With two millions lights twinkling in the forest it’s hard to miss Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Returning for its 14th year, this annual fundraiser for the British Columbia Professional Firefighter’s Burn Fund is a family favourite. Assembled by Vancouver Park Board and local Firefighters the grove surrounding the Miniature Railway is transformed into a festive wonderland of animated displays, illuminated spectacles and merriment as the crowds pack in for the some holiday cheer. Musicians and choirs provide entertainment, vendors have hot cocoa, chestnuts and popcorn filling the air with aromatic reminders of the season. Visit Santa, elves and snowmen who may be wandering the plaza looking for a corncob pipe and button nose. If you watch out you may even see a furry woodland ‘friend’ roaming the underbrush, saying hello to the visitors. (Remember, cute critters like raccoons are still wild, and can be dangerous when frightened) Roam the dozens of displays created with goods donated by individuals, corporations and foundations then hop aboard the Christmas Train for a ride through the forest enchanted with lights and sounds of the holidays.
Admission to the plaza is by donation but tickets are required for the train; $9 adult / $6 children & seniors
Same day tickets are available at the gate but to avoid long and unpredictable wait times, book in advance by calling 1-855-985-5000 or online at Ticketmaster.ca