There’s something really magical about being in Downtown Vancouver’s 1,000 acre woods during the holidays while millions of lights glitter all around, surrounded by festive music. While there won’t be any vintage trains running during Bright Nights in Stanley Park this year, there will be plenty of festive family fun all for a great cause!
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
- When: December 1, 2022 to January 1, 2023
- 4:00pm to 10:00pm nightly.
- Closed December 5; December 6; December 25
- Where: Pipeline Road in Stanley Park (follow signs to Miniature Railway)
- Admission: By donation.
In addition to a wide array of light displays, the 25th anniversary of Bright Nights will include fan favourites like the vintage fire truck, giant red reindeer and the tunnel of lights in the plaza. There will be firefighters welcoming guests, plenty of candy canes, and the barn will be transformed into Santa’s workshop for the first time since 2019. Food vendors on site will offer a wonderful selection of comfort food like churros, pretzels, popcorn and hot chocolate.
Bright Nights is the single largest fundraising event for the Burn Fund. Proceeds fund burn survivor programs year-round, including Burn Camp and the Home Away Program, which provides accommodations to survivors, fire fighters and their families who must travel to Vancouver for medical treatment. The Park Board has donated more than $2.5 million to the Burn Fund since the event partnership began in 1998.
In addition to admission by donation, the Bright Nights 50/50 returns as a fundraiser and extension of the event. Tickets go on sale November 17, 2022.
The Stanley Park Train is still being assessed following the recent inspection by Technical Safety BC earlier this fall. As mentioned in the Ghost Train news release, safety is the number one priority for the Park Board and a complete analysis of the mechanical issues is needed to determine next steps.
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