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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 ($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.

On Saturday, December 22, onsite and online tickets are not available between 4pm and 8pm.

Opening hours

Bright Nights is open Thursday, November 29, 2018 to Saturday, January 5, 2019 and is closed on Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas.

Dates are subject to change.

Dates Matinee train Night train
November 29 – December 13  Friday to Sunday 
10am – 2:30pm

Daily
3pm – 10pm

December 14 – 23 10am – 2:30pm 3pm – 11pm
December 24 10am – 2:30pm 3pm – 10pm
December 25 Closed  Closed
December 26  10am – 2:30pm  3pm – 11pm
December 27 – 31 10am – 2:30pm 3pm – 10pm
January 1 Closed  3pm – 10pm
January 2 - 5 (train only, no live actors) Closed  4pm – 9pm

Matinee train

Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest and enjoy the magical lights and holiday music.

There are no live performers 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 $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

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

Note Service fees and charges apply to advance ticket sales.

Buy tickets

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 10am daily until December 31. From January 1 to 5, on-site sales begin at 3pm. 

Prices

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 + 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 + 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

Exceptions

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 14 to 26, 2018, 3pm to closing

Group bookings

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 groupsales@pne.ca

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 – 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. 

Hours

  • November 29 to December 24 from 4pm to 9pm
  • December 22 and 23 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.

Burn Fund

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.

Insomniac’s Coffee

Serving up their specialty coffee concoctions for moms and dads. Grab a bag of their traditional roasted chestnuts too.

The Praguery food truck

Featuring mouth-watering Chimney Cakes – traditional rolled and baked to order pastries with a range of toppings and fillings.

Cob House by Stanley Park Ecology Society

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. 

Package includes:

  • 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.

    Location

    Bright Nights is located on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.

    Take public transit External website, ride your bike, or walk.

    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.

    Accessibility

    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.

    Contact us

    604-257-8531

    stanleyparktrain@vancouver.ca

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