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Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2012

November 16th, 2012 @ 1:58pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Bright Nights in Stanley Park return for the 15th year to illuminate the forest with holiday cheer. Benefitting the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, the miniature railway and surrounding area have been transformed into a festive wonderland fit for Santa and his elves.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2012

New this year is extended weekend hours with Bright Nights staying open until 11:00pm. Matinees are also being offered Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in December from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

Funds raised through the donations bins on site all go directly to the Burn Fund, which provides life saving, life supporting and life enriching services to the people in BC. This year the Burn Fund is also encouraging visitors to bring food items and baby supply donations (formula, diapers) for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park will be open from November 29, 2012 until January 1, 2013; Sundays to Thursdays 3:00pm to 10:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays 3:00pm to 11:00pm, along with the matinees.

Admission is $10 (adults 18-64), $7 (children & youth 3-17), free (children under 3 years), $6 seniors (over 65), and $5.50 for just the matinee train (all ages).

Advance tickets are available at Ticketmaster by calling 1-855-985-5000 or going online. Same day tickets available, starting November 29th, at the on-site Miniature Railway Box Office in Stanley Park from 12:00pm, (604) 257-8531.

If you would like to enjoy Bright Nights in Stanley Park with your friends and loved ones this year I have 4 family packs of tickets available (that each contain 4 tickets). Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite outdoor holiday activity (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win 1 of 4 family packs of tickets to @BrightNightsVan from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/fmjE2

I will draw 4 winners at random from all entries next Friday, November 23, 2012 at 12:00pm. Follow Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Update The winners are @AngieQuaale, Michael Kwan, Monique, Coby.

Current contests on Miss604.com

223 comments

  1. tania says:

    My favourite holiday activity is skating at Grouse Mountain.

  2. rino says:

    snowboarding at Whistler

  3. Susan says:

    Skiing in Whistler!

  4. Greg says:

    Skating up Grouse Mountain.

  5. Virginia says:

    I enjoy ice skating and snowshoeing outdoors. :)

  6. Amanda says:

    My favorite outdoor family activity has definitely got to be Bright Lights! Looking forward to going again this year and would LOVE to win tickets! Other than that, we enjoy skating outdoors.

  7. Linda says:

    Snowshoeing! It’s fun and provides a great workout.

  8. Ashley Chow says:

    My favourite outdoor holiday activity is snowboarding!

  9. Archana Aggarwal says:

    Snowshoeing at Grouse!

  10. Amy says:

    Love outdoor ice skating!! And drinking hot chocolate!

  11. Shelley says:

    Touring around in the car looking at all the Christmas lighta on houses.

  12. Leanne M says:

    I love going to Bright nights. We typically go every year with the kids.

  13. Aiden says:

    Snowshoeing in the local mountains!

  14. Marina says:

    I love walking outside with a Starbucks in hand. Clicheed I know, but I love it. :)

  15. Ruth says:

    Building snowmen!

  16. Lauren says:

    Going for walks when it’s sunny and cold outside.

  17. Jackie says:

    Building snowmen and inukshuks with my boys!

  18. shelaine says:

    Skating outdoors is a riot! :)

  19. alana park says:

    Making an upside down snow men…..

  20. Kay says:

    Skating outdoors!

  21. Debra says:

    We love going to Christmas carol cruises!

  22. anne says:

    as a kid it was definitely going to cut down a christmas tree!

  23. Elaine Deng says:

    Snowshoeing

  24. Aaron B. says:

    Going for walks with my wife!

  25. Nicole says:

    Making snowmen

  26. Kelly says:

    Bright Lights train and VanDusen Gardens lights. 2 things we never miss.

  27. Grace says:

    Baking Christmas goods!

  28. Jenny says:

    Snowman making!

  29. Sarah Anne says:

    I love snowshoeing. We went last winter in Prince George, and also Whistler Olympic park and it was WONDERFUL!

    I’m excited to go to Bright Nights this year again, as it was where my husband proposed in 2010, before I left for 3 months away from him. Special place.

  30. Denise says:

    playing in the snow with my daughter

  31. Anita says:

    Watching Christmas lights, hot chocolate while singing carols with my friends.

  32. Anita says:

    Here are a few of my favourite things…Watching Christmas lights, drinking hot chocolate while singing christmas carols with my friends.

  33. Iain says:

    sledding with the kids

  34. Tracey Flattes says:

    Ice skating – especially at Robson Square!

  35. Sharylin says:

    wishing for snow to make a snowman and throw snowballs

  36. Ray Maddly says:

    Making a snowman with the kiddies.

  37. Cindy Smith says:

    Christmas lights sightseeing!

  38. Winnie says:

    My favorite outdoor holiday activity is Ice-skating at Robson Square!

  39. Jacky says:

    Skating at Robson Square!

  40. Snowboarding on the local mountains followed by watching the carol singers/ Christmas choir inside with hot chocolate, by the fire :)

  41. Joyce says:

    Going to different places with Christmas lights w my bf:)
    We’ve been to cap bridge and vandusen so far.
    Oh I also like tobaganing with my kindergarten students on a small hill at our school with grocery bags…
    Oh I can’t wait till Christmas!!:)

  42. Josephine says:

    Building a snowman with my kids

  43. Claire says:

    Snowshoeing, Christmas parade, and welcoming Sint Niklaas in New Westminster when he used to come! We’re not even Dutch but we loved this tradition. That’s just too bad they had to cancel it due to the lack of understanding between cultures.

  44. Taryn says:

    Bright nights at Stanley park is our favorite with 2 kids under 3!

  45. Deni says:

    I like decorating the tree in our yard!

  46. Christina says:

    Tobogganing!

  47. teresa van de wosstyne says:

    Burbaby herritage village with all the lights!

  48. Cheryl says:

    My favourite holiday activity is going to Bright Nights in Stanley Park and Christmas at Hycroft. I go every year!

  49. Ramona says:

    Snowboarding at Cypress!

  50. Elizabeth Sales says:

    ice skating at Robson Square!

  51. Jake Hamilton says:

    Sleigh Rides with hot chocolate or walking around checking out Xmas lights in different neighbourhoods..

  52. selena says:

    Skiing!

  53. Dilara says:

    Outdoor ice skating and snowball fights!

  54. Christine C says:

    Walking outside in the crisp winter air (no rain!). I have never been to Bright Nights and would love to attend for the first time.

  55. Klara Cramer says:

    Going for a walk in the neighbourhod and looking at all the wonderful Christmas lights.

  56. Mike says:

    Outdoor hockey!!

  57. Darwin says:

    Ice skating at Robson Square.

  58. Shannon says:

    We love to grab coffees and hot chocolates and go for a walk at the beach!

  59. au07 says:

    building snowman

  60. Walking our dog Milo in the snow, it’s his favorite!

  61. Debbie says:

    Bright Nights is the best family winter activity! My daughter looks forward to it every year

  62. Andrea Holte says:

    I love walking around downtown Vancouver with a hot chocolate, looking at all the lights and Christmas windows.

  63. Jeannine says:

    Snow tubing! So much fun!

  64. raj saran says:

    i like to make snowmans in winter and snowball throwing

  65. Jonathan says:

    My favourite outdoor holiday activity is to hike and take in the sights with friends, or simply walk around and take lots of photos

  66. Steve says:

    Walking down Trinity Street when the houses are lit up!

  67. Steph :) says:

    Bright Nights and before the house in Surrey where a lot of the lights are from.

  68. Lisa Bastien says:

    This! The Christmas train. I used to go when I was a little girl. Now we take our 3 year old daughter to both the Halloween amd xmas trains every year. I hope we are creating the same magical memories i had Z kid

  69. Sheryl says:

    Snowball fights!

  70. Robert Carnegie says:

    My favorite outdoor activity is tubing on Cypruss and snow angels! :P

  71. Charmaine says:

    Skating Outdoors when its snowing!

  72. Vesna says:

    Girls against the boys in a snowball fight!

  73. Harj says:

    Skiing!!

  74. Timmy Wong says:

    Skating on a fresh patch of ice!

  75. Heather says:

    Walking in the brisk air on a sunny day.

  76. Paula H says:

    snowboarding at night and enjoying a hot chocolate right after.

  77. CG says:

    Walking in a winter wonderland, of course! With my family and our dog, there’s nothing better.

  78. Jessica T says:

    Pond hockey!

  79. Sunshine G says:

    Skiing on Cypress.

  80. HG says:

    Going for walks with my daughter and admiring all the holiday displays!

  81. Darby says:

    Looking at all the holiday light displays.

  82. Brandee says:

    Checking out all of the Christmas lights and displays around town and outdoor skating in Whistler are two of my faves.

  83. Emilia says:

    Favourite outdoor holiday activity is bright lights in Stanley Park

  84. albert c says:

    Stanley park train!

  85. Tracy says:

    Snowball fights!

  86. Krista says:

    We love Bright Nights, skating at Robson Square, and Festival of Lights at Van Dusen. Thanks for the giveaway!

  87. Belinda says:

    Browsing Ginger Breadhouse displays in hotels, touring around town the Xmas lights that people put up on houses and sing Xmas carols.

  88. Jennifer says:

    Honestly? I love watching crazy drivers after the first (and sometimes only) snowfall.

  89. Mary says:

    My favourite holiday tradition is watching the Santa Claus Parade downtown! My family also loves doing the Bright Nights at Stanley too :)

  90. Lumen Photo says:

    Still a great Xmas event in Van

  91. rob says:

    Snowball fights!!!!

  92. Nicole says:

    I love trimming the Christmas tree with my family ^_^

  93. Amie says:

    Christmas train at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Still special to me even as an adult!

  94. Aimee says:

    Visiting the light display at Cap Suspension Bridge

  95. Jamie says:

    Skiing with my family!

  96. Siobhan S. says:

    My favourite outdoor holiday activity is shopping on Robson Street! I love the lights downtown, the music in the stores, and the atmosphere of being amidst all of the holiday buzz. All I need is a coffee or hot chocolate in my hands and I’m in bliss!

  97. Krissy says:

    Throwing snowballs!

  98. Nancy says:

    ice skating!

  99. Ursula says:

    My family’s favourite outdoor holiday activity is sledding – but we also love Bright Nights!

  100. Kim says:

    Love making snow angels with the family!

  101. Glenda says:

    snowball fights

  102. Gary T says:

    snowball fights!

  103. Jenn S says:

    Hiking in the snow

  104. Jeff says:

    Walks in the snow with steaming mugs of hot chocolate!

  105. Shirley says:

    Skiing

  106. Erin says:

    Walks in the snow! When it’s dark out and the neighbourhood is super quiet..

  107. Ro says:

    Bright Nights is our annual tradition! :)

  108. Darlene says:

    Snow tubing!

  109. Robyn says:

    Skating, skiing, and enjoying hot chocolate on a snowy day

  110. K says:

    seeing lights in the streets

  111. Alan hawker says:

    We went to Stanley Park for the Christmas train last year and loved it, would love to go again this year, it is a great part of Christmas for our family.

  112. mary says:

    snowshoeing

  113. Breanne says:

    Love walking around looking at lights! Never been to this and have always wanted too

  114. Shannon Holmes says:

    Counting houses with Christmas lights on a drive home from visiting with friends.

  115. Amanda says:

    Snowboarding!

  116. Sarah says:

    cross country skiing!

  117. Mrs. Prime says:

    My favourite outdoor activity is looking at all the pretty lights (little lights as well as big displays).

  118. Bekki says:

    I like driving around looking at Christmas lights.

  119. Sue says:

    We love taking the kids to look at the holiday lights and taste testing hot chocolate all around our fave spots in town!

  120. Tania Venn says:

    My favorite family outdoor activity is skiing at Big White!

  121. Leigh says:

    Snow angels with my tiny humans!

  122. Charlene says:

    Playing in the snow

  123. tracy says:

    snow ball fight!

  124. linda says:

    Bright Nights in Stanley Park – it will be a first for us!

  125. katie borrett says:

    hot chocolate on my patio watching the first snowfall of the year

  126. Cecilia says:

    We love to go see the houses that are fully decorated in Christmas time!

  127. Coby says:

    walks in the fresh snow!

  128. Shanye says:

    Skating!

  129. AT says:

    Ice skating! :)

  130. VS says:

    Ice skating with my daughters

  131. DB says:

    Walking with the family and our dog on cold sunny days

  132. Angela griffin says:

    Skating at grouse mountain

  133. Mike Gismondi says:

    Seeing the outdoor lights.

  134. vincent chen says:

    snowboarding with friends!

  135. gigi says:

    sounds like fun!

  136. Cassie P says:

    My favourite outdoor activity would have to be walking at night after a fresh snowfall…so its extra quite and magical!

  137. Brennan says:

    Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour.

  138. Lorena Laurencelle says:

    Roasting marshmallows by a bonfire with a steaming cup of hot chocolate in hand :)

  139. Liz says:

    drinking hot chocolate and baileys and walking in the snow

  140. Tracey Flattes says:

    Skating at Robson Square!

  141. Kate Wilson says:

    Coincidentally, bright nights Santa visit with the kids!!

  142. Jenn Ferguson says:

    Getting bundled up and taking a walk admiring all the holiday lights.

  143. Donna says:

    Boarding in whistler and walking around the village with a starbucks coffee

  144. Naomi says:

    drinking hot chocolate and ice skating =)

  145. Rob says:

    My favorite Christmas activities are hanging out with family playing games and going to the Stanley park train! That’s for real we go every year!!!!!!

  146. Mary griffin says:

    Favorite outdoor activity:.finding a tree with the family and bringing it home for the holidays!

  147. Lisa Yuen says:

    Ice Skating up on Grouse Mountain and then ordering a huge Poutine and warming up by the fireplace!!

  148. Ingrid says:

    playing in the snow!

  149. Jocelyn Lam says:

    skating at Robson Square! :)

  150. Wanderlust Megan says:

    Walks in the fresh snow along with egg big after by a fire.

  151. Cicely says:

    Snowshoeing!

  152. Keri says:

    Looking at Christmas lights!

  153. Kate G says:

    My favorite outdoor activity is the whole family going up to #GrouseMountain for the day, to ski, snowboard, skate, and drink hot cocoa of course! Love Xmas time at Grouse!

  154. Deb P says:

    Our family loves driving around in the snow, whether it’s to look at all the beautiful lights around town, or to go 4×4 in the snow much to the delight especially of the boys. :)

  155. Lloyd says:

    building a snowman

  156. Jen says:

    Our favourite is Bright Nights…it has become our NYE tradition now that we have kids!

  157. Justin says:

    Building snowmen

  158. Nabs says:

    Here are my favorite activities. Snowball fights with friends. Reading in a cozy coffee shop on a cold day. Satisfying the foodie in me with holiday foods

  159. aliisa says:

    Going to a tree farm to choose and cut a Christmas tree.

  160. Noelle says:

    We love to take walks in the local urban forests!

  161. Alex says:

    Drinking at Whistler!

  162. Yaya says:

    We love walking down Trinity Street in East Vancouver to enjoy all the Christmas displays! Stunning!! And Famous!

  163. Shannon says:

    Making snowmen and having snowball fights!!

  164. Melissa Kluey says:

    Favourite outdoor holiday activity is going yearly to our local Christmas Tree lighting, followed with carols as we walk to the Ladner wharf to watch the holiday decked-out lit boats sail by. So much fun.

  165. Monique says:

    I love sledding with my son at Seymour and enjoying visiting Santa’s work shop in Stanley Park.
    My son’s facial expression: Priceless.

  166. merisa says:

    I like all winter sports!

  167. skiing anywhere with my family..or snowshoing is second..ok anything with my family.

  168. Cyndi says:

    building snow forts and having snowball fights

  169. Sevie says:

    Wow, that would brighten my holidays for sure ;)
    My favorite holiday activity? Going for a romantic, evening stroll and admiring the magical light displays in my neighbourhood!

  170. Rebecca says:

    Going to a Christmas Tree farm and cutting down my own tree!

  171. Pheleen says:

    snowboarding!

  172. Mel says:

    The lights at Park & Tilford gardens.

  173. Kathy says:

    Wandering around Whistler village & snowtubing!

  174. Dana says:

    Smores around a firepit

  175. Elizabeth says:

    Checking out the Bright Lights at Stanley Park it’s always a delight!

  176. Lewis says:

    My favourite holiday activity is ice skating (a close second is shopping on Boxing Day).

  177. IRene says:

    I love looking at all the lights and decorations.

  178. Evan says:

    Hot chocolate consumption when the weather is truly cold and/or damp. Thanks.

  179. Peter R. says:

    Walking around the neighbourhood looking at the lights.

  180. E. Kate says:

    Walking down the beach all wrapped up against the wind.

  181. Jamie says:

    Meeting the CP Holiday Train when it rolls into Port Moody.

  182. Al says:

    Playing in the snow.

  183. Alex M says:

    Decorating the tree in a way that the kids and cat don’t knock it down!

  184. Teresa says:

    Walking in the snow late at night when no one is around – the silence and the sparkle of the snow in the street and Christmas lights.

  185. Wally says:

    I like to go snowshoeing.

  186. Nicole says:

    Any outdoor skating rink! It brings back memories from when I was little!

  187. Christine says:

    Bright Nights! Been going every year since I can remember!

  188. Marissa says:

    Snowshoeing! And walking my dog through the city to see the lights.

  189. Mel Taylor says:

    Bright Nights at Stanley Park and riding the train!

  190. Joanna says:

    outdoor skating! its the only time i put on a pair of skates but i enjoy it so much more

  191. Betty-Anne says:

    What a way to enjoy Christmas in a fantastic setting. I bet the music will be as great as the train ride. Congrats to the winning family.

  192. Jan says:

    Driving around town looking at the Christmas lights

  193. maria says:

    Ice Skating

  194. Angela says:

    Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge!

  195. Kirsten says:

    Bright Nights in Stanley Park! (Including ogling the firefighters.)

  196. Danika says:

    Snowshoeing at Cypress!

  197. Miriam says:

    Enjoying christmas lights…anywhere outdoors…Stanley Park, VanDusen gardens, in the harbour, Capilano Suspension Bridge…as long as it is outdoors and followed by hot chocolate.

  198. Bal says:

    snowball fights for sure

  199. Annie says:

    favourite activity: avoiding the yellow snow

  200. Mikaela gainer says:

    My favorite thing to do is go outside with my fiancé and daughter and go on a long walk together. Come back home and snuggle on the couch with hot chocolate and blankets!!

  201. Maureen says:

    Making snow angels and snow ninjas in the ground in freshly fallen snow!

  202. Marianne says:

    ice skating and having hot cocoa at Grouse Mountain!

  203. Susan says:

    I do enjoy skiing but don’t go that often any more. I love driving around and looking at the Christmas lights!!

  204. lisa says:

    skiing !! with the family

  205. Michelle Wong says:

    I love viewing beautiful night lights with a cup of hot chocolate… Mmmmyummy!

  206. Michelle-Marie says:

    Taking the family on a Xmas light tour!

  207. Jenn says:

    Twinkling star-gazing at Centennial Beach, cold hand and hot cocoa

  208. Kyle says:

    Going Christmas light touring with my family.

  209. Liz says:

    Sounds like fun ~ wonderful family tradition. Thank you.

  210. samatwitch says:

    My favourite outdoor holiday event is actually going to Bright Nights at Stanley Park. For years I was privileged to be invited to the preview night. Last year I took two friends from California and they were awe-struck and enjoyed the whole evening, especially the train.

  211. Kelsey Baines says:

    I love driving around looking at Christmas lights with my daughter – am I too late?

  212. Marilou says:

    Our families favourite outdoor activity is the Santa Claus parade, we have never missed it since my daughter was born 7 years ago!

  213. Laura says:

    My perfect outdoor activity around the holidays has to be riding my horse when there is snow on the ground…it’s so quiet and beautiful!

  214. Sita says:

    I’ve only checked out the ghost train here, would love to take a ride thru the lights!

  215. Ella says:

    Checking out the lights in my neighbourhood!

  216. gigi says:

    Holiday feasts!

  217. Sheila says:

    Lights!!!!

  218. Laura Lee Petsnick says:

    íGoing to Mexico!

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