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Banff Family Christmas

Duration
5 Days
Num of Experiences
19 Experiences

Experience the enchantment of the holiday season in breathtaking Banff National Park. This 5-day itinerary is specially crafted for families looking to immerse themselves in the festive spirit while indulging in iconic Christmas activities such as sleigh rides, ice skating, and exploring the stunning winter wonderland. Get ready for a memorable holiday adventure filled with laughter, joy, and unforgettable moments.

Who's it For?

  • Adventurous Families
  • Nature Lovers
  • Christmas Enthusiasts

When to Go

  • November & December

Trip Itinerary

Getting to Banff and Lake Louise

With plenty of transportation options to get you to and from the Banff and Lake Louise area, you can rest easy knowing you'll be able to plan a seamless journey from start to finish.

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Day 01

Welcome to Banff, the perfect place for your picturesque mountain Christmas vacation. Arrive at Banff in the early afternoon and check into your accommodation before setting out to explore this winter wonderland on a guided fat biking expedition. Finish the evening at a local Banff steakhouse surrounded by wood, fire, and warmth.

Guided E-fat Biking TourGuided E-fat Biking Tour

Guided E-fat Biking Tour


Duration
1-3 hrs
Difficulty
Moderate
Operating Dates
Nov - Apr
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Bluebird Wood-fired Steakhouse

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Day 02

Get an early start to your day, enjoy breakfast at your accommodation and then head up to Lake Louise for two iconic Christmas activities in Banff and Lake Louise – wild skating on the frozen Lake Louise and dog sledding. Grab a hot chocolate and a quick bite to warm up in between at the Guide's Pantry and then finish your day by dining lake-side at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and wander the hotel viewing their spectacular Christmas displays.

A couple skating on Lake Louise in the winter in Banff National ParkA couple skating on Lake Louise in the winter in Banff National Park

Ice Skating on Lake Louise


Duration
< 1hr
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Dec - Mar
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The Guide’s Pantry

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People enjoying a dog sled ride on a snowy trail in Lake Louise with Kingmik Dog Sled ToursPeople enjoying a dog sled ride on a snowy trail in Lake Louise with Kingmik Dog Sled Tours

Dog Sledding in Lake Louise


Duration
1-3 hrs
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Dec - Apr
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Fairview Bar & Restaurant

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Day 03

Start your day with a classic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy meadows of Banff. Afterwards, have lunch at Wild Flour Bakery before strapping on your snowshoes for a guided snowshoeing experience. Then, feel like you're in a winter fairy tale exploring Banff’s Christmas lights display and finish your evening with a classic winter dining experience of fondue.

Sleigh Ride in BanffSleigh Ride in Banff

Sleigh Ride in Banff


Duration
1-3 hrs
Operating Dates
Dec - Mar
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Wild Flour Bakery

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Group of people on a guided snowshoeing tour in the Lake Louise areaGroup of people on a guided snowshoeing tour in the Lake Louise area

Guided Snowshoeing Tour


Duration
3-6 hrs
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Dec - Apr
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In Search of Christmas SpiritIn Search of Christmas Spirit

In Search of Christmas Spirit


Duration
< 1hr
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Nov - Dec
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Banff Grizzly House Restaurant

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Day 04

Soar high above Banff with the Banff Gondola and explore Santa’s mountaintop workshop. Then, unwind with a relaxing visit to the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Soak in the warm waters while surrounded by snowy vistas. Spend your day exploring Banff’s quaint streets and shops including the Spirit of Christmas - Banff's very own year round Christmas shop! And finish up with a cozy meal at the Maple Leaf.

A gondola car goes up the cable with Mount Rundle in the backgroundA gondola car goes up the cable with Mount Rundle in the background

Banff Gondola


Duration
1-3 hrs
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Year Round
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Two people enjoying a soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs on a cool morningTwo people enjoying a soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs on a cool morning

Soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs


Duration
1-3 hrs
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Year Round
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Shopping Bear StreetShopping Bear Street

Shopping Bear Street


Duration
1-3 hrs
Operating Dates
Year round
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Shopping Banff AvenueShopping Banff Avenue

Shopping Banff Avenue


Duration
1-3 hrs
Operating Dates
Year Round
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The Maple Leaf Steak & Seafood

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Day 05

Start your last day in Banff by experience the joy of sliding down a mountain at Mt. Norquay’s tube track. Once you’re done whooping it up on the track, head back into town for one last lunch, at Farm & Fire where you can enjoy a variety share plates featuring locally sourced ingredients.

Tubing at Mt. NorquayTubing at Mt. Norquay

Tubing at Mt. Norquay


Duration
1-3 hrs
Operating Dates
Dec - Apr
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Farm & Fire

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Where to Stay

Here's some accommodation options that work for this trip:

Fairmont Banff Springs

Hotels & Inns
Location
Banff Town Area
  • Onsite Dining
  • Hot Tub
  • Onsite Parking
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The Rimrock Resort Hotel

Hotels & Inns
Location
Banff Town Area
  • Onsite Dining
  • Hot Tub
  • Onsite Parking
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Canalta Lodge

Hotels & Inns
Location
Banff Town Area
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Elk + Avenue Hotel

Hotels & Inns
Location
Banff Town Area
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Reservations & Booking

Some of the activities require reservations or bookings upfront. Here is an overview of all providers:

Guided E-fat Biking Tour

Ice Skating on Lake Louise

Dog Sledding in Lake Louise

Sleigh Ride in Banff

Guided Snowshoeing Tour

Banff Gondola

Soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs

Tubing at Mt. Norquay

Good to Know

Maximise your trip enjoyment with a little pre-planning. Here's our pro tips:

  • Get a Park Pass

  • Make a reservation for gear/ activities

  • Learn about the best ways to get around

  • Check the weather forecast