You Need to Try These Whistler Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is all about tradition. Advent calendars, gift exchanges, meals with the whole family, a meet-and-greet with Santa… the list goes on. Here in Whistler, we have a few of our own traditions, too.

Whether you’re gearing up to celebrate your first holiday season in Whistler, or you’ve been spending your holidays here for as long as you can remember, there are some very special Whistler traditions that you need to incorporate into your own celebrations. Here are some of our very favourites.

Dress Like Santa Day

Red jacket with white trim. Red or black pants. Santa hat. Big white beard. Black belt. Check, check, and check: if you’ve got all of these items, then you’re ready for Dress Like Santa Day.

If you’ve never had the honour of witnessing hundreds of Santa lookalikes careen down the mountain on skis, then you need to check out Dress Like Santa Day on Saturday, December 13 at Whistler Blackcomb. The first 75 Santas get a free lift pass, and the mountain feels even more fun and festive than usual. So don your Santa gear and head on up the mountain!

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

Mountain FM Annual Christmas Breakfast

Delicious breakfast for a great cause – what more could you possibly ask for?! Pack up a new toy, non-perishable food items, or a cash donation, and head to the Westin Whistler the morning of Wednesday, December 3. Your donation will go to local folks in need, and as a reward for helping out, you’ll be treated to a full buffet breakfast – and if you’ve been extra nice this year, possibly a guest appearance by Santa Claus himself!

A Festive Sleigh Ride

There’s nothing more romantic then a horse-drawn sleigh ride along Blackcomb Mountain, snuggled up with your loved one. Partaking in a pre-Christmas sleigh ride will give you warm fuzzy feelings to help you coast through the holiday season.


Skate With Santa

Of course Santa Claus can skate – join him for a few laps at the Whistler Olympic Plaza on December 21. This event is free if you bring your own skates (or just $5 for rentals). You’ll get to munch on holiday cookies, sip on hot cocoa, and even get a photo with Santa on ice! This is a great tradition for those with young families.

Fondue for You

Snowmobiling to a mountaintop hut to enjoy a fondue feast – now that sounds like a happy holiday to us! Skip the prep work needed for a turkey dinner and opt for something a little different. Family members of all ages will have a blast charging their way up Blackcomb Mountain after hours, and the communal fondue dinner is sure to create great conversations and memories. You’ll never want to go back to your old Christmas dinner traditions!


Christmas Eve Carol Service

If the holiday classics bring a tear to your eyes, then you’ll love the Christmas Eve Carol Service at the Westin. The service takes place on December 24 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. This year will mark the 31st service, including traditional carols, readings, and choral music. A true Whistler tradition.

New Years Eve Fireworks

December 25 has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the holidays are over! Ring in the New Year in style in the heart of Whistler Village. Whether you’re celebrating with the family at the Whistler Presents: New Year’s Celebration, living it up at a club, or enjoying a five star dinner somewhere, be sure to look up when the clock strikes midnight: the Whistler sky will light up with a spectacular fireworks display. It’s the perfect way to start your year off with a bang – literally.