Christmas and New Year’s in Whistler

Whistler is the perfect place to enjoy a Canadian white Christmas with twinkling lights, a snow covered Village and holiday events and activities to entertain all the family:

  • Ski and snowboard every day with both mountains open over Christmas and New Year and extended hours in the Village
  • A host of special events to get into the spirit of the season, many of them free
  • Fun activities for the whole family like tubing, ice skating and snowmobiling

Annual Holiday Events

From Christmas to New Year’s, there are plenty of things happening to entertain people young and old from favourites like the the weekly Fire & Ice Show and Family Après to indoor playgrounds for the kids.

Annual Holiday Events

Here's a selection of events that return year after year for Christmas in Whistler. Please check back closer to Christmas 2015 for details on date and time.

Fire & Ice Show

Sunday evenings during winter December March | Skier's Plaza
Watch world-class athletes flipping and twisting through a burning ring of fire and finish with a first class fireworks display. The Fire and Ice Show is performed by top members of Whistler Blackcomb's Ski & Snowboard School. This free, legendary show kicks off Sunday evenings in Skier's Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain. Don't miss the special Fire & Ice Show on New Year’s Eve!
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Family Après

Monday and Wednesdays, December - March | 4:30 - 6:30 PM | Whistler Olympic Plaza
Bring your family and friends for free outdoor Canadian winter fun at Whistler Olympic Plaza, with different activities and local entertainment every week. Family Après is weather dependent so please check in with the Village Hosts on the day to confirm if the event is going ahead. Please note Family Après wil not run on New Year’s Eve, December 31 as the rink is open to ticket holders for the New Year’s Celebration only.
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Kids Night Out

Multiple dates in December, January, March and April | 5:30 - 9:00 PM | Blackcomb Kids, Blackcomb Mountain Base II
An evening of non ski-based entertainment for the kids, including an activity, dinner, drinks and snacks. Kids should be dressed for outdoor winter fun, because activities include tubing, ice skating and cross country skiing (activities depend on weather conditions). Cost is $59.00 per child, for children age 5-12.
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Bonfire Nights at Whistler Olympic Park

Mid-Winter | 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Whistler Olympic Park
Each Wednesday enjoy Bonfire Nights at Whistler Olympic Park. Pay just $5 for park access, and enjoy $5 trail tickets and rentals. Bring your marshmallows! Start date to be confirmed.

Dress Like Santa Day

Date TBD | Whistler Blackcomb
Dress like Santa and Mrs. Claus and bring the festive fun to the slopes. A free lift ticket will be awarded to the first 75 people to arrive at the Garibaldi Lift Company, at the base of Whistler Mountain, in full Santa or Mrs. Claus attire. To qualify, skiers and snowboarders must arrive dressed in their very best Santa or Mrs. Claus costume. The 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 of course, a Santa or Mrs. Claus hat.

The Whistler Holiday Experience

December 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016 | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Whistler Conference Centre
This family fun zone is unparalleled for indoor entertainment! Kids can enjoy a mini putt course, table games, bouncy castles, crafts and video games free over the holiday season. Santa often makes an appearance before Christmas along with other performances and entertainers. Parents can relax in the lounge area and enjoy a coffee or hot cocoa while the kids play. Please note The Holiday Experience is usually closed December 25 and December 31 to prepare for the New Year’s Celebrations.

Skate with Santa at the Plaza

Date TBC | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Whistler Olympic Plaza
Join your family on the ice and skate with jolly old St. Nick himself on the outdoor ice skating rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Santa will be available for photo opportunities and there will be hot chocolate, cookies and holiday crafts to celebrate this festive season. If you did not pack skates, rentals are available for $5.00.

Christmas Eve Carol Service

December 24, 2015 | Time TBC | The Westin Resort & Spa
The 31st annual Christmas Eve Carol Service takes place at the Westin Resort & Spa. Hosted by the Whistler Children's Chorus and Whistler Singers, this interdenominational celebration features traditional carols, choral music sung by the choirs and readings by community members telling the story of the birth of Christ. Come and enjoy the sense of community and 'peace and goodwill toward all' that this carol service creates. Entry is by donation.

Whistler Presents: New Year’s Celebrations

Wednesday December 31, 2015 | 6:00 PM - Midnight |Whistler Village
Say goodbye to the old and welcome the new at this alcohol-free evening of family entertainment and celebration in Whistler Village. Wristbands give access to a range of venues with entertainment for all ages including music, arts, crafts, food, dancing and ice skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Includes a special party area for kids and a New Year’s Eve Kids Countdown at 9:00 PM. No need to drive - take advantage of the free, extended Whistler Transit Service on New Year’s Eve from 6 PM until late. Advanced ticket prices: Adults $15, children (12 and under) $10 and kids ages 2 and under are free. Purchase early, as on December 31 adult ticket prices go up to $20.

Tickets will be available online on this webpage from December 2015.

New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Show

TBC for 2015 | Skier's Plaza
Wristbands are not required to see this event. A special show for New Year’s Eve. As the countdown approaches, watch the Whistler Blackcomb Ski School instructors hit the big jump in the Plaza on their skis and snowboards in a special New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Show.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

TBC for 2015 | Skier's Plaza
Wristbands are not required to see this event. It wouldn't be a New Year without a dazzling display of lights and sounds over snow! Fireworks are best viewed from Skier's Plaza located at the base of Whistler Mountain.

Chinese New Year Fire and Ice Show

TBC for 2016 | Practice at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:00 PM | Skier's Plaza |
Location: A special show to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Whistler Village Festive Lights

All Season | Whistler
Every holiday seasons trees and buildings in Whistler Village and Creekside are decorated with thousands of festive twinkling lights, combining to create a seemingly endless display. Wander a different section of the Village Stroll each night and immerse yourself in the magic of the snow-covered Village. Stop off at a local cafe for a hot chocolate on the way!

Church Services and Christmas Mass

TBC for 2015
Celebrate the meaning of Christmas with the local community and visitors at Whistler's places of worship. Services usually held Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

There are many more events on offer over the holiday season - see the Event Calendar for more events.

Whistler Presents: New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Please note this is the information from 2014 - the details of the 2015 evening out will be confirmed and updated later in the year.

Date: Wednesday December 31, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM - Midnight
Location: Whistler Village - Wristbands required for entry
Description: A family-style celebration in Whistler Village, with multiple venues of lively entertainment, games, crafts and activities connected by the pedestrian-only Village Stroll. Finish up the evening with a special Fire & Ice Show at 11:30 PM and Fireworks at Midnight (wristbands not required).

Event Details

What's included:

  • Wristband holders get five hours of exclusive, family friendly fun
  • Three different venues, full of lively entertainment, outdoor ice skating, games, crafts and activities
  • Special kids' early countdowns
  • Activities and programming for kids ages 3 – 12 with parental supervision
  • A teen dance for ages 13 – 18

For more information on the venues and times:
New Year's Eve information sheet

Other Places to Celebrate - Nightclubs, Pubs and Bars

Thanks to Whistler's rocking nightlife, there are parties guaranteed at every pub and club in town. A list of parties happenning in town will be added late in 2015 once details are confirmed.

For more information on what's happening this New Year’s in Whistler, keep your eye on our Event Calendar where new events are being added all the time. You can also browse our nightlife listing to find a venue near your accommodation.

Christmas Meals

Sitting down with friends and family for a special meal is a tradition for many people over the holiday season. Many of the restaurants in Whistler offer special Christmas and New Year’s dinners, brunches, lunches and catering options to make you feel right at home.

We'll post information on dining opportunities here closer to Christmas 2015. In the meantime, you can contact Whistler's restaurants directly for reservations and more information on holiday meals.

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