Celebrate the season with thousands of twinkling lights. Check out 25 places to enjoy outdoor Christmas lights around Vancouver in 2022.
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 including the 15-foot-tall Chrismoose. The historic Woodward’s Windows holiday scenes will also be on display.
Location: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Dates: December 2, 2022 to January 2, 2023
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Bright Nights in Stanley Park
With the beloved train closed for repairs, Bright Nights looks a bit different this year. You can still enjoy brightly lit holiday displays and food vendors. The event is a fundraiser for the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.
Location: Stanley Park, 690 Pipeline Road, Vancouver
Dates: December 1, 2022 to January 1, 2023
Admission: By donation.
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VanDusen Festival of Lights
This botanical garden gets decked out in over one million twinkling lights to celebrate the season. Enjoy holiday music and themed areas.
Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Dates: November 25, 2022 to January 2, 2023
Admission: $11-$21 per person depending on age. Book online in advance.
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Granville Island Holiday Lights
Wander through the streets of Granville Island to enjoy twinkling holiday lights. Buildings throughout the island 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: November 12, 2022 to January 3, 2023
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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: November 17, 2022 to early January
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PNE Winter Fair
This holiday season the PNE grounds have been transformed into a winter wonderland. The winter fair includes concerts, skating, food, and an incredible walk-through Winter Lights display.
Location: Pacific Coliseum, 100 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Dates: December 14 to December 23, 2022
Admission: $12-17 per person depending on age and whether you purchase online in advance or at the gate.
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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. There will also be live music.
Location: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Dates: November 19, 2022 to January 22, 2023
Admission: $24.95-$62.95 per person depending on age. Book online.
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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: November 12, 2022 to early January
Admission: The Light Walk is included in your Mountain Admission Ticket, which costs $36-$69 per person depending on age.
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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: December 3, 2022 to early January 2023
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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: TBA (Likely early December until February.)
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Winter Wonderland at McArthur Glen
Richmond’s McArthur Glen Designer 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: November 16, 2022 to early January 2023
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Winter in the Village in Steveston
Richmond’s charming waterfront neighbourhood of Steveston is decorated for the season. Local businesses, heritage buildings, and even boats will be illuminated in twinkling lights. See them all on a self-guided tour.
Location: Steveston, Richmond
Dates: December 1 to December 31, 2022
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Enjoy festive 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: November 26, 2022 to January 2, 2023
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Burnaby Holiday Light Displays
The City of Burnaby celebrates the holidays with over 20 different light displays spread across nearly every neighbourhood.
Location: Across Burnaby. Use their interactive map to find them all.
Dates: November 20, 2022 until January 2, 2023
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Lights at Lafarge
Take a walk around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park to enjoy dazzling light displays, billed as Metro Vancouver’s largest.
Location: Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Dates: November 26, 2022 to early January 2023
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Wander through a one-kilometere-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: November 25, 2022 to December 30, 2022
Admission: $12-22 per person depending on age and day of the week. Book online.
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Winterfest at the Bear Creek Train
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: December 1 to 31, 2022.
Admission: $12.60 per person. Book online.
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Potter’s Christmas Store
With over 28,000 square feet of space, Potter’s Nursery in Surrey is home to Western Canada’s largest Christmas store. The entire space is covered in Christmas decorations and lights including the “Dark Room” illuminated by themed Christmas lanterns.
Location: 19158 48th Avenue, Surrey
Dates: September 2022 to early January 2023
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White Rock Lights
Take a stroll along the waterfront promenade and pier or drive along Marine Drive to enjoy White Rock’s twinkling Christmas light displays.
Location: Marine Drive, White Rock
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Glow Gardens Langley
This walk-through experience lets you enjoy light gardens and magical landscapes. The theme for 2022 is “The Jolly Jumble”. The route takes you through an illuminated wonderland.
Location: 6690 216th Street, Langley
Dates: November 23 to December 31, 2022.
Admission: $14.99-$19.99 per person depending on age. Book online.
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Christmas in Williams Park
This free community event has been running for over 30 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: November 25 to December 18, 2022
More Info: Christmas in Williams Park Society
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: November 26, 2022 to January 6, 2023
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Lights by the Lake at Harrison Hot Springs
Wander along the shore of Harrison Lake to enjoy the glow of holiday lights and charming window paintings.
Location: Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs
Dates: November 19, 2022 to January 8, 2023
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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: November 17, 2022 until April 2023
Admission: $29.99-$34.99 per person, depending on age. Book online.
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Explore Local Neighbourhoods
Take a walk or drive through Vancouver neighbourhoods to discover how locals are celebrating. You’re sure to discover whimsical displays and plenty of bright lights.
By Taryn Eyton
Source Inside Vancouver