It’s the biggest celebration of the year at the BC Forest Discovery Centre and this year is expected to be huge.

With the record-setting nine-day Halloween Train in the books for another year, the staff is now preparing for the 13 days the Christmas Train will take visitors to see the sights and the lights.

General Manager Chris Gale said this is a tradition for many people.

“This has really become a family tradition, lots and lots of lights, so many companies, and local businesses come and help decorate,” said Gale. “They each take a building and decorate it themselves, they’ll be Santa, of course, fantastic food. Last year we had just over 16,000 people ride the train and we’re hoping for at least 17,000 this year.”

The 13 days the Christmas Train is operating are scattered between the first and 23rd and the reason for that, according to Gale, is because of how busy the centre is during the Christmas season.

Gale said people get tickets for select dates and times.

“We actually sell tickets for the trains, but it’s a day and a time, so if you’re going to come on the 22nd, you’ll get a ticket for the four o’clock train on that day, or the six o’clock train on that day,” said Gale. ”

Dates the train is running:

December 1
December 2
December 7
December 8
December 9
December 14
December 15
December 16
December 19-23