Christmas in Whistler is the stuff dreams are made of. Or fairytales. Or fantasies involving lots of snow, beautiful vistas, Christmas lights, skiing, gondola rides, shopping in the village, family après, mountain peaks, hot chocolate by the fire, and sleigh rides.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, is an ideal destination for your Christmas celebration because of the alpine terrain, – Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain – consistent snowfall, and the Christmas spirit so clearly seen in the town’s decorations, events, and festivities.
“The village comes to life during the festive season with carolers and a fresh white winter blanket of snow draped over Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, while an incredible display of Christmas lights can be found at every corner of the village stroll creating that perfect winter holiday escape.”
A white Christmas indeed! Whistler averages 7.5 feet of snow in December. 7.5 feet! So skiers never have to worry – there’s always plenty of snow during ski season.
Whether you love to ski or prefer to stay at the bottom of the slopes, everyone in the family enjoys the Fire and Ice Show every Sunday night during winter. Held in the Skier’s Plaza in Whistler Village, this spectacular free event will wow the whole family as Whistler’s top skiers and snowboarders perform stunts through the rings of fire!
Just being in the village will put someone in the Christmas spirit. The trees are lit up, the stores are decorated to the hilt, smells of festive food are around every corner. You might think you’re in the North Pole and Buddy the Elf will come through the door any moment.
“When we weren’t skiing, we spent time wandering around the village and admiring the Christmas setup – lots of pretty fairy lights adorning the trees, Christmas carols everywhere, and a Santa or two was often spotted.”
Whistler is the perfect location for what a Christmas holiday vacation is meant to be. It has everything – friendly townspeople, holiday cheer, and activities to help your whole family celebrate. Adventure travelers come here expecting the snow and the skiing. But they don’t realize until they leave just how much they appreciate all those other things: the après party that lasted until 1 a.m., the sleigh ride drawn by the Percheron horses, the Christmas caroling on Christmas Eve, and the attention given to their kids at every turn.
“From sleigh rides to skiing Santas….you just can’t imagine a more festive setting. Even a hot chocolate and a stroll down decked out Main Street is enough to get a temperamental toddler or Grinchy teen in the holiday spirit.”
One look at Whistler Village during the Christmas season and you’ll be hooked. One tip: make your reservations for lodging and meals well in advance.
Where to Stay
The Westin Resort & Spa is located in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, a charming village widely regarded as one of the world’s best skiing and boarding destinations. The resort is ideally located just steps from the base of both Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, as well as the pedestrian-only village featuring Whistler’s fantastic shops and restaurants.