In Banff and Lake Louise, the holidays bring a diverse array of outdoor experiences and festivities for all. Here are all the must-visit holiday happenings in Banff National Park this season.
In Search of Christmas Spirit - A Live Christmas Story
This enchanting experience will help you find that unbeatable sense of Christmas spirit that we are all seeking in this year of uncertainty. Bundle up for a walk through the Cascade of Time Garden, where you’ll witness a live Christmas story told by the animals of Banff National Park.
The story is delivered by illuminated puppets, dazzling sculptures, and ingenious sound effects. It’s a tale of hope and unity that will strike a chord with everyone this Christmas in Banff and Lake Louise. Book your free tickets and get ready for a totally transformed walk through the park.
Where: Cascade of Time Garden
When: November 23, 2022 - December 31, 2022
Time: 5 p.m. - 10:30 pm
*Tickets and registration required
Jump aboard the Banff Gondola and visit Santa's Workshop at the summit of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy Christmas delights, pose for a photo with Santa, and explore the Above Banff Interpretive Centre.
Where: Banff Gondola
When: Weekends November 19 - December 18, 2022 & Daily December 19 - 30, 2022
Cost: All activities are free with gondola admission. Kids travel free with each paying adult when you visit before 12 noon.
Nightrise at the Banff Gondola
At Nightrise, Sulphur Mountain’s summit is transformed after dark through four digital art installations. Vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, video projections and music bring the mountaintop to life in new and unexpected ways.
Where: Banff Gondola
When: Weekends November 19, 2022 - April 9, 2023
Cost: All activities are free with gondola admission.
Country Christmas Dinner
The evening begins with a short sleigh ride transfer from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise over to our Dance Barn where a live country and western band will welcome you into the warm and cozy Dance Barn.
All decorated for the Christmas season, featuring our 16 foot tall horseshoe Christmas tree, the Dance Barn is a place for families to kick back and enjoy some western hospitality.
Where: Brewster Barn
When: December 23, 28 & 30, 2022
Depart: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise at 6 pm and 6:30 pm
Banff Christmas Market
The Banff Christmas Market is inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New. It captures all of the tradition, heritage, and romance of these European Markets while showcasing the best artisanal products of the Bow Valley and its surrounding regions. Boasting unique products, family-friendly entertainment, and a festive menu of cocktails, pretzels, mulled wine, and sweets, The Banff Christmas Market creates a warm and inviting environment for families of all ages during the day and an adult atmosphere in the evening.
Where: Warner Stables, 100 Sundance Rd
When: November 18-20, November 25-27, and December 2-4, 2022
Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 am - 8 pm, Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Entry Fee: $10.00 + 5% GST. Children 10 & under are free.
Banff Santa Scavenger Hunt
Enjoy a magical time with your family with adventures that will have you feeling like a child again. Join in the search for Santa by following clues around Banff to locate his secret hideaway. Set off on a Santa Scavenger Hunt through the streets of Banff. Solve puzzles and riddles, submit pictures, earn points, and check in along the way.
On this scavenger hunt, explore the streets of Banff and discover little-known secret destinations along with well-known favourites. Solve puzzles and riddles, submit photos and/or videos, and earn points for finishing specially crafted missions.
Cost: $55 per family
Where: Details will be emailed upon booking confirmation.
Christmas on Skis
Looking to hit the slopes for Christmas? Gather your gear and your nearest and dearest and experience the winter wonderland of Banff National Park’s ski resorts.
Before you go, book your lift ticket ahead of time, and check for operational changes at the resorts this ski season.
For more information about Christmas in Banff and Lake Louise, please visit Christmas in Banff and Lake Louise.