All aboard! A family-fun classic event will soon be taking passengers on this holiday train.
Bright Nights in Stanley Park returns after having to be closed due to the pandemic last year, and the cancellation of the Ghost Train this year due to coyotes. However, many are happy to hear that it is finally coming back next month.
The train has been running for 24 years, delighting people with decorated lights, music and a entire Christmas village. While there are some changes, Bright Nights will be running from November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022.
The train will once again be sounding that whistle and taking passengers through a magical forest with twinkling lights and Christmas carols. The enchanted ride is a classical fun tradition for kids of all ages and even some adults that want to get into the Christmas spirit.
They will be open daily, except for Christmas Day, with rides from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. In the week leading up to Christmas, they will also add an 1 hour of run time along with an matinee ride from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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The cost of tickets are $15.30 for adults (18-64 yrs), $11.80 for seniors (65+ yrs) / youth (12-17 yrs), $10.75 for children (3-11 yrs), free for children 2 years old and younger, and $7.50 for the matinee. Tickets are sold per 20 minute time.
Here is What to Expect
Tickets for the event are now available for purchase for Bright Nights, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
- There are strict capacity restrictions, as a result passengers will be expected to board only at their specified time, and masks will be required. There will be plexiglass dividers between the benches.
- The farmyard and Santa’s North Pole area will be closed this year.
- Guests will be able to purchase treats from onsite food and beverage trucks with touchless payment methods.
- Tickets will only be sold online, and not in person. So purchase before-hand.
Of note, The Bright Nights Train is a long-standing contributor to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. In fact, this event is the single largest fundraising event for the charity. Since 1998, the Park Board has donated more than $1.5 million to the Burn Fund.
It will be heart-warming to see this traditional event return while being able to give back to a charity that lost out last year.
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Location: Stanley Park Railway - 690 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver
Admission: General Admission $15.30 (varies for youth and seniors)
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Date: Friday November 26th, 2021 - Sunday January 2nd, 2022