Western Canada comes alive from November to February and we’ve curated a list of all of the best events and activities that will elevate your winter experience. From festive markets in Canmore to craft beer in Banff, ice skating in Lake Louise and seasonal events in Golden and Revelstoke, you’re in for a long list of epic winter adventures.
Join the community in kicking off the holiday season at the Canmore Christmas Artisan’s Market. This festive event is a great opportunity to connect with your neighbors and celebrate the incredible work of local artists and artisans.
New Years Eve Celebration in Canmore
Date: December 31
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Canmore Recreation Centre
Enjoy free public skating, live music, a DJ dance party, crafts, and food vendors. Doors open at 5 p.m. for three hours of fun, with fireworks at 8 p.m. on the football field and a Midnight Fireworks show at Millennium Park.
The Banff Craft Beer Festival returns to the Cave & Basin National Historic Site in 2023. As the only craft beer festival featuring exclusively Alberta craft brewers. Indulge your taste buds with delicious samples of food and drink from over 40 vendors from across the province.
Kick off the Christmas season in downtown Banff with a festive day of holiday activities and entertainment. Enjoy performances by talented local and Albertan artists on the main stage, surrounded by whimsical street performers, "Santa's Workshop," and more magical activities for the whole family.
Experience a live Christmas story told by the wildlife of Banff National Park, brought to life in the Cascades of Time Gardens with large-scale illuminated animal figures, lighting, sound, and special effects.
Experience the transformation of Sulphur Mountain’s summit after dark through four digital art installations. Vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, video projections, and music bring the mountaintop to life in new and unexpected ways.
New Years Eve in Banff
Dates: December 31 - January 1
Location: Banff’s Central park
This event will feature family-friendly activities, live music from local and regional artists, dance performances, a train for toddlers, kicksleds and snowshoes, hot chocolate and marshmallows roasted over fires, in Banff's Central Park.
Dates: January 19 - February 4, 2024
Banff and Lake Louise come alive in January with the annual SnowDays celebration. Downtown Banff's streets transform into larger-than-life winter galleries with giant snow sculptures and exciting skijoring events.
Searching for the perfect way to celebrate your love on Valentines Day? Well consider this unique opportunity to “proclaim it from the mountaintop”! A Marriage Commissioner will be stationed at the summit of the gondola, offering complimentary wedding ceremonies and vow renewals.
Please keep in mind:
To ensure legal validity of your wedding, be sure to obtain a marriage license in advance.
Bring along two witnesses.
Sightseeing tickets are available to purchase for non-skiing guests. And if your guests and yourself are hitting the slopes in celebration, lift tickets or a valid seasons pass are required.
Western Canada awakens with a wide selection of vibrant winter festivities from November through February, and Basecamp Resorts is where your adventures begin. From the charming Canmore Christmas Artisan's Market to the Banff Craft Beer Festival, Lake Louise's enchanting ice skating, and Golden and Revelstoke's holiday cheer, your winter getaway awaits. With properties in every location, Basecamp Resorts offers the perfect accommodation for your seasonal escapes.
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