Vancouver absolutely sparkles during the holiday season. The city gets decked out with millions of twinkling lights and it’s heaven for Instagrammers. The good news is you don’t have to be an Instagram model to take beautiful selfies with Vancouver Christmas lights. There are many wonderful places to snap the perfect holiday photo in Vancouver.
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Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Canyon Lights is an annual Vancouver Christmas lights festival that runs from late November through the end of January. Hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights adorn Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Visitors can walk across the main suspension bridge, enjoy a lighted treetop adventure in the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world or wander through many other wonderful lighted areas of the park. There’s live music, cookie decorating and other activities to enjoy as well.
Aurora Winter Festival
The Aurora Winter Festival is a brand new Vancouver Christmas lights event as of 2018. The event runs from late November through the end of December. Located in the downtown area, this festival features some incredible Christmas light installations. There is also a hidden village with a skating rink, a tube park, a Christmas Market, amusement rides, food vendors, magical characters and fun activities for children and adults alike.
Vancouver Christmas Market
There are more than 80 vendor huts at the Vancouver Christmas Market, an authentic German Christmas market at Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver. You’ll find authentic German sweets, treats, wooden toys and ornaments and other items on sale. There’s a walk-in Christmas tree, visits with Santa, a Christmas carousel, and a Lover’s Lane complete with a Love-Lock installation. This spot isn’t as focused on Vancouver Christmas lights, but it still provides some great photo-ops and really puts you into the Christmas spirit.
Bright Nights at Stanley Park
From late November to early January, Stanley Park sparkles with three million twinkling lights. There’s a Bright Nights Christmas Train with live performers and lovely displays along the train route. If you’re not riding the train, you can view the light displays at the Train Plaza by donation. ($5 suggested) Donations at the front gate and a portion of ticket sales goes towards the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.
VanDusen Festival of Lights
The VanDusen Festival of Lights transforms the VanDusen Botanical Gardens from early December to early January. There are frames, sets and selfie spots throughout the light show. There’s music, dancing lights, a carousel and a chance to visit Santa at his special cabin.
More Info on Vancouver Christmas Lights
For more information about visiting Vancouver during the holiday season, check out the official website of Tourism Vancouver.
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