Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2009

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This evening I took my niece and nephews on the miniature train at Bright Nights in Stanley Park, which benefits the Burn Fund.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

Activities include the farmyard, dazzling light displays, a Christmas light recycling station, and of course the miniature train.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

I haven’t been on that train in at least a decade and I forgot how long the route actually is. With accompanying music piped into the cars, the train waves its way over through the woods, over bridges, and around wintery scenes from your favourite holiday movies.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park Train

From carolers to hockey players (including a good old hockey song) the train ride is enjoyable for young and old. Among the dozens of illuminated Santa Claus figures between Whoville and the North Pole there were also various ethnic themes and even a carol sung in a First Nations language.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

When you’ve completed your lap on the train, you can enjoy refreshments such as organic popcorn (from Capers and the Stanley Park Ecological Society), pistachios, warm pretzels, chestnuts, and hot chocolate.

Photo credit: popejon2 on Flickr

You’ll need to purchase tickets for the miniature train as you will then be booked in for a specific departure time-frame, this can be done on-site or in advance online. Adults are $8, children, youth and seniors are $5. Parking is free after 3:00pm and your ticket on the miniature railway also includes admission to the farmyard. Admission to the entire plaza is free, although a $2 donation to the Burn Fund is suggested.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park will run until January 2, 2010. If you have the chance to go, please feel free to add your photos to the Flickr Pool and I’ll showcase them here.

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  1. LiisaMonday, December 21st, 2009 — 1:56am PST

    As you noted, this includes the farmyard, the existence of which, along with the Bloedel Conservatory at QE Park was put in doubt recently by the Parks Board when they voted to close them to save costs. Although people have stepped forward to assist both venues I think it would be a good thing to make a point of visiting the farmyard (and the Conservatory, but your post was about Stanley Park) as a way of showing the Parks board that the public cares about these locations and wants to keep them!

  2. Christmas Holiday Activities for the Family » Vancouver Blog Miss 604 by Rebecca BollwittThursday, December 24th, 2009 — 9:00am PST

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