Winter 2018/19 Whistler Events


holidays in whistler


Cornucopia Food & Wine Festivalcornucopia whistler

Nov 8 – 18, 2018

Cornucopia is the fall festival that celebrates the best of food and drink from Whistler, British Columbia and beyond. The festival offers something for everybody with winemaker dinners, themed food and drink events, interactive seminars, health and wellness events and electric after-parties. Sip and sample your way through food of all kinds, beer, wine and spirits and enjoy a fantastic social atmosphere.

Whistler Blackcomb Opening Day – Ski and Snowboard Season Starts

Nov 22, 2018

This a day you definitely don’t want to miss! Grab a coffee and get in line early to make the most of an unlimited supply of untouched powder on both mountains! Yes, you read that right; both Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain will be opening on the same day this year so prepare to ski your favourite or hop on the Peak2Peak Gondola to ride both! Massive chairlift upgrades will be unveiled this 18/19 winter season, with a fully covered mountain-to-mountain experience with the new Blackcomb Gondola taking you to the Rendezvous Restaurant in comfort.

Arts Whistler Holiday Market (Bizarre Bazaar)

Nov 24 – 25, 2018Arts Whistler Holiday Market

The market is back Saturday, November 24 & Sunday, November 25, 2018. Arts Whistler Holiday Market is two days of hand-baked, hand-made goodness. Grab some local artwork, a cozy sweater, or a delicious treat. With over 100 vendors form the Sea to Sky region and across BC, the young entrepreneurs of Bratz Biz, local live music, and visits from Santa, this is your one-stop-shop to get something for everyone on your “nice” list. If you haven’t attended before, the dates fall on an American long weekend and usually coincide with the opening weekend of the mountain – which means the resort is packed! Hours are 10 AM to 7 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday.

Whistler Film Festival

Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2018

The Whistler Film Festival welcomes film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition with fresh films, special guests, epic events, innovative industry Summit and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premiere mountain resort destination.

Viessmann Luge World Cup Whistler

Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2018Luge World Cup Photo by Justa Jeskova.

Watch more than 100 of the world’s fastest luge athletes from more than 20 countries as they compete at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Cheer as the athletes reach speeds of up to 130 kilometres per hour in men’s and women’s singles, doubles and team relay races.

Winter Holidays

Dec 21, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019

Whistler is the perfect place to spend your winter holidays! The Village is lit up for the festive season, the Olympic Plaza is open for family apres with family-friendly outdoor activities and a public outdoor ice skating rink, and you are guaranteed to have a “White Christmas.” With many holiday activities throughout town and a family-friendly fireworks display on New Year’s Eve, it is a fantastic time to visit Whistler and make the most of your holidays!

Christmas Eve Carol Service

Dec 24, 2018Whistler Christmas Carols

The 35th annual Christmas Eve Carol Service takes place the Westin Resort & Spa. Hosted by the Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers, this interdenominational celebration features traditional carols, choral music sung by the choirs and readings by community members telling the story of the birth of Christ. Come and enjoy the sense of community and ‘peace and goodwill toward all’ that this carol service creates. Entry is by donation.


New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Whistler New Year's Eve Fireworks

December 31, 2018

A family-style celebration at two unique ticketed venues within Whistler Village. Each venue will be filled with lively entertainment, games, crafts, activities and early kids NYE countdowns. Bundle up and join us in Skier’s Plaza for a special edition Fire & Ice show plus a dazzling fireworks at midnight. This portion of the evening is free for everyone to enjoy. Please be sure to bundle up with warm layers and footwear. The Whistler New Year’s Eve Celebration is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event. There is no consumption of alcohol outside of licensed venues permitted. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is providing free public Transit within Whistler starting at 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

Jan 19 – 21, 2019

Come celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. American Long Weekend with your northern counterparts! This is a great time of year to visit Whistler for a weekend getaway, as we typically have fantastic snow throughout January.

Whistler Pride & Ski FestivalWhistler Pride ski out and village parade

January 20 – 27, 2019

Don’t miss one of the biggest and best Pride ski weeks in the world. The Whistler Pride and Ski Festival features a full slate of events including snowmobiling adventures, wine tastings, a pool party, a snowball dance, fantastic skiing and snowboarding and everything in-between.


President’s Week Whistler

February 16 – 24, 2019

Smack in the middle of the ski season President’s week is a great time to check out the miles and miles of vertical on the mountains and the multitude of apres available in the heart of Whistler Village.

BC Family Day Weekend

Feb 19-22, 2019

Bring your family to Whistler’s winter wonderland for BC Family Day for skiing and snow play of all kinds. Explore our family-friendly resources and discounts and start planning your weekend away.

Peak to Valley Race

February 22 – 23, 2019

The Peak to Valley Race, presented by Jackson-Triggs, is celebrating its 35th year on Whistler Mountain. This unique race is not only long-standing, it is also the longest GS race of its kind on the planet, challenging teams of four to race down Whistler Mountain.

World Ski and Snowboard FestivalWSSF - World Ski and Snowboard Festival Whistler

April 9 – 14, 2019

Known to locals as WSSF, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival combines spring energy with Whistler’s unique mountain culture for 6 days of non-stop events and action on and off the slopes. There’s music, art, photography, filmmaking, ski and snowboard competitions and non-stop nightlife, PLUS some of the best skiing and après sessions of the season. Take our word for it, you’ll need more than the weekend to appreciate this vibe.

Whistler Cup
Whistler MacKenzie Cup

April 11 – 14, 2019

The largest and most important ski race in the world, held in North America for athletes ages 11 to 14 years. Held under the auspice of FIS, the international governing body for alpine skiing, it attracts hundreds of young athletes from more than 21 countries each year.

Easter Weekend in Whistler

April 19 – 22, 2019

It’s a wonderful time of year in Whistler when you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding on the mountains and really appreciate spring in Whistler Village. A stroll through Whistler Village provides all kinds of opportunity for family fun. The eclectic selection of activities and dining options is sure to please families of all ages and interests.

WORCA Annual Bike Swap

May 2019

With hundreds always lining up in search for good deals, the Bike Swap is the perfect place to buy and sell new and well-loved bikes and gear. Event date to come.

Go Fest Whistler

Go Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival

May 17 – 20, 2019

GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival celebrates Whistler’s great outdoors in springtime where winter and summer meet. From outdoor adventures from both seasons to arts and culture inspired by them, everyone is invited to get interactive with four days of active programming over the Victoria Day long weekend.

Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride

May 17 – 19, 2019

The Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride was created for the insatiable love for gourmetfood and cycling. Take an early season spin with an intimate group of 70 riders through the Whistler and Callaghan Valleys. Along the 70 km route, you will be stirred by the beauty of the coastal mountains, peppered with moderate climbs and garnished with flowing descents. With Ned Bell preparing an exquisite post ride dinner created with ingredients gathered from within 70 km, this is the ride for you and your taste buds.