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The annual Banff Christmas Market is held during the Winterstart festival in Banff and Lake Louise, AB
Hubert Kang, Travel Alberta
The Real Banff / Published: Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:47

Have The Perfect Family Christmas in Banff National Park

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There’s a certain sense of calm that comes with spending the holidays in the mountains. The snow piles high on the trees, Christmas lights illuminate the town and the mountains glow long after the sun has finally set. 

It’s a time to get together, connect with family and experience the holiday joy you so fondly remember from your childhood.  

Here’s our family guide to spending Christmas in Banff National Park: 


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 walks, snowshoe 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.    


If the little ones in your family aren’t quite ready to climb a mountain, consider checking out one of the three amazing sightseeing gondolas in Banff National Park - Banff Gondola, Banff Sunshine Sightseeing GondolaLake Louise Gondola and the Mt Norquay sightseeing chair. Everyone in your family will appreciate the panoramic vistas - don’t forget your camera! 

Winter Banff Gondola Noel Hendrickson


This holiday brings a number of amazing free events in Banff and Lake Louise. 

Don’t miss the Santa Claus Parade of Lights and more! Check out our Guide to Christmas Events for details and more great ideas.

Santa Claus Parade during the Winterstart festival held in Banff and Lake Louise, AB


Nothing says Canadian winter like wrapping yourself up in a wool blanket and putting your feet up in front of a fireplace. Banff and Lake Louise have a number of unique properties that offer cabin-style accommodations, including Storm Mountain Lodge, Baker Creek Mountain Resort, and Castle Mountain Chalets. These cozy cabins will not only offer a little more space for families, but some are available with small kitchens for preparing emergency snacks. Families looking for a little more of an adventure may want to consider a trip to one of our three incredible backcountry lodges

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After a long day of adventure, you will want to check out some of the amazing holiday shows happening in Banff and Lake Louise this winter. 

Holiday Shows at Banff Centre   

Christmas isn’t complete without a holiday show at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

A Christmas Carol

This holiday season, a new tradition is born with 'A Christmas Carol' at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Puppets and music bring to life the heart-warming story of a man named Scrooge who learns what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. This show is perfect for the whole family.

For more information about Christmas in Banff National Park, including a complete event listing, sample itineraries and more, please visit Christmas in Banff and Lake Louise

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