Top Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver, 2015 Edition

Photo credit: janheuninck | Flickr

Photo credit: janheuninck | Flickr

There’s snow on the mountains, Christmas music is blaring in every mall and Starbucks has brought out its bright red cups: It’s officially holiday season in Vancouver.

That also means that the city’s streets, trees, parks and buildings are once again aglow with millions of twinkling Christmas lights. Here’s a peek at the can’t-miss holiday light displays in Vancouver this season.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden: Vancouver’s 55-acre botanical garden is the setting for this elegant display, with millions of twinkling lights strung on trees above a central reflecting pond. Also enjoy gnome performances, photos with Santa and more. Dec. 1-Dec. 31; adults $16, youth 13-18 $12, kids 3-12 $9. Note: Tickets include free admission to Enchanted Nights at the nearby Bloedel Conservatory. 

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Bright Nights in Stanley Park: Hop aboard a mini locomotive for this after-dark ride deep into 1,000-acre Stanley Park, decorated with an estimated three million lights. Apart from the lights, breathtaking displays and live performers line the 14-minute-long train route. The Train Plaza (which is free to visit) is an experience in itself, with great decorations. Nov. 26-Jan. 2; adults $12, kids $9. (The afternoon “matinee” train is $6 for all ages.)

 

Image from Capilano Suspension Bridge

Image from Capilano Suspension Bridge

Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge: Hundreds of thousands of lights adorn the vertigo-inducing 140-metre long Capilano Suspension Bridge as part of this display, which also features the world’s tallest live Christmas tree, a 46.4-metre Douglas fir. Cross to the other side of the canyon and there’s an entire old-growth forest bedecked with lights. New this year, lights will also illuminate the canyon itself and cliff face. Nov. 27-Jan. 3; adults $37.95, youth 13-16 $24.95, kids 6-12 $12.

 

St.-Pauls-Lights-of-Hope-H-550x367Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital: Six miles of light strings go into this dazzling display, which adorns the façade of downtown’s St. Paul’s hospital with hundreds of rainbow-colored stars. Official lighting Nov. 19; free. 

 

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Image submitted to the Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool by greatscott94 | Flickr.com

Christmas Tree at Jack Poole Plaza: This soaring 50-foot tree, flanked by three smaller trees, towers above downtown Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza, site of the city’s 2010 Olympic Cauldron. The Dec. 4 lighting ceremony features live music, free treats and entertainment, and you can also “buy a bulb” to support the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Official lighting Dec. 4; free. 

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  1. Csoo

    There is no more Trinity Street Christmas light festival.