Christmas in Vancouver: Holiday Trains

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007 — 5:00am PST
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Truth be told, these post should be themed “Christmas in Metro Vancouver” as well as “Holiday Time” as I’ll be featuring seasonal activities of many denominations, for various cities in the region.

The tale of two trains; Surrey’s Bear Creek Park and Stanley Park’s miniature railway.

North Pole Express Train in Bear Creek Park, Surrey

When: December 15 to December 25, 2007 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed Christmas Day)
Where: Bear Creek Park in Surrey, BC [Google Map]
How much: $4.00 – $6.00

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Bright Nights in Stanley Park, Vancouver

When: November 30, 2007 to January 3, 2008 daily, 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm (closed Christmas Day)
Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver [Park Map]
How much: $4.50 – $7.50

Stanley Park train tickets usually sell out very quickly, but they are actually currently available through Ticketmaster.

While the Stanley Park production is a massive overdose of holiday cheer mixed with flashing lights, hundreds of children, popcorn, candy apples and repetitive music, the kids do enjoy it. However, to get more bang for your buck, I would suggest the Bear Creek Train (as I usually do). For the price of admission, kids also get to decorate a reindeer antler headband, prepare a batch of reindeer food, visit Santa and receive a candy cane – on top of the train ride through the lights and scenic displays

Current contests on

  • Enter here to win tickets to the sold out Bobby McFerrin show at the Chan Centre (until Jan 24)
  • Enter here to win tickets to closing night of the JCC Jewish Book Festival ft. Mike Reiss (until Jan 28)
  • Enter here to win tickets to the Alpen Club's Valentine's Dance (until Jan 26)
  • Enter here to win tickets to opening night of Yoga Play (until Jan 25)
  • Enter here to win tickets Vancouver Opera presents La Bohème (until Jan 29)
  • View a complete list of contests »


  1. Hey there Rebecca – remember there’s the EastSide Culture Crawl this coming weekend, too 🙂

  2. Agasel says:

    Ooooh, Express train at Bear Creek…. sounds awesome!

  3. gusgreeper says:

    i’ve always wanted to do the train, if you two and the lot feel like it we should make an evening of it… facebook me or some-tin

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