Whistler really comes alive in December. Between the first ski and snowboard days of the season and everybody’s favourite holiday, it’s a magical time for all.

If you’re in Whistler this December, here are some activities and events that are guaranteed to be a good time.

Viessmann Luge World Cup

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Watch over 100 of the world’s top luge athletes reach speeds of up to 130 kilometres per hour at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Beer garden, food trucks, DJ, photobooth, and fireworks included.

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Endless opportunities to pick up something special for friends, family, and (of course) yourself. In addition to all of the shops you’re used to seeing, be sure to check out the Made in Whistler Winter Artisan Market on December 15, 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the Westin.

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Hitting the Slopes

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Whistler and Blackcomb are open for business and more snow is rolling in every day… what are you waiting for!?

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Related: Whistler Blackcomb Opens November 22nd, 2018 – How to Show Up Prepared for an Epic Season

Strolling the Village

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Thanks to some extremely elaborate tree decorating, Whistler in December might be the most magical, romantic place on earth.

Festival of Trees

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All month long, the Four Seasons lobby transforms into a sparkling Canadian pine forest to raise funds for the BC Children’s hospital.

Whistler Gingerbread House


A winter fantasy land in the heart of Creekside Village. Gift wrapping, tonnes of treats, a giant Christmas train and dazzling decorations. Word on the street is Santa himself might even make an appearance.

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Whistler Craft Crawl

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A social beer tasting experience exploring Whistler’s bar and beer scene. Sample some of BC’s finest craft beers. Food included.

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Aprés All Over the Village

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Ski season is aprés season. Have a leisurely afternoon with a few drinks in a cheerful, social atmosphere.

Learn to Bobsleigh

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December 10 – 14 at the Whistler Sliding Club, youth and adults (16+) can learn how to pilot a bobsleigh with hands-on teaching.

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Christmas Feasts

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Many Whistler restaurants are offering a special holiday menu.

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Dress Like Santa (and ski for free)

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On December 16th, 2018, show your holiday spirit by hitting the slopes dressed as Santa. Traditionally, the first 100 people to arrive at the Whistler Village Gondola dressed as Santa will receive a free lift ticket for the day.

Whistler Holiday Experience

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From December 22nd until January 6th, the Whistler Conference Centre transforms into a family fun zone with mini putt, table games, bouncy castles, crafts, and video games. Parents can enjoy coffee and hot cocoa in the lounge area while the kids play.

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Fire and Ice Show

Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

One of Whistler’s iconic winter attractions, the Fire and Ice show returns to Skiers Plaza December 23rd and runs every Sunday at 7pm until March 25, 2019.

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Ring in the New Year

Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

New Years in Whistler is spectacular! Choose from a wide selection of special dinners, parties, and free entertainment including a special edition Fire and Ice show at 11:30pm, ice skating at Olympic Plaza until 11pm, and fireworks at 8pm and midnight. For the full list of events, click here.

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