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Take in the magic of Vancouver’s Christmas lights on this FREE walking tour

A Vancouver walking club has organized an enchanting free tour that allows people to take in the magic of the city’s Christmas lights in one fell swoop.

St Paul’s Hospital will once again glow bright with thousands of lights for the 22nd annual Lights of Hope display. File photo

The jolly outing, led by Vancouver ‘Venturers, takes place on Dec. 7 and is set to showcase some of the best holiday lights downtown and the West End has to offer in just a couple of hours.

The group meets at JJ Bean Coffee roasters at 2.30 p.m. and then embarks on the lights walk at 3 p.m., starting off by visiting displays of gingerbread creations and decorated trees.

Highlights of the tour include stopping by Christmas at Canada Place to see the Woodward’s windows and Canada’s North light display, strolling to Stanley Park to see the spectacular Bright Nights lights and watching the Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital twinkle.

The Bright Nights Christmas Train will chug merrily around in Stanley Park this holiday season. Photo: Bright Nights in Stanley Park/Facebook

Along the way you’ll also get to visit several places where you can vote for the best trees or displays, make donations and enter prize draws.

If you plan on going, wear something bright or reflective and bring a flashlight so you can read the route instructions.

You can choose to walk 5K or 10K. Although, the 5K route does not include Stanley Park, Beach Avenue or the Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital.

All are invited to join the group for dinner, following the walk, at Urban Fare, at 1133 Alberni Street.

Christmas Lights Walk

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Registration 2:30 p.m.)
Where: Meet at JJ Bean Coffee Roasters, 1188 Alberni St · Vancouver, BC
Cost: Free

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