Have yourself a little holiday cheer! The winter nights are a lot more welcoming with so many light displays and fun activities to enjoy. Get together with your loved ones and check out these festive and accessible happenings in and around Greater Vancouver.
Bright Nights in Stanley Park | On now until January 1st
It’s the 25th anniversary of Bright Nights in Stanley Park! Though the vintage trains are absent this year, there is still plenty of family fun and holiday cheer. Drop by the park and enjoy warm comfort food, live entertainment, and dazzling light displays.
Admission will be by donation with all proceeds benefitting the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.
The entire site is wheelchair accessible.
VanDusen Festival of Lights | On now until January 2nd
Each winter, the VanDusen Botanical Garden transforms into a magical winter wonderland with more than one million lights! Prepare to be enchanted as you wander the gardens—it’s the perfect place to take a stunning holiday selfie. And with numerous food vendors on site, you have your pick of tasty treats.
All paths are paved and fully accessible for wheelchairs. All portable toilets will be fully accessible for those in a wheelchair. The accessible drop-off area is located in the C-Drive off Oak Street.
Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum | On now until January 2nd
Travel back in time for Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum! This free holiday happening has it all, from festive lights and traditional decorations to live music, a seasonal scavenger hunt, and gourmet goodies to satisfy your cravings.
Nearly every facility at the Museum is wheelchair accessible. A paved pathway connects the buildings on the historic grounds.
Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam | On now until January 31st
Metro Vancouver’s largest free outdoor winter lights display is open ever night from dusk to 11pm. In addition to the bright lights—a top-notch photo opportunity—look out for the Park Spark pop-up activations Tuesdays to Saturdays. These include fun games, carolers, themed nights, and more! Plus, a selection of food vendors are open, serving up everything from grilled cheese to ice cream.
The paved paths around Lafarge Lake are wheelchair accessible, and a universally accessible washroom is available at the south end of the trail loop behind Evergreen Culture Centre.
Vancouver Christmas Market | On now until December 24th
Whether it’s last-minute gifts or just some holiday cheer you’re after, visit the Vancouver Christmas Market at the Jack Poole Plaza. The market brings the German tradition of Christkindlmarkts to Vancouver and offers “an authentic German feast for the senses.” You’ll find handcrafted gifts, a wide variety of savoury and sweet treats, and lots of family entertainment. Explore three Christmas stories through the all-new augmented reality experience, enjoy live music, ride the Carousel, and discover even more festive fun from now till Christmas Eve.
Jack Poole Plaza is considered a fully accessible venue – and Vancouver Christmas Market implements additional measures to make it even more accessible. There are wheelchair accessible toilets on site.
Lights by the Lake at Harrison Hot Springs | On now until January 8th
If you’re looking beyond the Lower Mainland, why not check out Lights by the Lake at Harrison Hot Springs? The quaint lakeside becomes an idyllic Christmas village this time of year, complete with custom light displays, a Christmas Tree Trail, and the Starlight Skating Rink! Enjoy a touch of magic alongside holiday displays that highlight Harrison’s local wildlife and elusive Sasquatch.
The promenade is fully paved making it wheelchair and stroller-friendly.