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.

10 Halloween Frights for Vancouver Families

Halloween is just around the corner; leaves crunching underfoot, jack o’lanterns are carved, costumes are being prepared, candy is being stockpiled in anticipation of trick or treating.

Get a chill when you take on these frightening (and mostly family friendly) Halloween in Vancouver.

  1. Fright Nights at Playland: Vancouver’s favourite fear fest, is on until October 31st, the annual Playland event is loaded with haunted houses and thrilling rides, but not for the younger members of the family. 
  2. Halloween at Fly Over Canada: Join Broomelda as she welcomes you to her Witch Academy before swooping across the country with her at Fly Over Canada until October 31st.
  3. Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour: Spend 2.5 hours exploring the stories behind the city’s most haunted spots; Shaughnessy mansions, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver Police Museum morgue are just some of the ghost tales you’ll hear on the nightly Trolley Tours, until Halloween Night.
  4. Glow In The Garden: VanDusen Garden invites guests to wander through a whimsical garden with curious twists and magical moments from the classic tale Hänsel and Gretel, until October 31st.
  5. Stanley Park Ghost Train: Join Jack O’Lanterns journey through the dark forest and experience a Celtic Halloween, at the Stanley Park Ghost Train, book tickets until October 31st
  6. Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum:  Visit Burnaby Village under cover of night from October 26 to 29, 2018. Wear your costumes, and blend in with the witches, ghosts and other characters as you trick or treat through the village
  7. Harvest Glow: Until November 5th, Milner Gardens in Langley has become the ultimate family harvest festival; pumpkin patch, corn maze, pumpkin carving, Harvest Market with 20+ merchants.
  8. Lost Souls of Gastown: Join Forbidden Vancouver on a historic and theatrical walk through the dark side of Vancouver’s early days, nightly until Halloween.
  9. Spooktober: Vancouver Theatresports League has a spooktacular line-up of Halloween themed shows throughout the month; Monster Mashes, Cult Fiction, Scared Witless, WFT-What the Fright.
  10. Parade of Lost Souls: The east side tradition returns on October 27th, starting with the Parade of Little Souls at 7pm, followed by the Parade of Lost Souls at 8pm. Keep watching for the parade route to be announced at midnight prior to the parade.

5 Fun Frights for Halloween in Vancouver

Halloween is just around the corner; leaves are falling, pumpkins are being carved, candy is being selected for trick or treaters.
Get a chill when you take on these frightening (but family friendly) Halloween in Vancouver.

  1. Fright Nights at Playland: Until October 31st, the annual fright fest at Playland is loaded with haunted houses and thrilling rides, but not for the younger members of the family. 
  2. Halloween at Fly Over Canada: Enroll in Broomelda’s Witch Academy at Fly Over Canada until October 31st.
  3. Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour: Seek out the haunted spots all around the city; Shaughnessy mansions, Mountain View Cemetary,  Vancouver Police Museum morgue are just some of the ghost tales you’ll hear on the nightly Trolley Tours.
  4. Stanley Park Ghost Train: Experience the thrills and chills of the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, plus the Spooky Barn is a haunted indoor space away from the weather.
  5. Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum: On October 27 – 30,  witches, ghosts and all manner of storybook characters will come to life over the wicked weekend. Watch what might be around the corner. 

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

Picks of the Week – Oct 23, 2013

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden - Judge DeeThe end of October is upon us and that means a time for Tricks and Treats, Costumes and Parties. Although Halloween isn’t for a few more days, this weekend will host most of the festivities.

Rock: It’s not too late to grab a ticket and catch rocker Chris Cornell at The Orpheum Theatre at 7:30pm

Haunts: From October 24 – 31, take a step into the history and haunts of Judge Dee, China’s Sherlock Holmes. The Garden is transformed into a haunted house as actors recreate the fabled cases of Judge Dee.

Laugh: Comedy icon John Cleese begins a 5 night stand at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre from Oct 24th – 29th at 8pm

Gig: See what all the buzz is about as Haim takes the stage at Commodore Ballroom on Thursday night.

Spooks: Get a scare at Burnaby Village Museum, young visitors can trick-or-treat and have some Halloween fun at the Carousel while the braver souls can take a ghost walk around the historic and, possibly, haunted buildings.

Roar: The BC Lions turn their claws toward the Edmonton Eskimos as they visit BC Place on Friday night at 7pm

Diva: Experience the music of the night as Sarah Brightman displays her vocal prowess at Rogers Arena on Friday night.

Country: Chart topping trio the Dixie Chicks bring their pop/country hits to Rogers Arena on Saturday night

Drag: Don your best costume and head upstairs to Oasis Ultra Lounge on Saturday night for monroe: Halloween hosted by Iona Whipp, Jaylene & Kristina Cash

Dance: Ginger 62 decks the halls with bows of gory for District:Halloween as Marcello, Adam Dreaddy and Dre Morel keep the party going

Kicks: With the playoffs out of reach, the season wraps up for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday as they play host to Colorado Rapids at BC Place at 5pm