While in Vancouver, we were looking for things to do and where to see Christmas lights, so we decided to check out Bright Nights in Stanley Park. We didn’t plan on going here before the trip, but since it was very close to our hotel, we decided to check it out. With no planning, we didn’t get to do a few things since it required waiting for a long time. We hope you don’t make the same mistake as us so we put together how you can plan your day or night by visiting Bright Nights!


1) Directions + Parking

Bright Nights is in Stanley Park but since the park is huge, the exact location is on Pipeline Road. The Stanley Park Railway parking lots are FREE during all operating hours. The overflow lots at North Pipeline Road and Beaver Lake lots. These lots are free parking after 3:00 pm only from Friday-Sunday. 

2) Pay Online or Bring Cash

You can buy entrance tickets ahead of time online or at the entrance. The event is by donation which is suggested $5 for entry or whatever amount you prefer. A portion of ticket sales goes to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund which has helped raise $1.4 million for burn survivors and their families since 1998.

3) Get Train Tickets Right Away


Since we did not plan for this event, we didn’t know there were train rides! We totally would’ve done the train ride if the wait wasn’t so long. Go to the train ride ticket booth and get tickets as soon as you get there! This is a 14-minute train ride where you can see more holiday lights and beautiful display throughout the event.

Prices for Train Rides:

Adult (19 – 64 years) $12.00 + GST
Senior (65 years and over) $9.00 + GST
Youth (13 – 18 years) $9.00 + GST
Child (3 – 12 years) $8.00 + GST
Small child (2 years and under) Free



4) Take a Photo with Santa

We also didn’t know that there are Santa photos available! This is great for families and couples! You can get your pictures taken with Santa at the Railway Plaza’s North Pole until December 24th. It’s $10 each with all proceeds to the Burn Fund.

Hours of Operation for Santa:

  • November 30 to December 22 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm
  • December 23 to 24 from 1:00pm to 9:00pm

5) Food Vendors


After taking a photo with Santa and riding the train, visit the food vendors! There are a few available selling full meals and holiday treats. Our favorite food vendor was “The Praguery” food truck which had the most mouth-watering Chimney Cakes! They had a range of toppings and fillings for the traditional rolled and baked pastries. Other vendors had churros, hot chocolate, chili, candy apples, and so much more! You don’t want to skip out on these goodies.

6) Walk Around + See the Lights


Lastly, enjoy walking around and looking at the amazing Christmas lights and decorations. The whole area is lit up, especially the light tunnel. Such a picturesque spot!

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We had an incredible time visiting Bright Lights at Stanley Park! Besides the fact that we weren’t able to experience the train ride. At least, we got to devour the delicious chimney cakes. We highly recommend bringing the whole family here!

For more information on Bright Lights Stanley Park, visit here.
Bright Lights Stanley Park
610 Pipeline Rd.
Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada


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