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Christmas Lights 2019-2020

Millions of twinkling lights bring a festive atmosphere to the city

Christmas Lights in Vancouver 2020 - Best Time
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Vancouver looks exceptionally beautiful during Christmas holidays when dazzling lights transform the city's parks, central squares and residential neighbourhoods.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (November 22, 2019–January 26, 2020 )

One of the most unusual displays is Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Thousands of LEDs illuminate the suspension bridge, Cliffwalk and Treetops Adventure—a series of seven suspension bridges. The rainforest and canyon are entirely transformed into a winter wonderland with huge decorated Douglas firs.

Walking across Capilano Suspension Bridge with Canyon Lights 2020
Walking across Capilano Suspension Bridge with Canyon Lights
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Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Robson Square (November 29th)

There was the time when Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony was held at Jack Poole Plaza. But now those days are gone. Welcome Robson Square, a new host of Christmas beauty straight from late November. Not one—four magnificent trees are lit up with thousands of LEDs! There are live entertainment and music, Santa, free cookies, and lots of fun activities for the whole family.

Christmas tree and Olympic cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza 2020
Christmas tree and Olympic cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza
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Christmas Tree at Robson Square 2020
Christmas Tree at Robson Square
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Christmas Tree at Robson Square 2020
Christmas Tree at Robson Square
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Festival of Lights in VanDusen Botanical Garden (November 30, 2019–January 05, 2020)

Every winter VanDusen Botanical Garden hosts Festival of Lights, one of the most popular Vancouver Christmas light displays. The VanDusen Botanical Garden gets completely transformed into a fairy tale with the festive decor at every turn. Candy cane trees, gingerbread walks, Santa's workshop and dancing lights are favourite attractions at the botanical garden.

VanDusen Festival of Lights 2020
VanDusen Festival of Lights
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Lafarge Winter Lights Display in Coquitlam (December 1, 2019–January 20, 2020)

Lafarge Winter Lights in the city of Coquitlam is one of the most prominent displays in the Lower Mainland. It is located about 30 km (18 mi) from downtown Vancouver, at the picturesque Lafarge Lake. An enchanted forest decorated with 100,000 twinkling lights. The display is easily accessible from the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Sky Train Station.

Lafarge Lake Lights 2020
Lafarge Lake Lights
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Winter lights of Lafarge Lake 2020
Winter lights of Lafarge Lake
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Lafarge Lake Lights 2020
Lafarge Lake Lights
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Bright Nights at Stanley Park (November 28, 2019–January 1,2020)

Stanley Park features Bright Nights, a favourite of the Vancouver's Christmas lights displays. Every December Stanley Park launches the Christmas express which takes visitors through a sparkling winter forest. Stanley Park also has Santa's workshop and the Parade of Trees.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2020
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
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Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2020
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
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Chalet Lights in North Vancouver (early December–early January; not happening in 2019)

You can also find one of the best-decorated houses in the city at 4967 Chalet Pl, North Vancouver. Every year the local family puts out an amazing light display with hundreds of LEDs that can be seen from far away. Moreover, the Chalet Lights raises money for three charities. So you are welcome to leave food or monetary donations in the driveway.