It will be Santa Central in Whistler on Saturday (Dec. 22) when you’ll see tons of St. Nicks on the slopes for Whistler Blackcomb’s annual Santa Day. For the event, the first 75 people to arrive at the Garibaldi Lift Company at the base of Whistler Mountain — dressed as Santa or Mrs. Claus — get a free lift ticket for the day. To qualify, the costume must include red or black pants, or a skirt for Mrs. Claus, a red jacket with white trim, a black belt, a beard for Santa and of course, a Santa or Mrs. Claus hat.
Santa — the real one — is also going to be in town Saturday at the Meadow Park Sports Centre from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. for the annual Skate with Santa. The event also includes hot chocolate, holiday crafts and pics with the Jolly Old Elf.
Regular admission rates apply.
Skating Rink Grand Opening
Outdoor public skating also gets underway starting on Thursday (Dec. 20) with the grand opening of the skating rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza from 2 to 4 p.m., and public skating until 9 p.m. The event also includes a ribbon-cutting with Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, a Whistler Skating Club performance, Paintertainment animation, hot chocolate, cupcakes and a chance to win passes to the Whistler Presents: New Year’s Eve celebration. Skating at the venue is free of charge and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Saturday, except on holidays.
For more info, go to www.whistler.ca/events/skating-rink-grand-opening-whistler-olympic-plaza.
SLCC Holiday Market
Looking for unique last-minute holiday gifts?
Drop by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) on Saturday (Dec. 22) for the centre’s annual holiday market, featuring a wide selection of First Nations and local artists, artisans and baked goods. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Christmas Eve Carol Service
What would Christmas Eve be without the sweet sound of carollers belting out some traditional Christmas favourites? Luckily, we don’t have to find out, as the Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers host An Evening of Readings and Carols on Monday (Dec. 24) at the Westin Resort and Spa from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
This is the 29th annual Christmas Eve Carol Service, and features traditional carols, choral music sung by the choirs and readings by community members telling the story of the birth of Christ. Admission is by donation.
Madchild at Moe Joe’s
Don’t hit the eggnog too hard on Christmas Day, because you’ll want to be hangover-free for Boxing Day (Dec. 26) so you can spend the night at Moe Joe’s listening to one of Canada’s most successful hip hop artists, Madchild from the Juno-winning rap group, Swollen Members.
Madchild is touring in support of his solo debut, Dope Sick, one of the best Canadian hip hop albums of the year. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets for the show are $10, available at Moe Joe’s, Billabong, Evolution and at www.clubzone.com.