Bright Nights: Vancouver, B.C.

Recounting an unexpectedly delightful display of Christmas lights in Canada on December 2012

Stanley Park Bright Nights, December 2012 in Vancouver, Canada

Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Original Schedule: 3pm-10pm Sunday to Thursday | 3pm-11pm Friday and Saturday
11am-3pm Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun Matinees 
Updated Schedule: 11am-11pm Open Daily (December 20-January 5)
Closed on December 25
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada [map]

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Since I’m really more of the non-traditionalist type very closely resembling to Britta of Community, I didn’t seek out any Christmas action while spending three days in Vancouver last December. After getting mistakenly lured by the promise of Moroccan tagine at a place that barely delivered and a slightly lukewarm outing at Granville Market, I wasn’t ready to call it a day. I decided to visit Vancouver’s 1001-acre Stanley Park which was two short and mostly comfortable bus rides away from Granville Island. To put things in context, Central Park just recently expanded to 844 acres of land area.

Stanley Park Bright Nights, December 2012 in Vancouver, Canada

One thing I didn’t expect was being greeted by the sight of giant static Santa. I wasn’t upset over this development to my night though.

The people at Stanley Park in Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Christmas revelers at Bright Nights in Stanley Park.

I don’t get traditions but I was happy to see these Bright Nights revelers having fun.

There were a lot of couples young and old alike, as well as parents who brought their little kids to enjoy the spectacular displays that Bright Nights had to offer.

Animated Display during Bright Nights in Stanley Park

Another cool display during Bright Nights in Stanley Park

As I’ve said, I’m not the Christmas-y type so I didn’t recognize all the different displays. The photos above are some of the ones I appreciated. I’ve been realizing lately that I’m really more of a cold-weather kind of person, so these ones stood out for me. I also didn’t mean to look so queer amongst the penguins. For other displays that may be more interesting to you, visit my Facebook page to view my Bright Nights gallery.

On our way out, we saw the sign that read “British Columbia Fire Fighters: Bright Nights Welcomes You.”  Learn more about these nights of magic and illumination here.
Burn Fund by the British Columbia Fire Fighters AssociationThe Burn Fund has been established by the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Association in 1978. This year marks their 16th annual celebration of Bright Nights which they’ve trademarked if you can’t make out ‘TM’ on the sign. Bright Nights will be closed tomorrow on Christmas Day but the celebration will go on until January 5, 2014.

You should definitely check out this group’s well-organized event if you happen to be in Vancouver for the holidays. You will be amazed by their incredible efforts at putting everything together — even this jaded punk reveled in some of last year’s animated displays. Obviously, Stanley Park also caters to the day crowd if that’s more your scene. Either way, have fun and make your Vancouver visit count.

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