Christmas is supposed to be about giving and spending time with the important people in your life so here at The Insider we’ve compiled a list of fun things to do with your loved ones, while also giving yourself a bit of a thrill. These are the 12 days of Christmas, Whistler-Style so strap in and get ready for a week and a half of snow, excitement, twinkling lights, good times, great food and fantastic winter enjoyment. No partridges, no pear trees (although there may be some tree skiing.) Happy Holidays.
The First Day of Christmas – Sleigh Ride
The popular song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” starts with someone getting a partridge in a pear tree. Here in Whistler that isn’t really an option— the kind of climate and elevation that makes for a white Christmas and world-class skiing is not that conducive to growing fruit trees. We do have ptarmigans, which are like partridges, but they turn ghost-white in the winter and are pretty tough to spot.
So rather than follow the lyrics too literally why not just get into the general spirit of the season and Jingle-Bell it up by taking the family for a horse drawn sleigh ride?
Sleigh season begins today with different tours options that will take your through forest, lake or mountain settings. With daytime or evening departures you can go for sparkling snow crystals or romantic starlight, you can even pick one that ends in fondue. Hot chocolate and cozy blankets will keep everyone toasty and it’s no secret that kids love horses. A Whistler sleigh ride really is a pretty awesome way to kick off your Christmas vacation.
Last Minute Gift Idea #1
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