The Bright Nights in Stanley Park Christmas Train is a highlight of the holiday season in Vancouver. Not only does everyone get to share in the the magic of Stanley Park, but under millions of sparkling lights, this event also raises funds for two local causes.
Bright Nights in Stanley Park Christmas Train
|Dates||Matinee train||Night train|
|Nov 29 – Dec 13, 2018||Friday to Sunday
10:00am – 2:30pm
3:00pm – 10:00pm
|Dec 14 – 23, 2018||10:00am – 2:30pm||3:00pm – 11:00pm|
|Dec24, 2018||10:00am – 2:30pm||3:00pm – 10:00pm|
|Dec 25, 2018||Closed||Closed|
|Dec 26, 2018||10:00am – 2:30pm||3:00pm – 11:00pm|
|Dec 27 – 31, 2018||10:00am – 2:30pm||3:00pm – 10:00pm|
|Jan 1, 2019||Closed||3:00pm – 10:00pm|
|Jan 2 – 5, 2019 (train only)||Closed||4:00pm – 9:00pm|
Admission to the train plaza is by donation ($5 suggested). Enjoy the twinkling lights, displays, live performers, and get photos with Santa. The matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest with holiday music past magical displays. Note: There are no live performers during matinee train rides.
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).
Buy same-day tickets in person at the Train Plaza. A portion of each day’s tickets is set aside. Come early to avoid sold-out time slots. On-site ticket sales start at 10:00am daily until December 31. From January 1 to 5, on-site sales begin at 3:00pm.
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 $5 donation for the Burn Fund (upon admission).
- Avoid the crowds and come out Monday to Thursday in the first two weeks.
- Purchase your ticket online in advance, it’s going to be busy!
Where to Eat
Reindeer Roadstop and Café, Kobachi Kart, Insomniac’s Coffee, The Praguery food truck, and the Cob House by Stanley Park Ecology Society will all be on site. Food vendors will be open for both matinee and evening show times.
The Bright Nights and Old Spaghetti Factory dinner package includes spaghetti dinner of your choice in Gastown, a ticket to ride at Bright Nights, a bonus $10 gift certificate to the Old Spaghetti Factory when you dine in. A portion from each meal sold during the month of December will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.