Bright Nights at Stanley Park returns! + ticket #Giveaway!

Bright Nights

There is something to be said about walking under the twinkling shimmer of over 3 million Christmas lights. If that doesn’t get you into the holiday spirit, nothing can! Bright Nights at Stanley Park returns for it’s 18th season, again taking over Stanley Park with a dazzling display of creativity, nostalgia and holiday spirit. This is an event you do not want to miss!

Over three million twinkling lights transform the forest and train areas.  Come out and enjoy this annual tradition complete with live entertainment, displays and, of course, Santa!

With Alivia, she starts to notice Christmas lights as soon as they pop up and will start looking for them on every house on our drive home every night. This will be our fourth year taking her down to the train and it has become a must-do holiday tradition in our family. There is nothing quite like watching your little one’s eyes light up as they look around the displays eagerly pointing out characters they know and recognize (it’s a fun game!) Grab a hot chocolate or a snack at the Railway Cafe and settle in for an evening of lighted magic!

If seeing 3 million twinkling lights doesn’t amaze you, how about the fact that it takes over 8,000 hours donated by countless fire fighters to create this dazzling display? The Stanley Park train is loved by many residents and they do a wonderful job transforming it into a Christmas train sure to delight all ages.

Not only that, but every year, the money raised from a portion of ticket sales and donations received by the firefighters at the entrance directly benefits the Burn Fund, a charity that does everything possible to give burn survivors the best possible chance at recovery, they also believe heavily in preventing life alternating trauma from ever occurring by offering education on fire safety and prevention.

This event is one of the largest annual fundraisers for the Burn Fund, so please, if you are able, give generously! Over 1.4 million dollars has been raised over the past 17 years by this event, and that number continues to rise each year. You can also  make a Greater Vancouver Food Bank donation at the front gate, every donation counts. We hope you’ll join us in making Bright Nights at Stanley Park a holiday tradition for your family!

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

Event Details:

When: November 26, 2015 – January 2, 2016
Nov 26 – Dec 17:   Mon-Thurs:  3pm – 10pm  /   Fri-Sun:  10am – 11pm
Dec 18 – Dec 27:   Everyday:  10am – 11pm
Dec 28 – Jan 2:   Everyday: 10am – 10pm
Matinee Trains run 10am – 2:30pm Fri-Sun and daily from Dec 18-27.
Closed Christmas Day, December 25, 2015

Train tickets: 

Adult (18 – 64 years) $11.00
Child and youth (3 – 17 years) $8.00
Small child (2 years and under) Free
Senior (65 years and over) $8.00
Matinee (All ages) $6.00

Tickets available for purchase online at, or available for purchase at the train plaza. Tickets sell out quickly though, so it is advised to grab yours early.

Parking: Free! 

Plaza Entry: Donations accepted at the front gate benefit the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Suggested donation is $4 per person

Would you like to win tickets to Bright Nights at Stanley Park? We have a 4 pack of tickets to give to one lucky family! Enter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest details: Open to residents of British Columbia. Due to the expiry date on tickets you must claim your prize within 24 hours or a new winner will be drawn. Tickets can be mailed, or picked up in North Burnaby/Surrey once winner is confirmed. Tickets expire December 10, 2015.

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  1. Jennifer P. says:

    My favourite holiday tradition is collecting ornaments from all our trips and then reminiscing about our adventures while we decorate the tree with the treasured keepsakes.

  2. Dayna Wilson says:

    We do a Christmas Eve box with new jammies and lots of treats and a Christmas book and movie to watch/read together. It’s fun preparing it each year.

  3. shannon grochowski says:

    We have a few. Ruby our elf who brings us advent activities each day and Williams Park lights and movie night on Christmas Eve!

  4. Jillian says:

    Every year we make hot chocolate and then drive around to look at all of the Christmas lights. Last year we went to Bright lights and it was beautiful! Would love to enjoy it again this year.

  5. Charlotte says:

    starting new ones with my son but my faves as a child were singing Christmas carols with the neighbours at the park behind our house on Christmas eve by candlelight; decorating the tree with Christmas music blasting; and our yearly pre-Christmas weekend trips with my grandpa and whole extended family to a hotel with a pool somewhere on the island, or to Harrison Hot Springs, where we would spend time, do our secret santa gifts, and have a fancy dinner.

  6. Cristina Leong says:

    My favourite holiday tradition is driving into the city to see the beautiful Christmas Lights displays, I would love to take my kids to experience Bright Nights at Stanley Park this year and we love to put the karaoke on and sing Christmas carols around the Tree on Christmas Eve.

  7. Fred Leong says:

    Our family Christmas dinner and seeing the kids faces when they wake up on Christmas morning to find that Santa has left presents under the tree for them.

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