Starting next week more and more Christmas type events are going to be opening their doors for Lower Mainlanders. One of the best events to go to with family or out on a date is the Stanley Park Bright Nights. Here is some quick info:
Starts November 27 and runs ’til January 2 (3 to 10pm) closed Christmas Day
Location: Stanley Park
Get in the spirit of the Holidays – take a train ride through our forest transformed with two million twinkling lights, see the animated displays and listen to holiday sounds as you enjoy hot chocolate, fresh popcorn and roasted chestnuts.
Mortal Coil’s fabulous creations bring laughter and artistry to the Park. Christmas tunes serenade you as you ride the train. Professional and community choirs and bands will also be in the plaza on special nights. And don’t forget to visit Santa in his workshop !
Student volunteers act as festival ambassadors. Individuals, companies and foundations donate goods and funds to ensure that the over 200,000 annual visitors to Bright Nights enjoy the event called “the most spectacular lighting display in Canada”.
BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund
All donations collected at the event, and partial proceeds from the sale of tickets for the train, go to the Burn Fund to help burn survivors and their families. As Bright Nights is one of its major fundraisers, the Burn Fund accepts donations at the front gate and suggests a minimum donation of $2.
Bright Nights has raised over $1.5 million for the Burn Fund. This achievement is supported by more than 500 off-duty professional fire fighters from the Lower Mainland and around BC who donate their time to set up, operate and take down the annual display.
Burn FundThe BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund
is a registered charity established in 1978 by the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Association. Over 3,700 professional fire fighters throughout British Columbia dedicate their time and skills to help burn survivors in the province.
To make a donation or for more information please visit www.burnfund.org or call 604-436-5617.
Enjoy a snack, hot drink or a light meal at the Children’s Farmyard Concession. In the Plaza, there are chestnuts and pistachios roasting and the Stanley Park Ecology Society sells hot buttered popcorn from its cob house.
Recycle Old Holiday Lights
Bring your strings of old, inefficient lights, drop them in the marked bin by the Plaza back gate and help save energy. Plus BC Hydro will donate to the Burn Fund $2 for every string dropped off.
How To Get There
When you enter Stanley Park off Georgia Street, go straight ahead (don’t turn right under the underpass) and through the Rose Garden. Follow the signs to parking. There is a limited number of accessible parking stalls right by the Plaza gate. Parking in the lots by Bright Nights is free after 3 pm.
Bright Nights is readily accessible by transit. The terminus for bus #19 is at the bus loop, right by the entrance to the Train Plaza. Check with TransLink at 604-953-3333 for more detailed information.
photo courtesy of sonson via Flickr