One of Vancouver’s most magical holiday displays will once again open to the public for the holiday season beginning this month, as the Bright Nights Christmas train returns to Stanley Park this month.
Beginning on November 26, the Christmas train will open to guests and will feature holiday lights, decorations, and music along a 15-minute route.
This will be the sole holiday activity for Stanley Park this year due to the ongoing pandemic.
Several new safety protocols will be in place:
- The front half of the parking lot will be closed to vehicles and used as a designated waiting/queuing area with physical distancing markers in place
- Free visitor parking will be located at nearby Stanley Park Service Yard and Stanley Park Information Booth, although there will be a designated pick-up/drop-off area, disabled parking, and limited visitor parking at the train site
- In the designated waiting/queuing area by the front gate, only passengers with tickets for the next time slot will be queued
- At the train station, passengers will have their tickets scanned and will wait to board the next train
- Once the train arrives, passengers will disembark and be directed off the platform and to the exit out the back gate; there will be no crossover of groups of passengers who will walk in one direction
- Once the platform is cleared, the group waiting in the station will enter the platform to board the train
- Once boarding is complete, the group waiting by the front entrance will enter the site
Plexiglass dividers will be placed between each bench, and face masks are mandatory for all guests and staff on-site and onboard the train.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Burn Fund, which provides life-saving, life-supporting, and life-enriching services to people in BC.
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In previous years, firefighters from across the province came together to install millions of lights for guests to enjoy at the Bright Nights event. This year, lights will only be hung in the area between the gate entrance and the Christmas train. The public can still make cash donations to the Burn Fund at the front gate.
Tickets will be available to purchase online only starting November 6.
When: November 26, 2020, to January 1, 2021
Where: Stanley Park Miniature Railway – Pipeline Road, Stanley Park
Time: 4 to 10 pm nightly
Admission: Tickets available online only