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Vancouver’s PNE WinterLights Christmas Event in 2020

PNE WinterLights Drive-Thru in 2020

One of the safest and most fun Christmas activities in Metro Vancouver in 2020 promises to be the PNE WinterLights drive-thru event in December.

The winter holiday adventure takes place on December 11th to 13th and December 17th to 23rd at the Pacific National Exhibition. It’s a drive-thru event where families can tour around the venue in their cars, see beautiful Christmas displays, explore magical lands and try to find Santa.


For tickets and full details see the PNE WinterLights website.


PNE WinterLights: A Magical Journey to Santa

For each of the last few years the Pacific National Exhibition has hosted a special event during the Christmas holidays. In 2020, they have a wonderful new event that’s designed especially for families and with COVID-19 safety measures in mind.

PNE WinterLights is Vancouver’s only drive-thru Christmas event. To protect everyone from COVID-19, people get to tour around the attraction in the comfort and safety of their cars. It’ll be a warm and dry experience too! The event will likely sell out though, so book your tickets soon or you might miss out!


PNE WinterLights 2020


Where and When is PNE WinterLights?

The event happens at the PNE grounds between 4:00 and 10:00 pm on the weekend of December 11th to 13th and the seven days of December 17th to 23rd. (Note: Christmas vacations for school kids start on December 18th, so this will be a great way to start the holidays!)

Playland is located at 2901 East Hastings Street. Access to PNE WinterLights, however, is via Gate 9 which is near the northeastern corner of the park, off Bridgeway Street. It’s the same entrance used for the PNE Fair’s drive-thru event in August of 2020. For a map of the venue click PNE Site and Gates Map.


Admission Details and Ticket Prices

PNE WinterLights is open each night from 4:00 until 10:00 pm. Tickets are sold in 30-minute intervals with the last entry time being between 9:30 and 10:00. You have to book your visit online for a specific time.

Admission to the winter holiday attraction costs $39 for a carload of 4 or fewer people. For vehicles packed with 5 or more folk, the cost is $49. Taxes are included. There is, however, a $3.75 online service charge.


For tickets and full details see the PNE WinterLights website.


What to Expect at the PNE at Christmas?

When you visit PNE WinterLights you can expect to see beautiful illuminations, hear merry holiday tunes, be thoroughly entertained, and to leave in a wonderful Christmas-y mood.

The event starts with people piling into their cars (with folk from within their “bubble”) and then heading to the PNE grounds (via gate #9). Arriving within their half-hour time slot, attendees will join a procession of other vehicles and drive along a 2 km route full of holiday magic.

PNE WinterLights features nine different lands to explore including Candy Cane Lane, Dreamland, the Merry & Bright Forest and Polar North, among others. Along the way visitors will see elves, live entertainers and beautiful illuminations and light displays. They’ll also hear Christmas songs which they can sing along to.

Sights you’ll see along the route include an iceberg cave, polar bear and penguin light displays, a Teddy Bear Brigade, a magical unicorn, Pegasus, dancing elves and a giant purple Christmas tree. An objective for everyone, while admiring all the decorations, is to find Santa Claus.

In addition to the Christmas lights and magical scenes, visitors can also buy holiday food. A number of vendors will be on site, drive-thru-style, for people wanting tasty treats. Exact details are to be confirmed, but we’re guessing the options will no doubt include mini donuts among other PNE favourites!


Pegasus at the PNE
Pegasus Light Sculpture


What Else do You Need to Know?

Below are some additional pieces of information that are good to have.

  • This event will likely sell out, and well in advance, especially on weekend dates. If you want to go, book your tickets as soon as you can!
  • Attendees are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and share photos of their experiences (including of themselves singing carol-oke Christmas tunes) on social media using the hashtag #pnewinterlights.
  • This event is designed with COVID-related safety in mind and for families within the same household. Don’t pile into your car with people from outside your immediate bubble!
  • Whatever you do this holiday season, have fun, but also stay safe and be responsible. Keep your distance from people outside your household, wear a mask when appropriate and stay home if you’re not feeling well.


Other Information

To learn more about the above event see the official PNE Winter Lights website.

The Pacific National Exhibition is owned and operated by the City of Vancouver. Other Christmas events hosted by the city include miniature train rides at Bright Nights at Stanley Park and the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden. All three of these city-run events are family-friendly and highly recommended.

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