12 Festive Light Displays for the 2018 Holiday Season

With less than a month until Christmas, Metro Vancouver is ablaze with lights as people and places put up 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:

Aurora Winter Festival

Aurora Winter Festival – downtown Vancouver’s newest addition to the Holidays, guests can explore the beautifully illuminated mystical worlds of Aurora Festival, at Concord Pacific Place until December 30th, 2018, 4-10pm. 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)

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 29, 2018 to January 5, 2019 opening hours vary for Matinee and Night Trains. – Matinee Train tickets are $6 for all ages, Night Train tickets are $12(Adults) or $8(Children/Seniors). Admission to Bright Nights Train Plaza only, is by donation (proceeds to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund)

Canyon Lights

Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park runs until January 27th, 2019 (closed Christmas Day) 11am-9pm. Thousands of lights spread throughout the Park, the bridge, Treetops Adventures, with 8 of the tallest living Christmas Tree. – All-day Adult park admission is $46.95, or $14.95 children, includes the holiday activities, crafts and entertainment begin at 4pm each day.

Chanukah in the City – Join the Jewish Community and celebrate the 8 Days of the Chanukah Festival Of Lights with music, latkes, hot cocoa, doughnuts and entertainment as the Silber Family Agam Menorah, Canada’s tallest, lights up the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza  on December 6th, 2018 at 5pm

Christmas at Canada Place – Port Metro Vancouver presents the annual Christmas at Canada Place holiday event, from December 7th, 2018 to January 3rd, 2019. 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

Festival of Lights at Van Dusen Gardens

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden run December 1st, 2018 to January 6th, 2019 gates open at 4:30pm. Over a million lights turn the botanical gardens into twinkling winter wonderland.  Carolers, dancing gnomes and the popular Dancing Lights show (on the half hour) make this one of the city’s most popular Christmas Light displays – Adult Admission $18.50 (in advance) or $20(at gate)

Glow Langley brings the warmth of the season indoors to Milner Village Garden Centre in Langley, until January 19, 2019, from 4-10pm daily. Themed “Glow Around the World” explore the Christmas Light Gardens, find Food Trucks & Bars, shop the Craft Market and more, November 23rd to December 30th, 2017 – Admission online – Adults: $22.99, Family: $69.99 (2 adults/3children)

Seven Swans at Burnaby Village Heritage Christmas

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, November 25th 2017 until January 4th, 2019 – Free Admission / Carousel Rides $2.65

Lights at Lafarge – Until January 20, 2019, Coquitlam’s Winter Light Festival brings back Metro Vancouver’s largest free Christmas light display, Town Centre Park is illuminated with hundreds of thousands of lights, with roving performers, hot chocolate & cookies, a Holiday Market and of course Santa are all just steps from Lafarge Lake – Douglas Skytrain Station – Free Admission

Lights of Hope

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 2018 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, admire the lights, look for the sponsor’s stars, and, perhaps, make a donation of your own – Free Admission

Lights on the Lake brings the waterfront of Harrison Hot Springs Village alive with a Sasquatch-Themed light display, until January 13th 2019.  See what the Saquatch gets up to in the winter.  Check out the “Whoville” style Christmas trees and light displays will adorn the village, stay for storytelling time, or other entertainment. Visitors can also follow the Christmas Tree Trail to find other Christmas displays and have a Happy Harrison Holiday

Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting – the 12th Annual Christmas Tree lighting takes place Friday November 30th at Robson Square. Four Christmas Trees up to a grand 76 feet tall will be shining over the centre of Vancouver throughout the Holidays.  Guests at the tree-lighting event can enjoy live entertainment and music from Side One and the Soul Gospel Choir plus free cookies and hot chocolate.

Festive Friday Find: Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour

FestofLight_IMG_5622Vancouver is has many festival light displays to thrill the young and old, the distance between them and waiting in line makes them difficult to see simply.  Putting them all in one easy package and wrapping them with a song it the Vancouver Trolley Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour.
At Canada Place, hop on one of Vancouver Trolley’s classic trolley’s, decorated for the season, and set off on a jolly good time. Along the way, the Trolley Host will build your Christmas Spirit by leading the riders on a rousing Karaoke rendition of your favourite Carols. Stops on the Tour are Bright Nights in Stanley Park, where there’s time to wander the Bright Nights plaza but not enough time to wait for a Christmas Train ride.

Bright Nights
Bright Nights at Stanley Bridge

Over the course of the 3 hour tour, the Trolley will roam through the city, blasting out Carol singing, and passing iconic illuminations in the West End, Canuck Place & Hycroft before hitting the second stop of the night.  Festival Of Lights at Van Dusen Gardens is one of the city’s most popular Holiday displays. The Garden is often lined up with quite a wait, but riders on the Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour gain express access to the Garden.  After meanering the Festival of Lights, hop back on the trolley and see and sing some more on your way back to Canada Place to wrap up the tour.
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Vancouver Trolley Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour is booking until December 31st (no tour on December 25)
Call 604.801.5515 for tour and add-on rates and to reserve your Karaoke Christmas Tour.

Top 6 Christmas Light Displays 2014

Christmas wishes 2012As the Holidays draw near, the City begins to have an added twinkle as people and places light up their businesses and homes. Some of the brightest and most festive displays are opening to the public in the coming weeks, here’s a list of a half dozen spots to enjoy the twinkle of Christmas Lights:

Lights of Hope at St Paul’s Hospital – For 16 years, St Paul’s Lights of Hope have illuminated the West End helping to raise much needed funds for the hospital. The 2014 Lights Of Hope will light up on November 27th with a public event featuring fireworks, food trucks and family entertainment at St Paul’s Hospital on Burrard Street. – Free Admission

Bright Nights, Stanley Park Christmas Train– November 27, 2014 to January 4, 2015 opening hours vary for Matinee and Night Trains. Two million lights twinkle throughout the plaza and Miniature Train. Ride the train, watch the dozens of festive displays while strolling the plaza sipping a hot cocoa. – Matinee Train tickets are $6 for all ages, Night Train tickets are $11(Adults) or $8(Children/Seniors). Admission Bright Nights Train Plaza only, is by donation (suggested $4, proceeds to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund)Holiday Bear_IMG_5694

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park open November 29th, 2014 and run until January 3rd, 2015. Thousands of lights spread throughout the Park, highlighted by the tallest living Christmas Tree. – All-day Adult park admission is $32.95, includes the holiday activities, crafts and entertainment beginning at 4pm each day.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden run December 10th, 2014 to January 4, 2015 opening at 4:30pm. Hundreds of thousands of lights, carolers, dancing gnomes and the ever popular Dancing Lights show (on the half hour) make this one of the city’s most popular Christmas Light displays so think about buying tickets in advance. – Adult Admission $15.00

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum – Heritage Christmas, celebrating the Holiday traditions of a century ago, is on now at Burnaby Village then on December 13, 2014 the village invites you to stay later as the Village is illuminated with thousands of lights, until January 2, 2015 – Free Admission

Christmas at Canada Place – Now in its 27th year, Port Metro Vancouver presents the annual Christmas at Canada Place holiday event. From December 13-31st, 2014, stroll The Canadian Trail (west promenade) to see the festive fun, glimpse the iconic Woodward’s department store holiday windows, Christmas movies at Rudolph’s Theatre, 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

Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2011

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