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This useful winter family-fun 2022 Best Christmas lights and Holiday Events Guide for Vancouver will help you make the most of the festive season.

There are many festive events, self-guided holiday light tours and fantastic Christmas light displays throughout Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Squamish and Whistler area.

The 2022 holiday season will be magical and we hope the mechanical issues affecting the beloved Stanley Park train will be resolved in time for the Bright Lights event this year. Look for early bird discount codes off the purchase of tickets noted below.

New this year is the PNE Winter Lights Fair and Holiday Market with 10 nights of Christmas-themed concerts and a holiday-themed ice skating rink with live music and much more.

Please send us your suggestions and check back often for updates.

Vancouver Christmas Lights

Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the Sea-to-Sky region make the perfect winter holiday destination with lots of fun festive activities for all ages.
Experience the dazzling light displays throughout the area keeping any public health order restrictions in mind.

Always dress for the weather to make your experience warm and cozy. It can be chilly, icy and wet. Good waterproof footwear, such as boots, should be worn along with winter gloves, hats, scarves and coats.

Please leave your pets at home, as most  attractions do not allow animals.

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Here are some of the best offerings for winter fun in the Vancouver area. Check back here often for changes and watch for more Christmas lights and holiday events as announcements are made.

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COVID-19

Before heading out to your favourite Metro Vancouver festive holiday fun activity, check their websites listed below for the latest COVID-19 updates.

Health and safety regulations are constantly evolving during the coronavirus pandemic, making it necessary for events to make adjustments. Most restrictions have been removed but that could change. Some events require advanced tickets.

Keep your family and others safe and healthy by wearing a face mask, social distancing and using hand sanitizer.

2022 Vancouver Christmas Lights and Events

Take a drive or walk through the streets of downtown Vancouver to find all the beautiful Christmas light displays.

Best Vancouver Christmas lights on display in downtown Vancouver. Photo: Melanie Lomond

Best Vancouver Christmas lights on display in downtown Vancouver. Photo: Melanie Lomond

Lights of Hope St. Paul’s Hospital – Drive-by Christmas Lights 2022

Don’t miss the spectacular Lights of Hope display in front of St. Paul’s Hospital.  Enjoy it as you walk or drive by. The light display starts November 17, 2022.

Donations can be made onsite or online to support Providence Health Care hospitals.

Location: 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver.

Lights of Hope at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. Courtesy Photo

Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Courtesy Photo

Vancouver Christmas Market – Pending

Activities: Vancouver’s beloved Christmas Market is back with all the festive fun, great gift ideas, festive foods and drinks. There are over 80 European and local artisan stalls to enjoy. Ride the magical Carousel. Walk down the tunnel of light in Lover’s Lane. Marvel at the walk-in Christmas Tree. Get into the holiday spirit with holiday entertainment. There are 30 new vendors added for gourmet treats along the Gourmetstrasse.
Tickets: Book tickets in advance coming soon.
Hours: Entertainment weekdays – 4:30 – 9:30 pm and on weekends 12:30 – 9:30 pm.
Location: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver.
Website: https://www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com/

Vancouver Christmas Market is one of the best places to visit in Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Market is one of the best places to visit in Metro Vancouver. Photo: Desiree Carr©

PNE Winter Lights Fair and Holiday Market- December 14-23, 2022

Activities: There is a magical walk-through lights display, nightly tree lighting ceremony of the 50-foot tree, 10 nights of Christmas-themed concerts, holiday-themed ice skating in the Agrodome featuring live music, family-friendly holiday theatre shows, the Magic of Santa Holiday Musical and group performances, carollers, a Christmas edition of Duelling Pianos, an outdoor marketplace, tasty food and beverages.

The walk-through light display takes you through enchanted lands to see winter creatures, experience Northern Lights in light tunnels, Polar North and Candy Cane Lane.

The nightly concert series starts at 7:30 pm. and features David Foster & Katharine McPhee, The Tenors, Tom Cochrane, Dallas Smith, Jann Arden, Holly Cole, Post Modern Jukebox, Dionne Warwick, Johnny Reid and a special Boy Band Christmas.

Admission: Buy online and save – Online: $12-$15. At the Gate: $14-$17. Concert tickets range from $39.00 – $69.00 and do not include admission. Buy tickets starting October 6.
Hours: The Winter Fair 4:30-10:30 pm, December 14-23, 2022.
Location: Hastings Park, 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver.
Phone: 604-253–2311
Email: info@pne.ca
Website: https://www.pne.ca/winter/

Tinseltown – Christmas Pop Up Bar – for adults only

Activities: Tinseltown is decorated in everything Christmas to get into the full festive spirit. There will be everything Christmas: Christmas music, Christmas drinks and Christmas food. Non-alcholic drinks are available.
Tickets: Book tickets here.
Hours: Various time slots from November 15-December 31, 2022
Location: 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver.
Website: Tinseltown

Trinity Street Lights – Drive-by Christmas Lights

The Trinity Street Light Festival has been a tradition for more than 20 years.

The Trinity Street neighbourhood continue to make spirits bright along six blocks, from 2400 to 2900 Trinity Street, in East Vancouver.

Winter Solstice Light Festival – Pending

The 29th Winter Solstice Light Festival takes place in three Vancouver neighbourhoods, Strathcona, Granville Island and Yaletown.

Lumière – Returning November 2022 – select installations available until February 2023

Lumière is an incredible series of interactive light displays at several locations in Vancouver’s West End, Downtown and Granville Island. This is the 9th year the event has provided Vancouver with an exceptional visual experience.

Activities: There are numerous stunning art and interactive light displays at several Vancouver locations.
Admission: Free for all to enjoy.
Hours: Returning November 2022. Some installation will stay until February 2023. The displays are best viewed after sunset.
Locations: TBA

Luna at English Bay Lumiere Light Festival in Vancouver. Luna was made specifically for Lumiere in recognition of the whales in the waters around Vancouver. Luna is named after the well-known orphaned orca whale that inhabited the waters of the Nootka Sound from 2001 to 2006.

Luna at English Bay Lumière Light Festival in Vancouver. Luna was made specifically for Lumière in recognition of the whales in the waters around Vancouver. Luna is named after the well-known orphaned orca whale that inhabited the waters of the Nootka Sound from 2001 to 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Lumière.

One of seven stunning art and light displays honouring British Columbia's wildlife community. Photo: Courtesy of

One of several stunning art and light displays honouring British Columbia’s wildlife community. Stanley the Heron, stands 13 feet tall and boasts 10,320 lights, pays tribute to Stanley Park’s Great Blue Heron colony. Stanley is proudly sponsored by Stanley Park Brewing. Photo: Courtesy of Lumière.

Helianthus Enorme at Jim Deva Plaza Luna at English Bay Lumiere Light Festival in Vancouver

Helianthus Enorme at Jim Deva Plaza Luna at English Bay Lumière Light Festival in Vancouver. Photo: Courtesy of Lumière.

VanDusen Festival of Lights – Pending 2022

Vancouver’s VanDusen Festival of Lights features more than one million shimmering lights in the 15 acres of botanical gardens. Proof of full vaccination along with government ID is required for those 12 years and older. Masks must be worn for ages 5 and up.

Activities: The 45-minute experience follows the one way path through a magical wonderland with themed areas. Enjoy holiday music. There is no carousel ride, Santa or dancing lights show this year.
Tickets: Pending
Location: 5251 Oak St at West 37th Avenue.
Email: info@ticketleader.ca
Phone: 604-252-3700
Website: Vancouver VanDusen Festival of Lights

Best Metro Vancouver Christmas Events and holiday lights VanDusen Gardens Festival of Lights

Best Metro Vancouver Christmas Events and holiday lights VanDusen Gardens Festival of Lights. A spectacular Christmas light display at Livingston Lake. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Best Metro Vancouver Christmas Events and holiday lights VanDusen Gardens Festival of Lights

Best Metro Vancouver Christmas Events and holiday lights VanDusen Gardens Festival of Lights. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Bright Nights Christmas Train Stanley Park – Pending for 2022

The Ghost Train at Stanley Park Halloween event was cancelled due to mechanical issues. Find out more here.

The train and its antique passenger cars and engines did not pass Technical Safety BC’s recent inspection. Fixing these old engines requires mechanics who are highly specialized with this type of vintage equipment and the parts are also extremely hard to find.

The Vancouver Parks Board is diligently working with SFU’s School of Sustainable Energy Engineering Team on longer-term solutions to update the ageing fleet, including climate-friendly alternatives like electric engines.
Let’s hope the mechanical issues are resolved in time for the winter holiday event, Bright Nights.

The Stanley Park Bright Nights Christmas train has been creating memories for 26 years.

Activities: Board the Bright Lights Train for a ride through the magic forest filled with sparkling lights and festive displays. Singalong with popular carols.
Admission: TBA
Tickets: There are capacity restrictions. Advance online ticket sales only. Only ticket holders will be allowed at the attraction. Arrive 30 minutes in advance at the entrance. Latecomers will not be allowed. Buy tickets.
Hours: TBA
Location: Use the West Georgia Street park entrance and go to Pipeline Road in Stanley Park. Parking is free in the main lot across the street.
Email: stanleyparktrain@vancouver.ca
Phone: 604-257-8531
Website: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx

Holiday Splash at The Vancouver Aquarium – TBA

Activities: The Holiday Splash at the Vancouver Aquarium includes twice-daily dives by Scuba Claus and the holiday favourite, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4D Experience® Holiday treats are available for purchase.
Admission: Book your tickets in advance.
Hours: Pending – Scuba Claus dives are twice a day from TBA.
Location: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Website: https://www.vanaqua.org

Dive into the spirit of the season with Holiday Splash at Vancouver Aquarium! Wave to Scuba Claus during his twice-daily dives (Nov. 13- Dec. 24), immerse yourself in returning favorite THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4D Experience®, and try new seasonal sweets and treats.

Granville Island Festive Christmas and Holiday Lights

Activities: Wander through the fresh air of almost 40 acres of Granville Island to see the light displays. Takeout hot drinks and treats available and other food options with patios.
Admission: There is no admission.
Hours: Starts November 12, 2022, from sunset to 10 pm. daily.
Closed: All businesses including Granville Island Market are closed on December 25 and 26, 2022, but lights will be on.
Location: 1661 Duranleau St.
Website: Granville Island

Granville Island free light displays in Vancouver. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Granville Island free light displays in Vancouver. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Christmas at Canada Place – Pending

Activities: Stroll the outdoor promenade to see the beautiful historic Woodward’s Windows and Avenue of Christmas Trees, the holiday-themed Sails of Light display, Canada’s North light display and more!
Admission: Free
Hours: TBA
Location: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Website: Canada Place

Fly Like Santa at Fly Over Canada – December 8 – January 3, 2023

Activities: Fly with Santa on a magical Christmas journey across Canada and up to the North Pole.
Admission: Buy tickets online and save. Ticket prices vary by day but start from: Adults: $25 Children: $15 up to age 12 and at least 102 cm / 40 inches tall.
Hours: December 8 – January 3, 2023.
Location: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Phone: 1-855-463-4822
Website: https://www.flyovercanada.com/

East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid – November 16, 2022 – January 02, 2023

Under the sea Ariel dives into an ocean adventure where she makes a questionable deal with a devilish octopus named Ursula, fights off evil electric eels with her trash crab BFF, Sebastian, and has to help save the ocean from a mysterious purple slime of despair.

The performances will be at the York Theatre and offered online. Buy tickets here.

Disney on Ice – Road Trip Adventure – November 23-27, 2022

Disney on Ice presents a wild road trip adventure for Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends as they travel to favorite Disney destinations. Elsa and Anna experience a magical journey. Moana travels to the sun soaked Motunui. Simba takes a safari to the Pride Lands. Aladdin visits a whole new world. Woody and Forky join the escapades of fun-filled carnival.

Dates: Various performance times November 23-27, 2022. The show is approximately 45 minutes in length.

Tickets: $25.00 – $130.00 plus fees. All guests ages 2 and older need to purchase a ticket. Buy tickets.

Location: Pacific Coliseum, 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Website: DisneyonIce.com

Disney on Ice Toy Story in Vancouver. Courtesy Photo

Disney on Ice Toy Story in Vancouver. Courtesy Photo

The Nutcracker Ballet – December 9-18, 2022

The Nutcracker ballet is an annual classic holiday favourite. This festive season Vancouver has two different ballet companies offering the story of Clara’s dream, her Nutcracker Prince, Sugar Plum Fairy, dancing mice, a pudding-stealing bear, toy soldiers and other characters danced to Tchaikovsky musical composition.

Royal Winnipeg Ballet – The Nutcracker – December 9-11, 2022

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet comes to the Vancouver’s Ballet BC stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with their Canadian version of the Nutcracker. Get tickets here.

Goh Ballet – The Nutcracker – December 15-18, 2022

Vancouver’s Goh Ballet presents their annual retelling of the Nutcracker. Goh Ballet brings together the best local talent and Principal Dancers from world renowned professional companies to the stage at Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Come see more than 200 dancers, actors, and gymnasts as they follow the journey of Clara’s adventures from the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. The Vancouver Opera Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s ballet score. Buy tickets here.

Burnaby Christmas Lights and Events

The City of Burnaby has an impressive collection of 26 holiday displays. The largest of the displays are listed below. Most of the lights will be up from November 21 until January 1, 2023

Willingdon Linear Park

Take a stroll in Willingdon Linear Park, one of Burnaby’s newest parks to see shimmering festive lights. The park is located between Brentwood Town Centre and Hastings Street.

Hastings Street Trees

Travel along Hastings Street to see more than 200 trees adorned with an impressive display of gleaming lights from Boundary Road to Gamma. There are lots of great shops, bakeries and restaurants along this strip.

Burnaby City Hall

The main building of Burnaby City Hall is magically lit for the holiday season with an array of draping icicle lights, decorated trees and banners. The Burnaby’s City Hall is located at 4949 Canada Way.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum – Pending

Activities:  Walk through the 1920s village adorned with dazzling lights and vintage-themed displays. Take part in an animal-themed scavenger hunt. The Ice Cream Parlour is open for treats or a meal. The official launch of Heritage Christmas takes place December 4 with a tree lighting ceremony at 6 pm. See a map of the village.

Admission: Gate admission is free. Check the official website for hours of operation.
Location: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby just off Canada Way.
Phone: 604-297-4565
Website: Burnaby Village Museum

One of the best Metro Vancouver holiday events is a trip to experience a Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village. Photo: Melanie Lomond©

One of the best Metro Vancouver holiday events is a trip to experience a Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village. Photo: Melanie Lomond©

Vintage storefronts at Burnaby Village is one of the best Metro Vancouver Christmas lights and events. Photo: Melanie Lomond

Vintage storefronts at Burnaby Village is one of the best Metro Vancouver Christmas lights and events. Photo: Melanie Lomond©

North Vancouver Christmas Lights and Events

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge – November 19, 2022 – January 22, 2023

Activities: Journey through a magical festive light display in a rainforest high above the Capilano River Canyon. Cross the glowing suspension bridge, walk along the Cliffwalk and through the “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel. The world’s eighth tallest Christmas tree is found at the Treetops Adventure.
Admission: Partial proceeds will be donated to support the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Association
Tickets: Tickets will be sold online and will become available at the beginning of November 3,2022.
Hours: 11 am – 9 pm daily November 19, 2022 – January 22, 2023. Closed on Christmas Day.

Location: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver. Free shuttle is available from Canada Place.
Email: info@capbridge.com
Phone: 604-985-7474
Website: Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights

Some of the best Vancouver Christmas lights can be found at Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Some of the best Vancouver Christmas lights can be found at Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver. Courtesy photo.

One of the many Metro Vancouver Christmas Events - Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.

One of the many Metro Vancouver Christmas Events – Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, the Arc de Lumina on the Cliffwalk. Courtesy photo.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Take a walk on the u-shaped bridge one of the best Vancouver holiday events

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Take a walk on the u-shaped bridge one of the best Vancouver holiday events. Courtesy photo.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge one of the best Christmas lights displays in Vancouver

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge one of the best Christmas lights displays in Vancouver

Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain – Pending

Activities: Visit Santa’s Workshop and his reindeer. Write letters to Santa. Go to Elf Headquarters. Make Christmas crafts. Marvel at the magical winter wonderland of brilliant light installations. Ice skate on a mountaintop pond. Take a sparkling Light Walk through the snow surrounded by firs around Blue Grouse Lake. Go through a tunnel of light. Watch a Christmas movie at the Theatre in the Sky.

Santa's Workshop at the Peak of Christmas Grouse Mountain

Santa’s Workshop at the Peak of Christmas Grouse Mountain. Courtesy photo.

Snow pathways can be slippery. Dress appropriately for winter weather. Snowshoes or snow cleats/YakTrax are recommended. Snowshoes can we rented at the Outpost.
Admission: The Light Walk is free with the purchase of the mountain admission ticket. The ticket includes round trip access on the Skyride, all open attractions and spectacular views. The bears in the Grizzly Bear Habitat are now in hibernation. They can be watch the bears live inside their den.
Tickets: Special Peak of Christmas rate day rate $109 for a family of 4.  Find out more.
Hours: TBA. The best time to see the lights starts from dusk. Breakfast with Santa on select dates.
Location: Grouse Mountain
Phone: 604-980-9311
Website: Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas

West Vancouver Christmas Light Displays 2022

Dundarave Festival of Lights 2022

The Forest of Miracles illuminates the waterfront of West Vancouver, from Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria, moving west to Millennium Park and then to Dundarave Beach.

Stroll along the sea walk to see the beautiful light displays. Be sure to stop at the Dundarave Nativity scene created by two master carvers, Bill Seminoff and Frank Carius.
The forest, planted by West Vancouver firefighters is sponsored and decorated by families, community groups and businesses to raise funds for the Lookout Society‘s North Shore Shelter.

Make a donation or sponsor a tree to help support the needs of homeless people.

Location: Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria, Millennium Park and Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver waterfront.

Other events include:
Dundarave Christmas Fair from noon to dusk on November 26, 2022.
Nativity and Paddle Songs from noon to dusk on December 3, 2022.
World Christmas from noon to dusk on December 10, 2022.
Christmas Wassail and Bonfire Night from 3-10 pm, December 17, 2022.

Website: Dundarave Festival of Lights

Lights to the Lodge at Cypress Mountain – Pending

Activities: This is a family-friendly snowshoe outing along a 2.5 km return easy loop trail trek to historic Hollyburn Lodge. The forest path is strung with festive lights. Food and drink is available for purchase at the lodge. Dress appropriately for winter weather in warm, waterproof clothing, including gloves and hats. Snowshoes are available in all sizes. Check weather conditions before heading up to the mountain.
Tickets: Buy tickets in advance.
Hours: Open throughout the winter season. The best time to see the lights starts from dusk from 4 – 9:30 pm.
Location: Cypress Mountain
Phone: 604-926-5612 info@cypressmountain.com
Website: Cypress Mountain

Richmond Christmas Lights and Events

Winter in the Village in Steveston – TBA

Activities: Explore the decorated historic sites of Richmond’s charming waterfront village of Steveston.

“Light Up the Village” self-guided tour.
Dates: TBA
Location: Steveston Village
Website: Visit Richmond

Vancouver Christmas Lights in Richmond at Steveston Village. Photo: Tourism Richmond

Vancouver Christmas Lights in Richmond at Steveston Village. Photo: Tourism Richmond

Steveston Festival of Trees, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – December 1 – 31, 2022

Activities: Stroll through a forest of decorated trees inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.
Admission: Adults $11.90, Youth (0-17) free, Seniors (65+) $10.20
Hours: December 1 – 31, 2022, 10 am – 5 pm.
Location: 12138 Fourth Avenue in Steveston Village.
Phone: 604-664-9009
Website: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Metro Vancouver Christmas Events - Richmond's Festival of Trees Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Photo: Tourism Richmond

Metro Vancouver Christmas Events – Richmond’s Festival of Trees Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Photo: Tourism Richmond

Coquitlam Christmas Lights and Events

Lights at Lafarge – November 26 – January 31, 2023

Activities: This year the winter Lights at Lafarge has been modified to display lights on two walking loops to help disperse crowding. The new loop will go through Inspiration Garden and the new concession plaza in Town Centre Park.
Admission: Free. Parking is limited. Consider walking or taking the SkyTrain to  Lafare Lake – Douglas station.
Hours: November 26 – January 31, 2023 from 4 pm – 10 pm. Avoid the crowds for the best viewing experience. Come before 6 pm or after 8 pm. Try to avoid the crowds on weekends and the week of December 16 – 26.
Location: Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Email: FestivalsandEvents@coquitlam.ca
Website: Lights at Lafarge

Maple Ridge Christmas Lights and Events

Timberline Country Christmas – Cancelled for 2022

The Timberline Country Christmas event has been cancelled for 2022.

Glow Maple Ridge-  November 26 – January 6, 2023

Activities: Downtown Maple Ridge turns into a magical wonderland of lights and outdoor activities with a feel of an old-fashioned Christmas Village. Take a walk through Memorial Peace Park to see the light tunnel, decorated trees, hear festive music and more.
Admission: Free
Hours: November 26 2022 – January 6, 2023.
Website: Glow Maple Ridge

Surrey Christmas Lights and Events

Bear Creek Park Lights – November 4-18, 2022

Bear Creek Park Lights offers a safe, fun family-friendly evening event.

Journey through half-kilometre trails of the park gardens to be dazzled by a series of illuminated natural landscapes and whimsical light displays.

The display runs from November 4 – 18 from 4:30 – 9:30 pm. The event is closed on November 11 for Remembrance Day.

Tickets must be booked in advance.  Tickets are free for this event. There are 80 tickets for each booking time. Entry times are available every 30 minutes. Sales will open October 2022 for purchase online or by phone 604-501-5100.

Location: 13750 – 88 Avenue, Surrey

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market – Pending

Activities: Santa and Mrs. Claus host the event, which includes the lighting of Surrey’s 60-foot Christmas tree, followed by entertainment from a variety of local performers, dance groups, choirs and more. Here is the full schedule. Be sure to visit the Holiday Market.

Children can enjoy free pictures with Santa, free hot chocolate, free holiday cookie kits, Kids Crafts, magical light and holiday displays, as well as illuminated swings and teeter totters.

The Enchanted Eats zone offers delicious treats for purchase from food trucks and free hot chocolate while it lasts.
Admission: Free
Hours: Date pending. Santa welcome at 12:50 pm and Surrey Mayor welcome at 6 pm.
Location: Surrey Civic Plaza, 1340 104 Avenue, Surrey
Website: Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

Surrey Holiday Lights Immersive Light and Music Experience – Pending

Activities:  New for 2021, the City of Surrey presents a magical interactive display, light animation and photo opportunities for the entire family. Explore the Holiday Lights Tent to visit Santa and the elves, Gingerbread Village, the magical North Pole Village, Holiday Market and Lights Around the World. There are two stages, indoors and outdoors with live entertainment and a Christmas musical with Mrs. Claus. Food trucks will be serving treats and the Polar Bar will feature drinks for all ages.
Admission: Tickets go on sale November 1. The first 1,000 save 40% Buy tickets online. Parking is free in the Surrey Civic Plaza parkade. Surrey Central Skytrain and bus loop are right next door.
Hours: Dates pending.
Location: Surrey Civic Plaza, 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
Website: Surrey Holiday Lights

Potters Christmas Store

Activities: Come browse western Canada’s largest Christmas store offering 60,000 themed ornaments and intricate whimsical displays covering 28,000 square feet. Explore the Enchanted Fairy Garden, marvel at the 30 decorated trees, upside-down Bee Tree, Ice Cream Tree, Whoville, the Dark Room.
Admission: Free
Hours: Open November through Christmas Eve. Monday and Tuesday 9 am-6 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 am- 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 6 pm.
Location: 19158 48th Avenue, Surrey
Email: 192general@potters.ca
Phone: 604-576-5011
Website: Potters Christmas Store 

Winterfest and Christmas Train at Bear Creek Park – Dates pending

Activities: During the day enjoy arts and crafts, Santa, a train ride and lots of photo opportunities. At night enjoy a train journey through a magical light display.
Admission: $10 per person or $35 for family of 4, 2 Adults and 2 children, ages 2 – 12.
Hours: Pending
Santa Express Day Train, 7 days a week – 10 am – 4 pm.
Christmas Night Train through the light display, Wednesday through Sunday, 6 – 9 pm. Closed on December 25 and 26.
Location: Bear Creek Park – 13750 88th Avenue at King George Blvd., Surrey
Email: contact@bctrains.com
Phone: 604-501-1232
Website: Bear Creek Christmas Train

Lumagica – A magical walk through experience – Opens November 25, 2022

Activities: Lumagica provides an magical interactive display, light animation and photo opportunities for the entire family. The 1 km light walk takes you on a mesmerizing journey through diverse lands. Walk through a light tunnel to Gingerbread Lane, leading to the magical North Pole Village. Live entertainment and a Christmas market.
Admission: TBA Buy tickets online.
Hours: Opens November 25, 2022 from 4 pm – 10 pm. Closed Christmas Day
Location: Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 17607 62 Ave, Surrey
Email: info@lumagica.ca
Website: https://lumagica.ca/

White Rock Christmas Lights and Events

White Rock Festival of Lights – 2022

White Rock’s waterfront is transformed into a twinkling wonderland. Drive along Marine Drive or walk along the waterfront, pier and promenade area. There are plans to add an artificial skating rink, Magic Meadow and two 30-foot Christmas trees.

Dates: TBA

Website: White Rock Festival of Lights

Langley Christmas Lights and Events

Glow Langley at Milner Village Garden Centre Christmas Lights 2022 – November 23 – December 31, 2022

Langley’s Christmas Glow is a walk-around adventure with a new “Jolly Jumble” theme.

Activities: Find Santa’s elves in a scavenger hunt as you wander through the sea of giant ornaments, forest of dancing magical trees and a dazzling display of almost one million lights. Visit the animated musical tunnel, Elf Castle, swings, hop scotch, playpark, bouncy farm and take a ride on the Glow Comotive. Meet special character and the Glow princesses. Plan a visit with Santa who will be there nightly until December 24.

There will be featured food trucks and entertainment.

Admission: Use the EarlyBird40 discount code for 40 per cent off tickets for November 23 – December 2, 2022. Regular admission: Adults 13+: $19.99 plus fees, Children 4-12 and Seniors: $14.99 plus fee. Ages 3 and under free. Family rate for 2 Adults and 3 children/seniors: $69.99 plus fees.
Tickets: Buy tickets online.
Hours: Select times between 4-10 pm November 23-December 31, 2022.
Location: Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216th Street, Langley.
Website: Glow Gardens Langley

Christmas in Williams Park – Drive-thru Christmas Lights – TBA

Activities: Christmas at Williams Park has been a holiday tradition since 1991.
Admission: Free, but donations gratefully accepted to help with maintaining display costs and keep this event running.
Hours: Every day from 5 – 9 pm, TBA
Location: 238 Street and 68 Avenue, Langley
Website: Christmas in Williams Park Society

Christmas in Williams Park is a great Best Vancouver Drive-thru Christmas lights event.

Christmas in Williams Park is a great Metro Vancouver drive-thru Christmas lights event in Langley.

Christmas Tree Farms

Enjoy a farm-fresh outing while making cherished family memories with a visit to one of the many Christmas trees farms in the Langley area.

Farms offer a selection of U-Cut, fresh cut and live Christmas trees.

There will be lots of great photo opportunities.

You are encouraged to bring your own handsaw if you plan to U-Cut. If you don’t have one, sanitized handsaws will be supplied. Axes and power saws are not allowed.

Try to avoid peak hours on weekends between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Aldor Acres Christmas Trees – opens November 26, 2022

Activities: Select a Christmas tree, visit the seasonal market and see the farm animals display.
Dates: November 26 – December 18, 2022.  Weekdays: 10 am-6 pm,  Weekends: 9 am-5 pm.

Admission: $5 per person. No pets.
Location: 8249-252 Street, Langley
Email: info@aldoracreschristmastrees.
Phone: 604-888-4483
Website: Aldor Acres Christmas Trees

Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm – opens November 26, 2022

Activities: Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm has been providing trees for more than 50 years. Select a Christmas tree to cut from the 18-acre farm or pick up fresh holly, boughs, and wreathes.
Dates: Opens November 26, 2021. Weekday and weekends:  9 am – 4 pm. The season is expected to be short due to tree shortages brought on by the summer’s heatwave.
Location: 8589 252 Street, Fort Langley
Phone: 604-888-9161
Website: Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm

Frosty’s Christmas Tree Farm – opens TBA

Activities: Enjoy the festive ambience, listen to Christmas carols, pick out a Christmas tree,
Hours: Opens November 26, 2022.  U-Cut: 9 am – 4:30 pm; Fresh Cut: 9 am – 7:30 pm.
Location: 24488 52nd Avenue, Langley
Website: Frosty’s Christmas Tree Farm

Chilliwack Christmas Lights and Events

Southside Church – Drive-thru Christmas Lights – TBA

Activities: Southside Church is keeping the magic of Christmas alive by creating a magical drive-thru event. Come see thousands of sparkling lights in the 200-foot tunnel, Candy Cane Lane, the North Pole and Enchanted Forest.
Dates: TBA

Bring a donation for the food bank.
Location: 45636 South Sumas Road, Chilliwack

Website: https://www.facebook.com/SouthsideLife/

Mission Christmas Lights and Events

Mission Candlelight Parade – December 2, 2022

Activities: This is the 38th annual Candlelight Parade put on by the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce. Parades in the past have attracted 10,000 spectators. There will be themed floats and a visit from Santa.
Admission: free
Hours: Friday, December 2nd, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Location: The parade route goes along First Avenue starting at Railway Avenue and finishes between Park and Haig Streets in Mission BC.
Website: Mission Chamber of Commerce

Harrison Hot Springs Christmas Lights and Events

Harrison Lights on the Lake – November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Harrison Hot Springs lakefront will be lit up from dusk until 11 pm. Stroll along the 1 km waterfront promenade to see the sparkling light display. The holiday lights focus on the natural environment, wildlife and the elusive Sasquatch.

November 19, 2022 – until January 8, 2023.

Website: Harrison Lights on the Lake

Squamish Christmas Lights and Events

North Pole Express at the Railway Museum of British Columbia 2022

Activities: Board a one hour ride on the North Pole Express to find Santa Claus. On your journey meet elves, sing songs and be entertained. Enjoy freshly baked cookies and candy canes onboard the train. When you arrive at the North Pole there will be arts and crafts, hot chocolate, cotton candy, ride a holiday minirail train, and explore the holiday model train displays and more.
Admission: First Class – $50, Coach – $40, Night Time Ride (6PM) – $63. Infants on lap free. Free parking included with ticket.
Tickets: Available online here.
Hours: November 26-27, December 3-4 and December 17-18, 2022.
Location: 39645 Government Road, Squamish
Website: The North Pole Express

Countdown to Christmas in Squamish

Activities: Various zones in the Squamish area will have a festive light display to enjoy. A special website and map will offer the locations in Brackendale, Britannia Beach, Garibaldi Village, Sea to Sky Gondola, downtown Squamish and more. Watch for more details to be announced.

Whistler Christmas Lights and Events

Light up the Village

The snow-covered village transforms into a winter wonderland of shimmering lights with 5,000 strings of lights and 289 trees lit with 7,000 lights each.

Festive holiday lights can be found along the Village Stroll, Whistler Way, Main Street,  Lorimer Road, Village Gate Boulevard, Town Plaza and the Olympic Plaza.
Website: Tourism Whistler

Whistler Christmas Lights is one of the best places to enjoy the festive holidays near Metro Vancouver. Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Whistler Christmas Lights in the Village near the Olympic Plaza. Whistler is one of the best places to be to enjoy the festive holidays near Metro Vancouver. Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Winter Vallea Lumina – Opens November 2022 – April, 2023

Activities: A fantastic multimedia light show of hidden wonders with a 1.5 km walk through the forest.
Admission: Ages 16+, $34.99; Youth Ages 6-15, $29.99, Age 5 and under free.
Tickets: Book through Tourism Whistler.
Hours: Days open vary with start times from 5 pm
Location: Self-drive to Cougar Mountain Base Camp north of Whistler Village. The drive takes about eight minutes.
Email: info@vallealumina.com
Phone: 1-833-800-8480
Website: Vallea Lumina

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