My family and I just returned from Whistler, BC for a ski holiday.
Our time there was so fun, snowy and special. The holiday lights in Whistler village look amazing. The entire town feels like a Christmas village.
The holidays are a great time to visit Whistler. Of course you can ski and snowboard everyday but you can also do so many fun family activities.
Here’s a list of top family activities to do in Whistler this holiday season.
1. Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza
Skating in the Olympic Plaza is one of my family’s favourite things to do in Whistler. The skating rink is open from 11am – 9pm everyday. The rink is closed for ice cleaning twice a day from 2pm – 3pm and 5:30pm – 6:30pm. If you don’t have skates you can rent them on site for a small fee.
2. Sledding at Whistler Olympic Plaza
When we first walked through the village my kids spotted a HUGE mountain of snow on the grounds of the Whistler Olympic Plaza. Fun toboggan runs and tunnels have been built for kids to enjoy. I absolutely loved this set up and hadn’t seen it the year before. Sadly, it started raining on our last day so my kids didn’t get to enjoy the toboggan runs. If you head to the village make sure you bring your sled!
3. Dress Like Santa Day
This is such a fun day on Whistler and Blackcomb mountain. Dress like Santa to ski on December 19th. The first 100 Santas to arrive at the Garibaldi Lift Company, at the base of Whistler Mountain get a FREE lift ticket for the day. Seeing hundreds of Santas skiing and boarding all day long is so much fun.
4. Fire and Ice Show
This is a FREE show that can’t be missed. Head to the skiers plaza in Whistler village every Sunday at 6:30pm and check out amazing ski and snowboard big air displays, fire spinners, live DJs and fireworks display. This show will entertain the entire family and inspire you.
5. Christmas Eve Carols
If you’re in Whistler on Christmas Eve head over to the Westin Resort and Spa to see Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers perform traditional carols, choral music and readings by community members telling the story of the birth of Christ. This event is by donation at the door.
I’m secretly hoping to make it back to Whistler this winter. Trust me when I say it is a wonderful place for a family vacation. Whistler has something for everyone in the family.
wow how beautiful is that what great review ty for sharing
I can’t wait to go! I’ve only ever been there in the summer. It is gorgeous, although I can’t ski anymore.
I’ve never been to whistler! I’d love to go soon. I’m in Manitoba and there definitely doesn’t feel like there’s many fun things to do here during the winter.
I have never been there but my neice used to work there some years ago
I’ve never been there which is crazy because I live fairly close to there. So many friends of mine have gone & raved about it. The Santa day looks hilariously fun & the lights are so beautiful!
I love the photo at the top, it’s lovely 🙂
I would love to take in the Fire and Ice Show
Would love to be one of those families that skate and ski together! AHHHHHH, maybe next year!
Sometimes I do wish that I could skate and ski, but not often I must admit 🙂
Never been to Whistler, but I know quite a few people who have, and they say it’s a blast!
never been to whistler.looks lovely.we do however go skating and sledding,build snowmen.take in light displays but the dressing like santa that would be a hoot.
I would love to visit Whistler, BC for a ski holiday.
All those Santas would be fun to watch !
love going up to Whistler, but still haven’t been tubing
I am taking my kids to Bright Nights at Stanley Park on monday… it’s not whistler but at least it’s something festive !!! 🙂
the Dress Like Santa Day sounds like fun.. would be hilarious to see so many Santas!
I spent 4 days in Whistler a few summers ago. I would love to go back in the winter.
Sounds beautiful and fun going to have to visit some day
How beautiful! I have never been to Whistler, but it certainly looks like a wonderful place to travel to 🙂
Sometimes I wish it snowed where I live. Sledding and skating sounds a lot of fun.
Whistler looks like a great place to enjoy winter the joy of the holidays. I’d love to visit one day with the fam.
That all looks like so much fun. I would love to take my kids to Whistler sometime. It’s so much more festive with snow!
Wow,this sure sounds like a fun place to be for the holidays,the lights are amazing
omg everything sounds like so much fun! we really have nothing to do where i live other then seeing the lights. still fun but wish there was more
it’s beautiful there…almost magical!
i have seen lots of great photos of this
These photos are gorgeous, never seen so many Santas 🙂
I’d love to go to Whistler. I’ve never been but the place looks amazing.
I have never been there but it looks like a good place to ski downhill.
What a fun place to go. The Fire and Ice show sounds amazing.
Love the dress like Santa day!! What a hoot!!
That all sounds like loads of fun. I need to find more time to get outside and enjoy it.
Seeing all those Santas skiing down the hill would be amazing. I just saw on the news today where they got 350+ together to go surfing in California!
Thanks for the great suggestions!
I’ve never been to Whistler at Christmas, mainly because I’m not a cold weather person. However the Fire and Ice Show and the Christmas Eve Carols sound as if they’d definitely be worth a visit 🙂
I would love to get up there during the season as I’d love to go sledding.
I miss Whistler, I’m hoping we can head there sometime this year!
I have never been there, but it looks like such an amazing, beautiful place!