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2021 Top Picks: Christmas Light Displays and Drive Thrus

2021 Top Picks: Christmas Light Displays and Drive Thrus

The season of twinkling lights is here! We could all use a little festive light in our lives during another pandemic holiday season – and this year’s light displays sure deliver. From drive through options to full scale holiday events, we’ve got an option that is sure to dazzle both you and the kids. Read on for our list of Christmas lights displays happening in 2021 and beyond in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We’ll keep updating this amazing list as new displays pop up, so be sure to check back for our top picks.

Sparkling Christmas light displays

Glow Gardens Langley Drive Thru Festive Light Displays

Nov 18th, 2021 – Jan 1st, 2022

Glow Langley is now a gorgeous drive-through light display festival. This year’s theme is “A Fairytale Christmas”: Experience a magical world surrounded by your children’s favourite fairytale characters while you and your family enjoy the magic from the warmth of your car. Every ticket comes with complimentary popcorn and mini donuts!

Tickets must be purchased in advance online. General Car Pass (valid for one vehicle with max of 8 guests total) is $39.99.

Buy your ticket here: Glow Langley

St Paul’s Lights Of Hope

November 19th, 2021 – January 4th, 2022

Lights of Hope is an amazing light display.
Photo credit: St Paul’s Hospital Foundation.

Nothing says Vancouver on the holidays quite like the annual towering wall of lights at St. Paul’s Hospital. This spectacular eye-catching scene never disappoints. There’s no fee, and it’s on all season long.

>> Lights of Hope

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park: Canyon Lights

November 20th, 2021 – January 23rd, 2022 (closed December 25th).

Experience the magic of the festive light displays on the Canyon at Capilano at night.
Photo Credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge Website.

Canyon Lights is one of the most spectacular festive light displays in the Lower Mainland. There is so much to see, including the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world. New this season – the world-famous bridge is lit, end to end, with a multi-colour changing light display adding to the magic of crossing the canyon at night.

A family of 4 tickets package is $135. Tickets are now on sale and must be purchased in advance online with a limited quantity of tickets available. Book early to avoid missing out!

>> Canyon Lights

Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas

November 22nd, 2021- January 3rd, 2022

Burnaby Village has some of the Lower Mainland's most beautiful festive light displays.

Burnaby Village’s Heritage Christmas is an all-time favourite Lower Mainland experience. Stroll through the 1920’s village and enjoy spectacular lights, vintage-themed displays and historical exhibits. Take part in family-fun activities like their animal-themed scavenger hunt and a carousel ride.

Gate Admission is Free. Advanced reservations are not required.

>> Burnaby Village Museum

Grouse Mountain – Peak of Christmas Light Display and Skating

November 26th, 2021 – January 3rd 2021

Experience Grouse's magical festive light displays.
Photo Credit: Peak Of Christmas Website.

The Peak of Christmas is always an enchanting experience full of glittering lights and ice skating-all on an 8,000 square foot mountaintop pond surrounded by snow-topped trees. Visit real reindeer and feel the joy of the season everywhere.

>> Grouse Mountain

Festive Light Displays at Bright Nights in Stanley Park

November 26, 2021 to Jan 2, 2022

The festive light displays at Bright Nights in Stanley Park dazzle.
Photo Credit: City of Vancouver Website.

Bright lights and the Christmas Train are a local favourite with kids and families in Vancouver. The train takes visitors through the spectacular light displays of Stanley Park. Though Santa is still on hiatus, the plaza will feature selected iconic light elements, and the train will sparkle and dazzle as in years past.

  • Adult (18 to 64yrs): $15.30 – $13.65 + fees
  • Senior(65+) / Youth (12 to 17 yrs): $11.80 – $10.50 + fees
  • Child (3 to 11 yrs): $10.75 – $9.45 + fees
  • 2 and younger: Free

>> Bright Nights in Stanley Park

VanDusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights

November 26, 2021 to Jan 3, 2022

The Festival of Lights is one of the Lower Mainland's most beautiful festive light displays.
Photo Credit: City of Vancouver Website.

This is a spectacular Christmas light display to see in 2021 with lots of little variation to be dazzled by. Van Dusen Botanical Gardens creates the most beautiful winter wonderland and has over one million lights. Stroll along the lakeside, shimmering in the glow of northern lights, or wander into their lush Rose Garden. Enjoy tasty treats, unique light features, and holiday music!

Tickets are not sold on site and must be purchased online in advance.

Come prepared with your official proof of vaccination and government-issued photo ID. Youth aged 12 – 18 do not need to provide photo ID.

Adults – $17.50, Seniors/Youth – $13.25, Child (4-12 years) – $10.25 Child (under 3) – Free

>> Festival of Lights

Winter Light Displays in the Village

December 1st 2021 to December 31 st, 2021

Richmond Village has beautiful festive light displays for 2021.
Photo Credit: Visit Richmond’s Website.

Experience Richmond’s Winter in the Village this holiday season. Their charming waterfront village is the perfect winter wonderland destination. From creative holiday displays of local businesses, decorated boats along the Fisherman’s Wharf, to Santa arriving and touring the village. There is no shortage of free and low-cost family-friendly activities to explore!

>> Winter in the Village

Holiday Light Displays at Granville Island

December 1st- January 3rd, 2022

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Granville Island is light for the 2021 season with beautiful festive light displays.

Stroll Granville Island on foot or by car and enjoy themagical twinkling lights and bask in all that holiday joy! If you’re inspired to do a little shopping along the way, check out The Net Loft for a wide range of local gifts for anyone on your list.

>> Granville Island Lights

Shine Bright New West

December 1st, 2021 to January 3rd, 2022.

Experience the beautiful festive light displays at Shine Bright New West.
Photo Credit: Shine Bright New West Website.

Feel all the bright holiday feels as you walk outside and enjoy the Shine Bright light display in New West. It’s an awesome community event where local residents, businesses, and organizations light up the city with festive holiday light displays on homes and storefronts. 

>> Shine Bright New West

PNE Winter Lights

December 3rd, 2021 – December 31st, 2021

Photo Credit: Vancouver Mom Instagram.

Load up your family’s SUV or van for a magical holiday journey through Hastings Park! This two-kilometre road trip of festive light displays through winter wonderland is made even more enjoyable with some hot cocoa and Christmas carols. It’s an event you and your family won’t want to miss!

Ticket prices depend on the date you book for:

  • $37 per vehicle on Dec 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 16, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
  • $42 per vehicle on Dec 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26

Book for ticket now: PNE WinterLights

Flyover Canada: Soar with Santa

December 9, 2021 – January 3, 2022

flyover Canada's Festive light displays for the holidays.
Photo Credit: Fly Over Canada Website.

Take a flight over Canada with your family this year. This festive holiday experience will not disappoint. This year audiences will soar over Canada and the North Pole.

Admissions: $23 – $31, tickets for children are $10 off adult price (age 15 or under and at least 102 cm / 40 inches tall).

>> Soar with Santa

Original article on Christmas and festive light displays written by Kera Skocylas. Check back for updates in 2021.

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