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Celebrate The Festive Season in Whistler

Posted by Megan on Thu December 1, 2022 in Whistler Blog.

The snow is falling, the fire's crackling, and the holiday excitement has officially settled in. From Whistler's all-out annual seasonal lights and holiday décor displays made up of thousands of twinkling lights to a diverse range of holiday entertainment and activities like ice skating, festive performances and more, Whistler has everything you need for a memorable holiday with the family.

Holiday Festivities in Whistler

Make the most of your family holiday and get into the festive spirit with these exciting activities and events.

Festive Lights Tour. Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Experience Whistler's festive glow as you go on a self-guided light tour through the Village to see some of the most spectacular twinkling light displays on the trees and buildings; you'll feel like you're walking in a real-life snow globe. These tours are best experienced from 4 pm onwards.

Festive Ice Skating. Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

What's a snow season without a night of twinkling lights and a few laps around the ice rink? Enjoy ice skating under the stars at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Bring your own skates or rent some, and head out onto the ice for some fun. They are open from November 25, 2022, until late March 2023, 11 am - 8:30 pm and closed for hours maintenance, so be sure to check the schedule

Multimedia Adventure Hike. Photo Credit: @mountainbabewoody

Tis the season for a whole lot bit of mountain magic! Our friends at Vallea Lumina have the perfect winter journey for the whole family to enjoy. Wonder through the magical forest of stardust, mystical bears and hidden wonders as you are transported to another world. This multimedia light show is on nightly. To learn more or book, visit: Vallea Lumina

Family Fun Snow Zone. Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

From ski boots to sleds, the Snow Zones at Whistler Olympic Plaza and Rebagliati Park are just a short walk from your stay and are the perfect family fun-filled activity. Enjoy zipping down snowy lanes on toboggans, ice skating under the twinkling lights, to a Sugar Shack and live local musicians, and so much more!

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Enjoy a delicious Holiday Feast

Make memories over a delicious feast.

Nothing brings family and friends together like a mouth-watering festive feast over the holidays. Being away from home doesn't mean you have to miss out on a traditional holiday dinner. You can enjoy a delicious dinner with all of the fixin's at a local restaurant, or take it to-go to enjoy it from the comfort of your vacation 'home'. Be sure to book your Christmas Dinner reservation in advance to avoid disappointment - Open Table Directory. And if you're looking to order in, we suggest that you take a look at to-go Christmas dinner options from Whistler Cooks.

Whistler's Festive Events & Activities - Save the Date!

December 1: Get The Goods Sip & Shop - Drink complimentary wine whilst you shop for the perfect gift at the Get the Goods Sip & Shop events, every Thursday until December 22. Discover local artisans at each weekly event providing beautiful craft services.

Christmas Carols. Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

December 2: Roving Christmas Carolers - Join us in a fun Whister holiday tradition. The Whistler Singers group brings festive cheer to the Village on Friday, December 2 & 9 from 6 - 8 PM, and Saturday, December 3 & 10 from 3 - 6 PM on the Village Stroll. 

December 2 - 3: Whistler Bespoke Market - Explore the Bespoke Market for a curated holiday shopping experience, showcasing creative entrepreneurs. Includes designers, small shop owners, makers and more. Located at Audain Art Museum, from 12 - 7 PM Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM Saturday. Tickets are $10 at the door.

December 4: Alpine Cafe Christmas Market - Alpine Cafe is hosting its own Christmas Market from 1 - 4 PM, featuring local artisans, live music by Charles & Bob, free hot chocolate and face painting for the kids, mulled wine for $6, and happy hour menu deals! 

December 5: Holiday Wreath Workshop - Get into the holiday spirit in this 2-hour workshop and create your very own holiday decoration. Choose from a wide range of evergreens, mix and match to make a wreath exactly to your preferences. Location: Muse Lab, Unit 321, 2063 Lake Placid Road, Creekside Village. From 3:30 - 5:30 PM.

Santa's in Town. Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

December 10: Christmas carols at Holiday Singapalooza - Join us in a fun Whister holiday tradition as Barbed Choir leads everyone in some holiday favourites. Entry by donation. All cash and digital donations support the Whistler Food Bank. Location: Maury Young Arts Centre, 7 PM.

December 17 - 31: Wintersphere - The ultimate winter wonderland experience! Wintersphere celebrates this magical time of year with festive activities for the entire family. Join in the fun with visits from Santa, entertainers, a holiday café, kids' crafts, a signature holiday maze and much more. Location: Whistler Conference Centre, from 9:30 AM - 5 PM. (Closed Dec 25 - 30).

December 18: A Winter's Song Solstice Concert - Join our talented musicians in a magical winter concert of flute, voice, and harp combine to celebrate the festive season. Location: Our Lady of the Mountains Church, 7 pm.

Happy New Year's. Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

December 31: New Year's Eve Gala Dinner & Dance - Join the Fairmont Chateau Whistler from 8 PM, for a gala affair of pure extravagance when Macdonald Ballroom is transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve Gala. Book your tickets. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Holidays!

The festive season in Whistler is an incredibly magical time of the year, from endless outdoor adventures, apres-ski, live entertainment and an array of Christmas-themed activities running all month long that will fill your holiday itinerary. Remember to plan in advance, make your dinner reservations, and book your tickets before you arrive because, like you, we are all a little excited for a bigger and better celebration this year!