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 Finds : Canyon Lights

The 10th annual Canyon Lights switch has been switched on at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. If you look up, down and all around you’ll be mesmerized by the thousands of lights surrounding you.

The centrepiece to Canyon Lights, the suspension bridge itself is aglow with light as visitors make the trek across the canyon. Watch for changing lights reflecting on the waters below or illuminations on the granite cliff face, both new features for 2015.  Spot the illuminated Snowy Owls as you venture around Treetops Adventures, Cliff Walk and the, 153 foot high (and growing), World’s Tallest Living Christmas Tree.

Get warm in the Winter Pavilion, grab a hot chocolate, decorate a gingerbread cookie or make your own Christmas Card as you listen to the jolly holiday band. Remember to bring a camera to get a your holiday photo on the pavilion sleigh.  Before leaving, visit the Holiday shop, in the original log cabin Tea Room, to find some unique Holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Wandering Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a great way for the whole family to get in the festive spirit.

Canyon Lights run until January 3, 2016.  Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is open 11am until 9pm, with Canyon Lights Holiday activities starting at 4pm.
Capilano Suspension Bridge donates partial proceeds to BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund.

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

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge – Canyon Lights

A holiday tradition on the North Shore, Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge are a festive wonder and an adrenaline thrill all at the same time. Thousands of lights adorn the forested trails around the world famous suspension bridge. The bridge itself glows with light as it streaks through the night to the opposite side of the canyon.  Crossing in the pitch black night, made it easier for a person with a fear of heights, like myself, as the canyon floor is out of sight there’s no reference to how high you’re swinging above.
On the far side of the canyon even more lights await, lookouts surround the lake ringed with lit trees and animatronic illuminated reindeer dot the woodland. Meandering the trails and pathways leads to more surprised around each tree. Looking up also means more lights as the Treetops Adventure rope bridges are lit from tree to tree.
Crossing back over the bridge gives a great view of the cliff walk, perched on the edge of the canyon, and of the fairy tale village appearance of the  Trading Post, Logger’s Grill and other buildings at the main entrance.  Beyond just the amazing light display there are plenty of other festive activities available before you leave the park, nightly Christmas carols, Glass ornament blowing (by appointment), Reindeer Games – scavenger hunt, Gingerbread decorating and of course shopping and eating.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park runs 5pm – 9pm nightly (except December 25) until January 1, 2012.  Admission is $25/adults, $5/children (6-16yrs). Proceeds from admission go to support BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund