The premise of the day is both simple and awesome: On a select day in December (Friday, Dec 20 for 2019) the first 100 people to dress like Santa and show up at the Garibaldi Lift Company will ski or ride for free.

The long-running (and neutrally named) “Dress Like Santa Day” is a fun way to kick off the holiday season and is open to any skiers or boarders who come in a decent Santa or Mrs Claus costume (a hat alone will not do it buddy, sorry). For some it’s a free day on the hill, for others another excuse to wear a costume and ski.

But what about all the kids that see 95+ Santas ripping around in a pack (some of them in drag) and start to doubt their whole belief system? To help a parent out, The Insider has compiled this list of semi-plausible rationalizations that should appease most kids. Good luck!

1.    “Those are Clones.”

Thanks to the new Star Wars clones are all the rage so you might be able to chock up 100 extra Santas as a clone/marketing initiative from Disney/Lucasfilm. The Santas are just Christmas storm troopers.

2.    “Those are Santa’s Kids.”

He puts them in Snow School this time of year because he is super busy getting the presents ready. The “kids” look big but compared to the jolly old elf himself they are actually small.
(Warning: This one could lead to more questions you don’t wanna answer.)

3.    “Those are Understudies.”

This one will require an explanation of how theatre works but it is possible that Santa would have a fleet of back-up Santa’s just in case he gets hurt or something. I guess the ski day would be like their day off or a team-building exercise.

4.    “This is How Santa Dries His Laundry.”

Santa is very environmentally conscious and rather than dryclean his back up suits he “freeze-dry cleans” them. Basically paying people to rip around in the pure mountain air until the suits smell as fresh as a new snowfall.

5.    “The Truth”

Those are just people who don’t have a seasons pass but do, randomly, have a Santa or Mrs Claus suit. So it’s just a bunch of people getting a free day on the hill to help build the stoke and spirit of the holidays. (Note we didn’t say “the whole truth.”)

How to Find Santa in Whistler

If you aren’t around to catch this spectacle, but you are wondering where kids can see Santa in Whistler this winter, check out this holiday event listing. He’s making stops in Whistler Village, the Fairmont, at the Whistler Holiday Experience and even lacing up the skates for a twirl on the Whistler Olympic Plaza ice rink. Don’t miss him!

Dress Like Santa Day is amazing but Whistler is amazing every other day of the winter too – see why at


Feet Banks moved to Whistler at age 12 so his parents could live the dream and ski as much as possible. He ended up living it too. After leaving home Feet did a few good stints in warmer climates and 4 years of writing school before returning to the mountains to make ski movies, hammer out a journalism career and avoid the 9-5 lifestyle as long as possible. He’s been a hay farmer, a hole digger, a magazine editor and has a jump named after him on Blackcomb Mountain, Feet’s Air. It’s tiny.