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Bright Nights at Stanley Park (Review)

Bright Nights at Stanley Park (Review)

Bright Nights at Stanley Park consists of millions of Christmas lights which require thousands of hours of work. In its 17th year, this years Bright Nights had one of the best turn outs. With our Vancouver weather being a bit warmer and much drier than usual, these tickets have been selling out fast.

This year was extremely busy. Ticket holders for half hour time slots lined up a half an hour before their times. This meant lines grew quickly. However, with multiple trains running, the line was constantly moving.

Each year the Stanley Park Christmas train runs with a theme. The theme is kept secret until you are on the train. As you board the Christmas train, the first thing you will hear is “Let it go” from Disney’s Frozen. You leave the station, listening to all the children sing along.

You then enter a tunnel of lights that takes you out into a forest of Christmas lights. As you go along you can see more blue and white lights than ever before, going with the Frozen theme. If you keep a close eye out you’ll even see Elsa and Anna throughout the displays.

Keeping with tradition, the train always has at least one live actor to greet the guests as they go by. This year was Sven the reindeer, dancing along to the song, “Reindeer are better than people” from the film. You will also see the mountain trolls in a quick display as you zoom through the chilly air.

When you are near the end, you go through more traditional lights and Christmas songs that are found at the train annually. However, if you look close enough you’ll see Olaf throughout the entire train ride.

Bright Nights runs until January 4, 2014. Tickets are available online and at the park. However, if you miss out on the train, you can still walk around the amazing display of lights by donation. All donations go towards the Burn Fund.


Written by: Megan Renaud

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