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Christmas at the Rimrock Hotel
Noel Hendrickson
The Real Banff / Published: Fri, 11/26/2021 - 10:14

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Whether you’re a kid at heart or are visiting Banff and Lake Louise with kids of your own, sipping on a steaming cup of hot chocolate is a must this Christmas season! 

And we’re not alone in the sentiment either. Stop by these cafes and restaurants to try their unique spins on the famous winter-loving drink. Make sure to share your foodie snaps with #MyBanffChristmas.

Wild Flour & Little Wild 

If you’re strolling Banff Ave or Bear Street, there’s no excuse not to cozy up at Little Wild or Wild Flour - where everything is made from scratch. Their holiday classic is Maeghan’s Cocoa Chai, made with Black tea and spices, combined with Wild Flour Bakery’s homemade chocolate ganache.

Don’t forget to grab a freshly baked gingerbread cookie to dunk in your creamy hot chocolate.  

Free Spirits

STOCK Food & Drink at the Banff Springs

Love hazelnut? Try STOCK’s Hazelnut Bliss Hot Chocolate: STOCK Food & Drink house-made hot chocolate with Frangelico and hazelnut syrup, topped with whip cream and Ferrero Rocher crumble.

Park Distillery 

Mix one-of-a-kind spirits with your kid at heart! Park Distillery’s Back Country Warmer hot chocolate lets you choose between three of Park Distillery’s house-made spirits - chilli, vanilla or espresso vodka to add to creamy hot chocolate.

Park Distillery Smores

The Juniper Bistro 

The Juniper Bistro has us hooked on their extensive list of specialty hot chocolates. They have seven different drinks for you to try this year. 

  • Orange & Spice: Hot chocolate with orange syrup, whip, orange zest.
  • Juniper Hot Chocolate: Chocolate sauce and frothed milk with whip and chocolate sprinkle.
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate: Peppermint syrup with whipped cream, candy cane crumble and mint leaf.
  • Coconut Cloud: Vegan hot chocolate.

Boozy Hot Chocolates

  • Snow Angel: Grand Marnier, Baileys and Vanilla Galliano with whip, toasted marshmallow and white chocolate.
  • Maple Nut: Park Maple Rye Whiskey, Frangelico and Amaretto with whip and toasted marshmallow.
  • The Winter Shaft: Vodka, Baileys, Kahlua and espresso with whip and espresso bean.

Hot chocolate at Juniper Bistro
Juniper Bistro

Nourish Bistro 

Warming you up and waking you up on those cool winter nights is none other than Nourish Bistro’s Mayan Mocha Hot Chocolate and Coffee with Cazadores Anejo Tequila and Kahlua Liqueur, topped with whipped cream and spicy chilli chocolate shavings.

Good Earth Coffeehouse Banff

A fresh take on a classic holiday favourite, Good Earth Coffeehouse serves up a Raspberry White Hot Chocolate Kiss. A creamy white hot chocolate infused with raspberry syrup, topped with decadent whipped cream and raspberry drizzle.

Hot chocolate at Good Earth Coffeehouse Banff
Good Earth Coffeehouse

Sky Bistro and Castle Mountain Coffee Co. at Banff Gondola  

Baby, it’s chilly outside, and you can’t blame us for heading into the observatory at the Banff Gondola for a hot beverage. Their take on the classic warm drink is a Peppermint and Lavender Hot Chocolate, or make it Optional Bailey’s add-on available at Sky Bistro.

Once you’ve warmed up enough, explore the observation deck for even better views!

Hot chocolate at Sky Bistro
Sky Bistro

The Balkan Restaurant 

The perfect nightcap is The Balkan’s boozy Hot Chocolate Rasta: Kahlua, Malibu Coconut Rum and hot chocolate topped with hand-shaken cream. For an after-dinner drink and dessert, we recommend ordering it with a side of their famous Baklava!

Bear Street Tavern

Get a classic Banff pizza and your fill of warm holiday cheer with the Bear Street Tavern’s Spicy Bear Hot Chocolate. They mix Park Distillery Chili Vodka, Forty Creek Cream and rich hot chocolate, finished with whipped cream and cinnamon. 2 oz. Make a night of it and get one of the Tavern’s famous pizzas while you’re there.

Hot chocolate at Bear Street Tavern
Bear Street Tavern

Chimney Corner at Sunshine Village

After a day on the slopes, warm-up at Sunshine Village’s Chimney Corner with their White Hot Chocolate with Rum Chata: Garnished with Chantilly cream, white chocolate drizzle, cinnamon, and a sugar rim for the glass.

Hot chocolate at Sunshine Village
Chimney Corner at Sunshine Village

The Larkspur Lounge at the Rimrock Resort

On your way to the Banff Hot Springs or after hiking down from the top of Sulphur Mountain, stop at the beautiful Larkspur Lounge in the Rimrock Resort and take in the view of the bow valley with their Decadent Hot Chocolate: decadent chocolate, cream, dripping chocolate sauce, marshmallows, and chocolate fudge brownie pieces.

Or try their adult version with a boozy add-on in their Spiced Orange Hot Chocolate: Triple Sec, Canton Ginger Liqueur, Half and Half Cream, topped with whipped cream and candied orange flakes.

Magpie & Stump

Mexican dishes and holiday hot chocolates, this is a combo you can’t pass up. The Magpie & Stump is serving up a Mayan Mocha: Hot chocolate and coffee with Cazadores Anejo Tequila and Kahlua Liqueur, topped with whipped cream and spicy chilli chocolate shavings.

Hot chocolate at Magpie & Stump
Magpie & Stump

Three Bears Brewery and Restaurant 

Watch the stars through the glass ceiling and enjoy a boozy special with the Three Bears Restaurant’s Espresso Banana Hot Chocolate: Espresso vodka, banana liquor and hot chocolate with whipped cream and nutmeg. 1.5 oz.

Whitebark Cafe

A classic Canadian take on hot chocolate with Whitebark Cafe’s S’more Hot Chocolate with Toasted Marshmallows & Gram Cracker Crumble: Whitebark’s signature hot chocolate, with gram cracker crumble, toasted mini marshmallows and a chocolate drizzle. 

Hot chocolate at Whitebark Cafe
Whitebark Cafe

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