In Whistler, we like to celebrate things and that’s why you’ll find that the festive spirit lasts a little longer up here in the mountains. The whole of December has that feeling of revelry, whether that’s playing on the slopes, in the forests or vast backcountry.
Here’s what’s happening for the month of December in Whistler.
You’ll find us:
- Skiing and snowboarding on Whistler Blackcomb! Look out for the North Face activations happening December 10 to 12, including a campout contest, movie night and Instagram challenge. Remember that the last day to buy your WB Day Pass is December 5! If you like to get your comp on then check out the Kokanee Valley Race Series on December 16, and King of the Rail and Park Rider Sessions on December 22.
- Piloting our own bobsleigh at the Whistler Sliding Centre on December 26, as part of their Discover Bobsleigh program. This 2.5 hour introductory driving school includes a coach who will take you through the core skills and techniques needed to pilot a sled so that you can tackle this Olympic track at speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour.
- Booking in for the all-women North Face Women’s Ski Camp and Women’s Showcase Snowboard Camp, which start December 11 & 12. Grow your confidence and skill set with some of Whistler Blackcombs top, female coaches over two days on the slopes.
- Snowshoeing with the folks over at The Adventure Group who take guests on the Ancient Cedars trail (tours usually start mid-December). On this two-hour snowshoe you’ll reach a grove of cedars, some of which are over 1,000 years old!
You’ll find us:
- Walking in a winter wonderland. We’ve put together several self-guided tours of Whistler’s festive lights. Thousands upon thousands of glowing bulbs are hung in trees and on buildings to create that snow globe effect you typically only see in the movies. These tours are best done from 4 PM onwards – dress warmly!
- Sipping on cocktails by the pool! If you’re staying at the Four Seasons Whistler or Fairmont Chateau Whistler you can enjoy a cocktail poolside, even in winter. Make mine a mulled wine would you?
- Ice skating under the stars at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Bring your own skates or rent some, and then head out onto the ice. They do need to refresh the ice twice a day, so check the maintenance hours and note that it is open on Christmas Eve and Day, but at reduced hours.
More ways to get outside.
You’ll find us:
- Dropping off our kids (ages 8 to 14) with a need for speed at the Whistler Sliding Centre for Discover Luge. It’s a two-hour, coached session where the kids will tackle five curves on the Olympic Track. It’s $25 for Canadian residents and $50 for all other participants.
- Creating at the SLCC on Saturday mornings from 10 AM to 12 PM, alongside a Cultural Ambassador. You can make a dreamcatcher, wool woven pouch, drum, cedar paddle rattle, or beaded earrings. Cost ranges from $40 to $120 depending on what you’re making and includes all materials to create the craft along with admission to the exhibits, welcome song and movie, plus 10 percent off in the gift shop and a main for lunch from the Thunderbird Café.
- Wandering the forest with wonder at the Vallea Lumina light show. Starting at 6 PM when it’s dark, this multimedia light show is on Friday to Sunday until December 17 when they start nightly shows. Want to know what it’s like? Take a read of Magic in the Mountains: Winter Vallea Lumina.
- Grabbing our sleds and heading to the Snow Zones at Whistler Olympic Plaza and Rebagliati Park (which is located on your way to the Upper Village, by the covered bridge). The Resort Municipality of Whistler is just finishing up their festive plans for Whistler Olympic Plaza, which will be home to a Sugar Shack and live, local musicians this winter – more info to come!
More family-friendly activities.
Arts & Culture
You’ll find us:
- Watching some World Premieres and Oscar contenders at the 21st Whistler Film Festival, which is happening in-person December 1 to 5, and virtually all December long. Take a read of What You Need to Know About the Whistler Film Festival, to be in the know.
- Dining at the Spo7ez Winter Feast on December 17 at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. It’s a culinary journey that blends traditional ingredients and food preparation with modern plates. Cultural Ambassadors in regalia share songs and stories from Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation throughout.
- Time travelling at the Parkhurst: Logging Community to Ghost Town exhibition at the Whistler Museum
- Laughing the night away at the new, weekly Laugh Out LIVE comedy nights at the Maury Young Arts Centre, starting December 9, and getting our Christmas carols on at Holiday Singapalooza on December 10.
More arts and culture activities.
Eating, Drinking & Shopping
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- Grabbing some of the new Tantalized Golden Ale from local brewery, Coast Mountain Brewing. It’s as clean and crisp as the mountain air, with notes of citrus and interlaced herbal-earthy characteristics, and the can art is by local artist Kate Zessel.
- Booking our Christmas Dinner reservation at our favourite Whistler restaurant as these spots will go fast! If you’re looking to have it at your accommodation then take a look at to-go Christmas dinner options from Whistler Cooks and Portobello (Fairmont Chateau Whistler).
- Buying local for our gift giving. Keep your eyes out on the blog for our 2021 Whistler Gift Guide!
Save the Date
Whistler happenings to put in your calendar for the month ahead.
Whistler Pride and Ski Festival | January 23 – 30, 2022
Find more event information on our events calendar.
Don’t Forget . . .
- Please remember that COVID-19 isn’t on vacation, stay home if you have any symptoms, however mild, and get tested if your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19
- Practise physical distancing
- Wear a mask in indoor public settings
- Wash your hands often
- Winter tires and chains are required on the Sea to Sky Highway 99 between October 1 to March 31.
- Free, non-peak season parking in Day Lots 4 & 5 ends December 14.
- Winter parking regulations are in effect November 1 to March 31. There’s no parking in the Day Lots from 3 AM to 6 AM for snow clearing, and in Whistler neighbourhoods there’s no parking on the even side Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM (excluding holidays), and no parking on the odd side year round.
Have a great festive season, and we hope to see you up here in the mountains to celebrate sometime soon! Cheers to snow-filled, festive fun!