With Christmas just over a month away, Metro Vancouver is lighting up for the season, as people and places put up holiday light displays all around. Some of the brightest and most festive displays are now open or opening soon to the public, here’s a list of light displays to enjoy the twinkle of the Holiday Season: (note many are closed Christmas Day)
Lights of Hope at St Paul’s Hospital – 100,000 bulbs illuminate St Paul’s Lights of Hope, on Burrard Street, in the West End helping to raise much needed funds for the hospital. The 2019 Lights Of Hope support the St Paul’s Hospital Foundation and the thousands of British Columbians who make use of the hospital throughout the year. Stroll past, look for The Living Light, an interactive art piece that shines brightly when you donate, and fades when it goes too long without support. Tap the display and help keep hope alive! – Free Admission
Glow Vancouver moves to downtown Vancouver, bringing a holiday wonderland to Harbour Events Centre at Plaza of Nations, from November 21st, 2019 to January 5, 2020, from 4-10pm daily. Celebrate the magic of Christmas with the whole family as you explore the interactive light gardens & illuminations, festive food & drinks plus daily live entertainment all under the sparkle of a million lights indoors. Regular admission online – Adults: $22.99, Family: $69.99 (2 adults/3children), weekday discounts and season passes also available.
Aurora Winter Festival – for its second edition Aurora Winter Festival moves to a new location at Hastings Park / PNE, where guests can explore the beautifully illuminated mystical worlds of Canada’s Largest Winter Festival. Running November 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020, open until 10pm most evenings. Once you’ve explored the mystical worlds’ lights, hit the Tube Park, strap on your ice skates to glide along the Frozen River, ride the Ferris Wheel, listen to Stories with Santa, shop the market, eat and drink in the Entertainment Tent. Admission (online): Adult $19.99, Family: $59.99 (2 adult/3 children), early start discounted tickets also available.
Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park runs November 22, 2019 to January 26th, 2020 11am-9pm. Hundreds of thousands of lights spread throughout the Park, the bridge, Treetops Adventures, with 8 of the tallest living Christmas Tree bring holiday wonder to the nature of the park. – All-day Adult park admission is $53.95, or $16.95 children, includes the holiday activities, crafts and entertainment begin at 4pm each day.
Heritage Christmas presented by Concord Pacific at Burnaby Village Museum – Celebrate a Heritage Christmas with the Holiday traditions of a century ago at Burnaby Village. Explore the illuminated Village looking for clues on the 12 Days of Christmas scavenger hunt, create children’s crafts, listen to wandering carollers, ride the classic Carousel. Opens 1pm, until 5:30 or 9pm (depending on dates) November 23rd 2019 until January 3rd, 2020 – Free Admission to Village + add-on Carousel Rides $2.65
Lights on the Lake See what the Saquatch gets up to in the winter, at Harrison Hot Springs Village Sasquatch-Themed lakefront light display, November 23rd, 2019 – January 12th 2020 The 2nd annual festival expands to find even more Christmas trees and light displays adorning the village, including a new (synthetic) outdoor skating pond. Visitors can also follow the Christmas Tree Trail to find other Christmas displays and have a Happy Harrison Holiday. Free Admission, daily until 11pm
Bright Nights, Stanley Park Christmas Train– Millions of lights twinkle throughout the plaza and Miniature Train. Ride the train, watch the dozens of festive displays as you stroll around the plaza sipping a hot cocoa, from November 28, 2019 to January 1, 2020 open until 10pm, most evenings, hours vary for Matinee and Night Trains. – Matinee Train tickets are $6.30 for all ages, Night Train tickets are $12.60(Adults) Children/Seniors discounts available. Admission to Bright Nights Train Plaza only, is by donation (proceeds to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund)
Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting – the 13th Annual Christmas Tree lighting takes place Friday November 29th, 6pm at Robson Square. Four Christmas Trees up to a grand 76 feet tall will be shining over the centre of Vancouver throughout the Holidays. The public can help light the trees when they Buy a Bulb to help support the Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society, 5 bulbs for $5 or 15 bulbs for $10. Free Admission sponsored by Amacon
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden run November 30th, 2019 to January 5th, 2020 gates open 4:30pm – 9:30pm (closed Christmas Day). Over a million lights turn the botanical gardens into twinkling winter wonderland. Carollers, dancing gnomes & characters plus the popular Dancing Lights show (on the half hour) make this one of the city’s most popular Christmas Light displays – Adult Admission $19 (in advance) or $21(at gate)
Lights at Lafarge – Coquitlam’s Lights at Lafarge brings back Metro Vancouver’s largest free Christmas light display from November 30th, 2019 to late January, 2020. The 1.2km trail around Lafarge Lake at Town Centre Park is illuminated with hundreds of thousands of lights, roving performers and entertainment, hot chocolate & cookies, a Holiday Market and of course Santa are all just steps from Lafarge Lake – Douglas Skytrain Station – Free Admission nightly until 11pm
Christmas at Canada Place – Port Metro Vancouver presents the annual Christmas at Canada Place holiday event, from December 6th, 2019 to January 1st, 2020. Make your way along The Canadian Trail (west promenade) to see the Canada’s North light display at the North Point of Canada Place, keep your eye out for the historic Woodward’s department store holiday windows, take in the Christmas fun at Fly Over Canada and don’t forget to look up to the Canada Place Sails of Lights. – Free Admission 7pm – 10pm daily
Chanukah in the City – Join the Jewish Community and celebrate the 8 Days of the Chanukah Festival Of Lights with the daily entertainment and lighting of the Silber Family Agam Menorah, Canada’s tallest, lights up the šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square (Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) from December 22nd to 29th, 5pm – 6pm daily