Every year, from mid December until after New Years, the Stanley Park miniature train operates with an Bright Nights Christmas Theme. The miniature train operates with a Christmas them. Also, there are over 3 million christmas lights strung up and many Christmas displays set up around Stanley Park Junction.
This event raises money for B.C. Professional Firefighters Burn Fund which has raised over $1 million over the years. There is a charge to ride the train, but it is by donation to see the displays at the Stanley Park Junction.
2017 is the 20th year anniversary of Bright Nights.
In 2017, the family of Beverley O'Toole donated her extensive Christmas decorations to Bright Nights. Beverley had been decorating her Shaughnessy home for over 30 years. Her display were so extensive that they filled a 50 foot shipping container! They include giant cutouts of a christmas train, cartoon poodles, Santa with his sleigh, etc. Beverley passed away at the age of 87. Her family decided to donate her collection to Bright Nights so the displays could be enjoyed for years to come!
Also, in 2017, Perry and Paula Blascak from Maple Ridge donated their extensive christmas displays and lights to Bright Nights. These displays include 42 handmade pieces including 2 3D mooses, Santa, igloo, among others displays.
The Bright Nights Christmas Miniature Train is located at the Stanley Park Junction in Stanley Park. This is up Pipeline Road past the Rose Garden and is next to the Bus Loop. Nearby is the Air Force Garden of Rembrance and the Wishing Well.
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