VANCOUVER, Nov. 27, 2018 /CNW/ - With Christmas just around the corner preparations for the 21st Annual Bright Nights in Stanley Park are already well underway. Bright Nights in Stanley Park is an annual tradition for many families in the Lower Mainland and over the past 21 years, has welcomed visitors from all around the world.
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 Director and 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 5th!"
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 a joint effort on the part of the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund and the Vancouver Park Board and is open this year from November 29, 2018 – January 5, 2019. We will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25.
Bright Nights in Stanley Park – hours:
Nov 29 – Dec 13: Mon-Sun 3pm – 10pm / Matinee Train Fri – Sun 10am – 2:30pm
Dec 14 – Dec 26: Everyday 10am – 11pm
*Closed Christmas Day & Dec 24 Train closes at 10pm.
Dec 27 – Jan 1: Everyday 10am – 10pm (No Matinee Train on Jan 1st)
Jan 2 – Jan 5: Everyday 4pm-9pm (Train only, no live actors)
Advance tickets at Ticketleader.ca or 604-252-3700. Same day tickets available, starting November 29, at the on-site Train 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
SOURCE British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund
For further information: Media Contact: Nola Laubach, Publicity & Sponsorship, BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund, 604-436-5617, [email protected]