The Holidays in Whistler are a magical experience. Picture snow-covered mountains, dazzling festive lights, and mulled cider by the fire – it’s a real winter wonderland.
We’re sure you’ll want to make the most of the holidays in Whistler, which is why we’ve put together this handy post to help you to navigate the abundance of holiday cheer on offer. Join us in the mountains of beautiful BC and see why Whistler is the place to be this holiday season.
What’s On This Holiday Season?
Whistler is home to so many exciting attractions during the holidays. For many, it’s Whistler Blackcomb that gets the heart rate going. As North America’s largest ski resort (with more than 8,000 acres of skiable terrain and over 200 marked runs), it’s no surprise the visitors to Whistler are keen to get out onto the snow.
But that’s not to say that skiing is everything in town. Check out these Five Great Whistler Experiences For Non-Skiers for some inspiration on other ways to spend your time during the holidays in Whistler.
Thinking specifically about the Holidays, we can whole-heartedly recommend the following activities:
Blackcomb Sleigh Rides
Sleigh Rides typically begin in Whistler around December 15th (weather-dependent). Blackcomb Sleigh Rides are the guys to book with and prices start from $69 for adults. They provide warm blankets and hot chocolate as well as a pit stop at their cozy cabin on Blackcomb Mountain. We’d recommend booking sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.
Vallea Lumina Returns For Winter!
Vallea Lumina has announced that it will be offering a special winter experience of their hugely popular multimedia night walk. Tours are scheduled to begin November 28th and cost $29 per adult. Plan for a 1.5 hour round trip and wrap up warm – this is an outdoor experience, which winds it’s way among the old-growth forests of Cougar Mountain.
Dog Sledding in The Callaghan
A Dog Sled Tour is a popular way to spend a winter afternoon, and the holidays in Whistler is no exception. We love to sled with Canadian Wilderness Adventures, who operate tours in the beautiful Callaghan Valley. Learn about harnessing and staging the dogs and enjoy up to 3 hours of mushing through magnificent old-growth forest. This is one Whistler experience you won’t want to miss!
Village Ice Skating
Ice Skating at Olympic Plaza is a fun time for the whole family! Find the rink right on the Village Stroll and under the shelter of the Olympic staging area. Music adds to the entertainment, entry is free, and on site rentals will cost you only $6. The rink is typically open from December 8 to March 31 (weather dependent), 11:00 am – 8:30 pm. To add to the excitement, you’ll find a small tobogganing area adjacent to the rink, which is sure to keep children entertained!
These Whistler Must-sees Are Free!
Family Après is a firm favourite during the holidays in Whistler. Tourism Whistler touts it as essentially a mini winter carnival. It’s held twice a week and includes tobogganing, live entertainment, and hot chocolate. Stop by and enjoy the fun for free on Mondays and Wednesdays (3:00 – 6:00 pm) from December 17 to March 27.
Whistler Fire & Ice
The Whistler Fire & Ice show is a pro athlete spectacular, which takes place each Sunday from December through to late March. Warm ups can be watched from 6:30 pm and the action kicks off at 7:00 pm. Watch as some of Whistler Blackcomb’s finest skiers and snowboards show off their skills and jump through a burning ring of fire – right in Skiers Plaza! The show culminates with a fireworks display and is free to attend. It’s not to be missed, for sure.
Festival Of Trees
Four Season Resort, Whistler is home to the Festival Of Trees – an incredible initiative, which raises funds for BC Children’s Hospital. Tour the trees themsleves in the hotel lobby, before heading out to the beautiful courtyard and enjoying a drunken snowman by the firepit! We find it the most relaxing way to spend a winter evening in Whistler.
Whistler Gingerbread House
Creekside’s Gingerbread House is your place to do some holiday shopping. Browse their incredible variety of gifts and treats, and have your photo taken with Santa! Find the Gingerbread House in Creekside Village next door to Ed’s Bread (who coincidentally have the best cinnamon buns in Whistler).
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Dress Like Santa Day
December 16th is Dress Like Santa Day in Whistler. Witness hundreds of Mr & Mrs Clauses take to the slopes in this spectacular holiday tradition. Want to take part? Dress like jolly Saint Nick and you can ski for free!
What’s The Weather Like During The Holidays In Whistler?
Historical data shows that the holidays in Whistler typically see an average daily low of -5°C and an average daily high of -1°C in the valley itself. Up in the alpine, expect temperatures as low as -12°C.
December 2018 also saw an incredible 373cm of snow. You’ll feel like you’re in a real-life snow globe!
When it comes to packing for a winter trip to Whistler, there are so many questions to consider: How cold does it get in Whistler? Should I bring waterproof clothing? Is there something that I’m forgetting? Check out our blog: 5 Things You Should Be Packing For A Winter Trip To Whistler.
Are The Holidays In Whistler All About Skiing?
The short answer is no. Whistler is synonymous with skiing. There’s no denying it. However, it’s worth highlighting that there’s so much more to do besides hunting for pow or dropping into couloirs. Check out these 5 Great Whistler Experiences For Non-Skiers.
Enjoying the holidays in Whistler with your other half? Whistler is jam-packed with great date ideas. We’ve compiled a dozen for you today. From high octane, adrenaline-fueled Whistler experiences to more mellow, low key date vibes – check out these 12 awesome ways to pass time with your beau.
What About Whistler Accommodation Offers?
The trick to getting great value for money on accommodation during the holidays in Whistler is to book early. Many places in town offer discounts of up to 35% with offers ending mid-November. Consider location and hotel amenities when looking for rooms.
Also consider added value bonuses. For example, booking your stay at Nita Lake Lodge makes you eligible for a free return stay in 2020!
TOP TIP: Try to be flexible on your dates – quite often it’s worthwhile checking midweek availability.
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Living in a cold country for most of the year I usually roll my eyes at the weather. Then my stay at @nitalakelodge made me think of what winter has given me :::::: First snowfalls, crackling fires, epic snowball fights, family game nights, catching snowflakes on my tongue, cozy cuddles, unforgettable childhood memories, snow days, ski days, watching Nala jump, play and eat the snow! 🏂❄️⛸🛷⛷🥶 :::::: I often forget how many of you have never experienced snow and how thankful I should be! :::::: What’s your fav thing about winter where you live? #nitalakelodge #whistlervillage #exploreBC #whistlerbc #explorecanada 📷: @laurareidd
Where Can I Get More Information?
For more information about winter in Whistler, we recommend checking out the official Tourism Whistler website. Another great resource – especially for on-mountain activities such as skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and sightseeing – is the Whistler Blackcomb site.
What’s In Store For The 2019/20 Whistler Ski Season?
What are the expectations for the season ahead and how do they measure up to snow conditions in Whistler for years gone by? And when should you be planning your trip? We did the leg work to bring some interesting stats and forecasts to you – click here.