25 Places to Enjoy Christmas Lights Around Vancouver in 2022

Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam

Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam. Photo: Tourism Coquitlam

Celebrate the season with thousands of twinkling lights. Check out 25 places to enjoy outdoor Christmas lights around Vancouver in 2022.

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25 Places to Enjoy Christmas Lights Around Vancouver in 2022

Christmas in Vancouver

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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.

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Christmas in Vancouver

Top 5 Family-Friendly Vancouver New Year’s Eve Events

Fire spinning. Photo credit: Mount Seymour

The kiddos will go to bed long before midnight, but Vancouver families have plenty of opportunities to head out early and attend a family-friendly New Year’s Eve event.

From 7pm countdowns, to live fire spinning, fireworks, tobogganing and s’mores, here are your best options for New Year’s Eve with children.

Top 5 Family-Friendly Vancouver New Year’s Eve Events

1. New Year’s Eve at Robson Square
Celebrate with an early countdown, glow sticks and noisemakers at Robson Square. Free live shows start at 4pm and continue through 10:30pm, including “Magical and Holiday Performers,” Rumba Calzada and DJ sets. There will be two countdowns: one at 7pm, and the other at 9pm. Of course there’s also free ice skating.

2. Family First Night at Mount Seymour
Mount Seymour’s family New Year’s Eve celebration has it all. The festivities start at 5pm and included tubing, tobogganing, a fire spinning show, a comedy act, s’mores and hot apples cider. Ring in 2013 at 9pm with an early countdown including noisemakers, sparklers and fireworks.  Spectator passes (which include shows and s’mores) are $10. Tubing passes are $25. Tobogganing passes are $15. Find full ticket details here. Continue reading:
Top 5 Family-Friendly Vancouver New Year’s Eve Events

Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities

Santa’s Living Room. Photo credit: Van Dusen Botanical Garden

Real reindeer. Giant gingerbread men. Kris Kringle. Ice skating. These are all good reasons to be nice, not naughty this December. Here are Vancouver’s 5 best family-friendly Christmas attractions. Wrangle the kiddos and hit up as many as you possibly can.

Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities

1) Free Ice Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink, ongoing through Feb. 2013
Robson Square’s free ice rink is beloved by families and local schools, who make up most of the 8,300 weekly visitors. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the city-sponsored rink only charges for rentals. So BYOS (Bring Your Own Skates) or pay $4 (cash) for blades. Helmets and ice cleats are $2. The rink is open 9:00am and 9:00pm Sunday to Thursday, and 9:00am to 11:00pm Friday and Saturday. Continue reading:
Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities