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7 Must See Christmas Light Displays In Vancouver

Christmas is right around the corner and everyone in Vancouver is decking the halls, their homes, and everything else with bright lights!

To take advantage of the joyous occasion, we’ve compiled a list of family-friendly locations with beautiful light displays to must see this month.

Christmas Light Displays in Vancouver



Bright Nights at Stanley Park

Santa’s elves have been working diligently for the past several months in order to transform Stanley Park into a captivating and dazzling lighting display complete with music, sweet snacks, entertainment and, of course, Santa Claus himself. The light displays are free to enjoy. Riding the train is ticketed. Full Details. (Image via Burnsfund)


Christmas Light Displays In Vancouver

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Arguably one of the most breathtaking light displays in British Columbia. You will be greeted by a zillion lights glittering through the rainforest and be able to witness one of the world’s largest trees – a 46.4-metre Douglas Fir. The most notable sight is the lit up 140-metre suspension bridge that makes you feel like you’re walking in the sky. This display runs from Nov.29 – Jan. 3 and is ticketed. Full Details. (Image via Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge)


Christmas Light Displays In Vancouver

Vancouver Carol Ships “Parade of Lights”

A really neat light display that takes place on land and on sea. Carol Ships in Coal Harbour are decorated with Christmas Lights and parade into the waterways. On peak evenings, this holiday tradition has over 50 decorated boats in the parade, with over 100,000 lights. Watching the display is free, but riding on the boats is ticketed. If you have your own private boat, you can decorate it and join the parade for free from Dec.3 – Dec.23. Full Details. (Image via WestVancouver)



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Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen is celebrating its 30th year with a unique and elegant light display over their botanical garden. The event features over 1 million lights that blink in rhythm with holiday music every 30 minutes. You can get your picture taken with Santa and enjoy short performances! The Festival of Lights runs from Dec.10 – Jan.4 and is ticketed. Full Details. (Image via VanDusen Gardens)


7 Must See Christmas Light Displays In Vancouver

Jack Poole Plaza

The beautiful waterfront area around the Vancouver Olympic Cauldron boosts 4 separate, and lit up Christmas trees. The tallest tree is 50 feet tall, and twinkles with 64,700 lights. The location is also great to visit as you can see the Carol Ships Parade sail by in the evenings. Dec.5 – first week of January 2015. This display is free.  (Image via Scott Hemenway/Flickr)




Trinity Street Christmas Lights Festival

A private display in an East Vancouver residential neighborhood. Homeowners residing in the 2400-2900 blocks of Trinity Street of the Hastings-Sunrise area have a friendly competition amongst themselves to have the best light display. You can drive by or participate in the special tours on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 that features a special choir. Tip: Parking is tight and you likely won’t find a spot on the street. Event runs from Dec. 1 – Jan. 5 and is free but donations are welcome. Full Details. (Image via Facebook)



Other Christmas light displays in Vancouver

There are a lot of other not so popular, but beautiful spots throughout the 604 to visit for holiday light displays. Below is a handy map to use. It focuses on residential displays and is updated regularly.


Know of a spot we might have missed on our Christmas Light Displays Vancouver guide? Let us know by commenting below.


On behalf of 604 Now, we’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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