This evening I took my niece and nephews on the miniature train at Bright Nights in Stanley Park, which benefits the Burn Fund.
Activities include the farmyard, dazzling light displays, a Christmas light recycling station, and of course the miniature train.
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.
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.
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.
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 Miss604.com Flickr Pool and I’ll showcase them here.