It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and there’s no better place to spend it than in Whistler!
If you’re fortunate enough to be spending the holidays in Whistler this year, you get to choose from so many different activities and things to do. To help you not get overwhelmed, we’ve put together this guide to help you make the most of your Whistler winter holiday vacation:
The Whistler Holiday Experience
The Whistler Holiday Experience opens this weekend on Saturday, December 21st and runs every day except for December 25th until January 7th inside the Whistler Conference Centre. Best for families with kids, the indoor fun zone has entertainment for both kids and parents throughout the holiday season. There is a mini golf course, bouncy castles, crafts, table games, and video games for the kids all for FREE! Parents can relax in the lounge area and enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate while the kids have fun.
Festival of Trees
If you visit the Upper Village, be sure to go inside the Four Seasons Resort Whistler and see the Festival of Trees – on now until January 8th!
You’ll get to wander through a sparkling, indoor forest of beautiful, community-decorated trees at this year’s event. The Festival of Trees takes place in many different communities across British Columbia and has been a long-standing tradition for Four Seasons Whistler who hopes to raise much-needed funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. This is a free event open to all!
Trees of Hope
After you visit the Festival of Trees, head next door to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and look out for the Trees of Hope. Ten talented Canadian artists have collaborated with Mountain Galleries to create the ‘Trees of Hope’ paintings. Look for their artwork on display in the Chateau throughout the holiday season and if you are interested in purchasing one of the beautiful pieces you can do so through a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction will be going to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
Dress Like Santa Day
Have you ever seen 100 Santas riding down a mountain? It’s truly a sight to be seen, and you’ll be able to when Dress like Santa and Mrs. Claus Day returns this year on December 20th!
The first 100 people to arrive at the Garibaldi Lift Company at the base of Whistler Mountain, in full Santa or Mrs. Claus attire, will be awarded a free lift ticket to ride on Whistler Blackcomb! In order to qualify, the Santa costume must include red or black pants or a skirt for Mrs. Claus, a red jacket with white trim, a black belt, a beard for Santa and, naturally a Santa or Mrs. Claus hat. The tickets will be handed out starting at 7 AM.
A Whistler Vacation Holiday Show
Whistler’s newest theatrical production – A Whistler Vacation Holiday Show – is back for a second run at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on December 21st from 7 – 8:30 PM. Ira Pettle and Brandon Barrett have created this highly rated all-ages comedy that is packed with heart and humour. The storyline? When young Jack loses his cherished teddy bear, Theo, on holiday in Whistler, his family enlists the help of the resort community to find it, while Theo takes advantage of his newfound freedom to get in touch with his wild side.
After you’re done having a great day on the slopes, continue the fun at Family Après at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Family Après takes place every Monday & Thursday until January 2, 2020 and then every Monday & Wednesday from January 6 until March 25, 2020 from 3 – 6 PM. Parents can enjoy a warm beverage while the kids can participate in a variety of outdoor, winter activities and entertainment each week.
Fire & Ice Show
Don’t miss the exciting Fire & Ice Show at Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain every Sunday evening starting this weekend. You can watch the practice starting from 6:30 PM but then make sure to watch the main Show at 7 PM. Some of Whistler’s top world-class athletes will take to the air by flipping and twisting through a burning ring of fire. There is also an electric mix of music, dance and fire spinning followed by a first-class fireworks display. That’s how you end the weekend with a BANG!
Explore the Village
The Whistler village is truly picturesque with all the twinkling lights, especially when it’s covered in snow.
Explore all of the shops, including ours of course, and then head over to the Whistler Olympic Plaza for free skating. There is also a little snow hill where your kids can play and explore – bring your own toboggan for even more fun!
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Ruby Tuesday!