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Christmas Lights in Vancouver


Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 — 11:44am PDT
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Growing up in Surrey, one of my favourite Christmas memories was when our whole family would bundle up and pile into our van for a night of Christmas light hunting. First things first, we’d stop somewhere to pick up hot chocolate that would warm our mittened hands, and then we’d always head to New Westminster to check out the homes near Queen’s Park. “Oohs” and “Ahhs” from our lips fogged up the back windows as brilliant heritage homes dazzled with the most impressive light displays that just got better from year to year.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden
VanDusen – Photo credit: Ann Hung on Flickr

Christmas Lights in Vancouver

If you’re on the hunt for twinkling light displays around the Lower Mainland, here are some of your best bets:

Attractions- Paid

Bright Nights in Stanley Park (by donation), Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden, Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Bear Creek Park Christmas Train.

Christmas at Jack Poole Plaza
Jack Poole Plaza – Photo credit: Zorro1968 on Flickr

Attractions – Free

Burnaby Village Museum, Jack Poole Plaza Christmas Tree, Surrey City Hall Christmas Tree and Central City Plaza, Dundarave Festival of Lights, St Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope, Spirit Square, Town Centre Park’s Lafarge Lake and the Inspiration Garden in Coquitlam.

Christmas on the Beach ~ West Vancouver, BC
Dundarave – Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

Residential Christmas Light Maps

Local news organizations crowdsource the best residential light display information each year to put into interactive maps. Check out the Vancouver Sun and News 1130 for those helpful tools. The Now has a guide posted for Surrey and Delta as well.

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