It’s no wonder so many families choose to celebrate the holiday season in Whistler.

Whether they’re spending time in their second home in Whistler, renting a condo or hotel for a week or two, or enjoying the mountain property they’re lucky enough to live in year round, there’s no doubt that Whistler is the place to be in December.

Why Whistler? What makes it stand out from everyone else, particularly this time of year? Here are just a few reasons that Whistler is a real-life winter wonderland.

The Twinkling Lights

Every November, the trees in and around Whistler Village are carefully strung with thousands upon thousands of colourful lights. The effect is nothing short of magical. As soon as the sun sets (which, this time of year, is pretty early), the trees light up the Village stroll, casting a festive glow over the entire Village.

It’s a sight that is sure to delight any kid – and, frankly, it’s impossible not to love as an adult, too.

Outdoor Activities Galore

In many places across the country, cold weather means hibernating indoors – but not in Whistler. With so many outdoor activities to choose from, all you have to do is bundle up, head outside, and play.

Whether downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, dog sledding, or simply building a snow fort or snowman, it’s easy to stay active throughout the holiday season and have some good old fashioned outdoor fun.

The Chance to Get Cozy

There are plenty of cozy indoor activities to enjoy after a day out in the snow. From curling up in front of a fireplace in your own chalet to enjoying après-ski with live music, from spending an indulgent afternoon at the spa to grabbing a cup of coffee at one of Whistler’s many coffee shops, there are tons of opportunities to truly relax during what can, admittedly, be a hectic season.

A Calendar Full of Festive Events

As a popular tourist destination, Whistler visitors and residents alike can partake in countless special holiday events that you simply won’t find in most other towns. The season kicks off with Art Whistler’s Holiday Market at the end of November, and continues into December with carolers, Christmas tree displays, a kids holiday play centre, figure skating with Santa, and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations, to name a few of the events that take place in Whistler this time of year. Pick and choose your events of choice, or try to see how many you can fit into the season.

Magic (and Snow) in the Air

The holiday spirit in Whistler is, in a word, contagious. So many people retreat here to kick back, relax, and enjoy the season, and everyone seems to be in happy vacation mode. One of the most enjoyable things to do during the holiday season is to find a window seat at a café, order a huge mug of hot chocolate, and watch shoppers, vacationers, and snow flakes go by. Give it a try – you’ll soon understand why Whistler is the place to spend the holidays.