Photo: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane
Whoa! Look at all this snow! A white Christmas is a sure thing in Whistler this year. Staycation or vacation, Whistler’s wonderland has lots to offer during the holiday season.
Last minute shopper? Shop local this season at Made in Whistler Market Saturdays from 12pm-6pm at The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler! Stock up on fresh baked goods, handmade artisan wares, and get to know Whistler’s creative community. From scarves and jewelry to fine art and delicious treats, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your “nice” list. These markets run right through until April so if Santa sent you a cheque from home for Christmas, the Made in Whistler Market is a great spot to find yourself a memorable souvenir of your epic season in Whistler.
BONUS MARKETS: December 23, 26 & 30
For visitors and locals alike, the Whistler Holiday Experience offers a chance to explore a little Whistler magic with the whole family. On now through December 30 from 10am-6pm, get into the holiday spirit and burn off some of that candy cane-fueled energy in the Family Fun Zone! Kids can enjoy a mini-putt course, bouncy castles, crafts, and video games – all for free over Christmas. Too big for the bouncy castle? There’s something special for parents too, like a lounge area with coffee and hot chocolate to warm up after a day on the mountain.
*Whistler Holiday Experience is closed December 25
The fun continues as we ring in the New Year with Whistler Presents New Year’s Eve. Purchase your wristband and explore two action-packed venues featuring activities for the whole family. The Whistler Conference Centre and the Maury Young Arts Centre will have arts, crafts, entertainment, dance parties, live music, and lots more. Top it all off with the free Fire & Ice Show and fireworks in Skiers Plaza! Fireworks kick off at 11:30pm.
INSIDE SCOOP: For little ones (and parents) who can’t keep their peepers open until midnight, take in one of the Early Kids Countdowns, that lets kids experience the excitement of ringing in the New Year AND still make it to bed on time.
Practising your “pizza/french fries” all day can take its toll on little legs. When your wee ones can’t muster another run on Lower Olympic, head over to Family Après at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Mondays and Wednesdays from 3pm-6pm, enjoy a host of outdoor winter activities, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and more. Warm up with a hot chocolate, play on the toboggan run and create family memories this holiday season.
We all know Whistler knows how to après – now the whole family can get in on the fun!
INSIDE SCOOP: Santa will be at Family Apres December 21!
It’s not a Canadian winter without outdoor skating! Park your ski and snowboard boots and pull on a pair of skates for a spin around the ice rink in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Admission is free and skate rentals are only $6 for this postcard holiday experience. Surrounded by the mountains, skate around under the sparkling lights for a holiday experience you won’t soon forget.
Baby, it’s cold outside. So take it indoors and explore Whistler’s incredible local galleries. With pieces from local and
internationally renowned artists, discover Whistler’s impressive arts and culture scene. Create your own adventure with a Culture Map from the Maury Young Arts Centre (or any information kiosk) or check out the Culture Maps online. Visit Whistler’s cultural hubs along the Cultural Connector route. Learn about our First Nations history at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre or explore the Kimono of Ichimaru exhibit at the Audain Art Museum.
Check out the new mixed media exhibition, All in the Mix at The Gallery at the Arts Centre*. Free admission, open daily.
Well that one’s a given. Get up there! Shred some gnar pow!
Okay, I’m clearly not cool enough to talk like that. What I mean to say is, get in good turns, take a wander around the Village, and explore the full scope of Whistler this holiday season. Wherever Whistler’s holiday offerings take you, Arts Whistler invites you to enjoy the wonder and magic of the season!
The Whistler Holiday Experience, New Years Eve, Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza, and Family Apres are funded by the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the Province of BC.
See What’s On this week in Whistler.
*The holiday hours for the Maury Young Arts Centre are:
December 23, 11:30am-6pm | December 24, 10am-5pm | December 25, Closed | December 26, Closed | December 27, 10am-6pm