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Hubert Kang, Travel Alberta
The Real Banff Blog / Published: Mon, 11/28/2016 - 15:59

9 Excuses To Visit Banff & Lake Louise in December

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1. Ladies Alpine Ski World Cup – December 2nd - 4th

Skiing in Banff & Lake Louise is in full swing! As is tradition, the first weekend in December brings some of the finest alpine racers to the slopes of the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Get a few laps in and then join thousands of spectators to watch the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup Womens downhill and super-G races of the season. Bonus: Buy an adult lift ticket at the ski resort and get 2 free ski lift tickets for kids 12 and under on race day.  

2. Stargazing at The Banff Gondola – Every Friday in December from 6 – 8pm

Take your stargazing to new heights! Hosted by two members of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and a Brewster interpretive guide, visitors will enjoy uninterrupted views of star clusters and the milky way from the panoramic observation deck of the newly renovated Banff Gondola.   


3. The Gryphon Trio: Christmas at the Banff Springs Hotel – Friday, December 2nd

Enjoy a selection of Christmas classics in a special performance by the world-renowned Gryphon Trio, accompanied by soprano Patricia O’Callaghan. Those arriving early to the Cascade Ballroom will also enjoy a performance by the Banff String Academy.  

4. A Whyte Christmas – Open House at the Whyte Museum - Saturday, December 3rd

Here’s your chance to explore mountain culture with a Whyte Museum Christmas twist! Come with family and friends to enjoy crafts, carols, a visit from Santa himself! 

Whyte Museum

5. Take in a show at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity! (Ongoing)

Looking to enjoy a show this holiday season? The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity winter line-up will not disappoint!   

CBC Radio Live: This is That

Saturday, December 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Eric Harvie Theatre | $35 | Senior / Student $30

Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring offer audiences an intimate look behind the studio door of CBC’s award winning satirical radio show, This Is That. 

Liona Boyd: A Winter Fantasy

Sunday, December 4 | 1 p.m. | Rolston Recital Hall |$25 | Senior $15 | Student/Child $10

Liona Boyd, Andrew Dolson, and the Bow Valley Chorus create a magical afternoon for the whole family performing well-loved Christmas music interwoven with Liona’s original pieces, many of which feature on her album A Winter Fantasy. 

David Myles and Jenn Grant: Christmas Show

Wednesday, December 7 | 7:30 PM | Eric Harvie Theatre | Adult $30 | Senior/Student $25

David Myles, alongside Jenn Grant, perform selections from his Christmas Album "Its Christmas", featuring classic songs and new contemporary pieces like 'Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo'.

6. CP Holiday Train – Monday, December 12th 

Come experience the magic of the CP Holiday Train on December 12th at 7:00 p.m. For 18 years, the CP Holiday Trains have been raising money and awareness for local food banks across Canada. Join us (with food donation in hand) for a free concert featuring Dallas Smith and Odds.  

7. Country Christmas Dinner at Brewster’s Lake Louise Stable & Dance Barn – December 26th, 28th and 30th  

Start your Christmas dinner with a sleigh ride from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise over to the Brewster Dance Barn where you’ll be greeted by a live country band. Enjoy a western spread of salad, baked beans, baked potatoes and carved roast beef, topped off with a strawberry-rhubarb pie. Be sure to bring a pair of shoes fit for some serious holiday line dancing!  

8. Santa Shreds for Free at Mt Norquay - December 25th 

Santa suit? Check. Free lift ticket? Check! Come decked out in a proper Santa outfit and receive a free lift ticket to shred the historic slopes of Mt Norquay. Don’t have a suit? Spend the day shredding alongside Jolly Old St Nick anyway!   

Tyler Parker

9.  New Year’s Eve Canada 150 Party in Banff - December 31st

Canada - you look good for your age! Kick-off Canada’s 150th anniversary with an expanded New Year’s Eve party on December 31, 2016. Banff Avenue will be full of games and entertainment so you’ll find something for the whole family. Get your camera ready as the night will wrap-up with a firework display fit for a 150th birthday!  


For the complete holiday event listing visit https://www.banfflakelouise.com/Christmas