12 Places to Enjoy Outdoor Holiday Lights Around Vancouver

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Holiday lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Celebrate the holiday season with thousands of twinkling lights. This Christmas, Vancouver has tons of options for festive illuminated experiences. Walkthrough brightly lit displays, ride a train past sparkling decorations, experience Christmas lights in a snowy landscape, or enjoy Vancouver’s first drive-thru holiday lights event. Here are 12 places to enjoy outdoor holiday lights around Vancouver.

 

Until December 7, in line with the public health order issued on November 20, non-essential travel into and out of BC is not recommended. BC residents let’s do our part by continuing to stay local and support local, with your immediate household or bubble, in accordance with the latest guidelines.

 

Holiday Lights Viewing Tips

Book in Advance Or Go at Non-Peak Times: Due to COVID-19, many holiday lights destinations have reduced capacity. Some locations require advance booking. (See below for details.)

Bring a Mask: Masks or face coverings may be required, especially where physical distancing is difficult. Check individual event websites (below) for details.

Dress for the Weather: Since you’ll be outdoors, layer up and include rain gear. Holiday weather can be cold and wet.

Warm Up with Hot Drinks: Some events have a concession stand where you can buy hot chocolate or hot apple cider. Or bring your own in a thermos.

 

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until further notice in response to the recently issued Provincial Health Order.

Walk through over one million twinkling lights at the annual VanDusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights. The 10 acres gardens will be lit up to celebrate the season with themed areas and holiday music. A one-way path meandering through the experience ensures physical distancing this year.

Location: 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver

Dates: December 8 to January 3. (Closed December 25)

Tickets: Pre-book a time slot online.

More Info: VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Gardens Festival of Lights in Vancouver

VanDusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights. Photo Tourism Vancouver/VanDusen Gardens

 

PNE Winter Lights, Vancouver

Experience dazzling holiday lights from the warmth of your car. Winter Lights at the PNE is a fully drive-thru adventure. Travel through nine light-filled lands with themes like Merry & Bright Forest, Polar North, and Candy Cane Lane.

Location: PNE Gate 9, Bridgeway Street, Vancouver

Dates: December 11 to 13,  and 17 to 23

Tickets: Pre-book a time slot online

More Info: PNE Winter Lights

 

Bright Nights Christmas Train, Stanley Park, Vancouver

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until further notice in response to the recently issued Provincial Health Order.

All-aboard! The sparkly Stanley Park Christmas Train is chugging through the magically-lit forest again this year. Sing along to Christmas carols as you are whisked along the tracks past thousands of twinkling lights.

Location: Pipeline Road, Stanley Park, Vancouver

Dates: December 8 to January 1 (Closed December 25)

Tickets: Pre-book a time slot online

More Info: Bright Nights Christmas Train

 

Lights of Hope, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver

Since 1998, St. Paul’s Hospital has lit up every holiday season with a gorgeous Christmas light display you can walk or drive past. This year they are launching Hope at Home, a live-streaming event where you can see the lights each night. You can also support the hospital by buying a limited edition Hope at Home star to decorate your home.

Location: 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver or online

Dates: November 19 to January 4
A virtual community lighting celebration will be held at lightsofhope.com on November 19th at 6pm.

Tickets: Free admission

Watch Online and More Info: Lights of Hope

 

Granville Island Festive Lights, Vancouver

Wander through the streets of Granville Island to enjoy twinkling holiday lights. Buildings from the Public Market to the Granville Island Hotel will be decked out for the season. Head to the Public Market Courtyard to spot a giant star or explore hidden alleyways to discover canopies of lights overhead.

Location: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver

Dates: November 12 to January 3

Tickets: Free admission and free parking

More Info: Granville Island

 

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver

Experience holiday lights high above the forest floor at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The entire experience from the forest, to the bridge, to the Cliffwalk will be glowing. Stroll through tunnels of light and keep the kids entertained with the Snowy Owl Prowl scavenger hunt.

Location: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver

Dates: December 8 to January 3 (Closed December 25)

Tickets: Pre-book a time slot online

More Info: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridget. Photo Tourism Vancouver/Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

 

Light Walk at Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver

Walk through a glowing light tunnel into the snowy forest, illuminated with sparkling lights. Listen to the crunch of snow underfoot as you stroll around Blue Grouse Lake. Glowing strings of lights brighten your path.

Location: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver

Dates: November 20 to Early January

Tickets: The Light Walk is included in your Mountain Admission Ticket, which you need to reserve in advance.

More Info: Grouse Mountain

 

Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby

Step back in time to experience Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum. The buildings of this reconstructed 1920s village will be decked out with Christmas lights and decorations. The experience has been adjusted for COVID-19 protocols, and the carousel and gift shop will be closed.

Location: 6601 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

Dates: Postponed until further notice.

Tickets: TBA.

More Info: Burnaby Village Museum

 

Glow Gardens Drive-Through, Langley

The Glow Elves have created a brand new, COVID-friendly experience in Langley, back at the original home of Glow! The drive-through, touchless light journey will take you through dazzling landscapes created by nearly a million lights. Take a leisurely 15-minute cruise into an illuminated wonderland that brings Christmas dreams to life.

Location: 6690 216th Street, Langley, V2Y 2N9

Dates: November 26 to January 2

Tickets: Pre-book a time slot online

More Info: Glow Gardens

 

Glow Maple Ridge

Head to Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge to experience illuminated trees, a light tunnel, giant ornaments, a glowing bandstand, and more. Nearby businesses will also have lit up storefronts in an “Old Fashioned Christmas Village” theme.

Location: Memorial Peace Park, 22407 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge

Dates: November 27 to January 8

Tickets: Free admission

More Info: Glow Maple Ridge

 

Lights by the Lake, Harrison Hot Springs

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until further notice in response to the recently issued Provincial Health Order.

Stroll down the lakefront promenade at Harrison Hot Springs to experience over one kilometre of Christmas Lights. Custom-build light displays celebrate holiday standbys like Santa Claus along with local favourites like Sasquatch.

Location: Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs

Dates: November 21 to January 10

Tickets: Free admission

More Info: Lights by the Lake

 

Explore Your Neighbourhood 

Take a walk or drive through your local neighbourhood this year to discover how your neighbours are celebrating. You’re sure to discover whimsical displays and plenty of bright lights.

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