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 a look at what happened for the 2023 festive season. Please check back closer to the 2024 holiday season to see new events. View our full Calendar of Events for a listing of all events in Whistler.
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The ultimate, indoor 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. Learn more at wintersphere.ca.
Date: Late December – Early January (closed December 25)
Location: Whistler Conference Centre
Celebrate New Year's Eve in Whistler
Ring in the New Year with a sense of wonder, connection, and the magic of a non-alcoholic celebration in Whistler Village. The entire day is packed with a wide range of activities for all ages and interests, both indoors and outdoors. Relaxing yoga or hip hop dance classes, disco skating at the outdoor rink, interactive parade, Fire & Ice Show, and fireworks spectacular.
Date: December 31
Location: Whistler Village
New Year's Eve Highlights
- Ice skate at Whistler Olympic Plaza
- Bring your own sled to the Snow Zone at Whistler Olympic Plaza for free, frosty fun
- Be entertained indoors at Wintersphere Whistler with festive activities for the entire family
- Join the New Year’s Eve Parade that winds its way through Whistler Village
- See the legendary Fire & Ice Show
- Enjoy an early evening, dazzling fireworks display
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.
2023 New Year's Events in Whistler
No need to drive – take free, local transit on December 31 all day to the end of service on January 1. More information can be found on the Resort Municipality of Whistler website.
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.
Know Before You Go: Dining in Whistler
Winter Stay and Ski Packages
Explore winter packages for the best deals on accommodation, rentals and ski school during the festive season.