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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9th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market

A treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike, the Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron), November 21 – December 24, 2018, with extended hours from 11:30am to 9:30pm. The city’s signature yuletide celebration amplifies and expands its festive offerings with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures, coupled with an increased lineup of large-scale activities and live entertainment. Attracting a record number of more than 220,000 visitors last season, the market remains one of Vancouver’s beloved holiday events in which to savour the abundance of authentic German-inspired sights, sounds, and flavours.

“Every season, families, couples, and friends make their annual pilgrimage to feast upon festive delights, warm themselves with mulled wine, shop for unique treasures, and share the Christmas cheer,” says Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market. “This year, we are thrilled to present even more engaging holiday experiences for visitors of all ages to create lasting memories with their loved ones. Whether gathering to indulge in traditional German delicacies, shopping together for that one-of-a-kind gift, or meeting with friends to take in a wide range of special events including Children’s Wish Weeks with an exclusive visit and on-site activity with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson, Deluxe Date Night, Kids Day, Club Christmas Thursdays, or Carousel Fridays, we look forward to welcoming new and returning guests to celebrate this joyous time of year!”

Among this year’s expanded highlights is a cozy heated Alpine Lounge where visitors will be able to relax and enjoy hot beverages and delicious food in a warm holiday environment. Afterwards, guests can make their way outside to revel in the new Winterdeck located beside the Alpine Lounge, featuring a charming entrance arch, a giant lit up picture frame, and stunning views of the North Shore. Couples will delight in venturing down Lovers’ Lane – an Instagram-worthy 30-foot long tunnel adorned with 10,000 twinkling lights and mistletoe. A Love Lock Installation will be placed near the tunnel to which lovers can attach a ‘Vancouver Christmas Market Love Lock’, serving as a beautiful symbol of love and partnership over the holiday season. Visitors will be dazzled by Santa in a 12-foot long sleigh floating underneath the Olympic Cauldron, and the return of Canada’s first-ever Walk-In Christmas Tree, glittering with 36,000 twinkling lights. These magnificent sights will provide the perfect backdrop for guests to take festive photos with family and friends and share in the magic of the season.

A huge draw to the Vancouver Christmas Market is its signature array of mouth-watering delectables, including Glühwein (a hot-spiced mulled wine), German Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, Schnitzel, Strudels, Transylvanian Chimney Cakes, a selection of German beer, award-winning German style wine, and so much more. A variety of new local vendors will be offering the best food and drink BC has to offer including organic vegan and vegetarian fare from the Organic Villa Vegan Haus, charcuterie from the Charcuterie Haus, sweet and savoury macarons prepared by Bon Macaron Patisserie, syrup-filled pancakes made by Mr. Hot Cakes, warm roasted chestnuts from JJ’s Fresh Roasted Chestnuts, and gluten free hard apple cider made by Howling Moon Craft Cider.

In addition to Deutschland delicacies and returning favourites – such as the Christmas Carousel and the Christmas Pyramid’s ‘Flying Stage’ perched 10 feet high above the market offering a lively line-up of daily festive entertainment, visitors can wander throughout the market’s quaint pathways of huts, discovering lovingly crafted gifts and treasures.

Families will enjoy a multitude of holiday activities including the market’s new Kinder Kraft Igloo sponsored by 4Cats Arts Studio, featuring a market-wide Christmas scavenger hunt for children, as well as free arts and crafts. The Santa Photo Hut also returns along with cookie decorating for kids at the Gingerbread Haus.

New events and highlights at the 9th annual Vancouver Christmas Market include:

Children’s Wish Weeks | November 23 to December 7
The Vancouver Christmas Market is honoured to work with and support its charitable partner the Children’s Wish Foundation. During the market’s ‘Children’s Wish Weeks,’ please visit the market and make a donation to help raise $10,000 to make a deserving child’s wish come true.

Free Carousel Fridays | November 23, November 30 & December 7
Enjoy carousel rides on the Christmas Carousel offered by donation to Children’s Wish.

Shopping Day | November 25
Get your Christmas shopping done early at the Vancouver Christmas Market! This special day will feature one-day-only deals at gift vendors throughout the market.

Foodie Tuesdays | November 27 & December 4
A chance to try more for less featuring bites and beverages from select vendors that are $4 and under.

Club Christmas | November 29, December 6, December 13 & December 20
Every Thursday, join us for some after-work drinks, and enjoy our new, later market hours as you bust-a-move with Vancouver’s coolest DJs at the Christmas Pyramid or belt out a tune at karaoke in the Alpine Lounge.

Kids Day | December 1
Join Holly & Jolly for a day of family fun! Youth (13 and under) will be able to enter the market and enjoy rides on the Christmas Carousel by providing a donation to Children’s Wish Foundation.

Deluxe Date Night | December 5
Romance is always in the air at the Vancouver Christmas Market, but we’re hanging a little extra mistletoe for this special night of love! Enjoy 2-for-1 Entry at the gate as well as ‘deals for duos’ including 2-for-1 carousel rides, pretzels, ciders, and other paired discounts at select vendors.

Canucks Defenseman Erik Gudbranson Visits the Market | December 7
Calling all Vancouver Canucks fans! We are delighted to announce that in support of Children’s Wish Weeks, November 23 – December 7, Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson will be on site to help make a child’s wish come true. Visitors who make a donation to Children’s Wish Foundation will have the chance to go head-to-head with Erik as they try to score against him. Are you skilled enough to take him on?    

Tickets to the 2018 Vancouver Christmas Market are now on sale!

Tickets: Adult $12, Seniors $11, Youth Age 7-12 $5, Children Age 0-6, FREE.

Purchase online to enjoy an abundance of savings including discounted pricing. A Fast Pass is an upgrade available exclusively online that can be added on to a regular entry ticket for $5 per person.
This offers guests the option to enter through an express line at the entrance and the carousel.
A Fast Pass also includes a 2018 Season Pass and can be used throughout the entire season!

Ticket bookings and Christmas Combos at: vancouverchristmasmarket.com                 

Dates: November 21 to December 24, 2018: 11:30am – 9:30pm

 

December 24: Closed at 6pm
Ticket Prices:  Online Admissions: Adult $10, Seniors $9,Youth $5

 

(Add $5 for a Fast Pass and Season Pass)

Gate Admissions: Adult $12, Seniors $11,Youth $5

(Children under 6 are Free)

Address: Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron

 

(Vancouver Convention Centre West)
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3G3
Website:   vancouverchristmasm

COME SOAR OVER CHINA On now – February 18, 2018

Flight of the Dragon is back at FlyOver Canada for a limited time! During this special feature, follow a mythical dragon as it soars over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery – including the Great Wall of China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the city of Shanghai and more. Then, take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, an exhilarating journey from east-to-west across Canada.

The complete experience will last between 20 and 25 minutes and includes:

• A celebratory Chinese New Year themed pre-show

• Flight of the Dragon, a unique 6-minute flight ride experience over China

• FlyOver Canada, a thrilling 8-minute flight ride experience coast-to-coast over Canada.

SCENE LIST

1 HuangShan Yellow Mountains

2 Feng Huang

3 Flowers of Jingzhou/Shashi

4 Shanshen Temple Peak

5 Zhangjiajie Peaks

6 YuLong Snow Mountain

7 Lake Dongting

8 Great Wall of China

9 Long Shen Rice Terraces

10 Mountains of Guilin

11 Lijiang River/Nine Horses

12 Rice Fields near Guilin

13 Shanghai River

14 Shanghai Bund at Night

15 Shanghai Pudong at Night

Experience FlyOver Canada with a spooky twist!

Broomelda the witch has once again worked her magic to transform FlyOver Canada this Halloween. Aspiring witches and wizards are welcomed into the Haunted Witches Academy before taking off on a spellbinding journey across Canada.

The complete Halloween at FlyOver Canada experience will last between 20 – 25 minutes and include:

  • The Ultimate Flying Ride FlyOver Canada; a breathtaking 8-minute flight ride experience
  • Witches Academy Themed Pre-Show
  • A Witch Academy Diploma to take home
  • Halloween theming and spine-tingling decorations

This family-friendly tradition has a ‘spook-factor’ suitable for those aged 4 years and up.

OCTOBER 12th – 31st, 2017

WEEKDAYS: 4 PM – 9 PM | WEEKENDS: 10 AM – 9 PM


Don’t miss this special seasonal offering at Vancouver’s must-see attraction FlyOver Canada. Locals save 20% when they book online at www.flyovercanada.com/halloween.

A German Christmas set in the heart of Vancouver!

The merriment of Christmas has started showing up in the Lower Mainland! Light displays are starting to glow and festive events are beginning.

Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market is back for it’s 5th year, bringing fabulous food, drink, gifts and entertainment. Running from November 22nd-December 24th, 2014, open daily from 11am-9pm (closing at 6pm on December 24th).

Glühwein

Bring the kids, grab a bite from Black Forest Delicatessen, Mom and Dad can enjoy a hot, steamy mug of Glühwein, go for a spin on the carousel and treat everyone to some dessert from one of the many sweet shops located around the market.

Carousel

Get some Christmas shopping done by visiting the lovely shops throughout. Hand-made soaps, jewelry, knitwear, toys, candies, ornaments and baked goods, just to name a few.

Shopping

Be sure to see the performances going on at the Pavilion Stage and the kids will love hanging out with Holly and Jolly between rides on the carousel.

Holly & Jolly

Make sure you say “Hi!” To Santa or you could end up on the Naughty List 😉

Chatting with Santa

Ticket Pricing

General Admission
Adult (13+) – $7
Youth (7-12 years) – $3
Kids (0-6 years) – FREE
Seniors (60+) – $6

Family Admission Combo $17
Two Adults & two Youth (7-12 years)

Christmas Combo $20
One General Admission
One Season’s Pass 2014
One Souvenir Mug 2014
Voucher for one Mulled Wine/Cider
Two Carousel Rides

VIP Christmas Experience $40
One General Admission
One Season’s Pass 2014
One Souvenir Mug 2014
Voucher for one Mulled Wine/Cider
Voucher for one Gift Item
One Standard Food Item
Three Carousel Rides

Location
Queen Elizabeth Plaza
650 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1

Keeping the kids dry on the “Wet Coast” #YMCCommunity #PuddleGear

Living in Vancouver, we’ve become accustomed to the “occasional” rainy day.

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The kids have probably come home from school soaking wet or they were driving you insane staying inside on a rainy day that you just had to get them out of the house.

Those nasty puddles or small lakes have a tendency to jump up and grab our little ones when we least expect it and drag them into the realm of “undryness”. Our washing machines are certainly being put through their paces every Spring and Fall when the clouds are at their fullest and can’t contain themselves like an overly full diaper.

An awesome way to help keep your little puddle jumpers dry is Puddlegear rain gear!

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These suits go right over top your kiddos regular clothing and keep them dry in the event of a torrential downpour or if you happen to stumble upon the “biggest and bestest puddle in the entire world”!

Puddlegear is raingear built tough so kids can play outside feeling warm, unrestricted and dry in their great looking rain gear. Turning puddles and rain into nature’s toys. When kids play they lose themselves in their imagination, weather won’t matter as long as they are warm and dry.
Puddlegear raingear is quality and function down to every last button and seam. And kids think its cool too!

100% waterproof
Machine Washable
Tear Resistant
Soft and comfortable
And there is a reflective flash for safety at night!

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HELP! My child is choking! #YMCCommunity

Have you ever been feeding your little one and all of a sudden, they begin to choke on their food?

Choking Child

Photo credit: What To Expect

Would you know what to do if this were to happen?

Did you know that Infant/ Child CPR is different than Adult CPR?

It would very beneficial for every parent and child care provider, including grandparents and babysitters, to know how to perform Infant/ Child CPR. Choking is ranked as a leading cause of unintentional death in children.

There are several options throughout the Lower Mainland for Infant/ Child CPR courses:

Safe + Sound First Aid Training

Link 2 Life

Vancouver First Aid

There are also some helpful how-to’s and videos that you can find online.

Baby Center has a step-by-step instruction on their website.

Here is a video from The Doctors TV show.