‘Tis the Season …

for the Christmas Train at Stanley Park. The Bright Nights Train and Plaza at Stanley Park twinkles in the seasonal darkness with three million lights, adorning the trees, holiday tableaus, and seasonal statues until January 5.

The first time that I had ever seen trees decorated with lights in this way was in front of City Hall in Kauai when we visited Ty’s sister for Christmas one year. I really love it!

Brights Nights is a Vancouver Park Board and the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund fundraiser and welcomes a host of folks to the park each year, including the Grinch.

This year’s decorating theme is a Charlie Brown Christmas, based on the classic Christmas tale that was my Dad’s favourite.

Whenever I see these characters, or hear the music supposedly played by Schroeder on the tiny grand piano, I think of my father and wish he were still here.

We were lucky to have perfect weather for our train trip, although it was cold waiting in the long line that snaked its way through the plaza and onto the train platform.

Kids big and small lined up to commune with Santa.

I really loved the enormous reindeer with its what looked to be thousands of twinkling red lights.

See more pics here.

A Very Merry Christmas to you all!

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