When it comes to holiday attractions for families and kids, Stanley Park’s Miniature Train always provides the perfect venue. At Halloween, the train, forest and grounds transform into the spooky Ghost Train; for Christmas and the winter holidays, the train and its environs transform again—courtesy of over two million twinkling lights—into the delightful holiday wonderland of Bright Nights.
Now in its 14th year, Bright Nights in Stanley Park is one of the top Vancouver Christmas Attractions for kids and their parents. Visitors hop aboard the Bright Nights train for a holiday-music-filled journey through the brightly-decorated woods, passing by animated and live action tableaux from the incredible Mortal Coil (the same folks who perform at the Ghost Train).
But the train ride and light displays aren’t all that Bright Nights has to offer: kids will also love visiting with Santa at the North Pole, the kooky “parade of trees,” and a chance to indulge in roasted chestnuts, fresh popcorn and hot chocolate.
Admission to the Miniature Train Plaza (which includes everything but the train ride itself) is by donation to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Riding the train will cost adults $9, and kids (2 – 18) and seniors (65+) $6. For more ticket info, including purchasing tickets in advance, see the official site.
Bright Nights at Stanley Park runs from December 2, 2011 – January 2, 2012 (closed December 25).