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As we approach the end of the year, days are shortening and temperatures are dropping. What better way to spend the longer nights than to by visiting some stunning light displays?
Here’s our round-up of holiday light arrangements in Metro Vancouver to kick-start your festive mood. Cozy up with your friends and family as you wander through the twinkling winter wonderlands.
This year’s Glow Langley has a Christmas carnival concept and spotlights fair-themed mini-games. What’s more, they have a Merry Maker’s Market featuring more than 20 vendors, live performances and a free craft corner. Of course, we can’t forget the dazzling lights all throughout the show grounds! Ticket prices include parking costs (yay!) and all attractions.
6690 216 Street, Langley; Tickets from $18.49; Details online.
Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge this winter season as it lights up for this annual event. The bridge is decorated end to end with changing multi-colour display lights. Wander through the glittering rainforest and walk high above the forest floor along a revamped treetops adventure. You can marvel at the twinkling lights while enjoying the sounds of live festive tunes as you sip on cozy hot chocolate.
735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver; Tickets from 26.95; Details online.
Step into VanDusen Botanical Garden this holiday season and get transported into a winter wonderland. The 15-acre garden is adorned with more than one million twinkling lights. It also features a curated light show called Dancing Lights to kick start your visit. Explore themed areas throughout the garden and enjoy a variety of food vendors.
5251 Oak Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $12.32; Details online.
Stroll through Stanley Park as it gets transformed with glimmering holiday lights! The historic Stanley Park Railway is also back for the first time since 2019 to bring adults and children alike on a ride through the park’s whimsical forests and lights. Don’t forget to check out the North Pole workshop and get a snap with Santa (pro tip: catch live entertainment on your way to the workshop)! Tickets are selling out fast for this one, so order yours sooner rather than later. Due to high demand, this event has been extended to January 6, 2024.
Pipeline Road, Vancouver; Tickets from $11.00; Details online.
St. Paul’s Hospital’s light display is part of St. Paul’s Foundation’s fundraising campaign. Visitors can donate to sponsor a star, which is added to the wall of shimmering lights. This year, the foundation aims to raise $3.6 million, which will be used for hospital and long-term programs, and to support health-care workers.
1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver; Free entry; Details online.
Take a walk along Coal Harbour’s waterfront in December and admire light installations along the way. This event is a community initiative to bring Vancouverites together and add some brightness to the night. In addition to light displays along the walkway from Canada Place to Cardero Park, there will also be free live music available at the Harbour Green Park Stage every Friday and Saturday of the month from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy time outdoors with your friends and family as you jam to the beats!
Coal Harbour, Vancouver; Free entry; Details online.
Winter Lights is a part of PNE’s Winter Fair. Travel through the Polar Passage light tunnel, or pick out your favourite sweets in Candy Cane Lane. As you enjoy other holiday activities around the fair, keep an eye out for bright displays of foxes, seals, a giant moose, arches, presents and a new illuminated train.
Hastings Park – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $12.00; Details online.
Calling all White Rock residents! The municipality has organized festive lights along the city’s waterfront, complete with live entertainment, photos with Santa, a holiday market in the White Rock Museum and a kids’ craft station. Enjoy festive family fun and take holiday card photos inside the twinkling tunnel!
15322 Buena Vista Avenue, White Rock; Free entry; Details online.
Produced by the City of Coquitlam, Lights at Lafarge is Metro Vancouver’s largest free outdoor light display. Enjoy a 1.2 km illuminated pathway that features elements highlighting nature, wildlife and fairytales.
1187 Pipeline Road, Coquitlam; Free entry; Details online.
Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere and gleaming lights at Burnaby Village Museum this holiday season. You’ll have plenty to do at the museum’s 10-acre venue, as it is packed with seasonal entertainment, activities (think scavenger hunts) and even a carousel!
6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby; Free entry; Details online.