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Christmas, Banff Avenue, Banff National Park
Noel Hendrickson
The Real Banff / Published: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 15:28

A Festive Weekend in Banff and Lake Louise

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A land of mountains and high elevations, in Banff National Park winter always comes early. Maybe it’s the chill in the air or the softly falling snowflakes, but the whole region takes the cold-weather cue to get an early start on the holidays, too!

If you’ve set your sights on Banff and Lake Louise this December, we’ve got more events than light bulbs on the tree to ignite your Christmas spirit. The options below let you mix and match your way through a weekend getaway that is great for the whole family. 

FRIDAY - Experience Christmas at the Castle

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is the place to be right before the weekend kicks off. Check out these holiday events in early December! 

Eat the Castle 

Part wine and food tasting and part historic tour, Eat the Castle stops at four restaurants at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. A local guide brings the castle to life through storytelling as chefs present you delicious food to enjoy.

Fridays from 3 - 5pm 

Fairmont Christmas Market

Regional food and beverage vendors gather to bring you a taste of the local artisanal scene. Mill around and sample goods, then stock up on Christmas gifts from your favourite vendors.

Fridays 6 - 10 p.m., Saturdays 10 - 4 p.m.

Christmas at the Castle

With so much happening, you’ll want to check the calendar of events for the full list of family-friendly activities. Highlights include a performance of A Christmas Carol, a Heritage Tour, outdoor curling, and poking your nose in The Santa Suite. Did you know the Banff Springs is his home away from the North Pole?!

Christmas, Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff National Park

SATURDAY - Visit Santa On A Mountaintop

Photos with Santa - The Spirit of Christmas​

Trust Canada’s largest year-round Christmas store, The Spirit Of Christmas to get the big guy to come to Banff early. Every Saturday and Sunday, grab a mulled spice drink and get your photo taken with Santa – all proceeds go to charity! Pets are welcome.

November 30 - December 22, December 24

Christmas Shopping, Banff National Park
Noel Hendrickson

Mountaintop Christmas - Banff Gondola

Possibly the highest elevation Christmas celebration in Canada, ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for some holiday fun, including ornament decorating, a letter-writing station, and a Festive Photo Quest.

Saturdays & Sundays - November 16 to December 22, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Banff Gondola, Mountaintop Christmas, Winter, Banff National Park
Devaan Ingraham

SUNDAY - Embrace Winter Adventure

With the dip in temperatures and a dusting of snow, Banff National Park is transformed into a winter playground for everyone.

There are a variety of operators in Banff and Lake Louise that offer incredible winter tours, including ice walkssnowshoe tours and more. 

Families that love to ski will appreciate the variety of terrain available across the three ski resorts in Banff National Park. From sprawling “magic carpet” areas to unforgettable black diamond chutes, every member of the family will enjoy making their turns in the Canadian Rockies. 

This will also be your chance to try a quintessential Canadian activity - dogsledding! Climb into a cozy sled, hold on and witness the power of your team. The kids will love the chance to get to know your dogs before and after the ride.    

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