Christmas and New Year’s in Whistler
Whistler is the perfect place to enjoy a truly Canadian Christmas with twinkling lights, a snow-covered Village and holiday events and activities to entertain the entire family:
- Ski and snowboard every day with both mountains open on Christmas and New Year's and extended hours in the Village
- A host of special events to get into the spirit of the season, many of them free
- Fun activities for the whole family like tubing, ice skating and snowmobiling
- Book your white Christmas today – 2019/20 Winter Stay & Ski packages are available now!
Annual Holiday Events
From Christmas to New Year’s, there are plenty of things happening to entertain people young and old, from favourites like the weekly Fire & Ice Show and Family Après to indoor playgrounds and even a gingerbread house for kids.
Here are some events that occured over the 2018 Christmas holidays and into the New Year. Please check back for updates on 2019 events.
2018 Christmas Events in Whistler
Whistler Presents: New Year's Eve Celebrations
Ring in the New Year in Whistler Village with a free and family-style celebration at several venues within the Village happening from noon to midnight. Brought to you by the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the Province of British Columbia, each venue is filled with lively entertainment, games, crafts, and activities.
The festivities begin at noon with a special Family Après at Whistler Olympic Plaza and a variety of indoor activities at the Whistler Conference Centre. Later in the evening, bundle up and head to Skier’s Plaza for a special edition Fire & Ice show, plus dazzling fireworks displays at 8 PM and midnight.
The Whistler New Year’s Eve Celebration is a family-friendly and alcohol-free event. The consumption of alcohol is only permitted at licensed venues.
More New Year’s Eve Fun
- Special edition Fire & Ice Show at 11:30 PM – best viewed from Skiers Plaza
- Ice skating at Olympic Plaza until 11 PM, skate rentals $6
New Year's Parties & Nightlife
Thanks to Whistler's eclectic nightlife scene, there are parties guaranteed at every pub and club in town and festive celebrations at local restaurants. Check back closer to the date for 2019 New Year's Eve parties.
Sitting down with friends and family for a special meal is a tradition for many people over the holiday season. Many of the restaurants in Whistler offer special Christmas and New Year’s dinners, brunches, lunches and catering options to make you feel right at home.
View our dining guide for a full listing of restaurants and please contact them directly for reservations. Also, consider dining in with meal delivery and catering options.
Whistler Insider Tips
For the best experience and to dine at your preferred time, we recommend making reservations in advance.
Winter Stay and Ski Packages
Explore winter packages for the best deals on accommodation, rentals and ski school during the festive season.