Being a world class ski resort, Whistler is par excellence a family destination as well. Everything is designed to be family friendly and kid pampering in Whistler: from shopping to the park logistics. Chances are once you take your kids to Whistler, they will never want to go anywhere else.Whistler itself is like a big kid, with a big playground, emanating a playful atmosphere, pure joy and authentic energy. Whistler was made for playing, and kids feel that right away.
All the events have a big family-kid friendly component, but the following could be nominated as the most friendly events in Whistler, focusing mainly on families.
Whistler Family Christmas
The Village is something right out of a storybook at any time of year but over the Christmas season it really does transform into a magical place. Thousands of lights twinkle from all the trees and every building in a seemingly endless display and the snowdrifts line the pedestrian stroll as families from around the globe mosey along with a twinkle in their eye. Restaurants are bustling and vibrant, shops are peddling unique gift opportunities, and the abundance of winter activities has everyone in a cheerful and festive mood. And of course there’s the main reason this fabled mountain village exists in the greatest ski resort in North America.
Carving big rooster tails and perfect edges down corduroy trails and deep cuts through the snowy glades beneath branches draped in tree moss. Riding the Peak 2 Peak gondola and peering down 1,400 feet into the valley below before skiing down to a legendary après spot or your cozy chalet with the fireplace glowing and welcoming you home. Gather your family and make it a holiday for the memory banks: safety deposit box; best one yet.
Seasonal & holiday happenings:
Christmas Eve Carol Service:
Dec. 24th Celebrate peace and goodwill towards all at the Westin Resort & Spa with the 30th annual Caroling, hosted by the Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers. This interdenominational event really does Christmas right, with breathtaking interpretations of traditional carols and the storytelling of the birth of Christ. This is truly a beautiful way to do Christmas Eve.
Starting around 22nd of December, every Monday and Wednesday in the afternoon is Family Après in the Olympic Plaza, with different activities and local entertainment each week. All the aforementioned events are FREE; and this is just the tip of the iceberg. The family Apres continue till the end of March usually. A variety of entertainment and family activities that change from week to week – snowman building competitions, tobogganing, storytelling, roving characters, music, mini hockey, hoola hoops, snacks, hot beverages and more. Surrounded by the sparkling holiday lights and close to the outdoor ice skating rink, Family Après is all about experiencing winter outdoor fun with your kids, the Canadian way.
Outdoor Ice Skating cross over 11,300 square feet of ice in the afternoon or the evening under the stars! Whistler Olympic Plaza transforms into an outdoor skating paradise over winter. Skate for free in the heart of Whistler Village with views of the surrounding mountains, the Olympic Rings and thousands of twinkling festive lights. a fire pit and coffee shops nearby for refreshments make it the perfect place to experience Whistler. Opening dates are usually from mid-December – April
Admission is free! Rentals skates available for $5. Helmets available at no charge.
Fire & Ice Show
Every Sunday night during winter see a spectacular display of ski and snowboard skill at the legendary Fire & Ice Show in Skiers Plaza. Whistler’s best skiers and riders jump and flip through a blazing ring of fire accompanied by fire spinners, a DJ and fireworks display. An electrifying evening of free, live entertainment to watch with family and friends.
December 14th is usually Dress Like Santa Day, which sees the slopes teeming with people clad in the red and white of jolly old Saint Nick or Mrs. Saint Nick. This event is the unofficial kick-off for the Christmas season – and the day after is the opening night of the
Whistler Holiday Experience:
Dec. 20th – Jan. 5th Come experience the Whistler Conference Centre as it’s transformed into a family fun zone of indoor entertainment and joy. Over 16 days from 10am to 6pm, young and young at heart can play on a mini putt course, table games, crafts, bouncy castles, and video games. And there’s a lounge area for the parents to kick back with a hot beverage as the kids frolic away.
Holiday Craft Stations:
- Dec. 27th – 28th, Jan. 2nd – 3rd Bring the little ones down to Millenium Place and get into the festive spirit by making arts and crafts together as a family. Suitable for ages 3 and up, friendly crafters will help transform everyday items into winter animals and Christmas symbols. Makes a nice little souvenir to bring home and the kids should enjoy it.
New Year’s Celebrations:
- Dec. 31st Ring in 2014 with your family in this big alcohol-free evening of entertainment for all ages. Your wristband gives you access to multiple venues featuring live music, arts and crafts, tasty food, lively dancing, and ice skating. There’s even a special party area just for kids as well as their own Kids Countdown at 9:00 pm. There’s also a special edition Fire and Ice Show from 11 – 12pm to cheer on the backflips through flaming rings as you welcome in the new year with, of course, the dazzling fireworks display.
And that’s just the official events put on by Whistler. Many hotels in town are also hosting events and celebrations to help get your family in the Christmas spirit. And then there’s that remarkable abundance of winter activities to get engaged in.
Whistler Children’s Festival
The biggest event of the summer, Whistler Children’s Festival is one of the ultimate family friendly events in Whistler, happening usually mid of July in the heart of Whistler Village – the Whistler Olympic Plaza.
This event is a weekend of imagination come to life for your children, enhancing their creativity and talents through lots of practical workshops, live musical and dance performances by local artists coming together, arts and crafts facilitated by artists from around British Columbia, acrobatics and plenty of fantastic activities your children will definitely never forget. Come and See the Whistler Olympic Plaza transformed into a place of wonderland with colors, tents, balloons, stages, music and happiness. This annual event is specialized for children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. Professional Artists, Performers and Instructors gather themselves together to produce a magical event exclusively for the Whistler Children’s Festival. This festival focuses more on the arts, thereby allowing children to discover the artist within them and also provides the venue for them to display their works with pride. This is the perfect time for your children to experience what their hands can do. Your children will love Whistler Children’s Festival. So much in store for every child and the child at heart at the Whistler Children’s Festival. A perfect venue for your kids to learn and be amazed and for you to relive your own childhood.
Summer Fun with the Family Adventure Zone
If your child’s energy doesn’t seem to end after an active day on the mountain, hiking, don’t worry, we got you cover! The Adventure Zone at the base of Blackcomb Mountain is packed with fun for kids big and small with mini-golf, climbing walls and a mini-luge just to start. Enjoy a few activities, stop for lunch on a sunny patio, then try a few more. You will certainly have some real exhausted kids at the end of the day!
June 13 to September 7, 2015
Sunday to Thursday 10 AM 6 PM
Friday to Saturday 10 AM 8 PM
It might not be a bad idea to check the Whistler events Calendar before you plan a family vacation to Whistler. Browse our event calendar HERE.