Where to go see Christmas Lights

So as many people in the lower mainland are still without power, they’ve diligently kept the power going to all the Christmas Light displays around town. It should be noted that most of them do use LED lights these days which significantly cuts back on the amount of power they consume in relation to a few years back when they were less popular.

The big boy of Christmas lights is at the VanDusen Festival of Lights. With over 1.4 million lights this place draws the crowds. It’s pretty much busy every night. Open from now till December 31st everyday from 5 – 9:30pm and closed on Christmas day. Pricing is $9.90 for adults and various prices for youth, kids, seniors, groups of adults, and families.

The ever popular Bright Nights in Stanley Park is a yearly staple. It runs 3 to 10pm from now till January 2nd. It’ll cost you $7.45 and your kids or grandparents $4.45 to get in. There’s lights to be seen and a train to be ridden.

Nature Comes to Light is in it’s 8th incarnation this year at the Richmond Nature Park. It’s another park stroll filled with numerous lights and admission at this one is by donation. They suggest a minimum donation of $2 per person or $10 per family. This one is open 5:30 – 9:30pm and runs till December 30th. It is closed the 24th and 25th.

For something a little different you can experience a Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum. Entrance is a $5 donation to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau. They’re open from now till the 23rd Noon to 8pm each day. Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas then open again from the 26th to January 1st Noon – 5:30pm.

Ongoing from now till the 23rd is the 45th annual Carol Ships Parade of Lights. Down in Coal Harbour every year numerous ships participate decorated with lights. Every night till the 23rd they set sail in a floating parade. Be sure to check the sailing schedule to find out when the best time and where the best vantage point will be to catch this marvel.

Don’t miss the Winter Solstice Latern Festival that will be on the 22nd of this month. Join the progression of handmade lanterns from either Science World or Strathcona Community Centre at 6pm on December 22nd. Then the parade of lanterns will make its way over to the Dr Sun Yat Sen Garden. Admission is by donation.

That should keep you occupied if all the parties and crazy family gatherings aren’t already.

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