Who loves a good Insta picture in front of twinkling lights and festive decorations for Christmas? We do! There are tons of places around the city decked out with gorgeous lights and displays that scream holiday cheer, but there are some exceptional displays that you absolutely cannot miss out on.
To make things easier for you, we've created a map that you can follow along. Either stay local or make a day trip out of it and go out as far as Langley for the lower mainland's biggest lights display. Grab your girl squad or your insta-husband, or both, because you're going to be snapping away pictures all day long.
But enough with the babbling and on with the lights! Let's go!
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens
Where: 5151 Oak St // Shaughnessy
Dec 1 - Jan 7
Why you should go: Stroll through colourfully lit garden pathways and magical Christmas tunnels, VanDusen Botanical Garden's Festival of Lights is one of Vancouver's most favourite and most iconic Christmas events.
Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza
Where: 1075 Canada Pl // Coal Harbour
Nov 22 - Dec 24
Why you should go: Vancouver's biggest most epic Christmas market is back with just as many lights and festive decorations you hoped for. From mulled wine to mistletoe and everything in between, the Vancouver Christmas Market will definitely get you in the spirit.
Bright Nights Christmas Train at Stanley Park
Where: 610 Pipeline Rd // Stanley Park
Nov 30 - Jan 6
Why you should go: Decorated with over 3 million twinkling lights, illuminating its paths and green spaces with warmth and a colourful glow, Stanley Park's Bright Nights Christmas Train will having you brimming with Christmas cheer.
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Where: 3735 Capilano Road // Lynn Valley
Nov 23 - Jan 28
Why you should go: Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge is an absolute must during the holiday season. You can wander through the wilderness and walk across a 140 ft long suspension bridge as you admire thousands of glowing Christmas lights.
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
Where: 6400 Nancy Greene Way // North Vancouver
Nov 24 - Jan 7
Why you should go: Grouse Mountain is not only one of the best local ski and snowboarding mountains, but it's also one of the most epic places to celebrate Christmas. Up at Peak of Christmas, there are light tunnels to stroll through, magical ice skating rinks to glide around and tons of festive activities you can insta story.
Trinity Street Lights
Where: Trinity St (2400 and 2900 blocks) // East Vancouver
Evenings in December until 10PM
Why you should go: Every year the Trinity Street neighbourhood takes the home Christmas lights to the next level. Walk along this residential neighbourhood and see all the creative personal displays. Try to take transit or walk because there isn't street parking.
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave // Deer Lake
Nov 25 - Jan 5
Why you should go: Grab some hot chocolate and warm spiced ciders from their cute on-site eatery and begin to explore this Christmas themed town. Immerse yourself in a heritage Christmas experience and stroll around this Burnaby Village Museum.
Lights at Lafarge at Lafarge Lake
Where:Lafarge Lake // Coquitlam
Nov 25 - Jan 21
Why you should go: This might be one of the most beautiful Christmas trails in the city. Scenically wrapped around the lake, Lights at Lafarge is a huge 1.2 km long light display with 100,000 lights and 10 themed areas.
Glow Christmas at Milner Village Garden Centre
Where: 6690 216 St // Langley
Nov 24 - Dec 30
Why you should go: This magical winter wonderland features four Christmas-themed light gardens and a 210 ft. long musical light tunnel where you can experience the warmth and wonder of the holiday season. They will also be hosting food trucks to fill your tummies, a bar to get your seasonal glüwhein (of course), and an entire Christmas market with over 40 vendors.