If you’re looking to make your festive season truly merry and bright, look no further than these locations where Christmas lights are the main attraction.
With Vancouver’s many trees and green spaces, lighting up for the holidays is must-do. Stop by for a spectacular photo-op and even some pretty amazing light shows.
Lights of Hope at St Paul’s Hospital: 1081 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6 – A longstanding annual tradition at St. Paul’s Hospital is back: Over 100,000 light bulbs, spanning a length of more than 10 kilometres, will be turned on for the Christmas-time Lights of Hope charity campaign supporting the hospital’s initiatives. St. Paul’s Hospital’s spectacular display of holiday lights will remain on for the holiday season. This event raises funds for St. Paul’s greatest needs. Light display is up throughout December.
Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park: Stanley Park – The Bright Nights Christmas Train and Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights. Dazzling lights decorate acres of the dark forest, reaching as high as the forest canopy for Bright Nights in Stanley Park. The attraction is also accompanied by a train ride, musics, snacks, entertainment, and even visits with Santa and his elves. Experience the lights, displays and live performers along the train route and enjoy the displays at the plaza. Proceeds benefit the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Stanley Park Miniature Railway, until Jan. 2, $6-$11 advance tickets,
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden: VanDusen Botanical Garden – Stroll with friends and family through interactive themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performance and the Vancouver Public Library’s Tales for a Winter’s Night. Have photos taken with Santa, savour holiday treats, and delight in much more. A magical winter wonderland with over one million lights. Stroll through interactive themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performance, have photos taken with Santa and more.
Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Jack Poole Plaza – The Christmas Tree Lighting at Jack Poole plaza has become an annual holiday tradition for Vancouver families. Back for its ninth year, the Christmas tree lighting will take place on December 4, where four beautiful trees will be lit up with festive lights (one that’s over 50 feet tall).
Trinity Street Christmas Lights Festival: Trinity Street – is a residential neighborhood that goes completely overboard – in a good way – at Christmas time. Take a wander down the street to check out all the houses’ many light displays, and maybe get a few ideas for your own. Even though the annual Trinity Street Festival is not happening this year, many of the homes along the 2400–2900 blocks of Trinity will still be decorated for the season. Park your vehicle and walk the route, throughout December.
3224 & 3228 W 37th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6N 2V4 – These neighbours have combined their efforts to create a two-home Christmas lights display. Decorations include a light-up penguin, ducks, deer, gingerbread men, mini snowman, Santa and more, plus lights on the giant holly tree and magnolia tree, 60 tree balls, and more than 600 lights.
TRAMS Christmas Lights Tours – Take a Christmas light tour on one of the historic city buses to see decorated homes in Vancouver and Burnaby. Proceeds support the Transit Museum Society.
Karaoke Christmas Lights: Vancouver Trolley – Festively decorated trolleys equipped with karaoke machines for your seasonal singing enjoyment. Enjoy stops at Bright Nights at Stanley Park and VanDusen’s Festival of Lights. Partial proceeds benefit the Burn Fund. Tours leave from Canada Place at 6:30 p.m. until December 30, 2015
Carol Ships Parade of Lights – This traditional carol ship and shore side celebration has grown to more than 50 decorated boats decked out with 100,000 lights, plus community-based shore-side celebrations. The best nights for viewing are December 18 and 19. The waters off North and West Van, Port Moody, False Creek and Vancouver, til December 23, 2015
Lost Lagoon Fountain: Stanley Park (visible from the Georgia Street causeway)
Elm Grove: English Bay (Beach Avenue at Bidwell Street)
George Wainborn Park (on False Creek at the foot of Richards Street)
W Cordova St & Abbott St – Woodward’s Building
Feel free to let me know any locations I may have missed or need to update.