The Christmas Miniature Train in Stanley Park is a annual event where the minature train operates with a Christmas theme among millions of Christmas Lights with Christmas music playing. It is part of the 'Bright Nights in Stanley Park' event.
The train operates as part of Bright Nights in Stanley Park which also includes millions of Christmas Lights and fabulous Christmas Displays put up by Firefighters to support the BC Professional Firefighters' Burn Fund.
2023-2024 will be the 26th (almost consecutive) year of Bright Nights!
This page has all information about the 2023-2024 Bright Nights in Stanley Park:
Here are the latest updates about Bright Nights in Stanley Park:
November 30, 2023: 17,000 tickets sold out in under an hour today! So, the Train ride is officially sold out. Please still come to Bright Nights to see the Christmas Lights and Displays to support the Firefighters' Burn Fund. Entry to the plaza is by donation.
November 29, 2023: Bright Nights has been extended to January 6, 2024. A limited number of tickets for the train ride will be available on November 30 at 9am(get on at 8:30am to be waitlisted).
November 10, 2023: Tickets for the train ride sold out in 90 minutes yesterday! Come down even if you don't have train tickets because it is worth it to see the millions of Christmas Lights and fabulous Christmas Displays all over the Stanley Park Junction and to support the Firefighters' Burn Fund!
November 9, 2023: Tickets went on sale this morning. People are reporting issues trying to get tickets for various time slots that show they aren't full. Hopefully ShowPass will fix the problems.
November 6, 2023: The City of Vancouver has announced that the Miniature Train will be operational for Bright Nights!. Tickets go on sale on November 9, 2023 at 9am. See below for more details.
September 30, 2023: Bright Nights Christmas Lights and Christmas Displays are scheduled to operate this year from November 30, 2023 to January 1, 2024.
The Bright Nights Miniature Train Ride is back on for 2023/2024 Bright Nights!
The Stanley Park Miniature Train operates with a Christmas theme with Christmas lights and displays along the trip.
Christmas music is played during the approximately 15 minute ride.
The 2023-2024 Bright Nights Miniature Train Ride is on daily from November 30, 2023 to January 6, 2024 4pm-10pm, except Christmas Day (Dec 25) when it is closed.
There is a fee to ride the train.
Tickets can only be purchased online ONLY. No tickets will be sold on-site.
The 2023-2024 Bright Nights Christmas Lights and Displays is on again for the upcoming season! The Stanley Park Junction area is decorated with millions of Christmas Lights and many Christmas Displays!
The 2023-2024 Bright Nights Christmas Lights and Displays are on daily from November 30, 2023 to January 6, 2024 4pm-10pm, except Christmas Day (Dec 25) when they are closed.
This is a fundraiser for the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund! Please come out and support this charity!
Entry to the area with the lights and displays is BY DONATION!
There will be an antique fire truck, giant reindeer, and a light tunnel.
Also, there will be live music and food vendors on various nights and dates.
The schedule of the 2023-2024 Bright Nights in Stanley Park is that it will operate from November 30, 2023 to January 6, 2024 from 4pm to 10pm except on Christmas Day(December 25) when it is closed. The last train is at 9:40pm daily.
Here is an old video that we found from 2011. The quality isn't great, but we thought it would be fun to post it!
Tickets are required to ride the Bright Nights Christmas Miniature Train.
NOVEMBER 29, 2023 UPDATE: Bright Nights has been extended until January 6, 2024 so more tickets will go on sale on November 30, 2023 at 9am(get on at 8:30am to be waitlisted).
NOVEMBER 10, 2023 UPDATE: Tickets for the Bright Nights Miniature Train ride ARE SOLD OUT! Please still come down to see the millions of Christmas Lights and fabulous Christmas Displays to support the Firefighters' Burn Fund!
Tickets are sold for specific time slots. Arrive 15 minutes before your specific time.
The Prices(subject to GST and service fees) for the 2023-2024 Bright Nights Miniature Train ride are : Adult(19-64): $15, Senior(65+)/Youth(13 to 18): $13, Child(3-12): $11, Children 2 and under are free.
Note 1: Entry to the Stanley Park Junction to see the the Christmas Lights and Christmas Displays put on by the Firefighters for the Burn Fund Entry is by donation!
Note 2: Unfortunately, wheelchairs cannot be accomodated this year due to equipment constraints.
Tickets for the train ride are available ONLINE ONLY. There will not be tickets sales on-site.
Over the years, some families that had large Christmas displays at their homes have donated them to Bright Nights! Here are some of the major donations:
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.
There will be a number of food and beverage options including:
These are the Frequently Asked Questions about Bright Nights in Stanley Park.
The Bright Nights Christmas Miniature Train is located at the Stanley Park Junction in Stanley Park.
If you are driving, enter Stanley Park via the Georgia Street entrance heading westbound. At the traffic circle take the 2nd right to up Pipeline Road past the Rose Garden. About a half kilometre past the Rose Garden, take the 1st right into the Stanley Park Junction parking lot. The entrance to the train is just off of the parking lot.
If you are taking the bus, get off at the Bus Loop which is just off of Pipeline Road. Walk north about 100 metres to the entrance to Stanley Park Junction.
If you are walking, enter Stanley Park near the end of Coal Harbour. Walk up the Entrance Bridge (not the seawall) and continue walking straight past Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park Park Pavilion, and the Bus Loop until you reach Stanley Park Junction. Note, it can be very dark on this sidewalk so take a flashlight!
The train ride is approximately 15 minutes in length.
No,there IS A COST to ride the train.
Yes, it is free to see the Bright Nights Christmas Lights and Christmas Displays. However, entry to the Stanley Park Junction is by donation!
Parking is FREE AFTER 3PM from November 30, 2023 to January 1, 2024 at either the Stanley Park Junction Parking Lot on Pipeline Road OR the overflow lot, Pipeline Road Parking Lot, which is across Pipeline Road if you are going to Bright Nights.
For more detailed information (rates, lots, times, etc.) about parking in Stanley Park, please read: Parking in Stanley Park