Vancouver Lights Festivals

Switched On – Our Fave Festive Light Displays in Vancouver!


Whether it be Christmas or Hanukkah, our long winter eves are lit up beautifully in December. All around town, there are magical light displays to behold making the festive season shine just a little more brightly. Make an effort this year to visit a new spectacle or even just tour an unfamiliar neighbourhood. You never know what illuminating magic might be revealed.

Let us light the way…


Canyon Lights

Nov 22, 2018 – Jan 7, 2019

One of our favourites, Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge features thousands of lights that seem like fireflies lighting your way as you cross the bridge, along the cliff walk and up above in the treetops. You can also find the world’s tallest living Christmas Tree looming large and firmly planted in our very own rain forest.

Canyon Lights Vancouver
Photo: Canyon Lights by @mixvancouver

Light Walk, Peak of Vancouver

Nov 24, 2018 – Jan 7, 2019

Experience the mountain top magic strolling through an enchanting walk amongst the fir and spruce of Grouse Mountain. The winter wonderland is made even more magical thanks to strings and strings of lights reflecting off the snowy surfaces and lighting your way.  Stay a while and enjoy a skate and a visit with Santa and his reindeer as well!

Sparkling Snowy Walk from Grouse Mountain
Photo: Sparkling Snowy Walk from Grouse Mountain

Glow Christmas

Nov 22, 2018 – Jan 19, 2019

This year behold the glorious lights of Glow at Langley’s Milner Village Garden Centre. The largest indoor Christmas Festival, Glow features spectacular interactive lighting installations, live music, the best of local artisans and delicious food truck fare. The illuminated sculptures make the perfect backdrop for family photos and fun selfies.

Glow Christmas Vancouver
Photo: Glow Christmas by picswe

Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tours

Nov 25 – Dec 29, 2018

For something a little different…..fa, la, la your way through town stopping and viewing some of the city’s best lighting displays. Hosted by Westcoast Sightseeing, this trolley tour is a must for the caroling crowd.  Hop on downtown and sing along on your way to Bright Nights in Stanley Park where you’ll be given time to explore the display before hopping back on. The trolley bus will continue the tour taking you by the English Bay tree, Hycroft Manor, Canuck Place and to VanDusen Garden’s Festival of Light.  The tour will return and end downtown, swinging past St. Paul’s magnificent Lights of Hope display.  A portion of ticket sales will go towards the firefighter’s burn fund.

Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour
Photo: Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour

VanDusen Garden’s Festival of Light

Dec 1, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019

Vancouver’s enduring favourite, the Festival of Light uses over 1,000,000 lights in its magnificent displays.   Make sure to take in the dancing lights on Livingstone Pond as they flicker on an off to rotating classic, disco, and soul music sets every 20 minutes.   Enjoy the spirit of giving in the park’s Grotto where you can make a donation to the Festival’s charity partner, Make a Wish Foundation, and light a candle for the Grotto’s walls.  Confirmed rumours also suggest Santa will be a regular visitor so kids, couples and families alike can share their Christmas wishes with everyone’s favourite red-suited senior.

Aurora Winter Festival

Nov 23 – Dec 30, 2018

This year Vancouver’s Concord Pacific lands have been transformed into a winter wonderland featuring a number of lighting displays themed around mystical worlds and characters.  Aurora also features other exciting attractions like a tube park, a ferris wheel and an icy river for skating.   The village features over 50 vendors and 12 food trucks and Santa’s workshop gives us a peak of elves at work.

Vancouver Courier Festival
photo: Vancouver Courier

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