The Village sparkles with lights through the night, snow dusts the grounds, and Whistler is buzzing with activity. There is nothing like the holidays in Whistler.
As we say goodbye to 216 and prepare to celebrate the coming of 2017, there is no shortage of activities for the entire family.
The Village becomes a hive of family-friendly entertainment and activities, just put on your wristband and head out to enjoy the festivities (including free skating, live performances, arts, crafts, a teen dance, and more) leading up to the midnight fireworks display. Find out more here.
There are parties guaranteed at every pub and club in town. Find a list of events here.
Whistler is always busy during the holidays – and for good reason!
Not only is the skiing/snowboarding fantastic, but there is never any shortage of activities and events – and this year is no exception. If you plan to spend the holidays in Whistler this year, check out Tourism Whistler’s guide the the Whistler Holiday Experience so that you don’t miss a thing.
With everything from visits with Santa, to free skating and tubing, to artisan markets, there is something for everyone!
What are you waiting for?
This year Pemberton Winterfest returns to One Mile Lake from January 16 – 18. This 3-day annual event is a true celebration of what makes Pemberton so special – a spectacular setting and a vibrant community. This is a chance to kick up your heels and embrace winter in a family-friendly festival with events and entertainment not to miss. Some of this year’s events include pick-up hockey, ice skating, ice fishing, curling, snow painting, and more. In addition, there will be a daily bon fire, music, and food concession, including ‘You Roast’ Hot Dogs & S’Mores.
Are you ready to take the plunge? Slip into your best bathing suite or costume and be ready for a dip in the icy waters of One Mile Like at 12 Noon on Sunday January 18th. Be there or be….warm? Don’t worry, there will be hot chocolate for all those who brave the waters – don’t forget a nice warm towel and dry clothes.
There will be a free screening of an outdoor movie every day of the festival at 6:00 PM. For extra enjoyment, pack a thermos of hot chocolate and throw some popcorn in a bag to enjoy throughout the show. On Friday the movie will be followed by fireworks at 8:00 PM and on Saturday it will be followed by the lighting of the Pemberton Wish Lanterns at 700 PM.
Free shuttles will run every 15 minutes on January 16 & 17 between 4:00 PM and 8:30 PM. The pick-up location for the shuttle is at the Pemberton Valley Lodge and the Pemberton Community Centre.
Parking will be available at the Old Highway Yard behind the Visitor Centre and at the Pemberton Community Centre. The parking lots at One Mile Lake will be closed.
For a full schedule of events please visit the Pemberton Winterfest website.
Please note that the dates for this event have changed. Pemberton Winterfest will now run from January 23 to January 24.
Another year almost over and, as usual, there is no shortage of things to do in Whistler to celebrate the coming of 2015. Christmas is over but with the Village stroll full of lights and snow dusting the ground, Whistler is buzzing with activity and fun for the entire family.
Need a break or a place to take you kids to run off some energy after the excitement of Christmas? The Whistler Holiday Experience provides a warm, indoor entertainment zone with a mini-putt course, table games, crafts, video games, a bouncy castle, and more. The best part is that parents can sit back and enjoy a coffee or hot coco while their kids entertain themselves. The Whistler Holiday Experience at the Whistler Conference Centre is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily until January 6th (but is closed on December 31).
On December 30th children between the ages of 5 and 12 can enjoy a night away from their parents. Whistler Kids will provide supervision from 5:30 to 9:00 PM and there will be activities, dinner, snacks, and more. Find out more here.
So, you have finished your day on the mountain but still need something to do before dinner? Every Monday & Wednesday there will be family-friendly entertainment and activities at Whistler Olympic Plaza from 4:30 to 6:30. On December 29th Toni Smith will be on stage and there will be street games, a balloon twister, and a more! Find out more here.
The free outdoor skating rink in Whistler Village is open every day from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Don’t have your own skates? No need to worry. Rentals are available for only $5.
Ring in the new year at this family-friendly evening of entertainment and celebration. You can purchase your ticket to the event here or at Millennium Place, Meadow Park Sports Centre, and the Whistler Visitor Centre. Tickets will give you access to a range of venues with entertainment for all ages, crafts, food, dancing, ice skating, a special kid’s countdown party at 9:00 PM, and more. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.
You can’t celebrate New Year’s without fireworks! The best seats for the fireworks show will be at Skiers Plaza at the base of Whistler, but, as long as you can see Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains you will probably be able to see the show so make sure you don’t miss it!
Other New Year’s Eve Events
Not interested in the family-friendly Whistler Presents? Not to worry, there are parties planned accross town in almost every pub, club, and restaurant. From the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s New Years Eve Gala to the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Bearfoot Bistro, to Buffalo Bills New Years Eve Masquerade Party and the Roaring 20’s Party at the Firerock, there is sure to be an event for you. Here is a full list of other New Year’s Eve events.
No matter how you decide to spend your New Years, I wish you a safe evening filled with fun, laughter and cheer. I look forward to seeing you in 2015 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Planning to spend this weekend in Whistler? Here are a few of the events to look forward to:
This is the ultimate gravity fueled, mountain bike festival. With only 3 days left here are some of the events that will be happening this weekend:
Visit the Crankworx Whistler website for more information. Or, take a walk through the Village to check out the posted schedules of events and entertainment.
When: 12:00 – 4:00pm
Where: The Upper Village at the Base of Blackcomb
What: A celebration of all things cheese including:
- Uphill Races: A kids race to roll cheese up the cheese rolling hill
- Cheese Bowling: A kids race to roll cheese through an obstacle course
- Face Painting
- Cheese Tasting
- Expert Seminars with Cheese Makers & Experts
- Crazy Costume Contest
- THE MAIN EVENT: Put on a helmet & knee pads to chase an 11-pound wheel of cheese down a hill! The first person to the cheese gets 2 season passes to Whistler Blackcomb!
This is the Sea-to-Sky’s signature agrotourism event. Take a pedal-powered trip through the beautiful Pemberton Meadows and meet local growers, sample fresh produce, connect with the local community, and more!
For more information or to register, visit the Tourism Pemberton website.
The 2014 Wanderlust Festival in Whistler is happening this weekend from July 31 to August 4. Although is is commonly known as a festival of yoga, including classes from the world’s leading yoga teachers, it also brings together top musical acts and performers as well as renowned speakers and amazing chefs. This is a festival for all the senses.
Yoga: You can create your ideal day of yoga at the Wanderlust festival – no matter if you are an experienced yogi or brand new to the practice. A broad selection of classes, from relaxing meditation to aerial yoga, there is something for all ability levels and interests. See the Yoga schedule here.
Music: A feast for your ears. Wanderlust believes that ‘if yoga is the soul, music is the beating of the heart’. The festival brings a wide variety of musical performers together, from the beloved to those who you are yet to discover. View the musical lineup here.
Outdoor Adventure: In addition to yoga, the Wanderlust festival celebrates a healthy outdoor lifestyle with hiking, trail runs, mountain biking, zip-lining, rafting, and rock climbing. Check out the adventures here.
Food & Wine: Find healthy food choices from renowned chefs throughout the festival. No matter if it is a quick bit on the go or a fine dining experience. Find out more about the dining experience here.
Speaker Series: The Wanderlust Speakeasy Lectures focus on topics related to mindful living and feature a lineup of yoga teachers, musicians, authors, business leaders, filmmakers, and philosophers. See the lineup here.
A family affair: The Wanderlust Festival is not just for adults! The festival offers a variety of kids programs and workshops for all ages. Learn about the kids programs here.
Tickets are limited but there are still some available. To purchase tickets for get more information, visit the Wanterlust Whistler website.
After 6 years, this year marked the return of the Pemberton Music Festival and for 4 days (plus 1 day in Whistler) 20,000 people flocked the the festival grounds. Now that we are living in Pemberton, I had a fantastic time enjoying the music from my very own viewing stage.
Next weekend, the May Long Weekend will come to Whistler with a bang thanks to an awesome new festival that celebrates everything that is amazing about the great outdoors and Whistler in the spring. With 4 days packed full of events and activities, the weekend is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book come to life. No matter if you prefer to spend a relaxing day at Nita Lake Lodge ‘Painting in the Peaks’ or put their skills to the test with ‘The Great Cheakamus Ricer Extream Kayak Race’ there will be something for everyone – from Sports to Arts & Culture. Plus, what is a Whistler Festival without free concerts and entertainment?!
Each year, Whistler looks to add to their year-round offerings and this new festival will extend the already exciting line-up of events in Whistler right through from the World Ski & Snowboard Festival to the RBC GranFondo Whistler in September. Whistler locals have always known that spring in Whistler is the perfect time of year where you can ski in the morning and bike or golf in the afternoon. The GO Fest will celebrate and share this with everyone.
Here are some highlights of a few of the events / activities that will be happening:
You can find the full schedule of events here.
If you are looking for a team to join or need a final member of a team, you can find the Orphan Postings here.
It is time to take back the May Long Weekend and have some fun! Follow me on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter and tell me what events you are most looking forward to and share your “Choose Your Own Adventure” story of the weekend.
The World Ski & Snowboard Festival is just around the corner! Can you believe it?!
This is one of the biggest parties in Whistler and you could win a VIP experience to celebrate the coming of spring and the end of the 2013/2014 ski and snowboard season in Whistler.
Check out Dose.ca for your chance to win.