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Christmas and New Year’s Celebrations in Whistler

Whistler is the perfect place to enjoy a white Christmas and New Year’s Eve with twinkling lights, a snow covered Village and a calendar full of holiday events and special activities to entertain all the family:

  • Ski and snowboard with both mountains open over Christmas and New Year
  • A host of special events to get into the spirit of the season, many of them free
  • Fun for all the family with activities like tubing, ice skating and Family Après

Annual Holiday Events in Whistler

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 - this is the place to enjoy the holiday atmosphere.

Featured Holiday Events for Winter 2014/15

Fire & Ice Show

Sunday evenings during winter from December 14, 2014 - March 29, 2015 | 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 22, 2014 - March 2015 | 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

Date and Times TBD | Whistler Olympic Park
Enjoy an evening outdoors exploring Whistler Olympic Park, with a blazing outdoor fire below the Olympic Rings. Parking is just $10 per vehicle.

Dress Like Santa Day

December 13, 2014 | 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, 2014 - January 4, 2015 | 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

December 21, 2014 | 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, 2014 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM | 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, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM, 11:30 PM Special Fire & Ice Show, Fireworks at 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 1, 2014.

New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Show

Wednesday December 31, 2014 | 11:30 PM, Fireworks at Midnight | 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

December 31, 2104 | Midnight | 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

February 22, 2015 | 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!

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


Christmas Eve, December 24

Church on the Mountain (Interdenominational)
5:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Millenium Place

Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church
10:30 PM | Westin Resort & Spa

Whistler Community Church
6:30 - 7:30 PM | The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Macdonald Ballroom

Christmas Day, December 25

Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church Christmas Day Service
10:00 AM | Westin Resort & Spa
5:00 PM | 6299 Lorimer Road

Whistler Presents: New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Date: Wednesday December 31, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Three venues in 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).

Wristband Prices - Buy Early and Save

Wristbands go on sale December 1, 2014.

  Age Advanced Price Price On December 31
Adults 13 and over $15 $20
Children 3 - 12 years $10 $10
Children 2 years and under Free Free

Will Call and Wristband Pickup

Will Call location on December 31 will be located at the Holiday Information kiosk beside the Whistler Conference Center.

Event Details and Schedules

What's included:

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

More information and schedules for the evening on will be released in December - stay tuned!


Millennium Place: On New Year’s Eve all three levels of Millennium Place will come alive with sparkling entertainment, live music and two kids’ countdowns that include a giant bubble wrap and balloon stomp. Expect nothing short of bedazzlement and awe with an explosion of creative arts and crafts, cartoons, face painting, dress-up storytelling and surprises – all in the name of family fun.

Whistler Conference Centre: The Whistler Conference Center transforms from an indoor play zone to a variety of new and exciting activities, games, and entertainment. The teen dance, inside its own special dance hall at the Conference Center, is the place for teenage music lovers to shake it until midnight.

Ice Skating in Whistler Olympic Plaza: Flash your wristband for free skate rentals, be dazzled by the twinkle lights and whimsical characters, enjoy a hot beverage and prepare to be entertained on and off the ice.

Where to Buy Wristbands

Purchase them online here starting December 1, 2014. Also available for purchase in person from:

  • Millennium Place
  • Meadow Park Sports Center
  • Whistler Visitor Centre

Other Places to Celebrate New Year’s

Thanks to Whistler's rocking nightlife, there are parties guaranteed at every pub and club in town.

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 Dinners

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 meals to make you feel right at home.

Please contact the restaurants directly for reservations and more information.

Book Early and Save Christmas/New Year Package

$179 per person, per night

Package includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in a moderate rated hotel room for 2 adults
  • 5 day lift ticket for 2 adults
  • Offer valid for arrivals from December 20, 2014 - January 3, 2015
  • Subject to availability. Rates are exclusive of taxes & fees.
  • Shorter and longer duration packages are available

Kids 12 and under will receive free rental equipment with each paying adult.

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Photos of Whistler Around the Holidays