Nothing says Christmas like the majestic Canadian Rockies, and a visit to Banff, Alberta for Christmas will truly transport you to a stunning winter wonderland.
Skiing, snowshoeing, and mountain sports reign supreme here, but there are also spectacular lights festivals, cheery holiday markets and delicious festive food and drinks to be found throughout Banff.
In this year of uncertainty, we're all seeking that sparkling sensation of Christmas spirit. Here are Christmas Things to Do in Banff 2020.
In Search of Christmas Spirit – A Live Christmas Story
The experience follows Banff mountain wildlife on an excited journey through sparkling illuminated trees.
Beautiful lantern versions of woodland creatures tell the story of the cherished healing and restorative powers of this land.
Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Time slots are limited. You will need 45-minutes to complete the story journey – an easy walk through a live Christmas story told by the illuminated wildlife of Banff National Park.
Date: Dec 3, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021
Location: Banff Avenue Square, Banff AB
Banff Gondola Mountaintop Christmas
Santa will be there at his very own toy workshop for socially distanced visits, and there are craft stations and Christmas treats for the whole family.
The experience is included in the Banff Gondola admission. Kids go free before noon every day with a paying adult.
Date: Select dates Nov 28 – Dec 30
Admission: Gondola tickets start at $53, kids ride free before noon
Location: 100 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB
Banff Hot Chocolate Trail
The Banff and Lake Louise Hot Chocolate Trail is a unique and festive way to tour the downtown winter wonderland.
There are eight cafes and restaurants offering unique spins on the famous winter-loving drink.
- Little Wild or Wild Flour
- Park Distillery
- The Juniper Bistro
- Nourish Bistro
- Good Earth Coffeehouse
- Baker Creek
- Banff Gondola observatory
- The Balkan
Date: December 3, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Admission: Free to attend, hot chocolate for sale
Horse Drawn Sleigh at Warner Stables
Glide through the majestic Canadian Rockies, cozied up under a wool blanket in a charming horse-drawn sleigh.
Hear the tinkling of sleigh bells, listen to stories from your guide, and soak in the spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains.
Warm up in the stables after the ride, where you can toast marshmallows and enjoy warm drinks.
Date: December 1, 2020 – through Spring 2021
Admission: From $44.10 CAD
Location: Warner Stables, 100 Sundance Rd, Banff, AB