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Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Join us in 2017 as we celebrate 20 years of Bright Nights 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.

Opening hours

Bright Nights is open Thursday, November 30, 2017 to Saturday, January 6, 2018 and is closed on Monday, December 25 for Christmas.

Dates are subject to change.

Dates Matinee train Night train
November 30 – December 14  Friday to Sunday 
10:00am – 2:30pm

Monday to Thursday
3:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday to Sunday
3:00pm – 11:00pm

December 15 – 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
January 2 - 6 (train only, no live actors) Closed  Daily
4:00pm – 9:00pm


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.

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.

Tickets go on sale on October 4, 2017 at 12:00pm.

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 10:00am daily. January 2 to 6, 2018 on-site ticket sales start at 2:00pm.


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: 

  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening trains, 3:00pm to closing
  • All evening trains from December 15 to 26, 2017, 3:00pm 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 on October 4, 2017. Group tickets aren't sold in person at the Train Plaza.

For corporate groups of 26 and more call 604-252-3663 or email

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 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 until December 24 at the Railway Plaza's North Pole.

The cost is $10 each with all proceeds to the Burn Fund. 


  • November 30 to December 22 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm
  • December 23 to 24 from 1:00pm to 9:00pm

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 $4.00 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

This café has been filling us for many years with hot dogs, hot chocolate, churros, and other nostalgic treats.

Old Country Pierogis’ Polish

Enjoy comfort food and keep everyone warm with a bowl of hunter’s stew or a plate of pierogis.

Reindeers’ Chilly Hut

Escape from the winter weather and heat up with chili.

Insomniac’s Coffee

Serving up their specialty coffee concoctions for moms and dads. Kids will have a hard time choosing between cotton candy and candy apples from A Sweet Mind.

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.


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.


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.

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Follow the Bright Nights train


Celebrating a 20 year partnership

This year the train – a holiday tradition for many families in the Lower Mainland – is celebrating the 20 year partnership between the Vancouver Park Board and the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund.

Burn Fund

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