Who doesn't love whipping up a batch of hot chocolate, bundling up in toques and scarves and heading out to see local Christmas light displays? While White Rock and South Surrey has some beautiful local displays, these are a few displays that are worth the drive into Vancouver!
Enchant is the world’s largest Christmas Light Maze, made up of over 55,000 sq. ft. of brilliantly illuminated sculptures arranged to create the perfect atmosphere for an evening adventure. Along with the maze, Enchant features a market with over 40 local vendors, 12 food trucks and a licensed eating area where guests can enjoy their favourite holiday drink. This event is new to the holiday scene this year and is already proving to be hugely popular for all ages!
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical GardenExperience
VanDusen Festival of Lights, a magical winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Botanical Garden open from December 1 to January 2. This year they've expanded the show to include a new carousel and all entry tickets include a free ride! Stroll with friends and family through interactive themed areas, enjoy the famous Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, look for roving Scandinavian gnomes and reindeer in the garden, light a candle at the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, take a photo with Santa, and much more!
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Celebrate Canyon Lights November 24, 2016 to January 8, 2017. Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliff walk, the rain forest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet tall!), go on a Snowy Owl Prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas card (by donation) in the Winter Pavilion, and sing-along with the holiday band.BC Residents – your one day pass is good for admission to the park all year so be sure to check out the suspension bridge at other times of the year!
Bright Nights at Stanley Park
Over three million dazzling lights decorate acres of the dark forest, reaching as high as the forest canopy for Bright Nights in Stanley Park. The attraction is also accompanied by a train ride, music, snacks, entertainment, and even visits with Santa and his elves. The annual tradition, now in its 18th year, is operated and installed by 800 firefighters – it is a task that requires 8,000 hours of set-up over three months. Bright Nights attracts 200,000 visitors every year. The train ride is the favourite of the younger visitors!
If you’re heading downtown, it’s worth detouring to see St. Paul’s hospital display, the Dundarave Festival of Lights, Trinity Street Christmas Lights Festival and Jack Poole Plaza for some spectacular sights!