10 Magical Reasons to Spend Your Festive Holidays at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us! Whistler is an extraordinary place to visit year-round, but there is something so special about spending the holidays in our little resort town. The perfect magical holiday you’ve seen in movies does exist, and it’s right here at Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

After a year of celebrating the holidays at home, it’s finally time to reconnect with our cherished friends and family. This year, discover what makes the Fairmont Chateau Whistler the most magical place to spend this holiday season.

1. Love at Frost Sight

From the moment you pull into our twinkling drive, you know you’ve arrived somewhere really special for the holidays. With lines of trees dripping with holiday sparkle and the festively-decked lobby halls, you will be immediately immersed in a surreal winter wonderland. You might even catch yourself humming a Christmas carol or two!

Christmas lights light up the hotel exterior

2. Deck the Halls

We love Christmas here in Whistler. Our whole town comes alive with twinkling lights and festive decorations. Santa’s Elves get to work early decorating our hotel with festive cheer from mid-November and keep it up for you to enjoy into January. If you already have holiday plans elsewhere, that means you can get into the spirit early with a pre-holiday visit.

You can learn more about the mind-boggling amount of lights in Whistler here – DRESSED TO IMPRESS: WHISTLER’S HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAY

3. Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Is there anything more magical than walking through festive-lit paths as snow falls slowly all around you? The town of Whistler is designed as a pedestrian paradise. While here, you can get practically anywhere by walking. Upon arrival, you can park your car, and give it a much-needed vacation until it’s time to pack up to go home. There’s no need to clear off your car or wrangle everyone into driving together – a real stress saver.

The festive season is also a time to celebrate. From après drinks to festive dinners, everyone can join in the festivities because there is no need to have a designated driver. Cheers to that! Of course, just because you can walk everywhere, that doesn’t mean you have to. Our hotel shuttle is here to give you a lift when you need it. During operation, the shuttle does a route around the Village every 20-minutes with multiple pick-up points.

A scenic picture of a Christmas Village at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

4. Snow Much Family Time

The most important part of the holidays is spending precious family time together making memories. Reunite your family from near and far to reconnect and celebrate together in the mountains.

While staying as our guest you will get the type of quality time your family with cherish. From spending the day playing in the snow, to enchanting family dinners together in a Snow Globe, and finishing your night with a good old-fashioned games night. Your stay will have endless opportunities to create memories together.

Being away from home on the holidays doesn’t mean missing out on your favourite traditions. To make your room truly feel like your home away from home, we can help to arrange to have a natural, six-foot tree delivered to your room. It comes complete with a decoration kit, so you can spend time together decorating the boughs, then all gather around it on Christmas morning to open presents. We’ll be sure to tell Santa where you are!

Here are a few more ideas for fun with the kids:

A family laugh and enjoy skiing in the sun
woman smiling at young skier

5. Meet Under the Mistletoe

The holiday season is an incredibly romantic time of year. While here, you may catch yourself feeling like a character in your very own holiday romantic movie. Sneak a kiss under the mistletoe, sip and savour fireside drinks, or perhaps enjoy an incredibly romantic meal together in a Snow Globe. The possibilities for romance are endless.

If you have extra romantic plans this year and are thinking of going from merry to married, our penthouse, Snow Globes, and festive hotel grounds are picture-perfect places to propose. Not sure where to start? Our team is always happy to help you plan something uniquely special to you.

A couple sit and enjoy each others company

6. Eat Drink & Be Merry

Be sure to pack your roomiest snow pants, because our holiday dining options are as delectable as they are irresistible. Whether you are looking for something casual like an après ski drink in The Mountain Social Lounge, a Festive Feast dinner to-go from Portobello, or perhaps something a bit fancier like a private dinner in the Snow Globes or the New Year’s Eve Gala, there is something for everyone. No matter where you drink and dine over the holidays, you know it’s going to be delicious.


For a true seasonal experience to warm your body and spirit, we highly recommend you don’t miss out on fondue at The Chalet. It’s a magical evening of cheesy fondue, topped off with a visit from the Schnapps Wagon!

7. Santa Is Coming – We Know Him!!

We’re on Santa’s nice list, so Mr. and Mrs. Claus stop by every year to spread holiday cheer with our guests (big and small). They love spending the season here because the festive decorations, music, and holiday cheer remind them of home at the North Pole.

A guest favourite is our annual bedtime stories with Mrs. Claus. Put on your coziest pajamas and join her for storytime – complete with cookies! If you’re worried about where Santa is going to put your presents on Christmas morning, fret not! As mentioned above, you can have your very own tree in your room. It comes complete with decorations so you can set it up just how you like it.

Seasonal celebrities. PHOTO SEAN ST.DENIS
Mr and Mrs Clause greet children

8. Dashing Through The Snow

If there is a winter sport or activity you’re dreaming of, you’re likely to find it here in Whistler. From our world-class skiing at Whistler Blackcomb to classic family fun in the snow, you can tick every winter sport off your wish list this holiday season.

Skate at Olympic Plaza – Complete with festive lights and music. Skate rentals are available on site.

Skiing & Snowboarding – Our true ski-in, ski-out location is a mountain lover’s dream.

Cross Country Skiing – Explore the neighbouring Lost Lake park. Don’t worry, it’s well signed, so you won’t get lost! Rentals are available on site.

Snowshoe – Join a Whistler Experience Guides tour to be taken on a guided walk in the snowy woods.

Tobogganing/Playing in the Snow – We have a slope right behind the hotel. Make sure to stop by Portobello for après cocoa!

Spring skiing in Whistler Blackcomb
Friends skiing on a sunny day

9. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

It’s called the festive season for a reason. It’s the time to revel and celebrate. Whether it’s Christmas, New Year’s, or a really fun Wednesday night, the Mallard Lounge is the place to be this holiday season. Their nightly live music, tasty drinks, and roaring fire give it the ultimate ski lodge atmosphere.


If you are visiting from December 17- January 2, make sure to gather around the fire on the Mallard patio from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM for hot chocolate, holiday treats and live entertainment.

A group of friends sit around a fire, bundled warmly with food and drinks

10. Take An Elfie

Make sure to clear some space on your camera! There are so many enchanting places to take photos you are sure to return home with a treasure trove of holiday snaps. Here are a few ideas in the hotel and around town to get you started:

  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler Lobby
  • Poolside
  • Village Stroll
  • Your room balcony
  • Fairmont Gold Lounge
  • Snow Globe

Don’t forget to share your festive shots with #wearewhistler. We love to see Whistler through your eyes!

If all of these reasons don’t get you into the holiday spirit, perhaps you should check out our festive season page for even more holiday info! Don’t wait to book your stay.

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Create your most memorable vacation with more winter Whistler vacation planning ideas and reservation assistance from our Fairmont Concierge team. E-mail [email protected] or call +1 604 938 2006 for personal assistance.

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