Christmas and New Year’s in Whistler

Whistler is the perfect place to enjoy a Canadian white Christmas with twinkling lights, a snow covered Village and holiday events and activities to entertain all the family:

  • Ski and snowboard every day with both mountains open over Christmas and New Year and extended hours in the Village
  • A host of special events to get into the spirit of the season, many of them free
  • Fun activities for the whole family like tubing, ice skating and snowmobiling

Annual Holiday Events

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. Stay tuned for more information on future events.

2016 Christmas Events in Whistler

Here is a list of confirmed events happening in Whistler over Christmas and New Year’s - check back regularly as more events will be added as the date draws closer.

Whistler Holiday Fun

The Resort Municipality of Whistler is providing free Public Transit within Whistler from 6 PM December 31, 2016 to 4 AM on January 1, 2017.

Whistler New Year’s Eve Celebration

One wristband = two venues with hours of fun at each one!

Location: Multiple venues in Whistler Village - wristbands required

Date: Wednesday December 31, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - Midnight
Description: A family-style celebration at two unique ticketed venues within Whistler Village. Each venue will be filled with lively entertainment, games, crafts, activities and early kids NYE countdowns,. Make sure to explore each one between 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Then bundle up and join us at 11:30 PM in Skier’s Plaza for a special edition Fire & Ice show plus a dazzling fireworks at midnight.

The Whistler New Year’s Eve Celebration is an alcohol-free event. There is no consumption of alcohol outside of licensed venues permitted.

Where to Buy Tickets


December 1 – 29, $12.50 per person (GST Included in price)
December 30 & 31, $15.00 per person (GST Included in price)
Free for kids 2 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Where to Buy Advanced Tickets

  • The Holiday Information kiosk within the Whistler Conference Centre during the Whistler Holiday Experience starting December 17, 4010 Whistler Way
  • Maury Young Arts Centre (formerly Millennium Place)
  • Meadow Park Sports Centre

Where to Buy Tickets on December 31

  • Holiday Information kiosk beside the Whistler Conference Centre

Will Call

Will Call location will be at the Holiday Information kiosk beside the Whistler Conference Centre. Open from noon - 10:00 PM

Event Details

Put on your NYE wristband and head out with your family to explore two unique venues that are within walking distance of each other in Whistler Village. You might catch some roving street characters and entertainment along the way.

What's included with the wristband:

  • Ticket holders get six hours of exclusive, family friendly fun
  • Two venues, full of lively entertainment, music, games, crafts and activities
  • Special kids' early countdowns
  • The Whistler NYE Celebration venues are recommended for ages 3 – 13. Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The venues will be open from 6 – 11 PM and will feature arts, crafts, entertainment, a teen dance for ages 13 – 17, music and exciting performances, to name a few

More New Year’s Eve Fun (no wristbands required):

Whistler Presents: New Year's Eve


Venues are open from 6:00 PM until close, tickets required.

Maury Young Arts Centre (formerly Millennium Place) | 6:00 – 11:00 PM: On New Year’s Eve all three levels of the Centre 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 | 6:00 – 11:00 PM: The Whistler Conference Center transforms from an indoor play zone to a variety of new and exciting activities, games, and entertainment. The Youth Dance is the place for teenage music lovers to shake it.

New Year's Events at Whistler Nightclubs, Pubs and Bars

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 Meals

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 dinners, brunches, lunches and catering options to make you feel right at home.

We’ve assembled a short list of dining options below, but there are many more restaurants in Whistler - view our dining guide and contact them directly for reservations.

Home Delivery and Catering

Restaurant and Hotel Menus

Browse the Christmas and New Year's menus below. Contact the locations directly for more information and reservations.

Aura Restaurant
(604) 966-5700
Christmas Menu
New Year's Menu
Blacks Pub & Restaurant
(604) 932-6408
Holiday Menu
Canadian Wilderness Adventures
(604) 938-1616
New Year's Menu
Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille
(604) 966-5060
Christmas and New Year's Menus
Grill & Vine
(604) 935-4338
Christmas & New Year's Menu

More Dining Options

2016 Holiday Services


Aava Whistler Hotel
For more information contact Rabbi Mouchkin at 1.778.847.7713

Christmas Eve Service: Whistler Community Church

Fairmont Chateau Whistler | 6:30 PM
A gathering around the true Christmas message with singing, a talk and snacks. All welcome.

Christmas Eve Service: Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church

The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler | 10:30 PM (carols) 11:00 PM Mass
Gather together for an evening of caroling and a Christmas vigil.

Christmas Day Service: Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church

The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler | 10 AM
Celebrate the message of Christmas with a morning ceremony in Whistler Village.

6299 Lorimer Road | 5 PM
An evening ceremony to celebrate Christmas.

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