The Resort Municipality of Whistler has a range of fun and festive activities for residents and visitors this winter season.
“Come to Whistler Village and enjoy the winter season. Whether you want to ice skate outdoors, toboggan with your family, cross-country ski, or entertain guests over the holidays, Whistler has an incredible range of activities for all ages,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton.
“Thank you to the Province of British Columbia for investing in the Resort Municipality Initiative. Many of the activities and events on offer are funded by RMI. This funding builds Whistler’s visitor experience throughout the year.”
- Skating: The outdoor skating rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza opens Saturday, December 8. Own your own skates? Skating is free. Skate rentals are $6. The rink is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the ice is closed daily for maintenance from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Holiday hours are in effect December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1. Strollers are welcome, and helmets are available for free. The rink includes a kids’ section Game Zone with plastic sticks and pucks. View details at whistler.ca/skating or call 604-935-PLAY and press 3.
- Snow Zone: With temperatures dropping, two snow guns are working around the clock to prepare the popular Snow Zone at Whistler Olympic Plaza for winter play. Once ready, the free zone will be open to the public for tobogganing, sliding and other winter fun.
- Family Après: Join the outdoor fun at Family Après. Sip a hot beverage and enjoy a variety of ever-changing entertainment including live music, dancing, face painting, hula hooping, characters in costume, balloon twisting animals, popcorn, cookies, donuts, juggling and games. Family Après takes place at Whistler Olympic Plaza from 3 to 6 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday, starting Monday, December 17. The program is compliments of the Resort Municipality of Whistler. View details at whistler.ca/whistlerpresents.
- Festive lighting: Take a stroll through Whistler Village to admire the festive lighting. There are up to 350,000 bulbs in total with around 7,000 bulbs on each tree. 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.
Holiday season events and animation
- Whistler Holiday Experience: The Whistler Holiday Experience offers a fun, free range of indoor activities at Whistler Conference Centre from Saturday, December 22 to Sunday, January 6. Kids can enjoy mini putt golf, table games, bouncy castles, crafts and video games. Parents can relax in the lounge area and enjoy coffee or cocoa while the kids play. View details at whistler.ca/whistlerpresents.
- Whistler’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations: Ring in 2019 at Whistler’s magical New Year’s Eve. The festivities have a new format this year: the excitement starts early at Whistler Olympic Plaza, with an expanded Family Après where everyone can experience a taste of Canadian outdoor fun. Or come in from the cold and discover a variety of activities at the Whistler Conference Centre. Both areas will offer entertainment starting at noon. Want to ring in the new year early? A High-Flying Snow Show at Skiers Plaza, at the base of Whistler Mountain, will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a fireworks show and countdown at 8 p.m. The timing is perfect for families with young children and anyone who enjoys an early night. The new year will be officially welcomed with a Special Edition Fire & Ice Show starting at 11:30 p.m., capped off with a colourful, grand finale fireworks show at midnight. Whistler Transit will be free within Whistler from 6 p.m. to late. View details at whistler.ca/NYE.
About the Festivals, Events and Animation program
Celebration is an essential component of Whistler’s culture. This was highlighted during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games when Whistler presented the most outstanding display of sport, the arts, and entertainment the resort had ever seen. The RMOW and resort partners continue to build on that momentum through the Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program by developing, attracting and investing in a wide range of high-quality programs throughout the year including an exciting line-up of festivals and events for all ages and audiences.
The FE&A program is funded by the Province of British Columbia through Municipal and Regional District Tax as well as the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI). The RMI funds invest in programs and projects to build tourism throughout BC. The FE&A program is overseen by a Committee of Council composed of senior staff from the RMOW and Tourism Whistler, a community member at-large, and a Whistler council representative.