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20 Places To Enjoy Outdoor Christmas Lights Around Vancouver In 2021

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Celebrate the season with thousands of twinkling lights. Check out 20 places to enjoy outdoor Christmas lights around Vancouver in 2021.

Christmas at Canada Place

Enjoy a free outdoor holiday experience at Canada Place. The iconic sails will be lit up in a holiday light display. Stroll down the Avenue of Christmas Trees and enjoy the light displays at North Point including the 15-foot-tall Chrismoose. The historic Woodward’s Windows holiday scenes will also be on display.

Location: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Dates: Until January 2

Admission: Free

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Photo: Canada Place

Bright Nights Train at Stanley Park

Sing along to Christmas carols as you ride the Stanley Park train through a magically lit forest. A special day-time train runs December 18-23 at a reduced price. The event is a fundraiser for the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.

Location: Stanley Park, 690 Pipeline Road, Vancouver

Dates: Until January 2

Admission: $6-13/person depending on age and time of day. Book online.

More Info: Bright Nights TrainBright Lights Train in Stanley Park

Photo: British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund

VanDusen Festival of Lights

This botanical garden gets decked out in over one million twinkling lights to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy holiday music and fun themed areas.

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver

Dates: Until January 3

Admission: $10.25-17.50/person depending on age. Proof of vaccination is required. Book online

More Info: VanDusen Festival of LightsVanDusen Gardens Festival of Lights in Vancouver

Photo: Brett Ryan Studios/Brett Hitchins/City of Vancouver

Granville Island Holiday Lights

Wander through the streets of Granville Island to enjoy twinkling holiday lights. Buildings from the Public Market to the Granville Island Hotel will be decked out for the season. Head to the Public Market Courtyard to spot a giant star or explore hidden alleyways to discover canopies of lights overhead.

Location: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver

Dates: Until January 3

Admission: Free

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Photo: Granville Island

Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital

Since 1998, St. Paul’s Hospital has lit up every holiday season with a gorgeous Christmas light display you can walk or drive past. It uses over 10 kilometres of lights! The event raises money for the St. Paul’s Foundation. You can also support the hospital by buying a limited edition Hope at Home star to decorate your home.

Location: 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Dates: Until early January

Admission: Free

Watch Online and More Info: Lights of HopeLights of Hope at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver

Photo: Lights of Hope

PNE Winter Lights

Experience dazzling holiday lights from the warmth of your car. Winter Lights at the PNE is a drive-thru adventure. In 2021 they have a new snow globe village and even more illuminated tunnels. Drive through the land of winter creatures with adorable foxes, seals, and moose made entirely of Christmas lights.

Location: PNE Gate 9, Bridgeway Street, Vancouver

Dates: Until December 31

Admission: $37-42 per car depending on the date. Book online

More Info: PNE Winter LightsCars drive through the PNE Winter Lights experience in Vancouver

Photo: PNE Winter Lights

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Stroll across the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge as it is lit up with a multi-colour display of lights. Don’t miss the “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel wrapped around part of the Cliffwalk. Take on the Snowy Owl Prowl scavenger hunt for a chance to win a trip to the Canadian Rockies. There will also be live music.

Location: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver

Dates: Until January 23

Admission: $18.95-54.95/person depending on age. Book online.

More Info: Capilano Suspension BridgeChristmas lights at the Capilano Suspension bridge Canyon Lights event

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Light Walk at Grouse Mountain

Walk through a glowing light tunnel into the snowy forest illuminated with sparkling lights. Listen to the crunch of snow underfoot as you stroll around Blue Grouse Lake. Glowing strings of lights brighten your path.

Location: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver

Dates: Until early January

Admission: The Light Walk is included in your Mountain Admission Ticket, which costs $34-61 depending on age. Proof of vaccination required.

More Info: Grouse MountainLight Walk Tunnel at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

Photo: Grouse Mountain

Dundarave Festival of Lights

Wander through a forest of decorated Christmas trees at three different locations in West Vancouver’s Dundarave waterfront neighbourhood. On Saturdays, enjoy live music.

Locations: Dundarave Beach Park at 25th Street and Bellevue Avenue, Millenium Park at 15th Street and Bellevue Avenue, and Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria at 13th Street and Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver

Dates: Until early January

Admission: Free

More Info: Dundarave FestivalChristmas tree at Dundarave Festival in West Vancouver

Photo: Dundarave Festival

Lights to the Lodge at Cypress Mountain

Lights to the Lodge offers a safe and easy one-kilometre snowshoe trek to the historic Hollyburn Lodge along a self-guided trail through the enchanting old-growth forest. The trail is lit with LED lights strung sustainably through the ancient cedar, fir, and hemlock trees.

Location: Cypress Mountain Nordic Ski Area, 5000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver

Dates: early December until February

Admission: $11.20 to $36 depending on age and whether you need to rent snowshoes

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Photo: Cypress Mountain / Dennis Cheung

McArthur Glen in Richmond

Richmond’s McArthur Glen Design Outlets are decked out for the holidays. Wander the outdoor paths between stores to discover all kinds of festive decorations including nutcrackers, a giant walk-through ornament, and a 52-foot-tall Christmas tree. Enjoy live music on weekends.

Location: 1000-7899 Templeton Station Road, Richmond

Dates: Until January 1

Admission: Free

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Photo: McArthur Glen

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

Enjoy festival lights and traditional Christmas decorations at Burnaby Village Museum. Wander through the historic village while you listen to live music or challenge yourself with a fun scavenger hunt.

Location: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

Dates: Until January 3

Admission: Free

More Info: Burnaby Village MuseumHeritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

Photo: Burnaby Village Museum.

Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam

Take a walk around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park to enjoy dazzling light displays. This year there are two separate loops to reduce congestion and encourage physical distancing.

Location: Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Dates: Until January 31

Admission: Free

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Photo: Tourism Coquitlam

Lumagica Surrey

Wander through a one-kilomtere-long illuminated walk that takes you through a light tunnel, past Gingerbread Lane, and to the magic of North Pole Village. The exhibit includes interactive displays, animation, and lots of photo ops.

Location: 17607-17905 62 Avenue, Surrey

Dates: Until December 30

Admission: $16-25 depending on age and day of the week. Book online. Proof of vaccination required.

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Photo: Lumagica Surrey

Winterfest at the Bear Creek Train in Surrey

Enjoy a ride on the Bear Creek Train as it glides past a beautiful display of Christmas lights. Day-time visitors can enjoy a visit with Santa and a take-home activity bag.

Location: 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey

Dates: Until December 31

Admission: $11.50/person. Book online.

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Glow Gardens Langley

This drive-through experience lets you enjoy light gardens and magical landscapes. The theme for 2021 is “A Fairytale Christmas”. The 20-minute cruise takes you through an illuminated wonderland surrounded by your favourite fairytale characters.

Location: 6690 216th Street, Langley

Dates: Until January 1

Admission: $34.99-39.99 depending on the date. Book online.

More Info: Glow GardensA car drives through Glow Gardens Langley

Photo: Glow Gardens Langley

Christmas in Williams Park, Langley

This free community event has been running for 31 years. Drive through the magical light displays to experience decorated Christmas trees, familiar characters, and thousands of sparkling lights.

Location: Williams Park, 6595 238 Street, Langley

Dates: Until December 19

Admission: Free

More Info: Christmas in Williams Park SocietyLights at Christmas in Williams Park in Langley

Photo: Christmas in Williams Park Society/Facebook

Glow Maple Ridge

Head to Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge to experience illuminated trees, a light tunnel, giant ornaments, a glowing bandstand, and more. Enjoy live music most nights.

Location: Memorial Peace Park, 22407 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge

Dates: Until January 7

Admission: Free

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Photo: Discover Maple Ridge

Vallea Lumina in Whistler

Experience a multi-media light walk through the snowy forest near Whistler. It’s an interactive experience where you’ll be sworn in as a deputy ranger, then look for clues as you set out through the illuminated trees.

Location: Sixteen Mile Creek Forest Service Road, Whistler

Dates: Until April

Admission: $24.99-29.99 depending on age. Book online.

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Photo: Vallea Lumina

Explore Your Neighbourhood

Take a walk or drive through your local area this year to discover how your neighbours are celebrating. You’re sure to discover whimsical displays and plenty of bright lights.

By Taryn Eyton
Source Inside Vancouver

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