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Vancouver Christmas Lights

Where to See Holiday Lights in Vancouver, BC


Christmas in Vancouver is the season for decking the boughs--and everything else--with millions of twinkling lights!

Vancouver attractions and neighbourhoods light up the holidays with incredible light displays that are wonderful fun for all ages. The best Vancouver Christmas Lights include the immensely popular Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bright Nights in Stanley Park, but there are free light displays, too, including the Trinity Street Christmas Light Festival.

Use this Guide to Vancouver Christmas Lights to find the best places to see holiday lights in Vancouver, BC.

1. Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

vancouver christmas lights: Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Image Courtesy of Capilano Suspension Bridge

Want a touch of adventure with your Christmas lights? Capilano Suspension Bridge Park celebrates the winter holidays by decking out its major, adrenaline-pumping attractions--including the Capilano Suspension Bridge and CLIFFWALK--with zillions of sparkling holiday lights.

November 30, 3013 - January 4, 2014 (closed December 25)

2. Bright Nights at Stanley Park

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One of the best Vancouver Christmas Lights displays for kids, Bright Nights is also one of the Top 5 Vancouver Holiday Attractions. Every December, Stanley Park's famous Miniature Train transforms into the Christmas Train and takes riders on a journey through a magical forest full of twinkling lights and fantastic Christmas displays. Along with the train ride, Bright Nights includes a chance to visit Santa and see the Parade of Trees.

December 5, 2013 - January 5, 2014 (closed December 25)

3. Vancouver Parade of Carol Ships - FREE

vancouver christmas lights: parde of carol ships
Image Courtesy of Carol Ships Parade of Light Society

One of the most uniquely-Vancouver Christmas lights displays takes place on the water (naturally). "Carol Ships"--ships decked out with elaborate Christmas lights--are ships that "parade" Vancouver's waterways in nightly processions. To go aboard the Carol Ships costs money, but it's free to watch the spectacle at any of the shoreside Carol Ship events, including Carol Ship watching and bonfires in North Burnaby and West Vancouver's Dundarave Park.

December 6 - 23, 2013

4. 50-Foot Vancouver Christmas Tree at Jack Poole Plaza - FREE

vancouver christmas lights: vancouver 50-foot tree
Image Courtesy of Amacon/Vancouver Tree Lighting

Now in its 7th year, the Vancouver Christmas Tree--a 50-foot-tall beauty that holds court in Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre--stands tall and brightly lit throughout the holiday season.

December 6, 2013 - January 1, 2014

5. Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

vancouver christmas lights: festival of lights at vandusen garden
Image Courtesy of VanDusen Botanical Garden

Arguably the most famous display of Vancouver Christmas Lights, the incredibly dense and elaborate Festival of Lights transforms the gorgeous VanDusen garden into a winter wonderland. It's not hyperbolic to say that the Festival of Lights goes all-out, with festive decor everywhere you turn, from a Dancing Lights show to Candy Cane Trees, Gingerbread Walks, Santa's workshop, and more. Be prepared for total Christmas immersion!

December 11, 2013 - January 4, 2014 (closed December 25)

6. Trinity Street Christmas Light Festival - FREE

vancouver christmas lights: Trinity Street Christmas Light Festival
Image Courtesy of Trinity Street Christmas Light Festival

Vancouverites love to display their holiday lights on their own homes, making practically every street in Vancouver an ode to holiday cheer. But there are few residential streets in the city whose Christmas light displays get their own Facebook page! The annual Trinity Street Christmas Light Festival is a neighbourhood block party on Trinity Street (between 2400-2900 blocks) where the houses compete to out-do themselves in holiday decor. It's a wonderful, free way to enjoy Vancouver Christmas lights and local community spirit!

December 7, 2013 - January 5, 2014

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