As the days get darker, there’s no shortage of Christmas lights to warm those gloomy evenings around the Lower Mainland. Bring the family out and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells during this wonderful time of the year. Remember to dress appropriately and wear the proper footwear as it may be icy or slushy out.
Festival of Lights
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver
Cost: Adult $21.00; Senior/Youth $15.50; Child $11.00
When: November 25th, 2022 – January 2nd, 2023
Explore the lush VanDusen Botanical Gardens illuminated in colourful displays, with dancing lights set to music, and food trucks serving up tasty treats to warm up any cold evening.
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Where: Stanley Park
Cost: Donation to BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund
When: December 1st, 2022 – January 1st, 2023
Complimentary to the Stanley Park Train (which is not operational due to mechanical issues), the plaza outside is still lit up with decorations and lights and warm winter treats to snack on.
Lights at Lafarge Lake
Where: Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam
When: Until mid-February 2023
The largest light display in the region surrounds Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake. Within walking distance of SkyTrain, wander the trails and enjoy the brilliant displays, perfect for a family night out.
Surrey Tree Lighting
Where: Surrey City Hall
When: November 19th, 2022
Watch the giant Christmas Tree outside of Surrey City Hall be lit up with live music, food trucks, local merchants and even rides!
Winter in the Village
Where: Steveston, Richmond
When: December 1st – 31st, 2022
Wander Steveston under the lights, check out decorated boats, take a break with Santa Claus and even snap a few selfies around the village for an evening of family-friendly fun.
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver
Cost: Adult $62.95; Senior $57.95; Youth $34.95
When: November 19th, 2022 – January 22nd, 2023
Traverse the famous suspension bridge as it changes colour and stroll underneath towering trees on elevated walkways lit up with thousands of twinkling lights.
Where: Burnaby Village Museum
When: November 26th, 2022 – January 2nd, 2023
Travel back in time and celebrate Christmas amongst the grounds of the Burnaby Village Museum. Plenty of activities will keep the family entertained, including scavenger hunts, carolers, live entertainment and of course, Santa himself!
Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds
Cost: Adult $25.27; Senior/Student $20.77; Child $16.26
When: November 25th, 2022 – December 30th, 2022
Journey through a magical winter wonderland that is warmed by lights, displays, live music and an artisan market. Explore the Ice Queen’s kingdom, meander Gingerbread Lane and finish with a stop at Santa’s cabin.
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