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Whistler Winter Holiday Festivities

Spend your holiday break in Whistler this year; there are endless opportunities for family fun. From Ice Skating in the village to a festive holiday dinner, there are activities to keep you busy every day of your vacation. So book your stay and read on for all the festivities you don’t want to miss. 

Join the Fun:

Whistler Winter Holiday Activities

Photo: Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb’s Fire & Ice Show

Whistler Blackcomb’s Fire and Ice show will be back for the winter in early January. Every Sunday evening, enjoy a breathtaking firework show, and talented athletes perform mind-blowing tricks for the crowd. It’s free for all and held at the base of Whistler Village, beside the Whistler Gondola. Not only do the athletes perform spins and tricks off large jumps, stay long enough, and you might get to see them fly through a ring of fire! 

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Ice Skating in Olympic Village

Take the family ice skating in the heart of the village under hundreds of twinkling lights. A unique pre or post-dinner experience, located between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, where you will surround yourself with magnificent mountain vistas. The rink is open 11 AM to 8:30 PM each day until late March, with select times for maintenance and holiday schedules. Admission is $2, and you can bring your own skates or rent for an additional $6.

A Twinkle Light Stroll

Enjoy the village in a different light. After the sun goes downthe stroll lights up with thousands of multi-coloured lights. Every inch of the stroll is covered in beautiful lights for your visual pleasure. Each tree is dressed up in different lights, almost as if it’s straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. If you don’t get enough from the village lights and want some extra twinkle, you must visit Vallea Lumina. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to share with friends and family. Walkthrough the multi-media light show, a glorious tale from long ago of two hikers on a journey. This evening experience will have you believing in long-lost legends. The magical lights will dance on the trees and put on a show you’ll never forget! 

tube park Whistler Blackcomb

Photo: Whistler Blackcomb

The bubly Tube Park

Visit Whistler Blackcomb’s bubly Tube Park to feel the wind on your face. Fly down the track on a personal tube, get a ride up, and repeat. Not only perfect for kids of all ages but adults too! Make sure to book your tickets in advance to not miss out on the fun. Take a short ride on the Excalibur Gondola to Base II, bring warm clothes and your sense of adventure. Experience Blackcomb Mountain and all the astounding surrounding scenic views like never before. 

The Ultimate Gift List:

snowmobiling Whistler

Photo: The Adventure Group

Are you looking for some last-minute gift ideas? Shop local and find something unique for your special someone. Visit Get the Goods in Creekside; this gift shop has various games, books, cards, and more. Give the gift of an unforgettable experience, purchase an adventure Gift card from Canadian O1 Wilderness Adventures, The Adventure Group or Extremely Canadian. The thrilling adventures never end from Snowmobile Tours, Dog Sledding, Mountain Top Fondue, Zip-lining, Snowshoeing, an Avalanche Skills Training Course, or Steep Skiing Clinic. Let your loved ones choose their own adventure, give the gift of options.

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Photo: Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh L̓il̓wat7úl Cutural Centre 

Visit the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh L̓il̓wat7úl Cultural Centre for a traditional experience and gain knowledge of the local area. Once you have strolled through the rich history, pop into the gift shop for handcrafted wood carvings and jewellery designed by local artists to make the perfect gift. Next, check out the Audain Art Museum, where modern art combines with rich artistic heritage; there is a collection for all to enjoy. Wander through each magnificent collection, then stop by the gift shop to pick up something special.

Festive Holiday Dining:

holiday dining whistler

Photo: Quattro Whistler

Treat yourself to a merry meal over the Holiday break. Many local restaurants have planned special festive menus for all dietary needs. For example, on Dec 24 & 25, The Rimrock Cafe has designed a delicious menu with lobster bisque, fennel & arugula salad, roasted free-range turkey, and a classic sticky toffee pudding to finish off the evening. Of course, there is more to the menu, but you’ll want to book a reservation to taste it yourself. In addition, other restaurants such as Braidwood Tavern, Wild Flower, Hunter Gather, Grill Room, and Sidecut will have custom holiday menus. 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a bang this year. Enjoy an elegant evening dinner with an exceptional menu and drinks as you take in the New Year. Alta Bistro, Rimrock, Teppan Village, Araxi, and Quattro have prepared memorable holiday meals. Of course, there is no better way to bring in the New Year than a great dinner with good friends and family. 

The holiday break is a time to relax, enjoy, and spend time with loved ones. So let the magic of Whistler whisk you away with the twinkling lights, delicious food, and wondrous adventures for the whole family. There are endless options for your vacation, appropriate for all ages. With unlimited fun, you’ll want to come back year after year!