Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

 

During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights.

Buy tickets to ride the Bright Nights Train and experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers along the train route. Or view the displays at the Train Plaza by donation ($5.00 suggested).

Your donations at the front gate and a portion of ticket sales go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. $1.4 million has been raised to help burn survivors and their families since 1998.

Bright Nights is open Thursday, November 29, 2018 to Saturday, January 5, 2019 and is closed on Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas.

Dates are subject to change.

Dates
November 29 – December 13
Matinee train Friday to Sunday 
10am – 2:30pm
Night train

Daily
3pm – 10pm

December 14 – 23
Matinee train 10am – 2:30pm
Night train 3pm – 11pm
December 24
Matinee train 10am – 2:30pm
Night train 3pm – 10pm
December 25
Matinee train Closed
Night train Closed
December 26
Matinee train 10am – 2:30pm
Night train 3pm – 11pm
December 27 – 31
Matinee train 10am – 2:30pm
Night train 3pm – 10pm
January 1
Matinee train Closed
Night train 3pm – 10pm
January 2 – 5 (train only, no live actors)
Matinee train Closed
Night train 4pm – 9pm

Matinee train

Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest and enjoy the magical lights and holiday music.

 There are no live performers during the matinee train.

Night train

Our classic night train ride includes a 14-minute experience filled with beautiful displays, holiday lights, and a live performer.

You must buy a ticket to ride the train. Tickets are sold in half-hour time slots. Several trains will depart within each time slot. Your ticket is valid for one Bright Nights ride during the time slot shown on the ticket.

Note Tickets are only good for the date and time shown on the ticket, and are non-refundable.

Entry to the plaza to view the lights is by donation to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund (we suggest $5 per person).

Avoid the crowds and come out Monday to Thursday in the first two weeks.

How to buy tickets

Buy advance tickets early to avoid sold out rides.

Buy advance tickets online or by phone

Popular dates sell out in advance – buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Note Service fees and charges apply to advance ticket sales.

Buy tickets

Buy same-day tickets in person

Is the time slot you want sold out online? Buy same-day tickets in person at the Train Plaza. A portion of each day’s tickets is set aside.

Come early to avoid sold-out time slots. On-site ticket sales start at 10am daily until December 31. From January 1 to 5, on-site sales begin at 3pm.

Prices

Matinee train

Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest with holiday music past magical displays.

 There are no live performers during matinee train rides.

Age Price
All ages $6 + GST

Night train

Our classic night train ride includes a 14-minute experience filled with beautiful displays, holiday lights, and a live performer.

Age Price
Adult (19 – 64 years) $12 + GST
Senior (65 years and over) $9 + GST
Youth (13 – 18 years) $9 + GST
Child (3 – 12 years) $8 + GST
Small child (2 years and under) Free

Exceptions

Leisure Access Program members can buy tickets on-site for all trains except for the following black-out dates:

  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening trains, 3pm to closing
  • All evening trains from December 14 to 26, 2018, 3pm to closing

Group bookings

Would you like to bring a larger group to the Stanley Park Bright Nights Train? Make an advanced reservation when online ticket sales begin. Group tickets aren’t sold in person at the Train Plaza.

For corporate groups of 26 and more call 604-252-3663 or email groupsales@pne.ca

 Group bookings are available on limited dates only, and must be confirmed five days before arriving.

Ride the train

Several trains depart during each half-hour time slot.

Line up at the start of your time slot for shorter waits.

For example, if your time slot is 7pm – 7:30pm, arrive at 7pm and join the line for your time slot. You’ll board a train by 7:30pm. All aboard!

Photos with Santa

Get photos with Santa every day until December 24 at the Railway Plaza’s North Pole.

The cost is $10 each with all proceeds to the Burn Fund.

Hours

  • November 29 to December 24 from 4pm to 9pm
  • December 23 to 24 from 1pm to 9pm

Please help our partner charities

BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund

When you visit Bright Nights, please give generously to our partner charity, the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

Bring non-perishable food items for the food bank and a suggested $5.00 donation for the Burn Fund. Thank you.

Burn Fund

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

We ask our guests to support our other partner charity, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Bring your non-perishable food items for the food bank.

We’re teaming up with amazing food vendors in the plaza to offer full meals and holiday treats.

Reindeer Roadstop and Café

Enjoy classics like burgers, hotdog, churros, hot chocolate, and seasonal treats.

Organic Villa

Offering fast, tasty vegetarian and vegan options. Try roasted veggie wraps, vegan tacos and crispy dosas.

Insomniac’s Coffee

Serving up their specialty coffee concoctions for moms and dads. Grab a bag of their traditional roasted chestnuts too.

The Praguery food truck

Featuring mouth-watering Chimney Cakes – traditional rolled and baked to order pastries with a range of toppings and fillings.

Cob House by Stanley Park Ecology Society 

No train ride is complete without a bag of delicious organic popcorn from the CobHouse.

Food vendors will be open for both matinee and evening show times.

Bright Nights and Old Spaghetti Factory dinner package

Book your dinner package when you purchase your advanced train tickets online.

Package includes:

  • Spaghetti dinner of your choice
  • Ticket to ride at Bright Nights
  • Bonus $10 Gift certificate to the Old Spaghetti Factory when you dine in!

A portion from each meal sold during the month of December will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.

 The Old Spaghetti Factory will close early on December 24 and will not be serving dinner that evening.

Bright Nights is located on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.

Take public transit External website, ride your bike, or walk.

Free parking compliments of the Vancouver Park Board

Bright Nights has on-site and overflow free parking lots Friday-Sunday nights. Vancouver Aquarium lots are paid lots during Bright Nights operations.

Overflow lots include the Info Booth, North Pipeline Road, and Beaver Lake lots. These lots are free parking after 3:00pm only.

Stanley Park Railway parking lots are free during all operation hours.

Accessibility

The entire site is wheelchair accessible.
The train has a special carriage with room for two people in wheelchairs and seats for their companions.
We help passengers in need of assistance to board the train.
Stroller parking is also available.

Dogs at the Stanley Park Train

Please note that dogs of any size are not permitted on the train out of consideration for our visitors with allergies or who are fearful of dogs.
Certified service animals are permitted.

Contact us

604-257-8531

stanleyparktrain@vancouver.ca

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20th Annual BRIGHT NIGHTS in STANLEY PARK!!

The BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board is proud to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Bright Nights in Stanley Park is an annual tradition for many families in the Lower Mainland and over the past 20 years, has welcomed visitors from all around the world.

Santa’s elves are already hard at work transforming Stanley Park into a captivating and dazzling lighting display complete with music, sweet snacks, entertainment and, of course, Santa Claus himself. “It’s sure to delight kids, both young and old,” chuckles Ray Boucher, Burn Fund Vice-President and Co-Chair of the Bright Nights Committee. When asked how he and his team were able to manage the sheer volume of light display enthusiasts, Ray replied, “We want to make certain that everyone is able to enjoy this magical event, and since we’ve seen such an overwhelming show of visitors in past years, we’re excited to be extending the event this year by staying open until January 6th, this way we hope that everyone will get the chance to come down to the park, with their family and friends and help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bright Nights!.”

“This anniversary event celebrates the partnership between the Park Board and the Burn Fund who have worked together for 20 years to create the Bright Nights experience. We could not put on this event without the support of all our community
partners, who help bring the park to life for all to enjoy”, said Vancouver Park Board Chair, Michael Wiebe. Over 250,000 visitors attend the event annually and that number is growing. “We are exceptionally pleased with the support from the public
and our Sponsors. Over 800 fire fighters contribute more than 8,000 hours over the 3 month period of Set-Up, Operations and Tear Down. It’s a monumental undertaking of combined efforts to make this event so successful,” says Ray Boucher. “The funds
raised will make a huge difference to burn survivors and their families throughout our province.”

The monies raised through donations in the front gate bins go directly to the Burn Fund, which provides life-saving, life supporting and life enriching services to people across BC. More than 4,000 professional fire fighters around the province dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors. They increase the public’s knowledge about fire and burn safety through Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention programs.

The Burn Fund encourages visitors to show their generosity by bringing food itemsfor the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Food bins will be on-site at the entrance gate. Most needed items include: canned meat/fish; natural peanut butter; whole wheat pasta/rice; pasta sauce; canned fruits/vegetables; 100% fruit juices; low-sugar cereals; baby food, formula & diapers. www.foodbank.bc.ca

The event is open this year from November 30, 2017-January 6, 2018. We will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park – hours: 

Nov 30 – Dec 14: Mon-Thurs 3pm – 10pm / Fri – Sun 10am – 11pm 

Dec 2 – 20th Anniversary Celebration of Bright Nights! Cake will be served on-site between 3-5pm

Dec 15 – Dec 26: Everyday 10am – 11pm

Dec 25 – *Closed Christmas Day

Dec 27 – Jan 1: Everyday 10am – 10pm

Jan 2 – Jan 6: Everyday 4pm – 9pm (train only, no live actors)

Prices:

Night train

Our classic night train ride includes a 14-minute experience filled with beautiful displays, holiday lights, and a live performer.

Adult (19 – 64 years) $12.00 + GST

Senior (65 years and over) $9.00 + GST

Youth (13 – 18 years) $9.00 + GST

Child (3 – 12 years) $8.00 + GST

Small child (2 years and under) FREE

Matinee train

Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest with holiday music past magical displays.

There are no live performers during matinee train rides.

All ages $6.00 + GST

Free parking compliments of the Vancouver Park Board

Bright Nights has on-site and overflow free parking lots Friday-Sunday nights. Vancouver Aquarium lots are paid lots during Bright Nights operations.

Overflow lots include the Info Booth, North Pipeline Road, and Beaver Lake lots. These lots are free parking after 3:00pm only.

Stanley Park Railway parking lots are free during all operation hours.

For more information about the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, or to makea donation, please visit www.burnfund.orgAdvance tickets at Ticketleader 604-252-3700, http://ticketleader.ca/events/bright-nights. Same day tickets available, starting November 30, at the on-site Miniature Railway Box Office in Stanley Park from 12:00pm (10am for Matinees) 604-257-8531.

17th Annual #BrightNights at Stanley Park!

When the Christmas lights start popping up in our neighbourhood, our kids faces start lighting up just as bright!

Photo credit: Light Knights

Photo credit: Light Knights

The twinkling lights, animated ornaments, and if course the inflatables!

We love driving around town enjoying the displays that people have really put time and effort in. We live in a condo, so our contribution to the Christmas lights shows is minimal, but we do decorate our balcony to share the merriness of the season!

Back for it’s 17th year, Bright Nights in Stanley Park will be lighting up the forest with their magnificent Christmas light displays in support of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Over 800 fire fighters contribute more than 8,000 hours over the 3 month period of set-up, operations and tear down.

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

The monies raised from the donations received at the entrance gate go directly to the Burn Fund. Also, the Burn Fund is encouraging the visitors to show their generosity by making a contribution to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Most needed items include: canned meat/fish; natural peanut butter; whole wheat pasta/rice; pasta sauce; canned fruits/vegetables; 100% fruit juices; low-sugar cereals; baby food, formula & diapers. www.foodbank.bc.ca

BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund

 

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

Event Dates:

November 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Event Times:

Mon-Thurs: 3pm – 10pm

Fri-Sun: 10am – 11pm

Matinees (before Dec 19) will be: Fri-Sun 10am-3pm

As of Dec 19: Open every day from 10am – 11pm

Closed Christmas Day, December 25, 2014

Free Parking!

Donations accepted at the front gate benefit the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund

Suggested donation is $4 per person

Bright Nights Train

Train Pricing

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
Includes taxes, subject to fees

To buy your tickets for the train, please click here!

Bright Nights in Stanley Park {Giveaway}

My favourite thing to do during the holiday season, is to take the kidlets out and about to see all the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations displayed around our beautiful city.
One of our traditions, is to go to Bright Nights in Stanley Park.

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Bright Nights in Stanley Park


The Vancouver Park Board and the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, have decorated the forest and train area with 3 million twinkling lights to bring the 16th annual Bright Nights to Stanley Park.

The Christmas Train at Bright Nights

The Christmas Train at Bright Nights

Bright Nights runs from Thursday, December 5th, 2013 until Sunday, January 5th, 2014, closed Christmas Day.

Hours are:
Open: – 3 PM to 10 PM – Sunday to Thursday
– 3 PM to 11 PM – Friday and Saturday
– Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun Matinees 11am – 3pm
**NEW** from Dec 20 open daily from 11am-11pm!
Closed: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 (Christmas Day)

Train tickets:
Adult: $11.00 includes GST;
Child, Youth & Seniors: $7.00 includes GST
(Children & Youth 3-17, Seniors 65+)
Children Under 3 years of age are free
Matinee: $6.00 (all ages)

Available November 1st, 2013. Order advance tickets online at http://www.ticketmaster.ca or charge by phone: 1-855-985-5000. (Note that Ticketmaster services charges apply)

INTERAC, VISA, MasterCard and cash accepted
Tickets are available at the ticket office on the train plaza at Stanley Park. Same day ticket sales from noon daily. For ticket sales information please call 604-257-8531.

The Old Spaghetti Factory, a Platinum Sponsor of Bright Nights in Stanley Park, is offering a ‘Big Bright Night Out’ package that includes a delicious dinner, Bright Nights tickets and half price parking.

Visit Ticketmaster to purchase your train tickets and then your dinner tickets.

Parking is FREE.

There is no cost to view the plaza displays set up by the BC Professional Fire Fighters. As Bright Nights is one of the Burn Fund’s major fundraisers, the fire fighters accept donations at the front gate, and suggest a minimum donation of $4.

British Columbia Professional Fire Fighter's Burn Fund

British Columbia Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund

Would you like to go to Bright Nights with your family?

I will be picking 2 WINNERS to receive FREE tickets for their family of 4 to attend Bright Nights! You must be able to attend between December 5th, 2013 – December 11th, 2013. Giveaway is running until midnight December 3rd, 2013, winners will be chosen December 4th, 2013.

Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.
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What a pretty gingerbread house.

What a pretty gingerbread house.