Ask Vancouverites about their favourite childhood memories from the holidays and one activity almost always pops up: the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park.
There’s just something about chugging into the forest on a cold night in a tiny train, millions of lights twinkling overhead, that gets burned into your memory banks. And, to be honest, it’s probably not just the kids that get a kick out of it.
The Bright Nights Christmas Train is back for another run in Stanley Park, Dec. 5-Jan. 5. Passengers can hop onboard at the park’s miniature train plaza, not far from the Vancouver Aquarium and Lumberman’s Arch (map). The plaza itself is free to visit (suggested donation $4) and decorated with literally millions of lights. Santa is usually on hand in his living room, and seasonal choirs add to the holiday cheer. Meanwhile, free hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and even organic popcorn keep visitors warm and toasty.
Of course, the highlight is the train ride itself ($11 adults; $7 kids and seniors; free for under age 3). Continue reading:
Bright Nights Christmas Train Returns to Vancouver’s Stanley Park