Get Festive: 8 Unique to Vancouver Christmas Season Activities

Image courtesy of the Westin Bayshore

The holiday season spirit is alive and well in Vancouver! If you’re looking for a fun date night, family outing, or something to checkout on your own, let us illuminate you with some the city’s unique offerings of holiday cheer. (Also make sure to have your camera at the ready, as all of the below has been waiting all year to be featured on your Instagram!)

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Get Festive: 8 Unique to Vancouver Christmas Season Activities

Bright Nights Christmas Train Returns to Vancouver’s Stanley Park

Photo credit: Michael Kwan (Freelancer) | Flickr

Photo credit: Michael Kwan (Freelancer) | Flickr

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