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Christmas, Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff National Park
Hubert Kang, Travel Alberta
The Real Banff / Published: Tue, 11/26/2019 - 15:59

Things To Do in Banff and Lake Louise in December

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Things look a little different for Christmas 2020 in Banff and Lake Louise! Many adjustments have been made due to COVID-19 to keep people safe. Please refer to our Travel Information page for more information.

Women's Alpine Ski World Cup – December 6 - 8, 2019

Skiing in Banff and 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 Women's Downhill and Super-G races of the season.  

Embrace the first of winter adventure

The time has come to dust off those skis and snowshoes - winter is here! December ushers in the first of frozen lakes, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more. 

Check out 6 Winter Adventures To Try in Banff & Lake Louise for more inspiration! 

Cross country Ski, Winter, Banff National Park
Devaan Ingraham
Bow River Loop

Holiday celebrations at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel 

Enjoy Christmas at the Castle and experience the best of Christmas in an iconic setting - the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Book your Eat the Castle tour during the holidays when this iconic hotel transforms into a magical venue.

Christmas, Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff National Park

A Whyte Christmas - December 7, 2019

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

Take in a show at the Banff Centre

Looking to enjoy a show this holiday season? Banff Centre's winter line-up will not disappoint. Check out great events, including A Charlie Brown Christmas featuring The Jerry Granelli Trio on Sunday, December 8, 2019.  

Taste the best of Alberta 

Alberta beef meets craft spirits brewed with glacial water - December is the perfect month to embrace the hearty, comforting food of Banff and Lake Louise. Take your meal to the next level and check out 7 Scenic Restaurants in Banff and Lake Louise. Bon appétit! 

Relax and unwind 

Take a break from the holiday hustle and treat yourself to a spa day. Soak yourself in the historic Banff Upper Hot Springs or visit one of many great day spas in Banff and Lake Louise. Check out our guide to spas and hot springs in Banff National Park.   

A couple enjoying the warmth of Banff Springs

Enjoy a Mountaintop Christmas at Banff Gondola

Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain and visit Santa's Workshop, enjoy art and craft activities, or take a family Christmas photo. As the sun goes down and the stars come out, take a blanket and cozy up around the fire on the rooftop and enjoy an evening exploring the galaxies with a professional photographer on hand to help you get the perfect shot. All activities are free with Banff Gondola admission.


Walking along the snowy ridgelines of Sulphur Mountain, Banff National Park, AB

Discover a local Christmas tradition 

From skating under the stars to unique Christmas feasts, this is the perfect year to start a new family tradition for you and your family. We interviewed five local families to get the inside scoop about how they spend their Christmas in Banff National Park. Check out Local’s Favourite Christmas Traditions

Banff Sunshine Torchlight Parade - December 24 & 31, 2019

Stay at Sunshine Mountain Lodge on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve and watch specially trained torch bearers put on a nighttime show.

Ski Snowboard Sunshine Village Noel Hendrickson

New Year’s Eve Block Party in Banff - December 31, 2019

Kick off 2020 with a New Year’s Eve party on December 31, 2019. Banff Avenue will be full of entertainment and fun for the whole family. 

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