Family Time in Banff this December

There’s so much to ski and do with SkiBig3. December is prime time to visit with your family, with plenty stay busy on and off the slopes.

From free activities, unique performances, and the chance to connect and unwind, this winter month hosts several opportunities for family members of all ages to enjoy. And, as the holiday season kicks into full-gear you’ll find Santa on the slopes and lots of family-friendly on-mountain activities at Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt Norquay.

All the Free Activities

World Cup – Kicking off the month with the Lake Louise Audi World Cup on November 30th to December 3rd, Lake Louise Ski Resort will be a hub of ski activity for all ages and abilities. Ice sculpture photo ops and a Mini Food & Drink Market are just a few of the complimentary services that running that weekend.  Even better, kids ski (and learn!) for free on race days. The men’s weekend also runs November 24th-25th.

Wagon Rides – running every Sunday 12-4pm from November 19th to December 17th, enjoy the wonder of Banff by wagon, courtesy of the Banff Trail Riders. Be sure to layer up and prepare for the weather! Rides leave from the Whyte Museum parking lot.

Christmas in the Courtyard – The local hub of Banff gets Christmas-fied on Saturday, December 2nd. Join the community in the Bison Courtyard for complimentary hot chocolate, a s’more making station, Christmas carolers, a visit from Santa and more!

Banff Gondola Rides – From November 18th to January 7th, enjoy a mountaintop Christmas at the Banff Gondola. Visit before noon and kids go free! Cookies, a self-guided adventure, and stunning signature views of Banff.

Photo by Paul Zizka
Photo by Paul Zizka

See a Winter Performance

Tis the season for festive tales and enjoyment of the finer things in life. Here are a few we think you and yours might enjoy:

The Nutcracker – The Bolshoi Ballet at artsPlace Canmore – This holiday tradition brings two hours of enchantment and magic for the whole family. The Nutcracker remains a classic treasure not to be missed, and is just a short drive from Banff! December 3rd from 1 – 3:30pm.

Tom Jackson: Christmas 150 Master storyteller and musician Tom Jackson weaves a mythical, multimedia, and musical journey of all things Canadian and all things Christmas. December 17th at 2pm. 

Christmas Choir by the Bow Valley Chorus, at Banff Ave. Square – Bring yourself back to the roots of the holiday with some good ole fashioned Christmas cheer. December 1st, 8th, and 22nd from 7-8pm. Or enjoy their concert performances December 16th and 17th.

Photo Courtesy of artsPlace Canmore
Photo Courtesy of artsPlace Canmore

Slow Down the Pace

With all there is to ski and do in with SkiBig3 in December, you’ll want to take some time to slow down and truly soak it all in. The opportunities to connect with your loved ones in Banff National Park are closer than you think.

Go Beyond the Tourist Experience – A visit to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is the perfect way to gain a more personal understanding of Banff National Park, while giving your ski legs a break. Learn about the first stirrings of our resorts, and the pioneers of Canadian Rockies history that set the first tracks. Complimentary admission is included with a 3+ day SkiBig3 Lift Ticket.
Ski Spree by Eddie Hunter. Courtesy of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Recuperate Your Mind and Body – A visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs allows you to treat your muscles while immersing in the natural thermal waters straight out of Sulphur Mountain. A visit first thing in the morning is sure to energize you for the day. Complimentary entry is included when you purchase a SkiBig3 Lift Ticket for three or more days.

Let Nature Fill Your Soul – Whether on or off the resorts, the breathtaking beauty of Banff National Park is everywhere. Take a skate on Lake Louise, stargaze from the top of a mountain, or simply embrace around a bonfire.

Photo by Jake Dyson
Photo by Jake Dyson

Take in the excitement with your family this December, or any time, by booking a vacation with our Reservations Team! They are happy to help you find the best ski & stay deal possible.

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  • Debbie Brown

    Any tours/activity’s in Banff and Lake Louise around 28-30/12/17?

    • Chris Lamothe

      Hi Debbie, the Banff Gondola is doing a mountain top yoga on the 29th at 10:30 am and stargazing with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada from 6-8pm, the Fairmont Banff Springs is performing Mavericks of the Mountains at 5pm A Christmas Carol at 8pm each night, and the Brent Lee Band is performing at Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon each night at 9:30pm.

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