Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park 2015

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December 2015 in Vancouver has been hit by a series of ‎ storms that featured high wind, cold temperatures (5 C is considered cold here) and rain. It’s a gross feeling to have rain literally blown into your ear by the wind.

But, between storms there have been single days of sunshine showing the snowy peaks of the North Shore Mountains.

And, better yet, ‎coincided with our visit to Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Due to these storms people with choice of timing also came down to the Park, which makes it a bit crazy down there. For parking, there’s a lot in front of the entrance which you access via Pipeline Road. If you are heading there and the traffic is backed up, you can be assured the parking lot is busy. An alternative lot is a left turn off of Pipeline Road. They don’t make you pay for parking at this event. The signs are fairly obvious and it’s a short walk from the alternative parking lot.

The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund sets up and takes down the zillion lights that are on display. They have a by donation for the entry and the train has its own fees. At busy times, it’s best to buy train tickets in advance. (See vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx).

It’s well worth wandering around the grounds and checking out the various displays. There’s a mini stage where choirs, carollers and other musicians will play.

Other tip: dress warmly. It always seems to me for the train and that event the temperature is 3 degrees lower in Stanley Park.

I think that’s what the hot chocolate vendors are hoping for!

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