Kids in Winter - Chad Chomlack

Whistler Family Holiday Guide

December 23, 2015 by Pina Belperio

If you are fortunate to be spending the holidays in Whistler this year, there’s no shortage of activities to get you and your family into the holiday spirit. Mother Nature has also done her part by delivering heaps of fresh, powdery snow.

The Whistler Platinum team has assembled a list of the top holiday family, kid-friendly winter activities to help create an unforgettable winter vacation in Whistler.

 Whistler Village Skating Ring

Skating at the Whistler Olympic Plaza

Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza opens on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Whistler Olympic Plaza is located in the heart of Whistler Village near the intersection of Lorimer Road and Blackcomb Way. Public skating is also available at Meadow Park Sports Centre.

Rates

Free admission! Skate rentals are $6. Helmets are available at no charge.

Hours of Operation

  • Open seven days a week*: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Closed for maintenance daily:  2 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Hours*

  • December 24: 11 a.m– 8 p.m.
  • December 25, 12–4 p.m.
  • December 31, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Please be advised that extreme warm weather leads to warm ice & rain leads to puddles on the ice! Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza may need to close unexpectedly due to weather conditions. For up to date information, (604) 935-PLAY, press 3.

Note: To keep the rinks safe and family-friendly, hockey and figure skating are not permitted at Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Whistler Olympic Plaza Winter

Free Family Après @ Whistler Olympic Plaza

Dec 22, 23 & 25 from 4 to 6 pm

Family Après is all about experiencing winter outdoor fun with your kids in true Canadian style. Family Après features free kid-friendly entertainment including snowman building, tobogganing, storytelling, roving characters, music, mini-hockey, snacks & hot drinks. ALL AGES

Coca Cola Tube Park

Coca Cola Tube Park

Open December 10, 2016 – April 23, 2017

Blackcomb Mountain’s tube park at the Base 2 Zone, features 100 feet of sliding fun. Enjoy 7 lanes of tubing, hot snacks/beverages, heated washrooms, a fire pit and sound system. Park is fully lit for night-time tubing. No skill or equipment required. Kids must be at least 3 yrs and min. height of 36″ (or 91cm tall) to tube. Kids between 36″ (91 cm) to 41″ (103 cm) tall must use the Mini-kids lane from the halfway point only. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an Adult, but can ride by themselves if tall enough.

Hours of Operation

  • Weekends & Holidays – 10am-6pm
  • Weekdays (Mon-Fri) – 11am-6pm
 Whistler Fire & Ice Show

Fire & Ice Show

Enjoy a free show every Sunday from December 18, 2016 to late March 2017. Show start at 6:30 pm and are located at the Skiers Plaza (base of Whistler & Blackcomb Gondolas). Whistler’s top skiers and riders will spin and twist through a burning hoop. Dress warmly, grab a hot chocolate and prepare to be amazed! A free night of entertainment. ALL AGES.

Fire and Ice Whistler Blackcomb - Mike Crane

New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Show

11:30 pm – midnight at Skiers Plaza

Start off 2017 with a bang at the special NYE Fire & Ice Show at the base of Whistler Mountain with a dazzling fireworks display at midnight.

'Made In Whistler' Winter Artisan Market

‘Made In Whistler’ Winter Artisan Market

Open Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 10 am to 6 pm, at the The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler. Escape from the cold and explore locally made jewellery, pottery, fine art, unique fashions and artisanal foods and more. Free entry. ALL AGES.

 Whistler Holiday Experience

Whistler Holiday Experience

Saturday, December 17 – Friday, December 30 (closed December 25).

Hours: 10 am to 6 pm.

This indoor family fun zone provides entertainment for kids and parents during the holiday season. Kids can enjoy a mini putt course, table games, bouncy castles, crafts and video games. Parents can relax in the lounge area and enjoy a coffee or hot cocoa while the kids play. Open daily at Whistler Conference Centre. Free Admission. Ages 2-18 yrs.

Christmas Eve Carol Service

Christmas Eve Carol Service

At Westin Resort & Spa on Dec. 24 at 6:30 pm

The 33rd annual Christmas Eve Carol Service takes place at 6:30 PM at the Westin Resort & Spa. Hosted by the Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers, this interdenominational celebration features traditional carols, choral music sung by the choirs and readings by community members telling the story of the birth of Christ. Come and enjoy the sense of community and ‘peace and goodwill toward all’ that this carol service creates. Entry is by donation. ALL AGES.

Whistler Presents New Years Eve

Location: Various venues in Whistler Village | Time: 6:00 PM – Midnight

Put on your NYE wristband and head to enjoy the celebrations in Whistler Village in a family-friendly, alcohol free environment. All venues are within walking distance with roving street characters, sparkling lights and entertainment along the way.

The Whistler New Year’s Eve Celebration venues are recommended for ages 3-13, with a teen dance for ages 13-17. Venues will be open from 6 – 11 PM featuring arts, crafts, entertainment, a teen dance, music and exciting performances. Wristbands are $12.50 per person when purchased between December 1 – 2016 and $15.00 when purchased December 30 & 31, 2016.

Starting at 11:30 PM in Skiers Plaza there will be a special edition Fire & Ice Show plus a dazzling fireworks display to ring in the New Year (wristbands not required).

No need to drive! The Resort Municipality of Whistler is providing free public transit within Whistler from 6 PM December 31, 2016 to 4 AM on January 1, 2017.

Whistler Sleigh Rides

Sleigh Rides

A horse-drawn sleigh ride is a true Canadian winter outdoor adventure that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Rides take place on Blackcomb Mountain or at Nicklaus North Golf Course. ALL AGES.

Nordic Fun – Whistler Olympic Park, Callaghan Valley

Enjoy snowshoeing, tobogganing, nordic skiing, skate skiing and biathlon. Lessons and rentals available. Daily shuttle bus leaves daily from Whistler Village (reserve in advance). End the day with marshmallows and hot chocolate! ALL AGES.

Holiday hours
9 am – 4:30 pm weekdays (until 9pm on Weds).
8:30 am – 4:30 pm weekends
For more info, call (604) 964-0060.

Cross Country Skiing Whistler

Introductory Multi-Sport Holiday Camp

A 3-day sports camp for 7-12 year olds (beginner oriented) runs Dec. 28-30 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Whistler Olympic Park. Intro to cross-country skiing, biathlon, ski play/terrain park, snowshoeing and sliding. $175 (incl. rentals).

Dog Sledding & Snowmobiling

Dog Sledding & Snowmobiling

Explore Blackcomb Mountain and the scenic Callaghan Valley by snowmobile, snowshoe or dogsled. A memorable family activity suitable for beginners to advanced abilities. End your perfect day with a fondue at the Crystal Hut. Ages 6yrs+

Luge Track Whistler

Try Luge or Skeleton at Whistler Sliding Centre

Geared towards athletic, flexible athletes aged 8-14 years. Luge sliding allows kids to slide through the final 4 corners on the Olympic track, reaching speeds of up to 70km/hr. Kids will receive coaching and supervision and medical patrol while at the venue.

ZipTrek - Fly Like an Eagle!

ZipTrek – Fly Like an Eagle!

Ziptrek Tours offers ziplining tours and panoramic views of Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains. You will cross treetop suspension bridges and sky high viewing platforms, that connect the ziplines in the old-growth rainforest. Tours start and end in Whistler Village. Ages 6yrs+

 Ice Fishing in Pemberton

Ice Fishing in Pemberton

For a great outdoor winter experience, take your kids to Blackwater Lake for an ice fishing adventure. An on-site ice hut is equipped with a heater to keep your toes toasty warm.

ALL AGES. For more kid-friendly activities, please visit Whistler4Kids.com

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