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Christmas Lights 2021-2022

Millions of twinkling lights bring a festive atmosphere to the city

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Vancouver looks exceptionally beautiful during the Christmas holidays when dazzling lights transform the city's parks, central squares, and residential neighborhoods

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (December 1, 2020–January 3, 2021 )

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 giant decorated Douglas firs.

Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Robson Square (late November, date TBA)

There was a time when the 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.

Festival of Lights in VanDusen Botanical Garden (November 27, 2020–January 3, 2021)

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 festive decor at every turn. Candy cane trees, gingerbread walks, Santa's workshop, and dancing lights are favorite attractions at the botanical garden.

Lafarge Winter Lights Display in Coquitlam (canceled for 2020)

Lafarge Winter Lights in 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.

Bright Nights at Stanley Park (November 26, 2020–January 1, 2021)

Stanley Park features Bright Nights, a favorite of 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.

Chalet Lights in North Vancouver (early December–early January)

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 impressive light display with hundreds of LEDs that can be seen from far away. Moreover, Chalet Lights raises money for three charities. So you are welcome to leave food or monetary donations in the driveway.