Festival of Lights – Van Dusen Garden
The Van Dusen botanical gardens are close to downtown. Roughly the size of four square city blocks, they a great spot to escape a busy holiday schedule and enjoy a walk through a very well-designed Christmas light show.
There are various performances you can check out at different times of the evening, including the Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake, Christmas gnomes, shadow puppets, photos with Santa, choral performances as well as a visit by the Grinch.
For more information on admission and for a schedule of events, visit http://vandusengarden.org.
Bright Nights – Stanley Park
Bright Nights in Stanley Park is Vancouver’s most-family friendly holiday attraction with it’s carnival-like atmosphere and Charlie Brown-themed, miniature train ride. For many Vancouverites, Bright Nights brings back childhood holiday memories: this attraction is a Vancouver classic.
There is a suggested donation at the door to help support the Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, a local Vancouver charity. Tickets to the train ride can be purchased inside once inside the venue.
For hours of operation and additional information about Bright Nights, visit http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.
Our Inside Vancouver tip: dress warmly so any potential waiting time in line for the miniature train is a comfortable experience.