Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

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The Bright Night Christmas Train in Stanley Park is a highlight of the holiday season in my eyes. Not only does everyone get to share in the the magic of Stanley Park, but under millions of sparkling lights this event raises funds for such a worthy cause.

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Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Dates for 2016-2017 Matinee train Night train
Nov 28 – Dec 15 Friday to Sunday
10:00am – 2:30pm

Monday to Thursday
3:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday to Sunday
3:00pm – 11:00pm

Dec 16 – 24 Daily
10:00am – 2:30pm
3:00pm – 11:00pm
Dec 25 Closed Closed
Dec 26 – 27 10:00am – 2:30pm 3:00pm – 11:00pm
Dec 27 – Jan 1 Daily
10:00am – 2:30pm
3:00pm – 10:00pm


Admission to the train plaza is by donation ($4 suggested). Enjoy three million twinkling lights, displays, live performers, and get photos with Santa. Purchase snacks, hot and cold drinks, and light meals at the Railway Café concession stand. Or buy hot buttered popcorn at the Stanley Park Ecology Society’s Cob House in the plaza.

Train Tickets

You must buy a ticket to ride the train. Tickets are sold in half-hour time slots. Several trains will depart within each time slot. Your ticket is valid for one Bright Nights ride during the time slot shown on the ticket. Buy online or phone 604-252-3700 with TicketLeader online. Ticket sales start at 10:00am (12:00pm when there no matinee trains).

Special Offers

Old Spaghetti Factory dinner packages are available through TicketLeader when you buy your train tickets. Add the dinner package after choosing the time slot for your train ride. When you complete your order, it is recommended that you contact the Old Spaghetti Factory to make your dinner reservation in advance.

Bright Nights has on-site and overflow parking lots. All parking is free. Overflow lots include the Info Booth, Yacht Club, Totem Poles, Brockton Point, North Pipeline Road, and Beaver Lake lots.

Bright Nights Charity Partners

Proceeds support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Bring non-perishable food items for the food bank and a suggested $4 donation for the Burn Fund (upon admission).


  1. Avoid the crowds and come out Monday to Thursday in the first two weeks.
  2. Purchase your ticket online in advance, it’s going to be busy!
  3. Follow Bright Nights in Stanley Park on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

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