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Stanley Park's Bright Nights returns, but without its popular Christmas train

However, Santa's workshop will be back for the first time since 2019.

The 25th edition of Bright Lights will keep Stanley Park lit this winter, but the much-loved Christmas Train won't be running.

The annual event and fundraiser — it's the single largest fundraising event for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund — will open on Dec. 1 and run until Jan. 1, 2023. At the event, people will find all sorts of displays, including a vintage fire truck, giant reindeer, and a tunnel of lights.

However, the miniature train that usually runs through the displays won't be taking to the tracks this year. The train is currently being assessed after an inspection by Technical Safety BC earlier this fall.

“This is a cherished tradition for many folks in Vancouver, and although it’s disappointing the trains can’t be a part of this year’s event due to technical challenges, we’re committed to helping create the best possible holiday experience with our partners,” says the park board's Steve Jackson in a press release.

While the trains won't be back, the barn at the site will once again be turned into Santa's workshop; the last time that happened was 2019. There's also going to be food (with churros, pretzels, popcorn, Chimney Cakes and hot chocolate all on the menu) and live entertainment.

“Countless firefighters have put in a lot of effort and thought into this year’s set up, and we can’t wait to see how it looks!" Jackson says. "We know this year’s Bright Nights will still bring joy to families and we encourage folks to come and donate for an important cause.”

Firefighters will also be greeting people to Bright Nights.

Entrance is by donation. Since 1998 the park board has donated $2.5 million to the Burn Fund via the Bright Nights events. It'll be closed on Monday, Dec. 5, Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 25.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

When: Dec. 1, 2022 to Jan. 1, 2023 from 4-10 p.m.

Where: Stanley Park Railway, Vancouver

Entrance: By donation