What: A longstanding annual tradition at St. Paul’s Hospital is back: More than 100,000 light bulbs, spanning a length of more than 10 kilometres, have been turned on for the Christmas-time Lights of Hope charity campaign supporting the hospital.
When: Every night – from dusk until dawn – until January 8, 2018
Where: St. Paul’s Hospital – 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver
What: Over three million 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.
When: Thursday, November 30, 2017 to Saturday January 6, 2018. Closed on December 25 for Christmas.
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What: This annual event features a majestic festival of illumination with more than 150,000 lights on display over three acres. Entry is by donation, with 100% of proceeds to the North Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society.
When: Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 31, 2017
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm daily
Where: Park & Tilford Gardens – 333 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver
What: The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas trees (more than 200 feet tall), experience the voice-activated light show, go on a scavenger hunt throughout the park, sing along with the holiday band, take a family photo at the Winter Pavilion, and more.
When: Now until January 28, 2018
Time: 11 am to 9 pm daily
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge – 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
What: Four days of festive, free concerts, a Christmas fair, and the Forest of Miracles, the largest outdoor display of Christmas trees in British Columbia. You can also enjoy the Dundarave Nativity, a group of carvings made from old growth cedar, and attend a Christmas Wassail and Bonfire.
When: Saturday, December 2 to Saturday, December 23, 2017
Time: Every Saturday afternoon
Where: Dundarave Beach – 25th Street at Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver
What: The botanical garden is covered in more than a million lights. Reindeer and Scandinavian gnomes also roam the trails, and visitors can walk through the gingerbread wood, lantern alley, and Make-a-Wish candle grotto.
When: December 1, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Time: 4:30 pm to 9 pm. Hours extended to 10 pm between December 15 and 24.
Where: VanDusen Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $15.24 for adults, $8.57 for children. Available online.
What: A home up in the high hills of North Vancouver has been lighting up with over 100,000 lights each Christmas for a few years, to raise donations for three good causes – the BC Epilepsy Society, Harvest Project, and Shriners Care For Kids. When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 to Monday, January 1, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm to 11 pm (except December 2, when lights will switch on at 6:30 pm)
What: Light enthusiast Paul Laberge hosts an epic Christmas light animation show featuring 15,000 LED lights set to a huge range of music at his home in North Vancouver every year, to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
When: From early December 2017 until January 2, 2018
Time: Starting at 4:30 pm every day
Where: 753 Beachview Drive, North Vancouver
Admission: By donation to Greater Vancouver Food Bank, more info at laberge.christmas
Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting (Vancouver Convention Centre)
What: A huge Christmas tree will light up Robson Square, and people will celebrate the holiday season with free snacks, photos with Santa, and a holiday concert. You can also Buy-a-Bulb to raise funds for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. For $5 you can purchase five bulbs to help light the tree, or you can get 15 for $10.
When: Tree lighting is Friday, December 1; tree remains lit throughout December 2017
Time: Tree lighting on December 1, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
What: Hundreds of thousands of 100,000 twinkling lights will once again illuminate Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam as part of a magical display this holiday season. The outdoor display wraps its way entirely around Lafarge Lake, leading visitors on a 1.2-kilometre loop through 10 themed zones.
When: November 25, 2017 to January 18, 2018
Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
What: Burnaby Village comes alive with the Christmas spirit this holiday season, transformed into a winter wonderland featuring gorgeous twinkling lights, festive-themed displays, and even a Christmas carousel.
November 25 until December 15, 2017 from 1 pm to 5:30 pm on weekdays and from 1 pm to 9 pm on weekends.
December 16 to January 5, 2018, from 1 to 9 pm every day (except December 24 and 25).
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
What: Glow Christmas will be brightening up Langley’s Milner Village Garden Centre with over 500,000 lights spanning 103,000 square feet of holiday magic. The display will feature four different light gardens, food trucks (and bar!), over 40 vendors, and – the cherry on top – a 210-foot musical light tunnel.
When: Select dates from November 22 to December 30
Time: 4 to 10 pm
Where: Milner Village Garden Centre – 6690 216 St, Langley
Tickets: Online , $20 for adults, $15 for kids and seniors, family discounts available
DH Vancouver Staff
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