Twinkling lights and snow covered trees, make Whistler so incredibly beautiful this time of year. But it’s the activities and events that really shine! Besides strolling the village and enjoying the epic skiing to be had, what else is there to do? With an events and activities list as long as Santa’s, you are sure to have a fun-filled stay!
Here are just a few of the Must-Dos going on in Whistler over this festive season.
How about experiencing the rush of a lifetime, literally – with the launch of the Skeleton Slide Experiencedoffered at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Participants start at the Maple Leaf Start, about 1/3 of the way up the track, navigating through six corners and reaching a maximum speed of up to 100 kilometres per hour.
This experience of Olympic proportions is expected to book up at record speeds, so hurry and don’t let this amazing opportunity pass you by. All puns intended.
Perhaps pyrotechnics is more your speed? How about watching world-class athletes flip, jump and twist through rings of fire. If so then you’ll certainly enjoy The Fire & Ice Show. This hot little freebie returns to the base of Whistler Mountain every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. starting December 18.
New for this year is Whistler’s outdoor skating rink, located at the Whistler Olympic Plaza in the heart of the village. Beginning in mid-December, skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza will take place daily between 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Public access to the rink is free and skate rentals are available for $5 between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and in the evenings from 6-9 p.m. Private functions may be held during the holidays, so check with the visitors centre for specifics.
Whistler Presents: The Whistler Holiday Experience. Back for another season of fun, fun, fun! This event runs from December 16 – January 2 (excluding Christmas day & New Years Eve) and is FREE. Open between 10 AM & 6 PM, features include a mini putt course, table games, bouncy castles – (and not the little ones you find at birthday parties, we are talking BIG here), crafts and video games.
Whistler Presents: New Year’s Eve Celebrations will take place at indoor and outdoor venues between 7-11 p.m. on December 31. This alcohol-free evening of family entertainment and celebration includes a number of activities, concerts and fireworks. Tickets are available in Whistler at the Whistler Visitor Centre, Millennium Place and the Meadow Park Sports Centre.
Whistler First Night 2012. Join visitors and locals and say goodbye to the old and welcome the new. This is an alcohol-free evening which promotes a “Celebration of the Arts”. The evening will be filled with fun and fantasy, featuring a program of great live music, storytelling, art workshops and street entertainment for people of all ages. Read more about this event.
The Party Goes On, and On…
If you’re a full-grown human without offspring for the night, then you probably want to get down and boogie on New Years Eve – and there’s is no better way to experience Whistler’s legendary nightlife than with Whistler Club Crawl. These professional partiers offer the best deal in town – for $60 you get: 5 drink tickets, free VIP access to 4 or 5 bars/clubs, line bypass & even dinner – plus you get to party the night away with a bunch of new friends! Buy Tickets Here.
Finally, what is Whistler without a little yoga? Check out Loka Yoga School’s New Year’s Eve Celebration and bring in the new year Namaste-style. And don’t forget to ask Summit Lodge about our complimentary Yoga Kits – available for guests to borrow at no charge.
So, whether you plan to enjoy iconic outdoor skating, watching the mountain night sky explode in fireworks, or simply hitting the slopes – Whistler Summit Lodge & Spa is always happy to help plan your activities. Ask for the Holiday Fun Flat Sheet upon arrival. See you soon!