buy tickets on-site for all trains except for the following black-out dates:
- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening trains, 3pm to closing
- All evening trains from December 13 to 26, 2019, 3pm to closing
Would you like to bring a larger group to the Stanley Park Bright Nights Train? Make an advanced reservation when online ticket sales begin. Group tickets aren't sold in person at the Train Plaza.
For corporate groups of 26 and more call 604-252-3663 or email email@example.com
Group bookings are available on limited dates only, and must be confirmed five days before arriving.
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 7pm to 7:30pm, arrive at 7pm 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.
The cost is $10 each with all proceeds to the Burn Fund.
- November 28 to December 24 from 4pm to 9pm
- December 21 and 22 from 1pm to 9pm
Please help our partner charities
BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund
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 $5.00 donation for the Burn Fund. Thank you.
Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
We ask our guests to support our other partner charity, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
Bring your non-perishable food items for the food bank.
We’re teaming up with amazing food vendors in the plaza to offer full meals and holiday treats.
Reindeer Roadstop and Café
Enjoy classics like burgers, hotdog, churros, hot chocolate, and seasonal treats.
Serving up their specialty coffee concoctions for moms and dads.
The Praguery food truck
Featuring mouth-watering Chimney Cakes – traditional rolled and baked to order pastries with a range of toppings and fillings.
Organic Villa food truck
Enjoy vegetarian options including lentil curry soup, quinoa bean burgers, and veggie quesadillas. Other options include masala chicken wraps.
No train ride is complete without a bag of delicious organic popcorn from the CobHouse.
Food vendors will be open for both matinee and evening show times.
Bright Nights and Old Spaghetti Factory dinner package
Book your dinner package when you purchase your advanced train tickets online.
- Spaghetti dinner of your choice
- Ticket to ride at Bright Nights
- Bonus $10 Gift certificate to the Old Spaghetti Factory when you dine in!
A portion from each meal sold during the month of December will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.
The Old Spaghetti Factory will close early on December 24 and will not be serving dinner that evening.
Bright Nights is located on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.
Free parking compliments of the Vancouver Park Board
Bright Nights has on-site and overflow free parking lots Friday-Sunday nights. Vancouver Aquarium lots are paid lots during Bright Nights operations.
Overflow lots include the Info Booth, North Pipeline Road, and Beaver Lake lots. These lots are free parking after 3:00pm only.
Stanley Park Railway parking lots are free during all operation hours.
The entire site is wheelchair accessible.
The train has a special carriage with room for two people in wheelchairs and seats for their companions.
We help passengers in need of assistance to board the train.
Stroller parking is also available.
Dogs at the Stanley Park Train
Please note that 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.
More holiday events
Experience the Festival of Lights, a magical winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Botanical Garden.
Experience 150 free flying exotic birds, magical lights, colourful plant displays, festive music, a scavenger hunt, and much more.