Christmas in Whistler

“A wonderful, magical winter wonderland – If it’s not on your bucket list, it should be!”


The resort of Whistler comes alive during the holiday season!

The village is aglow with bright lights, wreaths and decorated trees, Christmas Carols flow out of the shops and restaurants and, if Mother Nature cooperates, there will be a beautiful dusting of snow adding to the brightness that fills the village during this time of year.

Christmas season is arguably Whistler’s busiest time of year. People come from all over the world to spend the season in the resort and on the slopes. Larger units such as three and four bedroom condos book up far in advance, and the better known restaurants such as Araxi and Bearfoot Bistro require reservations well ahead of time. What is it about Whistler that makes it such a hot spot during the holiday season? Here are a few reasons:

1.  Pedestrian-Only Village

In Whistler, a cobblestone, pedestrian-only stroll that connects the main Whistler Village to Village North, the Upper Village and the base of both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, defines the a good portion of the resort. The walkway is lined with great shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants, and during the Holiday Season is comes alive with lights, music and celebration. Many hotels overlook the pedestrian-only village, providing such a festive view that you can’t help but get in the spirit!  If you are looking for a place to spend the holidays and really get into the holiday cheer, look no further: Whistler is a true Christmas winter wonderland.

2.  The Mountains

There is no question that one of the biggest draws to this mountain paradise is the skiing and boarding. With over 8,100 skiable acres, more than 200 trails, 3 glaciers, 37 lifts and 16 alpine bowls, Whistler Blackcomb provides a snow sport experience like no other. And with a lift capacity of over 65,500 skiers per hour, there is still plenty of room for everyone over the busy holiday period! Late December and early January are well known for producing great snow, and the average Alpine temperate warms up to a nice -5 C or 23 F during the day. Overall, you can expect a very pleasant winter skiing experience. Plus, if you time it right, you can experience Dress Like Santa Day and ski the slopes for free!


3.  Festive Events

The town of Whistler comes into all of its glory starting in December. The vibe is electric and exciting! Here are some examples of fun and entertaining things happening during the Holidays in Whistler:

Festival of Lights at Millennium Place – a great experience for young and old to come and see some great art displays and a glorious light show!

Free Family Fun at the Whistler Conference Centre – this family fun zone includes activities such as mini-golf, bouncy castles, video games, table hockey, pool and more! Great to keep the kids entertained and energized during this exciting time.

Ice Skating at the Whistler Olympic Plaza – take in the sites and sounds and enjoy some outdoor ice skating in a beautiful location in Village North open to the public from mid December on. If you are lucky, Santa Claus may even join you for a skate or two!

Hotel Events – the hotels are filled with revelers and step up to the occasion by coordinating and hosting many great events such as the Family Play Zone at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Cookies and Stories with Mrs. Claus, or a reading of the Night Before Christmas at the Hilton Resort and Spa. And of course there are the traditional Christmas Dinners complete with turkey and all the fixings served at many of the larger hotels and resorts in town such as the Westin Resort and Spa and the Four Seasons Resort Whistler.

First Night New Years Eve – a Christmas vacation in Whistler would not be complete without an epic party or two to ring in the New Year! Great for families is First Night, a family friendly event that takes place throughout the village on December 31. Alcohol-free and filled with entertainment, there is even an early count down for the wee ones starting at 9:30pm.

4.  Everything Else

There is no shortage of things to do in Whistler during the winter months, and Christmas in Whistler is no exception. Fly through the trees and snow with a zipline adventure with Ziptrek. Take a horse drawn carriage through the golf course and village with Blackcomb Sleighrides. Or, if a little rest and relaxation is more up your alley, spend the day at the Scandinave Spa and enjoy a full body massage followed by a hydrotherapy experience like no other.


If you are considering spending the holiday season in Whistler, don’t delay. Start planning and make your reservation soon. There are still plenty of rooms available, however the larger units are selling fast. Check out our winter packages, or call and speak to one of our destination experts at 888-882-8858.


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