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Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge 2010

December 6th, 2010 @ 9:15am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Capilano Suspension is once again presenting Canyon Lights as thousands of bulbs illuminate the lush forest of the Capilano Canyon.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Photo credit: Razvan Marescu on Flickr

If you’ve never been to the suspension bridge (or even if you have) this is a great time to make the crossing. Everything glows and sparkles as the bridge, plaza, and evergreens glisten in the moonlight. You can enjoy warm treats outdoors, historical winter costumes, the Christmas Band, and the works of glassblower Malcolm Macfadyen who will teach guests how to make glass icicle ornaments. Canyon Lights features over 250,000 twinkling lights throughout the park.

Canyon Lights is now open daily until January 2, 2011 from 5:00pm until 9:00pm (closed December 25th). Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children with family passes available for $35. All proceeds benefit the BC Professional Firefighters’ Association Burn Fund.

To get to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, located at 3735 Capilano Road, you can take the Capilano Road Exit from Highway 1 and head north. By bus, hop the 236 Grouse Mountain or 247 Upper Capilano.

This week I have three family prize packs to give away that each include:
Tickets for two adults and two children to attend Canyon Lights
A glass ball ornament made by Malcolm McFadyen who does glassblowing on-site
A $100 gift card to the Trading Post Gift Shop to stock up on souvenirs or presents

Here’s how you can enter to win one of these three prize packs:

  • Leave a comment on this post listing your favourite Christmas-time activity in Vancouver (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • RT to enter to win 1 of 3 family prize packs for @capsuspbridge #CanyonLights from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/3kGkc

    I will draw three winners on Thursday, December 9th, 2010.

    Update The winners are Belinda, Jeff, and @monnibo.

    Current contests on Miss604.com

    135 comments

    1. Brittany Riddell says:

      Christmas-Light-Looking with Hot Chocolate is my favourite holiday pass-time! :)

    2. Favourite Vancouver Christmastime activity? The lights at the Trinity Street festival in East Van, especially because my aunt and uncle’s house (where I also lived till I was two) is one of the houses on the street, and it’s where we have Christmas dinner every year.

    3. Michael S says:

      I love going and cutting down a Christmas tree. The smell of a fresh cut tree from a tree farm is like nothing else.

    4. I love going to the Van Dusen Festival of Lights at this time of year. Awesome event. I’ve never been to Capilano’s Canyon Lights and would love to go!

    5. Tracey Flattes says:

      We love seeing all the businesses Downtown decorated for the holidays. The Fairmont is particularly beautiful this year! A great free family activity!

    6. Chantal Coschizza says:

      Going Christmas shopping, Grabbing a hot chocolate, Skating at Robson, then wrapping it up with a snowball fight.

    7. Liz says:

      Gathering my entire family to search for the perfect Christmas tree. Love the smell of a fresh tree in the house!!

    8. al says:

      putting up lights

    9. ben tholcke says:

      We love driving around and finding the most amazing home christmas light displays!!

    10. Jenn says:

      Just went to the Vancouver Christmas Market on the weekend and I have to say that it’s my new favorite Christmas activity!

    11. Michelle says:

      Hot chocolate, the love of my life and my kids + the lights at Cap = great times!

    12. Jeremy says:

      Stanley Park Christmas Train!

    13. lindawwww says:

      I love going to all the great craft shows throughout the city.

    14. Ian says:

      Going up to Whiotler to enjoy the awesome atmosphere! Great lightings…fireplaces everywhere…awesome!

    15. Sandra says:

      My favourite Xmas time activity is helping out the families that we sponsor through our work programs.

    16. Rachel says:

      Secret Santa parties!

    17. Ruby says:

      luv doing the annual christmas light display drive around town. hot cocoa with marshmallows for the ride makes checking out the amazing displays complete.

    18. Katherine says:

      Finding little pockets of houses that have great light displays… it is like a special gift… Thank you to all who decorate their homes and businesses

    19. Raia says:

      Walking around downtown, and looking at all the beautiful lights and decorations, especially the lights of hope at St. Paul’s.

    20. A.J. says:

      The christmas train in stanley park is a must do christmas tradition!

    21. Carlos says:

      Christmas awesomeness is all around! Yay!

    22. Katie says:

      I love Peak of Vancouver at Grouse Mountain

    23. Lisa says:

      I love walking by the lights at St. pauls hospital!

    24. lisa says:

      my favourite activity is checking out all the cool christmas lights and displays around the neighbourhoods

    25. Curtis says:

      I like the Christmas train at Stanley Park :)

    26. Lori says:

      I love checking out the fun at Granville Island.

    27. Shawn says:

      I love going to see the lights at Stanley Park. Be great to check out this event as well.

    28. rino says:

      My favourite holiday activity is taking my kids skatingat a rink that is decorated in a winter scene.

    29. tania says:

      Going to see christmas light displays in Shaughnessy.

    30. Hayley says:

      Driving around and looking at everyone’s pretty Christmas lights ^_^

    31. Elli Davis says:

      Every year I can’t wait for christmas lights and displays and once they are set I just keep driving and walking around the city. discovering new all the new decorations and stuff. I can somehow feel the Christmas spirit in the air :-)

    32. Sevie says:

      My favorite Christmas-time activity is the gingerbread lane in the lobby of the Hyatt hotel

    33. Meghan says:

      We always love to go check out the Christmas Trees at the Four Season’s and the gingerbread houses at the Hyatt!

    34. Ceci says:

      I think driving around Vancouver looking at Christmas lights that buildings and houses have out!!

    35. Cathy says:

      We love driving around looking at Christmas lights listening to Christmas music and sipping peppermint mochas :)

    36. David Darling says:

      We love the Stanley Park Christmas train! Would love to check out Canyon lights!

    37. Candice C says:

      I’ve never been…. and i’ve found that ever since i moved back from the UK this fall… all I want to do is grasp and take-in everything Vancouver has to offer me! Will definately go this year, one way or another!

    38. Rob says:

      Christmas day walks down by Fraser river are a family tradition!

    39. Amy W. says:

      Favourite christmas activity? Ugly xmas sweater parties!

    40. stephanie says:

      Our family always goes to the Santa breakfast. We also spend the afternoon looking for our christmas tree and cutting it down at the farm. Some great memories. Thanks

    41. Sharon says:

      The bright lights Christmas train in Stanley Park!

    42. shannon says:

      love sitting near the fire and watching Christmas movies.

    43. Sharon P. says:

      I also love the Bright Lights Christmas train in Stanley Park, my fellow Sharon!

    44. maria says:

      The train at Stanley Park

    45. Phyllis says:

      Having a big Christmas dinner with family/friends!

    46. Parker says:

      I’ve lived in Van for 6 years, but this will be my first Christmas here. So what I’m looking forward to the most is not travelling and being crazy tired from delayed flights on Christmas morning!!

    47. Meghan says:

      I love checking out the lights and local festivals everywhere including the trees in Dundarave, West Van!

    48. Veronica says:

      We always head out to get our Christmas tree at a tree farm in Mission. Packing up the kids and trekking through the mud is always fun!

    49. Abi B. says:

      Checking out the Woodward’s Christmas windows at various locations downtown.

    50. kelsey says:

      I like going on the stanley park christmas train, and driving around looking at houses with lots of christmas lights!

    51. Duncan says:

      My favourite Christmas activity is sitting in a hot pool (think Harrison Hot Springs) watching the snow fall.

    52. Niki says:

      Last year me and my boyfriend went on the stanley park xmas train.
      I like staying here in Vancouver during xmas time. I’d rather travel during summer.

    53. Christine says:

      Taking my son to Stanley park Christmas Train and spending time with family!

    54. yvonne says:

      Stanley Park bright lights – super pretty!

    55. Steph :) says:

      I like seeing illuminated snowmen!

    56. Michael Kwan says:

      Family dinners, for sure. It’s not about the commercialism. It’s about spending quality time with those you love.

    57. Belinda says:

      Love to browse the gingerbread houses in the hotel lobbies of downtown during Xmas.

    58. Mimi says:

      Pictionary!!! That is our family tradition.

    59. Sarah says:

      boxing day shopping with my brothers and sisters. We haven’t been in one place for several years, and I miss it. Another love: the Stanley Park bright nights train. i love the crisp cold air, a hot chocolate, and wandering through the displays while waiting for our train! Gives you that warm, cozy feeling! I haven’t been to the Bridge in years, I bet it would be stunning all done up in lights!

    60. Tracy says:

      Spending time with friends and family!

    61. Janet says:

      I like to ride the Christmas train at Stanley Park and hopefully visit Canyon Lights!

    62. Ashley W says:

      My favorite thing to do would be looking at all the Christmas lights and trees put up everywhere enjoying the Christmas spirit that shows up this time of year with the with children and partner.

    63. Scott says:

      I’ve never been to the Capilano bridge. This would be awesome!

    64. li lian says:

      my fav xmas activity would be the xmas breakfast. going over to my family’s house and opening presents and eating breakfast =)

      i tweeted here: http://twitter.com/shortwidenails/status/12088041304760322

    65. Dilara says:

      Decorating our tree with Love Actually playing in the background (it’s become a tradition for us), shopping downtown, skating at Robson Square, Bright Lights at Stanley Park… too many to pick just one favorite!

    66. sabina says:

      Putting up the lights and decorating the tree are my favorite moments of winter holidays.

    67. Gladys says:

      One of my favourite things to do during Christmas time in Vancouver is to check out the bright lights at Stanley Park. And now that the Robson Square ice rink is back, I’m sure that will become a favourite too!

    68. Paulina says:

      I heart Christmas!!

    69. Jenn says:

      would love to check this place out!

    70. Alan says:

      Warm nights in front of the fire with my wife.

    71. Megan says:

      The van dusen lights, and watching christmas movies and drinking hot chocolate with my boyfriend:)

    72. Karen says:

      Best part of Christmas is listening to the carols at Christmas Eve church service. By then everything is bought, wrapped, cooked etc. It’s time to sit and remember what Christmas is all about.

    73. tracy says:

      bright lights @ Stanley Park

    74. Shannon says:

      I love going to Whistler, Granville Island and Canyon Lights. It always gets me all ready for Christmas :)

    75. Brian Wheatley says:

      My favorite activity is family piggy back rides!

    76. tara says:

      Putting up christmas lights, getting a real christmas tree and spending time with family are my favorite christmas things to do

    77. Kelli says:

      Being from Saskatchewan, my favourite Christmas activity in Vancouver involves anything outdoors. To say I golfed or walked on the beach on Christmas is almost un-Canadian.

    78. Abigail says:

      I like walking around the neighborhood looking at the Christmas lights. Makes me SMILE :D

    79. Lily says:

      Planning and seeing family and friends at our annual Christmas party

    80. Michelle says:

      Christmas Eve Sledding on Seymour Mountain are some of the best times of my childhood. Sharing these experiences with my children makes it even more special.

    81. Amy says:

      My favorite Christmas activity is walking our dog along the seawall (in the snow if we have some) while enjoying the Christmas lights and some yummy hot chocolate!

    82. Marina says:

      Looks like a lot of fun. My favourite activity is watching Christmas movies with my family, while enjoying yummy snacks and hot chocolate, all under the lights of the Christmas tree!

    83. Devan says:

      My favourite activities are looking at the stars outside St. Paul’s Hospital and visiting the old Woodward’s displays.

    84. Ann says:

      Taking the kids to ride the Christmas train at Bright Nights in Stanley Park

    85. Sita says:

      I love getting together with family and my nieces and nephews and watching xmas movies.

    86. Richie says:

      I enjoy the Stanley Park Christmas Train

    87. Amy says:

      Would love to go for my birthday (middle of December!!)

    88. Kathy says:

      Winter Wonderland skating at the Minoru rink.

    89. Cristina says:

      We just moved to Vancouver from Sydney, Australia last year. We usually spend Christmas at the beach since it’s Summer over there, but last year for our first Christmas in Vancouver we took the kids to Bright Nights at Stanley Park. Would love to go to Canyon Lights this year. We haven’t been to Capilano Suspension bridge yet and what better way to see it than with it all lit up with thousands of twinkling lights..that would be AWESOME!!!

    90. Sarah says:

      Definitely the Canyon Lights!

    91. Sunny says:

      I’m looking forward to enjoying the Robson Square ice skating rink!

    92. Joni Gilmour says:

      I love visiting our grandparents and looking at the Lion’s Gate Bridge and Grouse Mtn at night. This year, we want to see the Suspension Bridge (never been!!), the Aquarium, and Stanley Park. :)

    93. Christine McDonald says:

      A couple of favourite things are: The Gingerbread Lane in the Hyatt Hotel, Canyon Lights, Peak of Christmas on Grouse mountain and being with family and friends around a nice fire

    94. Jeff says:

      Every year, except this year, my wife and I attend the Vinyl Cafe Christmas Show. Thats a highlight, but even better then that. My sons birthday is Dec 13, he’s 4 this year. In an effort to keep the two event separated we don’t get our Christmas Tree until after his birthday party, usually the night of.

    95. Erin says:

      Being from Australia I actually really like the simple things like it being dark enough early enough to see the lights (although short days still aren’t great) and nuts roasting on Robson street as I never grew up with that.

    96. Siobhan says:

      My favourite Christmas tradition in is visiting Santa with my kids, always so magical.

    97. tina says:

      i love making arts and crafts decorations during xmas time

    98. May says:

      Driving around Vancouver and checking out the various houses beautifully strewn with Christmas lights!

    99. Fraser says:

      Bright Nights in Stanley Park & chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

    100. Mary says:

      Van Dusen Garden for me and going snowboarding

    101. Razvan says:

      Thanks for using my photo :)
      Looking forward to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge again this year and take my sister which is visiting us from Europe.

    102. BJ says:

      My brother is traveling back from Asia for the holidays – this would be a great way to re-introduce him to the West Coast!

    103. Anne says:

      My fave is getting a hot drink and walking the sea wall to the tree decorated with lights at the foot of Bidwell St.

    104. luc says:

      Mulled wine at the Christmas Market!

    105. Ryan says:

      Favourite Christmastime activity has to be Christmas dinner. It’s nice to have the whole family together and of course, the food!

    106. Emma says:

      Decorating the Christmas tree!

    107. Adam says:

      I think decorating the tree is by far the best activity for the holidays. You bring out all of the handmade decorations from childhood and have lots of family fun!

    108. Nicole says:

      ice skating in robson square!!!

    109. Hopefully I’ll have a change to go check this out on Saturday night. It looks like an excellent holiday experience.

    110. Iz says:

      Time with family and friends and hopefully we’ll be spending it this year in Capilano bridge!

    111. Karen G says:

      I have always loved the heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum. It’s simplicity and old fashioned decor bring me some peace during the hectic season.

    112. Ted says:

      With echoes of the days when people could actually skate there, the one or two times each winter that Lost Lagoon freezes over.

    113. Jeanie says:

      I do like simply drinking hot chocolate at Blenz or Starbucks and watching people shop…

    114. Danielle says:

      I would love to take the in-laws there over the holidays!

    115. Kan says:

      I love Christmas sales.

    116. Xing says:

      I love putting up the Christmas tree!

    117. Ennie says:

      My favourite Christmas-time activity in Vancouver is singing Christmas carols.

    118. Gen says:

      My favourite Christmas activity/tradition in Vancouver, is the Stanley park train and the lights in the VanDusen gardens. Gorgeous!

    119. Linda says:

      We’re new to Christmas in Vancouver so we’re trying all sorts of things to make some our favorites.

    120. Katelin says:

      I love family gatherings and getting to eat a great meal with the ones i love

    121. Areta says:

      I love skating during the holidays.

    122. Megan says:

      I love just going downtown and shopping and seeing all the decorations and happy people around.

    123. May C says:

      My favourite activity was to drive around the city looking for houses that showcase Christmas lights in their yards. I’ve only been to Cap Suspension Bridge in the day time, so I would love to go at night when the lights are shining!

    124. Kathy says:

      I love Bright Nights in Stanley Park. When I was young, the Christmas window displays at Woodward’s were magical. I love the holiday season because the atmosphere is so full of warmth and joy.

    125. Alv says:

      Skating at the new Robson rink.

    126. Stef says:

      Seeing the neighborhoods light up with Christmas lights & decorations and driving around with the kids to check out the displays.

    127. Tessa says:

      my favourite christmas time activity is checking out the local light displays with my kids.

    128. Katherine C says:

      Sipping on Eggnog and strolling along all the decorated streets just enjoying the buzz!

    129. Hana says:

      My favorite Christmas time activity is giving back to those who need it more. Creating a gift basket for a family who needs a little TLC at Christmas or volunteering to help make the holidays a little easier for Vancouver’s less fortunate. I love knowing that I helped make a difference in someone’s holidays.

    130. Jamie says:

      Definitely the Christmas lights at Van Dusen!

    131. Jason says:

      Stanley Park train is by far the best for anyone.

    132. Andrew says:

      Last year I had a wonderful time at Goh’s Nutcracker – it was truly memorable. Something I am looking forward to this year as well.

    133. Dickson says:

      Hope it’s not too late ;)
      My fav is to just watch the snow fall down… if we ever get a white christmas :D

    134. Lori says:

      favourite activity is Christmas Craft Fairs – I like the one at the Shadbolt and also St. Thomas Moore School.

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