Vancouver Christmas Lights

Where to See Holiday Lights in Vancouver, BC

Christmas light display of gingerbread house, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
••• Christmas lights at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Laara Cerman/Leigh Righton/Getty Images

Christmas in Vancouver is the season for decking the boughs--and everything else--with millions of twinkling lights!

Vancouver attractions and neighbourhoods light up the holidays with incredible light displays that are wonderful fun for all ages. The best Vancouver Christmas Lights include the immensely popular Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bright Nights in Stanley Park, but there are free light displays, too, including the Trinity Street Christmas Light Festival.

Use this Guide to Vancouver Christmas Lights to find the best places to see holiday lights in Vancouver, BC.

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    ••• Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Courtesy of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

    Want a touch of adventure with your Christmas lights? Capilano Suspension Bridge Park celebrates the winter holidays by decking out its major, adrenaline-pumping attractions--including the Capilano Suspension Bridge and CLIFFWALK--with zillions of sparkling holiday lights.

    November 24, 2016 - January 8, 2017 (closed December 25)

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    Heron and Christmas Tree at Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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    One of the best Vancouver Christmas Lights displays for kids, Bright Nights is also one of the Top 5 Vancouver Holiday Attractions. Every December, Stanley Park's famous Miniature Train transforms into the Christmas Train and takes riders on a journey through a magical forest full of twinkling lights and fantastic Christmas displays. Along with the train ride, Bright Nights includes a chance to visit Santa and see the Parade of Trees.

    November 28, 2016 - January 1, 2017 (closed December 25)

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    Holiday lights at Coquitlam's Lafarge Lake
    ••• Holiday lights at Coquitlam's Lafarge Lake. Courtesy of City of Coquitlam

    Coquitlam's Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights is one of the biggest free holiday light displays in the Lower Mainland! At Lafarge Lake--located about 30km east of Downtown Vancouver--visitors can tour 100,000 twinkling lights at this magical outdoor display.

    You can hop on SkyTrain's new Evergreen Extension to reach the lights easily; just get off at the Lafarge Lake - Douglas Station (the end of the line).

    November 26, 2016 - January 2, 2017

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    Christmas light display of gingerbread house, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    ••• Laara Cerman/Leigh Righton/Getty Images

    Arguably the most famous display of Vancouver Christmas Lights, the incredibly dense and elaborate Festival of Lights transforms the gorgeous VanDusen garden into a winter wonderland. It's not hyperbolic to say that the Festival of Lights goes all-out, with festive decor everywhere you turn, from a Dancing Lights show to Candy Cane Trees, Gingerbread Walks, Santa's workshop, and more. Be prepared for total Christmas immersion!

    December 1, 2016 - January 2, 2017  (closed December 25)

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    Vancouver holiday lighting at Convention Centre
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    The 50-foot-tall Vancouver Christmas Tree is lit on December 2 (during a free Lighting Ceremony that includes live entertainment) and stays lit throughout the winter holidays (until January 2). This year, the tree returns to Robson Square, in the heart of Downtown Vancouver

    December 2, 2016

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    One of the most uniquely-Vancouver Christmas lights displays takes place on the water (naturally). "Carol Ships"--ships decked out with elaborate Christmas lights--are ships that "parade" Vancouver's waterways in nightly processions. To go aboard the Carol Ships costs money, but it's free to watch the spectacle at any of the shoreside Carol Ship events, including Carol Ship watching and bonfires in North Burnaby and West Vancouver's Dundarave Park.

    Fridays & Saturdays, December 2 - 17, 2016

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    Light Up the Night Chanukah Celebration - FREE

    Held in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver (just across from Robson Square and Vancouver Christmas Tree), Light Up the Night celebrates the first night of Chanukah by lighting Canada's tallest Menorah!

    December 24, 2016