School’s out and Christmas is almost here! Since COVID restrictions shut down almost all of Vancouver’s holiday events and displays last year, we’ve been making up for lost time in 2021. There’s still time to visit these dazzling holiday light displays in Vancouver, Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, and North Vancouver that will help get you and your whole family into the holiday spirit!
** Note that most paid events require proof of vaccination for all guests born in 2009 or earlier.
Festival of Lights
VanDusen Garden transforms into a magical winter wonderland with more than one million lights decorating 15 acres. Stroll along the lakeside, shimmering in the glow of northern lights, or wander into the lush Rose Garden reawakened and illuminated for a spectacular winter replica through the artistry of VanDusen’s garden stewards.
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver
When: 4:30pm-9:30pm nightly until January 3, 2022 (closed December 25)
Cost: Children $10.25, youth $13.25, adults $17.50
Dazzling drive-through experience through nine enchanted lands filled with glowing lights, special characters, and festive performers. Food trucks along the way and at the end of the drive.
Where: Pacific National Exhibition 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
When: 4:30-10:30 pm nightly until December 31, 2021 (closed December 24-25)
Cost: $37-42 per vehicle
Vancouver Christmas Market
Delight in German-style food and drinks, hop on the Christmas carousel, and stroll through a wonderland of holiday shopping, music, and lights.
Where: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
When: 11:30 am to 9:30 pm until December 23, 2021; closes at 6:00 pm December 24
Cost: Kids 6 and under are free, youth $9.49, adults $15.49. Save by buying tickets online.
The Bright Nights train will once again be sounding its whistle and chugging through the sparkling magically-lit forest of Stanley Park this Christmas. Kids of all ages can sing along to their favourite carols as they take in the whimsical displays along the ride.
Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver
When: 4:00-11:00 until December 23, 4:00-10:00 December 24-January 2, 2022 (closed December 25). Matinee trains December 18-24, 2021. Check website for matinee and evening train hours.
Cost: Children $10.75, youth $11.80, adults $15.30, all matinee trains $7.50
Lights at Lafarge
The biggest free lights display in Metro Vancouver! Almost half a million lights and dozens of unique displays light up the 1.2 kilometer walking trail around Lafarge Lake along with a second walking loop through the Inspiration Garden.
Where: Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam
Dates: 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm until January 31, 2022
The one kilometer walk through the Fairgrounds features over 120 light features and ornaments. Walk through the light tunnel to Gingerbread Lane which leads to the indoor North Pole Village. Soak up the magical atmosphere with interactive displays, animation, photo opportunities, treats, live entertainment, holiday shopping, and surprises galore for all ages.
Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 17607-17905 62 Ave, Surrey
When: 4:00 pm-10:00 pm nightly until December 30, 2021 (closed December 25)
Cost: Children $16-$18, youth $18-$20, adults $22-$25, and family passes $63-$74. Use code EOS10 for 10% off tickets.
Surrey Holiday Lights
Experience the magic of an indoor/outdoor light and music festival with a canopy of lights illuminating the fun and entertainment. Visit Santa and his Elves, The Gingerbread Village, The North Pole, The Snowflake Stage and a million beautiful sparkling lights.
Where: Surrey Civic Plaza, 13450 – 104 Avenue, Surrey
When: 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm until December 23, 2021
Cost: Kids 5 and under are free, youth $9.99, adults $14.99, and family passes $39.99. Use code SANTA25 for 25% off selected nights.
Christmas in Williams Park
Drive-through festive lights and holiday displays at Williams Park.
Where: Williams Park, 6595 238 Street, Langley
When: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm until December 19, 2021
Family-friendly drive-through winter festival with towering light gardens and magical landscapes, all under the twinkle of a million lights.
Where: 6690 216 Street, Langley
When: 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm until January 1, 2022 (closed December 24 & 26)
Cost: $39.99 per vehicle
Named one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in the world, Canyon Lights at the Capilano Supension Bridge Park is an event set to dazzle and amaze, high above the forest floor. Explore the park as it transforms the suspension bridge, Cliffwalk, Treetops Adventure in the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world, mesmerizing “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel, canyon, and rainforest into a twinkling West Coast winter wonderland.
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
When: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm until January 23, 2022 (closed December 25)
Cost: Kids under 6 are free, children $18.95, youth $29.95, adults $54.95, and family passes $125-$135
Experience the magic of Christmas at Vancouver’s North Pole. Walk amongst the fir and spruce around Blue Grouse Lake where stunning light installations bring radiance to the winter night. As the snow falls and the lights twinkle, visit Santa’s Workshop and his reindeer, glide across the mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, and so much more.
Where: Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
When: Daily until January 3, 2022. See website for activity hours.
Cost: Family passes $109 until December 25; $161 after December 25
This long-running Christmas outdoor light display boasts more than 150,000 lights throughout the 3 acre garden.
Where: Park & Tilford Gardens, 333 Brooksbank Avenue, North Vancouver
When: Nightly until December 31, 2021
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