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Best Places to View Outdoor Winter Lights Around Vancouver

Travel along the new Trestle Bridge in West Vancouver, lit up each night for the public. Photo by Christine Gaio @christinegaio

By Ania Dani

Shorter winter days mean more time to take photos in front of all the holiday light displays around Vancouver. No matter your budget or comfort around groups of people, there’s a lighting display that’s perfect for that date night, family visit, or catching up with friends.

Here is your guide to the most sparking time of the year!

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver

From late November to January 23, 2022, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is lit up as part of the park’s annual Canyon Lights extravaganza. After crossing the bridge, climb into the glowing tree-tops of ancient trees, bask in the glow of large light orbs suspended above the pond, and then inch your way down the light tunnel at the cliff walk.  

The lights are on from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Tickets and time slots need to be booked in advance. If you’re a BC resident, the price of a single ticket, gets you an annual season’s pass, so you can return for all the summer activities and see next year’s Canyon Lights.

Buy Canyon Lights Tickets Online

Lights at Lafarge at Coquitlam Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam

This free annual event runs late November through to January 31st, 2022. The 1.2-km pathway around Lake Lafarge at Town Centre Park is decorated with colourful lights and themed holiday displays where you can walk through light arches and frolic among sparkling orcas and reindeer.

This year, there are two walking paths around the lake to avoid crowding. The lights are on 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm on most days, and until 1:00 am on New Year’s Eve. Best of all, this sparking fun is free.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver

VanDusen’s Festival of Lights returns this December with over a million lights decorating the expansive botanical gardens. Bring the family to see the themed displays. 

The lights are on from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm nightly to January 3, 2022. Although this event is outdoors, proof of vaccination for visitors over 12 years old is required for entry, and tickets are recommended to be purchased online in advance.

Buy tickets to VanDusen here.

Lights to the Lodge at Cypress Mountain in North Vancouver

When you really want it to feel like winter, head to Cypress Mountain’s Lights to the Lodge. Colourful lights are strung up on snowy ancient trees on this 1-km snowshoe to Hollyburn Lodge. Enjoy trekking through the snow and a well-deserved hot-chocolate at the lodge.

Lights to the Lodge is open from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm, with the last time slot ticket sold at 8:00 pm. You can purchase tickets all the way to mid-March 2022.

Buy tickets to Lights to the Lodge here.

Bright Nights at Stanley Park in Vancouver

Bring your kids or feel like a kid again as you hop on board the Christmas train and choo-choo through sparkling Stanley Park this December.

Open from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm until January 3, 2022, tickets need to be purchased online in advance.

Buy tickets to Bright Lights here.

Trestle Bridge in West Vancouver

This 200-m bridge has just opened as part of West Vancouver’s British Properties walking paths, and it’s all lit up for the holidays. With nighttime views of the glistening water and Vancouver’s city lights, it’s a great option for a walk with your loved ones on clear night.  

This free path is accessible from a parking lot on Chippendale Road at Cypress Bowl Road; just look for the congregation of cars if you get lost on your way up. It’s open until 10:00 pm.

PNE Winter Lights in Vancouver

This drive-through light display though nine enchanted lands can be viewed from the comfort of your own car. If you don’t have a car, you can still enjoy the display via TransLink’s reindeer shuttle, which operates from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The display is on till December 31, 2021, and tickets need to be booked online in advance.

Buy tickets to PNE Winter Lights here.

Glow Langley in Langley

The City of Langley is also hosting a drive-through lights event, with over a million lights glimmering through themed displays. Pick out your favourite tunes, buckle your seatbelt, and enjoy the views rain or shine.

The display is on late November through to January 8, 2022, 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm on most nights. Tickets need to be purchased online in advance.

Buy Glow Langley tickets here (right now at 40% off!)

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