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What's On in Whistler

Blog by | November 23rd, 2006

What's On Whistler - December 2006
What an epic start to the winter season! The Whistler November snowfall
record has already been broken -- 10 feet so far and it's still coming
down in all its glory! Both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are open
for daily operations as of November 23 - just listen for the hoots and
hollers echoing down to the valley. The season is further heralded by
the vast range of Whistler's winter activities, twinkling holiday lights
and decorated trees, as well as Whistler's vibrant arts and
entertainment scene. Celebrate and be merry with a festive cocktail or
warming eggnog latté in front of a roaring fire. December's jam-packed
festivities, concerts, holiday events and celebrations top off the
perfect day on the slopes, in the spa, or snowshoeing and sleigh riding
through Whistler's peaceful valley forests.
Welcome to winter. Let it snow more!
What's On in the Mountains
December 14 marks the season opener for the popular Kokanee Valley Race
Series. No racing experience is required to join in on the fun of
recreational racing. All you need is the desire to participate. Starting
December 14, then weekly commencing January 11 through March 23, 2007.
Information: www.whistlerblackcomb.com
Whistler Blackcomb's Free Avalanche Awareness Tours start up again on
December 28. Jointly run by the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Patrol and the
Whistler Sports Injury Prevention Program, this full day tour covers
terrain evaluation, avalanche phenomenon, procedures that Whistler
Blackcomb uses to keep people safe inside the ski area boundary,
avalanche safety equipment, and rescue techniques. Avalanche Awareness
tours run daily Wednesday through Saturday.
Information: www.whistlerblackcomb.com
What's On in the Valley
Winter fun for the whole family
It's not just about the skiing. Whether it's snowshoeing or
cross-country skiing through Whistler's peaceful frozen forests, ice
skating on picturesque Green Lake, or enjoying a relaxing sleigh ride
followed by warming hot chocolate, a thrilling snowmobile ride, bungee
jump, or a raucous dog-sledding tour - all offer an enjoyable variety of
winter fun for the whole family. Check with the Tourism Whistler
Activity & Information Centre for information on openings and bookings.
Dine & Unwind with Whistler's best spa and restaurant deals of the
November 12 - December 10, 2006
Tempting restaurant and spa deals abound in Whistler during Dine and
Unwind, presented by Visa. This year's expanded promotion offers even
more opportunity to "dine" at some of Whistler's most exciting
restaurants and "unwind" at Whistler's blissful spas - all at the best
prices of the season. Prix fixe menus start at just $20 and range to $45
per person and offer an amazing array of delectable choices and popular
menu items from 11 of Whistler's most popular restaurants. The
unbelievable deals continue through December 10. Information:
Whistler Film Festival lights up the big screen
November 30 - December 3, 2006
The Whistler Film Festival keeps getting bigger and better. This year,
Whistler's 6th annual celebration of film returns with an exciting
lineup of films from around the world. This star-studded four-day
festival features 93 films, including 40 feature and mid-length films,
53 shorts, 25 premieres and eight world premieres. $30,000 in prizes is
up for grabs as well as innovative workshops, special events, cool
parties and free outdoor screenings.
Information: www.whistlerfilmfestival.com
Bizarre Bazaar - all your holiday shopping dreams come true
December 1 & 2, 2006
Whistler's original artisan market is now in its 18th year providing an
abundance of hand-crafted treasures and treats to complete everyone's
holiday shopping list. More than 100 vendors from throughout the Sea-to-
Sky corridor will exhibit their wares - from jewellery, ceramics,
clothing, fine art, wood and glass, and candles, to bath and body
products, preserves, all-natural foods, and one-of-a-kind Christmas
decorations. Friday, December 1, 3pm-9pm and Saturday, December 2,
10am-5pm at the TELUS Whistler Conference Centre. Admission is by
Information: www.whistlerartscouncil.com
Xavier Rudd live at Sea to Sky Ballroom
December 4, 2006
Multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd struts his stuff at the TELUS Whistler
Conference Centre's Sea to Sky Ballroom with special guest Ndidi
Onukwulu on Monday, December 4. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets $28.50 at
Information: www.ticketmaster.ca <http://www.ticketmaster.ca/>
Chantal at the Chateau: An Exclusive and Intimate Evening with Chantal
December 7th, 2006
Thanks to Sony BMG and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, lucky contest
winners will get exclusive access to a live performance by Chantal
Kreviazuk, set among the fresh snow in Whistler and stunning ambiance of
the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. This exclusive performance will feature
highlights from Chantal's newest album Ghost Stories. Contests are
running at several media outlets (Mountain FM, ET Canada) for an
opportunity to win tickets for this exclusive performance with one of
Canada's premiere songwriters.
Information: www.chantalkreviazuk.com <http://www.chantalkreviazuk.com/>
7-Eleven Fire and Ice Show
Sundays starting December 17, 2006 through Spring 2007
Whistler's classic Fire and Ice show returns for another hot season at
the base of the Whistler Village Gondola. The whole family will enjoy
the fireworks, fire spinners and the athletic display of skiers and
snowboarders jumping through the dazzling Ring of Fire. Free
performances every Sunday at 6:30pm at the base of Whistler Village
Information: www.whistlerblackcomb.com
North Pole Central - A Real Whistler Family Holiday
December 14, 2006 - January 2, 2007
Santa's workshop will relocate to Whistler this year for two weeks of
family fun at Millennium Place. Visitors will delight in the vivid
lights and décor, festive crafts, seasonal sing-alongs for all ages,
apres mixers and movies, as well as headline performances of music,
theatre and comedy. Santa arrives Saturday, December 16, so bring your
holiday wish list and find out who's naughty and nice.
Information: www.myplacewhistler.org <http://www.myplacewhistler.org/>
Romanza - Canada's own three tenors
December 21, 2006
Experience the joy of the holiday season with the three young Canadians
of Romanza as they bring the romance of the tenor to Whistler. Frédérik
Robert, Philip Grant, and Ken Lavigne are back in Canada after a
prize-winning performance in Ireland, tours through Mexico and Italy,
and roles with Opera Nuova, the National Arts Centre Orchestra,
Vancouver Symphony, Edmonton Opera and Vancouver Philharmonic Symphony.
Tickets at Millennium Place or www.ticketmaster.ca
<http://www.ticketmaster.ca/>  Information: www.whistlerartscouncil.ca
'Days before Christmas' Artisan Market
December 16 & 17, 2006
Shoppers are sure to find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for that
special someone at the ‘Days before Christmas' Artisan Market. This
Whistler Artists Guild event features sculpture, glass, jewelry,
photography, wood and gifts as well as glassblowing demos and other art
creations by some of Whistler's finest local artists. Saturday December
16, 11am-6pm and Sunday December 17, 11am-4pm at Unit 16, 1005 Alpha
Lake Road, behind Home Hardware in Function Junction.
Information: www.artinwhistler.com <http://www.artinwhistler.com/> .
The Nutcracker Ballet
December 22 & 23, 2006
A holiday classic comes to Whistler as The Nutcracker takes the stage at
Millennium Place's North Pole Central. Performed by the internationally
acclaimed Goh Ballet and presented by Millennium Place, The Nutcracker
will delight and charm all ages. December 22 & 23 at 4pm and 8pm.
Tickets are $37.50 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12,
available at Millennium Place or www.ticketmaster.ca
Information: www.myplacewhistler.org <http://www.myplacewhistler.org/>
Warren Miller's OFF THE GRID to be screened at North Pole Central,
December 28, 2006
Olympic skier-turned-NFL-football-player Jeremy Bloom serves as narrator
as the world's best winter sports athletes embark on a global mission to
discover the deepest snow, the steepest mountains, and the world's
gnarliest snowball fight. Warren Miller's OFF THE GRID exposes the
undiscovered side of winter from Kashmir, India, to Kicking Horse,
Canada. Olympic 2006 medalist Toby Dawson and X-Games Gold Medalists
Zach and Reggie Crist pack the notable cast of this adrenaline-filled
documentary-style film that takes viewers out of the ordinary and into
the extraordinary. Tickets available at Millennium Place or
www.ticketmaster.ca <http://www.ticketmaster.ca/>
Information: www.myplacewhistler.org <http://www.myplacewhistler.org/>
First Night Whistler rings in the New Year with a blast
December 31, 2006
First Night is Whistler's preeminent, alcohol-free, family-friendly
village-wide New Year's celebration of arts and entertainment. Visitors
will find free outdoor concerts, dancing, all kinds of entertainment and
kid's stuff throughout the village, topped with fireworks at midnight.
Hitting the main stage this year are Norman Foote, internationally
acclaimed children's entertainer; Squamish's own Black Swade; and the
captivating music of Zaki Ibrahim. Team Canada - DJ Grandtheft will
dance in the New Year in Whistler's Village Square, while the kids
delight with jugglers, clowns, a caricature artist, fire spinners and an
art workshop.
Information: www.myplacewhistler.org <http://www.myplacewhistler.org/>
Feature Vacation Packages
Stay Free, Ski Free, Monday's Free. Book a minimum four-night vacation
package that includes a Monday and receive a free ski pass and free
accommodations on the Monday of your stay. Some blackout dates apply.
Ski in/ Ski out two-night package with Whistler Blackcomb Coca-Cola Tube
Park Passes. Ski to and from your accommodation at the base of the
mountain and also enjoy an evening in Whistler Blackcomb's exhilarating
Tube Park. Package includes two night's accommodation and one hour Tube
Park passes for two people valid opening day - December 22 from $189 CDN
($165 US) per person per night for two people sharing a one bedroom.
For more information or to book, call 1-800-WHISTLER or go to
www.whistler.com <http://www.whistler.com/> .
*Package prices are per person based on double occupancy and subject to
availability. Taxes and fees not included. U.S. rates are based on
exchange rate at time of distribution.