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.
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.
November 28, 2012 - January 2, 2013 (closed December 25)
Now in its 6th 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.
November 29, 2012 - January 1, 2013
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.
December 1, 2012 - January 5, 2013 (closed December 25)
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 1 - 23, 2012
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 4, 2012 - January 6, 2013
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 7, 2012 - January 1, 2013 (closed December 25)