Top 5 favorite Christmas light displays 2018 in Vancouver Lower Mainland

1) The Festival of Lights in Van Deusen gardens is one of my favorite displays. The display starts at 4:30 and ends 9 or 10pm. It is a garden stroll with lights everywhere including animated lights. There is a carousel for the children, photos with santa, fireside lounge and the cafe and restaurant is a great place to sit and enjoy the night view. I’ve been once already this year and going again next week with friends.

For further information or to buy tickets online go to the city of vancouver events site. 

Where & When?: 5251 Oak Street
at West 37th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. | Dec 1 – Jan 6 4:30PM – 9/10PM

Cost: Kids(4-12) $11, child(<3) Free, youth/seniors $14.75, Adults $18.50. **Above are online prices. The door prices are higher between Dec 21-26.

2) This is the 21st anniversary of the Christmas lights train ride in Vancouver. It is almost a tradition here in the lower mainland and people make a trip out here to the Aquarium and the bright nights for a day outing. Although it is a family friendly activity, just make sure you dress warmly because it is an open train.

For further information or to buy tickets online go to the city of vancouver events site. 

Where & When?: Pipeline Road in Stanley Park via West Georgia Street Park entrance. | Nov 29 – Jan 5 2019 3pm – 10pm

Cost: $9.50 – $15.10. Should book online. Bright Lights tickets at

3) This is by far one of my favorites and a local Tri-Cities tradition! Why not? It is one of the largest light displays in the lower mainland and there are lots of people around to enjoy this with! The 100,000 lights are encircled around Lafarge Lake which is a 1.2km loop. There are lots of family activities including a kids scavenger hunt, Dance Party on Saturday Dec 15 @ 7pm, Caroling Friday Dec 21, 7-8pm. Check out the map of the Lights at Lafarge.

For further information or to buy tickets online go to the city of Coquitlam events site. 

Where & When?: Town Centre Park near Pinetree Way & Guildford Way | Nov. 24 – Jan 20 2018 @ Dusk to 11pm nightly.

Cost: Free 

4) OK. So this is not technically a light display but for those of you who are looking for an option indoors, there is plenty to see here….um including Christmas lights. It is a beloved holiday tradition with 80 huts of authentic German sweets, treats, and treasures. Performances, carousel

For further information or to buy tickets online go to the Vancouver Xmas Market site. BUY tickets online

Where & When?: 1055 Canada Place (Jack Poole Plaza) | Nov. 21 – Dec 23 11:30am to 9:30pm.

Cost: Youth $5, Adult $10, Senior $9, Mistletoe combo $50, Holly Jolly Combo (Flyover Canada like Santa) $37

5) A real adventure and great spot to bring out-of-town visitors. Their slogan is “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” and although the main suspension bridge overlooking Capilano River is already a rush, the other walks along the cliff side are spectacular. There is a treetop village lit up with Christmas lights (yes think EWOKs from star wars and bring your horns.

For further information or to buy tickets online go to the Capbridge site. BUY tickets online

Where & When?: 3735 Capilano Road. | open 11am – 9pm.

Easily accessible by transit: from Downtown Vancouver, ride the SeaBus to Lonsdale Quay and take the #236 bus to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. For more information please call Translink 604-953-3333.

Cost: Children under 6 FREE, Child (6-12) $14.95, Youth (13-16) $27.95, Student $34.95, Senior $42.95, Adult $46.95, Family 3 $99, Family 4 $99. Details online