Christmas and New Year’s in Whistler

Whistler is the perfect place to enjoy a truly Canadian Christmas with twinkling lights, a snow globe-inspired village and holiday events and activities to entertain the entire family:

  • Ski and snowboard every day – both mountains are open on Christmas and New Year's
  • Get into the spirit of the season with a variety of special events, many of them free
  • Experience fun, outdoor activities for the whole family like snow tubing, ice skating and snowmobiling
  • Enjoy traditional festive dining in the Village or a holiday meal kit to go

Annual Holiday Events

From Christmas to New Year’s, there are plenty of things to entertain people young and old, with tours of festive light displays, ice skating in the Village, visits from Santa, and more winter favourites like dog sledding and snow tubing.

Here's what happened for the 2022 festive season. Please check back in Fall 2023 for updated information.

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Wintersphere, A Whistler Winter Celebration

The ultimate winter wonderland experience awaits you this holiday season. Wintersphere celebrates this magical time of year with festive activities for the entire family! Join in the fun with visits from Santa, entertainers, a holiday café*, kids crafts, Wintersphere's signature holiday maze and much more. This spectacular, festive pop-up is a true holiday favourite for locals and visitors alike.

Date: December 17 – 31, 2022 (closed December 25)
Time: 9:30 AM – 5 PM daily, except 12 – 8 PM on December 31
Location: Whistler Conference Centre
Cost: Free

*Café open from 11 AM to 3 PM daily.

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Whistler

The festivities begin early in Olympic Plaza where everyone can experience a taste of Canadian outdoor fun with ice skating, a snow-play zone and outdoor entertainment in the afternoon. Or come in from the cold, get cozy and discover a variety of indoor activities at the Whistler Conference Centre.

Ring in the New Year early. Bundle up and head to Skier’s Plaza for a thrilling Fire & Ice Show, followed by a dazzling fireworks display at 9 PM. See a complete schedule of events on the Resort Municipality of Whistler website.

Date: December 31, 2022
Time: 11 AM – 9 PM
Location: Whistler Village
Cost: Free

More New Year's Eve Fun

  • Ice skate at Whistler Olympic Plaza until 10 PM, admission and skate rentals $9
  • Bring your own sled to the Snow Zone at Whistler Olympic Plaza for free, frosty fun

New Year's Dining and Parties

Thanks to Whistler's eclectic culinary and nightlife scene, there are delicious New Year's Eve dinners and celebrations available at many local restaurants and clubs.

2022 New Year's Events in Whistler

Free Transit

No need to drive – take free public transit within the Village from 5 AM to end of service at 3:30 AM. More information can be found on the Resort Municipality of Whistler website.

Festive Meals

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

View our dining guide for a full listing of restaurants and please contact them directly for reservations. Also, consider dining in with meal delivery and catering options.

Meal Delivery and Catering

Stay in and cozy by the fire and have a festive dinner delivered to you.

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Photos of Whistler at Christmas and New Year's