30 festive places to see Christmas lights in Metro Vancouver

Dec 16 2019, 9:42 am

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.

After all, nothing says Christmas quite like thousands of tiny twinkling lights does it?

Here are 30 places to see some of the Lower Mainland’s best and brightest displays.

St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope

 

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  • 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 km, have been turned on for the Christmas-time Lights of Hope charity campaign supporting the hospital.
  • Where: St. Paul’s Hospital – 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

 

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  • 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, music, snacks, entertainment, and even visits with Santa and his elves.
  • Where: Miniature railway area at Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • Admission: Bright Nights entry by donation ($4 is suggested), Christmas train tickets available on Ticketleader, from $6-$12

Aurora Winter Festival

 

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  • What: Escape into a hidden village by the North Pole filled with captivating Christmas light displays and magical characters.
  • Where: Hastings Park — 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online

Holiday Hi-Light Festival

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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.
  • Where: Park & Tilford Gardens – 333 Brooksbank Avenue, North Vancouver
  • Admission: By donation

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

 

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  • 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.
  • Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge – 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
  • Admission: $14.95-$46.95 ($34.95 for students) and free for children under six

Dundarave Festival of Lights

  • 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.
  • Where: Dundarave Beach – 25th Street at Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden

 

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  • 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.
  • Where: VanDusen Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Tree at Robson Square

 

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  • What: Taller than Rockafeller: A huge Christmas tree is currently on display in Robson Square.
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

McArthurGlen Christmas

 

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  • What: Along with one of Lower Mainland’s biggest trees, the centre is decked out in a variety of holiday decorations including 250,000 lights in décor with an additional 50,000 on the tree
  • Where: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport – 1000-7899 Templeton Station Road, Richmond

Lights at Lafarge

  • 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.
  • Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village

  • 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.
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum — 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

Surrey City Hall Plaza Christmas Tree

 

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  • What: Marvel at an illuminated 55-foot Christmas tree, one of the biggest in Canada!
  • Where: Surrey City Hall Plaza – 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey

Glow

 

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  • What: Christmas Glow will take place inside the Harbour Convention Centre from November 21, 2019, to January 5, 2020. Visitors will be able to enjoy nearly 50,000 sq. ft. of enchanting twinkling lights and holiday activities.
  • Where: Harbour Convention Centre — 760 Pacific Boulevard., Vancouver

17 different Christmas displays throughout Burnaby

Christmas Lights at the DuPlessis family home in Burnaby (Joel DuPlessis)

Christmas Lights at the DuPlessis family home in Burnaby (Joel DuPlessis)