As the holiday season wraps up in Metro Vancouver, a number of its famous festive events are closing until next winter.
As such, this weekend is the last chance to visit some of the region’s epic light displays and wander into the illuminated magic.
Here are the seasonal Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley offerings that are wrapping up this weekend.
Langley’s Glow Christmas
Glow Christmas returned to Langley for another season of festive enchantment. Over a million lights twinkle in the event’s four displays, and one of them is an impressive, 63-metre-long illuminated tunnel. What’s more, the market showcases work from over 40 vendors, and there are a plethora of mouthwatering food-trucks on hand for when you get hungry. The market offers its last day on Saturday.
When: Nov. 22, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019 from Monday – Saturday 4 pm – 10 pm; January 10-12 & 17-19 from Thursday to Saturday 4 pm – 9 pm
Where: Milner Village Garden Centre – 6690 216th St., Langley
Cost: Adults for $22.99, Family (up to two adults & three children) for $69.99, Children (4-13) & Seniors for $16.99, Children three and under are free. Tickets cost approximately $2 more at the door.
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Enter a magical world for the 34th year of sparkling lights and holiday cheer at VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights. The expansive attraction features over 1 million lights spread out over 15 acres of the garden. The festival ends this weekend.
When: December 1 to December 20 (4:30pm – 9pm); December 21 to 24 (4:30pm – 10pm); December 26 to January 1 (4:30pm – 10pm); January 2 to 6 (4:30pm – 9pm)
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Cost: Prices vary on time of year
The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
The Peak of Christmas has its last weekend on Grouse Mountain with its annual display of festive enchantment and fun activities. Described as “Vancouver’s north pole,” the area sparkles with breathtaking light installations, including a majestic light tunnel and illuminated reindeer. Guests may watch a family holiday film on a big screen TV in the sky, or even take a magical sleigh ride.
When: November 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Complimentary with a Mountain Admission Ticket, Annual Membership, Winter Season Pass, or Lift Ticket.
While there are a number of places to celebrate the holidays, Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum offers a unique, old-fashioned experience. With thousands of sparkling lights, wreaths, vintage-themed displays and more, the area is transformed into a festive wonderland. Today is your last chance to soak in this classic holiday favourite.
When: November 24 – December 14, 2018: Monday to Friday from 1-5:30pm & Saturday and Sunday from 1-9pm; December 15 – January 4, 2019: Daily from 1-9pm (closed December 24 & 25)
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Cost: Free gate admission, Carousel rides $2.65 each
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
The Bright Nights Christmas Train bedazzled Stanley park for another season of festive choo-cho-cheer! The dazzling locomotive and the Stanley Park Train Plaza glistens with over 3 million twinkling lights, as well as breathtaking displays and live performers. The festive affair wraps up on Saturday.
When: Thursday, November 29, 2018 – Saturday, January 5, 2019. Closed on Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas Day. Several trains depart during each half-hour time slot.
Where: Pipeline Road in Stanley Park
Cost: Adult (19 – 64 years)$12 + GST; Senior (65 years and over)$9 + GST; Youth (13 – 18 years)$9 + GST; Child (3 – 12 years)$8 + GST
Lights of Hope
The Lights of Hope at St.Paul’s Hospital offers an epic display of over 100,000 bulbs strung over 10km of lights. With the help of 150 hard-working volunteers and donated materials, the annual event takes an impressive six weeks to build. The lights will sparkle until Monday night.
When: Was lit on Nov 16, 2018 and will be up until Monday, Jan 7, 2019.
Where: St.Paul’s Hospital – 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Can’t make it out this weekend? You may still enjoy the breathtaking lights at the annual Canyon Lights event at the Capilano Suspension Bridge that runs until January 27, 2019. Thousands of twinkling lights will decorate the park, which includes the suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon.