Christmas Events in Whistler 2019
With lots of snow falling on the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb, I can’t help but have a touch of envy for those families lucky enough to spend Christmas and New Year’s in the mountains. From sleigh rides to skiing Santas….you just can’t imagine a more festive setting. Even a hot chocolate and a stroll down decked out Main Street is enough to get a temperamental toddler or Grinchy teen in the holiday spirit. Read on for this year’s lineup of family-friendly holiday activities and events in Whistler Village.
Ice Skating at Olympic Plaza
Throughout the Christmas season, the ice skating rink at Olympic Plaza is a hub of activity. Skating is always free and skate rentals are $6 (helmets are available free of charge). Kids will also enjoy free entertainment and activities around the rink during “Family Après” on all Mondays & Thursdays from December 9, 2019 to January 2, 2020 and Mondays & Wednesdays from January 6 to March 25, 2020.
Festival of Trees
From Nov. 30th – Jan.8th, visit The Festival of Trees at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler. Partnering with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, the resort hopes to raise much-needed funds for the BC Children’s Hospital. This is a free event open to guests, visitors and locals alike.
Ski Like Santa
Friday, December 20th is Dress Like Santa Day! The first 100 skiers or boarders who show up at the Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC) dressed like Santa at 7 AM will receive a complimentary lift ticket. The Clauses will then parade their way down the mountain for a group run under the Fitzsimmons Chair.
On Dec.12th (7pm), join the Barbed Choir in singing some holiday favourites at the Maury Arts Centre. Entry is by food or cash donation to the Whistler Community Services Society Food Bank. Suggested minimum donation of $5 per person.
Christmas Eve Carol Service
Join the Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers for traditional carols and choral music at the Westin Resort and Spa (Dec. 24th 6:30pm – 7:30pm). This annual event has been a Whistler Village tradition 34 years ! Entry is by donation.
The Village Stroll Lights
Grab a hot chocolate from the Blenz cafe beside the popular Children’s playground at Olympic Plaza, followed by a stroll down Main Street to enjoy all the pretty lights. Along the way there are plenty of things to keep children amused, including climbing on the Olympic rings, sitting in a real bobsled and playing under dancing lights.
Image Credit: Mike Crane – Tourism Whistler
Sleigh Rides in Whistler
Book your own “one horse open sleigh” for a ride on Blackcomb Mountain. This 50 minute tour, with amazing views of the lights of Whistler village, makes a stop at a cozy cabin where your family can warm up in front of the fire with a nice mug of cocoa. This is an extremely popular family Christmas activity, so be sure to book as soon as possible. See website for more information.
Vallea Lumina is Whistler’s newest attraction and involves a multimedia night and immersive light show set in the forested surrounds of Cougar Mountain (a 10 minute shuttle from Whistler village).
The show starts every 20 minutes with start times varying throughout the season based on sunset hours. For young children, this is a much better attraction during the winter months than the summer months, since you can get winter time slots from as early as 6pm. See TripAdvisor reviews or lean more at vallealumina.com.
Whistler Conference Center Holiday Experience
Each holiday season, the Whistler Convention Centre is transformed into a huge children’s fun zone. Kids can enjoy mini golf, bouncy castles, arts and crafts, games and more while mom and dad grab a coffee or hot chocolate from the parents’ lounge. The best part is…it is absolutely free ! (Dec. 21st – Jan. 5th, 2020 closed Dec.25th and 31st). Learn more at https://www.whistler.com/christmas/.
Whistler Public Library Holiday Events 2019
The Whistler Public Library hosts a number of free Christmas events leading up to Christmas Eve including special holiday crafts, caroling and more. See the Whistler Public Library full calendar of events here.
The Fire and Ice Show
Fireworks, fire spinners and big air…what more can you ask for? Watch Whistler’s top skiers and riders jump through rings of fire every Sunday evening at the Whistler Village Base starting at 6:30pm. On New Year’s Eve there will be a special Fire and Ice Show at 11:30pm. Learn more here.
Family New Year’s Eve in Whistler 2019
Ring in the New Year in Whistler Village with a free and family-style celebration at several venues within the Village happening from noon to midnight. The festivities begin at noon with a special Family Après at Whistler Olympic Plaza and a variety of indoor activities at the Whistler Conference Centre.
Ice skating will be available at Olympic Plaza until 11pm. There will be a special edition of the Fire & Ice show at Skier’s Plaza (11:30pm), plus fireworks at 8 PM and midnight.
The Whistler New Year’s Eve Celebration is a family-friendly and alcohol-free event. The consumption of alcohol is only permitted at licensed venues.
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