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Rest of the World, Vancouver — By thevancouverguide on December 11, 2009 at 1:50 am

10 Places to see Christmas Lights in and around Vancouver

The city is aglow with beautiful lights and decorations, setting a festive mood for the Christmas holiday season.  There’s a lot to see and do and here are 10 suggestions where you’ll be able to view the lights and participate in holiday celebrations.

1.  BRIGHT NIGHTS CHRISTMAS TRAIN  to January 2.  More than a million twinkling lights transform the forest, train and children’s farmyard.  Visit Santa in his living Room at the train station.

     Stanley Park   For Info:  604-257-8531

2.  CHRISTMAS AT CANADA PLACE  to Dec 31  Don’t miss the spectacular light shows on the sails at  Canada  Place 

999 Canada Place  Tel: 604-775-7200DSC09948

3.   CAROL SHIP PARADE OF LIGHTS  to Dec 23   The Carol ships depart from various locations every evening.  Tel: 604-438- 4960    Additional infomation here 

4.  CANYON LIGHTS to Jan 2 Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights. Admission proceeds donated to BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.DSC03483

Capilano Suspension Bridge  3785 Capilano Rd. North Vancouver  TEL: 604-985-7474

5.  KARAOKE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOUR  Departs from Canada Place at 6.30 pm Dec 12,13, 19 to 24  Hop on the Trolley bus to Stanley Park and through various neighbourhoods to Van Dusen Gardens to enjoy the Festival of Lights, before returning to downtown. TEL: 6004-801-555

6.  CHRISTMAS AT ROBSON SQUARE  Festive entertainments, daily events and seasonal activities to Christmas Eve.  Families are invited to celebrate the holidays at Robson Square’s Twelve Days of Christmas.

800 Robson at Howe St.   TEL: 604-689-1889DSC00171

7.  FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS,  Van Dusen Botanical Gardens  Dec 11 – Jan 3 (closed Christmas day).  4.30 pm – 9 pm  Visit this holiday wonderland.  You might even meet Santa wandering in the garden.

8.  GINGERBREAD LANE  to Dec 27  See hundreds of decorated gingerbread houses on display in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 655 Burrard St.

9.  CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS  to Dec 31 at Park & Tilford Gardens.  More than 100,000 lights turn this three acre garden into a Christmas wonderland.  Lights on at 4.30 pm daily. Free admission. 

Park & Tilford Gardens 

4400-333 Brooksbank Ave.  North Vancouver

TEL: 604-984-8200

10.  18th ANNUAL DUNDARAVE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS  to Jan 6.  100 decorated and lit Christmas trees on the beach at Dundarave as well as in the village.  Fundraiser for Lookout Emergency Aid Society’s North Shore Shelter.  Bonfire, music on the beach and watch the carol ships sail by.

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