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Bright Nights Nov 30 to Jan 6

By Shelley Engelhardt

 

 

he BC Professional Fire Fighter's Burn Fund in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board is proud to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Bright Nights in Stanley Park is an annual tradition for many families in the Lower Mainland and over BC.

Santa's elves are already hard at work transforming Stanley Park into a captivating and dazzling lighting display complete with music, sweet snacks, entertainment and, of course, Santa Claus himself.  "It's sure to delight kids, both young and old," chuckles Ray Boucher, Burn Fund Vice-President and Co-Chair of the Bright Nights Committee. When asked how he and his team were able to manage the sheer volume of light display enthusiasts, Ray replied, "We want to make certain that everyone is able to enjoy this magical event, and since we've seen such an overwhelming show of visitors in past years, we're excited to be extending the event this year by staying open until January 6th, this way we hope that everyone will get the chance to come down to the park, with their family and friends and help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bright Nights!"

"This anniversary event celebrates the partnership between the Park Board and the Burn Fund who have worked together for 20 years to create the Bright Nights experience.  We could not put on this event without the support of all our community partners, who help bring the park to life for all to enjoy", said Vancouver Park Board Chair, Michael Wiebe. Over 250,000 visitors attend the event annually and that number is growing. "We are exceptionally pleased with the support from the public and our Sponsors.  Over 800 fire fighters contribute more than 8,000 hours over the 3 month period of Set-Up, Operations and Tear Down.  It's a monumental undertaking of combined efforts to make this event so successful," says Ray Boucher. "The funds raised will make a huge difference to burn survivors and their families throughout our province."  

The monies raised through donations in the front gate bins go directly to the Burn Fund, which provides life-saving, life supporting and life enriching services to people across BC.  More than 4,000 professional fire fighters around the province dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors. They increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety through Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention programs. 

The Burn Fund encourages visitors to show their generosity by bringing food items for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Food bins will be on-site at the entrance gate. Most needed items include: canned meat/fish; natural peanut butter; whole wheat pasta/rice; pasta sauce; canned fruits/vegetables; 100% fruit juices; low-sugar cereals; baby food, formula & diapers. www.foodbank.bc.ca

The event is open this year from November 30, 2017 January 6, 2018.  We will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park hours:

Nov 30 Dec 14: Mon-Thurs 3pm 10pm / Fri Sun 10am 11pm

Dec 2 20th Anniversary Celebration of Bright Nights!
Cake will be served on-site between
3-5pm

Dec 15 Dec 26:  Everyday 10am 11pm

Dec 25 - *Closed Christmas Day

Dec 27 Jan 1: Everyday 10am 10pm

Jan 2 Jan 6: Everyday 4pm - 9pm (train only, no live actors)

Advance tickets at Ticketleader 604-252-3700, http://ticketleader.ca/events/bright-nights.  Same day tickets available, starting November 30, at the on-site Miniature Railway Box Office in Stanley Park from 12:00pm (10am for Matinees) 604-257-8531.

For more information about the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund, or to make a donation, please visit www.burnfund.org