Kids In Vancouver: 5 Places To Gaze at the Glowing Holiday Lights

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden | Photo: navci erfrefefer (Flickr)

As the holidays swiftly approach and the city chills with falling snow, the festive family fun is in full swing in and around Vancouver. Kids love to stare at twinkling lights and there’s no better time than the holidays to see the city shine under the Winter night sky. Here are just 5 of the best places in Vancouver to gaze at the glowing holiday lights this month.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Places To Gaze at the Glowing Holiday Lights

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Happy New Year! Start planning your first weekend of 2015… read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Merry Christmas!  Start planning the weekend after your Christmas get-togethers… read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver from Boxing Day Friday to Sunday!

Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre and Tickets Tonight are closed for the holidays on December 25th, 26th, and January 1st.

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Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Capilano Suspension Bridge

Photo sourced from Capilano Suspension Bridge

We’re in the home stretch now. With Christmas less than a month away, Vancouver is getting into the spirit with festive holiday light displays.

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Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Welcome to the first weekend of 2014!  Make it a memorable one and check out some of our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver!

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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.

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Bright Nights Christmas Train Returns to Vancouver’s Stanley Park

Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver for 2012

Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Now that we’ve made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s nothing left to do but admit it: Holiday season is officially here.

Over the next month, expect to see the streets, parks and even ships of Vancouver come alive with millions of multicoloured lights in celebration of the season.  Here are the top five holiday light displays around town:

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical GardenEvery year, the stately botanical garden in the heart of Vancouver is decorated with thousands of strings of coloured lights.  The centrepiece is a “dancing lights” display over Livingstone Lake, a choreographed light dance set to seasonal music that illuminates every half hour.  Also on hand are roving elves and food vendors serving holiday treats.  Dec. 7 – Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Closed Christmas.  Adult $14.25; Senior and Youth $10.50; Child $7.75.  

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension BridgeThe iconic, 137-metre suspension bridge is decked out with  lights every December – forming a glittering string of pearls over the Capilano River.  Walk across and step into an enchanted rainforest, bedazzled with hundreds of thousands of lights.  There’s also a scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, glass blowing demos and sing-along carols.  Dec. 1 – Jan. 5, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Closed Christmas.  Adult $31.95; Child $12; $65 per family (2 adults and 2 kids).   Continue reading:
Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver for 2012