Explore & Experience Whistler
The annual Family Apres program is on hiatus this winter season. Instead, look for lighting displays, educational animation and beautiful photo ops within Whistler Village, starting in December to the end of March.
Whistler Olympic Plaza Sugar Shacks
Two wooden picnic shelters have been repurposed and decorated as festive Sugar Shacks in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Bring your friends and family for a must-stop, festive photo op.
Whistler Village Festive lighting
Stroll through Whistler Village to view the festive lighting. There are up to 350,000 LED bulbs in total with approximately 6,500 strands of lights. The lights celebrate the short days of winter under Whistler’s dramatic dark skies. The lights are put up gradually, so you will notice new lights in the early weeks of the season. Also be sure to check out the giant woodland creatures on display at Rebagliati Park.
Go Whistler Tours: Self-Guided Tours
Get more out of your Whistler vacation with Go Whistler Tours, brought to you by Tourism Whistler and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. These curated tours guide you to unique experiences and locations throughout our resort, from art galleries to nature walks, and help you adventure more deeply in Whistler. Among the many tours to choose from, the Festive Lights Displays tour is now in session. Access the tours here.
Performer | Artist | Supplier applications
Local performers, artists and entertainers wishing to be involved in the Explore & Experience program, please complete the following application: Performer | Artist | Supplier application and contact.
Whistler Olympic Plaza Snow Zone
Once snow conditions permit, the frosty fun will be open daily for snow play and sledding. Additional festive lights have been added to the snow zone for evening play.
Wintersphere, A Whistler Winter Celebration
Due to the recent Provincial Health Orders, Wintersphere at the Conference Centre has been cancelled.
Celebrate New Year's Eve in Whistler Village
Due to the recent Provincial Health Orders, Whistler's free New Year's Eve Celebrations have been cancelled.
Transit within Whistler will be free from 6 p.m. to end of service. (Regular winter Transit schedule)
Previous initiatives by the Festivals, Events and Animation Department.
Whistler's Moving Meadows - Planted Poetry and Art Display
Whistler artists, writers and residents came together to create Whistler’s Moving Meadow; an artistic and heartfelt tribute to the beauty of Whistler and the resilience of our community. The display showcases local art in the form of painted evergreen trees and planted poetry tributes that spring from the ground.
You can download a colouring page and share on Instagram with the hashtag #mywhistler.
Whistler Has Heart Auction
To thank our community and essential workers for their strength, support and kindness to one another; the Whistler Has Heart Project brought together local artists and residents to paint hearts as a show of love for our community.
Featured works by: Andrea Mueller, Ben Poechman, Carly Blackburn, Cary Lopez, Chantelle Pellerin, Dave "Pepe" Petko, Helen Wojick, Kate Zessel, Kris Kups, Liz Thompson, Natasha Plumridge, Siobahn Joseph, Stan Matwychuck, Taka Sudo, Vanessa Stark, and more!
All proceeds from the auction went towards supporting the Whistler Health Care Foundation and the work they do to keep our community safe and healthy.
Experience Whistler at Home | Music & Art
When live art and music were not permitted, the RMOW supported local artists and musicians through the Experience Whistler at Home initiative.
Local artists painted wooden trees from their home and created short videos to share their experience with the Whistler community. Local musicians also provided a small piece of original music for the social media videos. It was a perfect collaboration and provided a small work opportunity for artists and musicians that would normally be hired for our winter animation program.
Please share the videos, if you can, to show your support for Whistler’s local artists and musicians.