VanDusen Festival of Lights
Arguably the most famous display of Vancouver Christmas lights, the incredibly dense and elaborate Festival of Lights transforms the gorgeous VanDusen Botanical Garden into a winter wonderland. It’s not hyperbolic to say that the Festival of Lights goes all out, with festive decor everywhere you turn, from a dancing lights show to candy cane trees, gingerbread walks, and Santa’s workshop, among many more displays. Be prepared for total Christmas immersion from Dec. 1, 2017, through Jan. 7, 2018. The botanical garden is closed on Christmas Day.
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
Park & Tilford is set to light up the season with the 29th annual Holiday Hi-Light Festival at Park & Tilford Gardens. This annual event features a majestic festival of lights with over 150,000 on display over 3 acres. The lights turn on at 5pm daily between December 1 and 31st. Entry is by donation with proceeds going to support the North Vancouver firefighters, and their various appointed charities.
Lights at Lafarge Lake
Enjoy the magic of the Lower Mainland’s largest free outdoor lights display at Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park.
The lights will remain on until Jan. 21, 2018 giving plenty of time to walk around the lake and enjoy the multiple themed zones. Dogs, on a leash, are welcome!
Enhance your Winter Lights Display experience by taking in the free activities. Join the Park Spark team for pop-up activities including light making workshops, scavenger hunts and special themed nights.
Vancouver Christmas Tree at Robson Square
For the 11th year in a row, a huge Christmas tree will light up Robson Square, and people will celebrate the holiday season with free snacks, photos with Santa, and a holiday concert.
The lights on four trees will be turned on at the Vancouver Art Gallery at Robson Square from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2017. The lighting party goes on from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes live entertainment and food trucks. The trees stay lit throughout the winter holidays.
Carol Ships Parade of Lights
One of the most uniquely Vancouver Christmas lights displays takes place on the water (naturally). Carol Ships, decked out with elaborate Christmas lights, parade through Vancouver’s waterways in nightly processions. To go aboard the Carol Ships costs money, but it’s free to watch the spectacle at any of the shoreside Carol Ship events, including Carol Ship watching and bonfires in North Burnaby and West Vancouver’s Dundarave Park. The ships cruise throughout December.