5 Whistler Activities and Events to Try This December

December is a truly magical time to be in Whistler.

With snow falling in the valley, lights strung through the trees around Whistler Village, and holiday decorations adorning street lamps, shop windows, and hotel lobbies, strolling through Whistler in December feels like being in a real life snow globe.

If you’re lucky enough to be spending December in Whistler, here are some activities that are not to be missed. Let it snow!

The Whistler Film Festival

Photo Credit: Tourism Whister/Mike Crane
Photo Credit: Tourism Whister/Mike Crane

You can’t talk about events in December without mentioning the Whistler Film Festival. Canada’s coolest (get it?) film festival takes place at the start of the month. Between December 2 and December 6, the festival will be screening 89 different films from around the world, covering just about every genre you can imagine.

Pick up some tickets to catch an exclusive world premiere, or check out a film that you normally wouldn’t get a chance to see. Grab a bag of popcorn, channel your inner cinephile, and enjoy the show!

Go Skiing

Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane
Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

If you’re not skiing Whistler and Blackcomb in December, then you’re doing it wrong! Both mountains opened towards the end of November and by December, stoke for skiing and snowboarding is at an all-time high.

The runs are relatively quiet before the Christmas rush picks up, particularly on weekdays, making it the perfect time to strengthen your ski legs. Once the holidays hit, additional chairlifts and runs will open, granting you even more access to incredible skiing.

Grab your lift ticket, rent some gear (or, if you already own your gear, get it tuned up), sign up for a lesson, and hit the slopes!

Family Après

Photo Credit: Tourism Whister/Mike Crane
Photo Credit: Tourism Whister/Mike Crane

December 21 marks the launch of Family Après, an awesome – and free – event put on by Whistler Presents.

After a busy day on the mountain, gather your family and make your way down the Village Stroll towards the Olympic Plaza (just look for the giant Olympic rings) on Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 4:00 and 6:00 PM. Each après offers a different assortment of activities, including crafts, entertainers, music, games, snacks, and a whole lot more.

Feeling chilly? Not to worry – there happens to be several spots within a stone’s throw that sell tasty warm winter drinks. Starbucks, Blenz, David’s Tea, and the Whistler Tea House are all close by, so pick your toasty beverage of choice!

Try Snowmobiling


If you can drive a car, you can snowmobile. Even if you can’t drive a car, you can ride on the back of a snowmobile and have a great time.

Snowmobiling is an awesome way to explore Whistler’s backcountry or to experience Blackcomb Mountain after hours. Tour options are available for all levels, from those who have never been on a snowmobile before to passionate enthusiasts. Snowmobile/ATV combo expeditions are already in full swing, and full snowmobile tours will be in operation shortly – just as soon as we get a bit more fluffy white stuff. Why not celebrate the start of winter with a Whistler snowmobile tour?

New Years Eve

Photo Credit: Tourism Whister/Mike Crane
Photo Credit: Tourism Whister/Mike Crane

It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone! You’re probably busy thinking about the upcoming holiday season, but have you started making New Years plans yet?

For families, Whistler puts on an incredible family-friendly celebration – think face painting, games, crafts, performers, food, and a festive balloon drop celebrating the start of a new year.

For those looking for a party, you have a huge selection to choose from: from galas at Whistler’s finest restaurants to raging parties in the underground nightclubs, New Years Eve is Whistler nightlife at its finest.

Happy December!