15 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Whistler (2023)

Whether you live nearby or are planning to spend Christmas in Whistler there are plenty of holiday events and things to do at Christmas. While some events have changed over the last couple of years, there are still quite a few options in Whistler Village and nearby to make sure you are in the holiday spirit.

When it comes to booking hotels for Whistler at Christmas, this is definitely something that you will want to plan ahead for. Visiting Whistler is popular all year round and Christmas is high season with families from all over the world enjoying the world-class skiing at Whistler Blackcomb.

By the end of this post, you will have quite a few ideas for Christmas at Whistler as well as December events in the sea-to-sky region. I will also include information on where to stay in Whistler at Christmas, the weather in Whistler in December, and overall winter information if you have never visited the mountain before.

Top Whistler Christmas Activities

Ski and Snowboard Everyday

Both Whistler and Blackcomb are open every day over Christmas and New Years.

The Number 1 reason that most people come to Whistler in the winter is to ski! So skiing or snowboarding has to be the top winter thing to do at Christmas in Whistler.

While some busy holiday days are blacked out, if you are local to British Columbia or Washington, register early for the kids ski-free epic pass!

Ice Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza

Whistler Olympic Plaza, in the heart of Whistler Village, transforms from a large green space to a winter wonderland featuring an outdoor skating rink full of twinkling, festive lights.

The rink opens November 24, 2023 until mid-March, 2024 (weather permitting).

Hours: 11am – 8:30pm (closed for cleaning 1:30pm-2:30pm and 5:00pm-6:00pm)

Prices: The admission fee is $2.00 per person (with your own skates) or $9.00 per person (with a skate rental.)

Things to Note: Free helmets are available (limited supply). It is recommended to bring your own skates if you have them. No hockey sticks are allowed but there is stick and puck with provided sticks Monday to Friday 11am-1:30pm. There is a limited capacity per skate session. Christmas Day Hours are 12-4

Wonder at Vallea Lumina

Legends speak of a long-lost trail that leads to a secret valley. Join a twilight expedition to explore its mysterious beauty. Just 10 10-minute drive north of Whistler village, experience a range of activities from TAG Whistler. Vallea Lumina is a sound and light experience that takes you through the forest, telling a story along the way.

The winter experience runs from November to April and is much more kid-friendly than the summer experience because the show times are much earlier (since it gets dark much earlier in the winter months).

What to Wear: Full snow gear is recommended for cold days and kids. Dress in layers with warm coats, gloves and hats. Snow boots are recommended for walking on snow.

Things to note: Strollers and sleds are not permitted. There are stairs to walk down at the beginning and a bridge to cross. Those with young children should wear them in a carrier. The walk is about 30 minutes but you can go as fast or as slow as you want. Pets are not permitted.

Pricing: Adult $29.99 Child $24.99 (5 and under are free)

Whistler ski hill - Magic chairlift bunny hill

Tubing at the Whistler Blackcomb “bubly” Tube Park

Fun for all riders 3 years old and older (and 36″ tall), the Whistler Tube Park offers 8 lanes of thrilling slides and no equipment is required! This is one of the best things to do in Whistler with kids, especially if you are not a ski family! You can get the same thrill as those skiing down the mountain, with no ski skills required!

Things to note: Children under 12 have to be accompanied by an adult. Children between 36″ and 41″ use the mini lanes that are half as long as the full runs. Tickets can only be bought at the Tube Park to manage capacity. Hours are subject to change based on conditions.

What to Wear: Wear warm clothes and dress for the conditions. Snow pants are recommended, as are good winter boots, you will be walking on snow. Helmets are recommended, but not required.

Hours: Weekends and Holidays 10am-6pm, Weekdays 11am-6pm

Location: The Whistler Bubly tube park can be accessed by the Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola from Whistler Village. Guests can load from the exit of the Gondola. There is signage directing you to the tube park line. You do not have to wait in the skiiers line (if there is one). Make sure you exit the Goldola at mid-station (the first stop). Once you arrive you cross the ski hill towards the parking lot and have some stairs to climb (quite a few actually) to get to the actual tube park entrance. If you want to drive, you can park at Lot 8 which provides direct access to the tube park.

Book a Holiday PhotoShoot!

Photo memories are priceless and whether you are a local or visiting for the holidays, it is easy to book a local professional photographer! Here are the best tips for a Whistler photoshoot and you can book it online before your trip!

Flytographer caters to people in the city who do not have a local photographer. Their turnaround time for delivering photos is amazing! If you use the code LINDSAY you will save $25 off your booking!

Sledding

Anywhere that you can find a pile of snow, the kids are bound to want to climb it! Bring up a sled and your little ones will never run out of things to do in Whistler in the winter!

In the Olympic Plaza (where the Olympic rings are), snow is piled up and it makes the perfect size sledding hill for all ages. The littles and the bigs (and moms and dads too) can get in on the fun!

After hours, you can also sometimes walk up the ski hill at the Blackcomb gondola in the upper village and slide down the ski hill there.

Zip Lining

Zip Lining is a perfect year-round activity for those thrill-seekers. Put on your winter layers and enjoy this adrenaline-fuelled activity at Christmastime in Whistler. You can zipline from the village or you can go to nearby Cougar Mountain.

You can book here for Ziptrek and book here for Superfly. I have done Superfly and it is amazing (and very high!!!) Both actually operate all year round.

Snowmobile Tours

Snowmobile tours are for all ages! Enjoy Whistler’s rugged Callaghan Valley on an invigorating snowmobile trip. Follow your guide on a ride through the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics events, cutting across forested hillsides and frozen lakes. Along the way stop to admire the beautiful British Columbia landscape. You can even get kid-sized snowmobiles for younger members of the family!

Book Online in Advance.

Whistler Sliding Centre

Another one for the thrill-seekers, the Whistler sliding center allows sliders to go down on a bobsled, skeleton, or luge. In this experience, you will first have an orientation about your ride and track etiquette and then you will then be shuttled to your start position where you will be fitted with a helmet. You will meet your pilot, and with the assistance of the track crew, be seated in the sled and go through the final safety checks. As you will accelerate down the track, lean into the corners to assist your steering pilot in reaching top speeds of 125+ km/hr in the final corner.

Book Your Sliding Centre Experience Here

Enjoy Skiing the Backcountry

Whistler Blackcomb is already the largest ski resort in Canada but backcountry skiing offers even more possibilities to get your powder fix. With a local guide venture off-piste and enjoy an unforgettable backcountry skiing or splitboarding experience. Suitable only for intermediate and advanced skiers, this adrenaline-fuelled tour is limited to just six participants ensuring a personalized experience.

Book Here

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is a fun family activity to take in in Whistler with the kids! More info coming soon!

Cross Country Skiing

Whistler Olympic Park offers cross country skiing just south of Whistler. It is one of the Olympic legacy projects.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing can also be done at Whistler Olympic park and you can now book showshoe tours! Join a small group and don your snow gear for your walk through old-growth forests in the backcountry. While you walk, take in the views of the snow-capped mountains and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife.

Book Your Tour Here!

Whistler Christmas Dinner

Sitting down with friends and family is an important part of the holiday season for many people. Many of the restaurants in Whistler offer special Christmas and New Year’s dinners, brunches, lunches, and catering options to make Whistler feel like a home away from home.

Contact the restaurants directly for reservations. Also, consider dining in with meal delivery and catering options.

Because many hotels in Whistler have condo-style accommodations, it is easy to host a dinner in your room, or even prepare dinner.

Whistler Christmas Market

Whistler does not have an official Whistler Christmas market. But the Village has no shortage of shopping and options for shopping for artisans. Whistler Village has plenty of shopping options from clothing to winter gear to souvenirs. There are plenty of local artisans who make beautiful gifts. Make sure you read this post on Whistler souvenirs before your trip!

Whistler December Weather

Located in the Coast Mountain Range of British Columbia, Canada, Whistler Blackcomb consistently offers the most reliable snow conditions, receiving an average annual snowfall of 11.38 metres / 448 inches / 37.3 feet per year.

Due to Whistler’s coastal proximity, temperatures are moderate through the winter season, rarely dipping below -10°C (12°F) in the valley and -15°C (5°F) in the alpine during the coldest part of the year. Expect -5°C (22°F) average daily alpine temperatures during most of the winter months.

Temperatures are about 7 to 10°C cooler on top of the mountain than in the Village.

December weather averages are 0C to -5C in the Village which is a comfortable temperature. However, that means a chance for rain in Whistler village. But rain in the village is snow on the ski hill. Depending on the conditions, skiers and boarders may have to upload via the gondola.

More Whistler Christmas Travel Resources

If you are still in the planning stages, this information will help you plan your visit to Whistler.

Traveling with kids? This post has all of the best things to do in Whistler with kids! It has things for all seasons!

Whistler’s swimming pools are heated all year long. If pools and hot tub’s in the snow are your kind of magic, consider these top Whistler hotels with pools!

Where To Stay in Whistler at Christmas

If you are packing your bags for Whistler, then you are likely spending the night! Whistler has plenty of hotels, AirBNB’s, cabins and hostel-style accommodations. Whether you are looking for luxury, family-friendly or budget accommodation in Whistler, there are options for your stay!

Below I have listed some popular properties in Whistler to stay.

LUXURY: Four Seasons Whistler

MIDRANGE: Delta Hotel Whistler and Aava Hotel Whistler

BUDGET: Pangea Pod Hotel

I have a whole post dedicated to the best Whistler hotels for families if you want to read more about where to stay!

AirBNB‘s are another great option as they offer more space. Most are designed for 4 or more people making them perfect for families or trips with friends. You can read more about Whistler AirBNB’s or check out my go-to favorite here. One downside to AirBNB’s is that they are not all in the village.

How to Get to Whistler from Vancouver

Start with how to get from Vancouver to Whistler. If you are from out of town, there are ways to get to Whistler without a car.

5 Things to Bring With you for Whistler at Christmas time

Chap Stick 

Base Layers

Bathing Suit

Winter Boots

Skates

That is far from all, read my Guide to What to wear in Whistler which has a complete packing list for visiting at any time of the year.

Seasonal Whistler Posts:

Whistler in Summer

Whistler in July

Whistler in August

Whistler in September

Whistler in October

Whistler Christmas planning guide.

2 thoughts on “15 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Whistler (2023)”

  1. Hello, hoping you can help, we will be in whistler for xmas, we are a group of 16, and would like to know where we could book for xmas lunch and dinner. Any suggestions would be

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    • Hi Shae, great question. Because Whistler is full of hotels, all of them will offer meals on Christmas day. I HIGHLY suggest making reservations as soon as possible, as you have a large group. Just look up where you want to eat and then send them an email or give them a call!

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