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Banff Christmas Getaway: 23 Ways to celebrate Christmas in Banff

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Heading to Banff National Park in the winter? In this guide, we will share how to plan the perfect Banff Christmas Getaway for festive celebrations, winter sports, and romantic staycations. 

Because we will be discussing Banff Christmas-related tips, this post will also help you plan a trip to the Canadian Rockies in November and December. There are a lot of similarities in activities in these two months and also some stark differences in terms of seasonal events and ways to celebrate Christmas in Banff. Let’s see what they are.

Planning the Perfect Banff Christmas Getaway: 23 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Banff

Christmas in Banff
Christmas in Banff

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Banff is located in the Canadian Province of Alberta. During winters Banff National Park and the surrounding areas are transformed into a winter wonderland, one that is full of snow and pretty festive decorations adorning a fairytale-like Christmas mountain resort town. 

Festive spirit in the mountain town
Xmas treats at Lake Louise Resort

Banff is ONE of the amazing places to spend your holiday season in Canada

  • Banff in November: Banff in November is great for slow travel, romantic outings/dining, and festive celebrations (with the Christmas Parade event and beer fests). There is snow in November, but not enough snow for cross-country skiing. Late November to early December opens up more winter sports opportunities. When you visit Lake Louise, you will see it covered in snow, however, you won’t be able to skate in November (due to thin ice).
  • Banff in December: December brings in more snow and that allows for skiing-related activities in the Valley. From Christmas markets, holiday shopping, and festive events like Christmas on MountainTop (Banff Gondola). 

Banff Temperatures

  • November: 1 deg C/ – 8 deg C (High/Low) 
  • December: – 5 deg C/ – 14 deg C (High/Low) 

It is important to note that many restaurants close early on Christmas Eve. 

23 Things to Do in Banff at Christmas: Things to Do in Banff in November and December

1. Banff Christmas Parade

Christmas celebrations in Banff National Park start early in November and not on Christmas Day. 

Planning the perfect Christmas in Banff
Planning the perfect Christmas in Banff

In mid-November, Santa Claus comes to town and kick-starts festivity in the mountains. The Santa Parade is completely free to attend.

The event starts in the evening (ensure you bring camping chairs, and wear warm clothes) at the city center or downtown area of Banff. 

Christmas Parade in Banff

The parade begins at the Banff Avenue and Elk St intersection and continues down Banff Avenue until the Buffalo Street Intersection.

With festive decorations, carols, floats, and performers showcasing the best local talents and causes, the Banff Christmas Parade is a must if visiting in November.

Don’t forget to buy warm hot chocolate, if you are cold! 

2. Explore Downtown Banff in festive lights

If you missed the Santa Claus Parade, no worries. Banff Downtown glows in festive lights from mid-November onwards to January (New Year’s Events).

Banff Downtown festive lights
Banff Downtown festive lights

During these months, you can explore Downtown Banff while soaking in the twinkling lights and holiday decorations. The streets are lined with festive displays, creating a magical atmosphere that is perfect for strolling and taking in the sights.

Banff National Park in winter
Banff in Winter

But it’s not just the lights and decorations that make Downtown Banff a must-visit during the holidays. This vibrant area also offers a variety of unique shops, restaurants, and activities that are sure to add some extra sparkle to your holiday season.

Shopping in Downtown Banff is an experience like no other. With a mix of locally owned boutiques and well-known brands, there’s something for everyone on your list. Plus, many shops offer special holiday promotions and sales, making it the perfect time to find that one-of-a-kind gift.

View from a cafe

After some retail therapy, why not warm up with a delicious meal at one of Downtown Banff’s restaurants? From cozy pubs to fine dining establishments, there’s no shortage of options to satisfy your holiday cravings.

And don’t forget to indulge in some festive treats, like hot chocolate or gingerbread cookies, while you’re at it.

3. Banff Christmas Markets

Banff Christmas Market takes place at the end of November/beginning of December where you can enjoy locally made souvenirs and decorative items to take back home. 

There is an entry fee for Christmas Markets ($15 CAD/adult). This event takes place on the following days:

  • November 17 to 19, 2023
  • November 24 to 26, 2023
  • December 1 to 3, 2023

4. The Spirit Of Christmas

Can’t make it on the above dates? Head to the Spirit of Christmas on Banff Avenue. This is an all-year-round Banff Christmas Shop where you can purchase festive goodies!

Banff Christmas Markets
Banff Christmas Markets

5. Banff Craft Beer Festival

Want to enjoy a pint of beer in the beautiful mountains? Well, head to Banff for its Craft Beer Festival. This event takes place in November (November 23 to 25 2023). 

Banff Craft Beer Festival brings in Alberta’s top craft beers under one roof/one event. The event takes place at the stunning Banff’s Cave and Basin National Historic Site.  

Tickets start at $58.99 CAD per adult. Ensure you carry your government-issued ID. Free shuttle services are available. Shuttle Service pick-up and drop-off behind Banff Ave Brew Pub at the parking lot and they will run approximately every 15 minutes, do check the current schedule before starting.

6. Christmas on Mountaintop

This is one of our favorite ways to bring Christmas in Banff. We enjoy our rides on the Sulphur Banff Gondola, and during winters it is super special.

Banff Christmas on Mountain top

Included in the Banff Gondola Admission ticket is the Christmas on Mountaintop event, this is where you can meet with Santa, take pictures, and just soak in stunning views of mountains and the Banff Valley.

It gets really windy on the mountaintop so dress warmly, and wear sturdy boots. From late December to April, you can also enjoy their once-a-year Stargazing event!

Banff Christmas Getaway on mountaintop
Banff Christmas Getaway on mountaintop

The Sky Bistro (restaurant at Banff Gondola) is all decorated for the festive season, and with a seasonal menu, so don’t miss that!

7. Soak in the warm waters of Banff Hot Springs

After a day of adventurous activities in the snow, there’s nothing quite like warming up and relaxing in the Banff Hot Springs. These natural mineral hot springs have been a popular attraction since the late 1800s and continue to draw visitors from all over.

Located inside the Banff National Park, the hot springs offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains as you soak in the warm, healing waters. It’s the perfect way to soothe your muscles and rejuvenate after a day of exploring in the cold.

Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit and towel for a truly relaxing experience at Banff Hot Springs during your winter trip (you can also rent one if you like). Trust us, your body will thank you!  Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of these natural hot springs and take in the stunning views at the same time. It’s a win-win situation!

8. Enjoy fondue at the Grizzly House 

No winter trip to Banff is complete without indulging in some delicious and cozy comfort food. And what better way to warm up than with a traditional Swiss fondue? The Grizzly House, located in downtown Banff, has been serving up its famous fondue since 1967.

Fondue in Banff

Choose from a variety of cheese, broth, and chocolate fondues paired with an assortment of meats, veggies, and fruits. It’s the perfect après-ski meal or a cozy dinner option for those looking to escape the cold.

But it’s not just about the food at the Grizzly House – it’s also about the unique dining experience.

The restaurant is filled with quirky decor and a warm inviting vibe – perfect for a Banff Christmas dinner. So gather your friends or family and enjoy a delicious and memorable meal at the Grizzly House.

9. Staycation in Banff

Every year in November and December we head to Banff to enjoy our winters. We live in Edmonton and it is COLD too, but we have a thing for mountains so we drive down to the mountains every year. 

Plan the perfect Banff Christmas Getaway
Plan the perfect Banff Christmas Getaway

In November we celebrate birthdays and in December we ring in Christmas and the New Year! Imagine driving into Banff town and the entire place celebrating with you with sparkling lights and snowy mountains. 

A weekend staycation in Banff will surely pamper you and make you fall in love with winter! Book an awesome hotel or resort – one with hot tub or spa services. And all you should do is eat – sleep – soak in mountain views – and repeat! Your heart will thank you! 

Top Hotel Picks in Banff and surrounding areas for a staycation

  • Fairmont Banff Springs: Heritage 5-star hotel where you will feel like royalty! With delicious food and stunning views, spa packages for couples, and lavish suites, you can’t go wrong by booking your stay at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
  • Falcon Crest Lodge: This amazing spot in Canmore where you can take in mountain views from a hot tub. Located only 20 minutes from Banff town, Canmore has a host of affordable accommodations to choose from. This lodge has been a favorite for years. Check prices and availability here
  • Elk + Avenue Hotel: Love this hotel in the downtown area. We have walked from this hotel to downtown when it’s not super cold. But you don’t have to – there are restaurants on site and along that area before you hit downtown. Stay at Elk + Avenue hotel
  • Buffalo Mountain Lodge: Cozy cabins and fireplaces welcome you and your family (or groups to this wonderful lodge. If you are traveling with pets, this is a great spot to stay in. Find rooms and availability here

Or check out our picks for Best Airbnbs in Banff National Park

10. Banff Ski Resort Activities

Banff is known for its world-class skiing, and the winter season is the perfect time to hit the slopes. With three ski resorts located just a short drive from Downtown Banff, there’s no shortage of options for all levels of skiers.

For those looking for a more laid-back experience, Mt. Norquay offers breathtaking views of Banff National Park and a variety of terrain suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers. 

Looking for more challenging runs? Check out Sunshine Village, where you can ski along the Continental Divide and enjoy some of the longest vertical drops in North America.

Sunshine Village is well-known for its long season, which starts from mid-November and continues until late May. They offer shuttle pick-ups and drop-offs, and you can also rent ski equipment in Banff Town. 

Lake Louise Ski Resort
Lake Louise Ski Resort

And last but certainly not least, Lake Louise Ski Resort is a must-visit for any skiing enthusiast. With over 4,200 acres of skiable terrain, this resort offers something for everyone, from gentle runs to steep chutes. 

Note that mid-December is when the valley is really filled with snow and it’s great for cross-country skiing and outdoor skating. Many agencies organize ice walks and winter hiking tours during winters. You can check them out there

11. Johnston Canyon winter hike

Hiking in the winter may not be everyone’s first thought, but trust us, you won’t want to miss out on the stunning frozen waterfalls and snowy landscapes of Johnston Canyon.

Johnston Canyon in winter girl hiking
Christmas Banff Ideas: Johnston Canyon hike

Located within Banff National Park, this popular hiking trail can be accessed year-round. But during the winter months, it transforms into a truly magical experience as the waterfalls freeze over and the trail becomes a winter wonderland.

Read our complete guide to the Johnston Canyon winter hike

Be sure to dress warmly and bring along some traction devices for your shoes, as the trail can be icy. And don’t forget to stop at the lower falls and upper falls viewpoints for some breathtaking views. 

It’s a moderate hike that is suitable for all ages and skill levels, making it a perfect activity for families or groups of friends.

Last year we joined a guided tour to enjoy the Johnston Canyon winter hike – here is the excursion to book!

12. Enjoy the frozen Lake Minnewanka

Another must-see attraction during the winter season in Banff is Lake Minnewanka. This stunning glacial lake completely freezes over, creating a vast and picturesque ice surface that draws visitors from all over.

Frozen Lake Minnewanka
Frozen Lake Minnewanka

You can choose to simply admire the frozen lake from shore or take part in various activities such as ice skating, or hiking. And don’t miss the chance to take some incredible photos with the majestic Canadian Rockies as your backdrop.

Visiting Lake Minnewanka in the winter is truly a unique experience that will leave you in awe of Mother Nature’s beauty. We have visited the lake at all times of the year and even had our wedding photos taken here (in the summer), this spot is super picturesque and easy to locate from Banff town! 

13. Lake Louise Banff Christmas Celebrations 

One of the best places to spend Christmas is Lake Louise. The lake is filled with snow in November and by late December it is perfect to skate in the natural ice rink and enjoy a wonderful Christmas getaway.

Frozen lake louise winter
Frozen Lake Louise winter

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel located near the lake offers ski rentals, a delicious menu, and a warm stay for those looking for a hotel in Lake Louise. There is an indoor ice rink too if you prefer that. Find more hotels in Lake Louise here

Lake Louise Ski Resort is your spot for skiing in the area. Shuttle buses are available from the Lake Louise town area. Lake Louise Tourism offers more events in the winter from December to February. Get our detailed guide to Lake Louise winter

Guided tour: Banff to Lake Louise winter day tour

14. Afternoon tea in Lake Louise in the winter

While Banff and Lake Louise are known for their outdoor activities, sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the cold and enjoy a cozy indoor experience. And what could be cozier than afternoon tea in Lake Louise during the winter?

Girl at the Fairmont Lake Louise Afternoon Tea

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offers a traditional afternoon tea service daily in their elegant lobby lounge.

Indulge in a variety of sandwiches, pastries, and scones, all while enjoying stunning views of the frozen lake and surrounding mountains. It’s the perfect way to warm up and relax after a day of exploring in the snow.

But afternoon tea at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is not just about delicious treats. It’s also a chance to experience the rich history and charm of this iconic hotel, which has been welcoming guests to Lake Louise since 1911. So sit back, sip on some tea, and take in the luxurious atmosphere.

Afternoon tea is just one of the many unique experiences that Banff offers during the winter season. So why not add it to your itinerary and make your trip even more memorable?

15. Ice Sculpture Festival and more winter events in Lake Louise

Now the real highlight is the breathtaking ice castle that is constructed on Lake Louise each year. This stunning structure is made entirely of ice blocks and features an intricate network of tunnels and slides. It’s truly a sight to behold and a must-visit for anyone spending their holiday season in Banff.

Sculptures in Lake Louise
Sculptures in Lake Louise

In addition to the events at Lake Louise, there are also a variety of Christmas celebrations happening throughout Banff National Park.

From caroling and tree lighting ceremonies to sleigh rides and holiday concerts, there is no shortage of festive activities for all ages.

16. Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the snow in Lake Louise and near Banff town

One of the most magical ways to experience Banff’s winter wonderland is by taking a horse drawn sleigh ride through the snowy landscape. And there’s no better place to do this than in Lake Louise.

Horse Sleighing in Lake Louise
Horse Sleighing in Lake Louise

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offers sleigh rides daily, where you can bundle up in blankets and take in the stunning views of the frozen lake and surrounding mountains. It’s a truly enchanting experience that will make you feel like you’re in a real-life winter fairy tale.

But if you prefer a more romantic sleigh ride, check out Banff Adventures’ Couples sleigh ride with a fireside warm-up stop and a hot beverage offered to guests.

This experience takes you through the backcountry of Banff National Park, where you can enjoy hot chocolate by a cozy campfire and soak in the views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. 

Discover Banff Tours sleigh rides start at 47 CAD, and they last for 40 minutes. 

17. Wildlife Adventures in Banff Winter

Banff National Park becomes a hot spot for sighting wildlife in winter. When road-tripping you will be able to see elks, moose, and other wild animals enjoying the winter sun, and the snow. 

Wildlife in Banff winter

We usually catch them at wildlife crossings during the day. Be very careful as you drive on icy surfaces and slow down when you see animals and let them pass. Do not go near them or feed them. 

You will also find wildlife while embarking on light winter hikes like the Tunnel Mountain Trail. The hike up is an easy 4.3-kilometer (2.67 miles) round trip, starting in downtown Banff, and it takes you through pine and fir trees to welcome you to amazing views across Mount Rundle.

There are many adventure tours conducted in Banff for wildlife sightings. You can check out our detailed guide to Banff wildlife tours here

18. Canmore Winter Getaway

Just a short drive from Banff, the charming town of Canmore offers its own winter wonderland experience. With plenty of outdoor activities and cozy accommodations, it’s the perfect place for a winter getaway.

Girl in Canmore Engine Bridge - Things to do in Canmore in winter

For those looking for an adrenaline rush, go on ice climbing tours, winter hikes, or take an ice canyon walk near the town. If you prefer a more relaxed pace, enjoy a leisurely snowshoeing excursion through the scenic trails or soak in the hot springs. 

If you prefer to ski, head to the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park for a day of cross country skiing near Banff!

After a day of adventure, cozy up by the fireplace at one of Canmore’s many lodges or indulge in some delicious local cuisine at one of their many restaurants.

And don’t forget to take a stroll through the town and admire the twinkling lights and festive decorations. 

Canmore Christmas decorations

Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure or a cozy retreat, Canmore has something for everyone during the winter season. So why not add it to your list of must-visit destinations in Banff National Park? 

19. Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary near Banff (Cochrane)

For a unique and educational experience, consider visiting the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary during your winter trip to Banff. This sanctuary is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating wolfdogs (a hybrid of a wolf and a domestic dog) and educating the public about these fascinating animals.

During the winter months, visitors can embark on a guided tour through the sanctuary and learn about the history, behavior, and conservation efforts of wolfdogs. You may even have the chance to see these majestic creatures up close as you walk through their natural habitats.

Not only is it a great way to support a worthy cause, but also an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for these misunderstood animals. So bundle up and head over to the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary for a unique and unforgettable experience.  

Don’t forget to bring your camera for some amazing photo opportunities! Know that you can also book a tour of the Sanctuary here

20. Chase northern lights near Banff town

One of the most awe-inspiring sights to witness in Banff during the winter is the northern lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. This natural phenomenon occurs when charged particles from the sun collide with gases in Earth’s atmosphere, creating mesmerizing displays of colorful light dancing across the night sky.

Northern lights in the Canadian Rockies
Northern lights in the Canadian Rockies

While it’s not guaranteed that you will see the northern lights during your visit, Banff is one of the best places in Canada to try and catch a glimpse. Head outside of town to escape light pollution and keep an eye out for any aurora alerts.

We have seen northern lights near Banff town, particularly by Vermillion Lakes, and Cochrane (near the Canmore). We are so lucky to be living in this province and have seen the green dancing lights in Edmonton, Leduc, Calgary, and Elk Island National Park. 

Northern lights in the Edmonton (right outside our house)
Northern lights in the Edmonton (right outside our house)

So don’t miss out on the chance to witness this natural wonder while in Banff during the winter. It’s a truly unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of Mother Nature’s beauty. 

For an even more magical experience, consider heading to Jasper National Park which is one of the Dark Sky Preserves. 

21. Ice climbing in Banff

For adventurous travelers, ice climbing in Banff is a must-try activity during the winter season. With towering frozen waterfalls and stunning ice formations, Banff offers some of the best ice climbing opportunities in North America.

Johnston Canyon Hike In Winter
Johnston Canyon Hike In Winter

But don’t worry if you’re new to ice climbing – there are plenty of beginner-friendly options available with experienced guides to help you every step of the way. And for advanced climbers, you can also find challenging routes to tackle.

Just make sure to dress warmly and bring along any necessary gear (or rent it from a local shop) for this winter activity.

22. Snowshoeing in Banff

If you prefer a slower-paced winter activity, consider snowshoeing in Banff. This is a great way to explore the beautiful winter landscapes while getting some exercise and fresh mountain air.

There are plenty of trails suitable for all levels, from easy loops to more challenging routes. You can also join a guided snowshoeing tour that will provide insights into the area’s wildlife, history, and geology.

There are short and half-day snowshoeing tours that start from Banff and its surrounding areas. The most popular Banff snowshoeing trails include snow-covered areas in and around Banff Gondola, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Lake Agnes, and Yoho National Park.

Top picks for Banff snowshoe trails:

  • Meadowlark (Gondola) – Short trail located close to Banff town
  • Sunshine Village – Access hills and meadows from the Sunshine Village Ski Resort
  • Lake Louise – A beginner to advanced-level trail with scenic beauty. Guided tours are recommended for beginners
  • Lake Agnes – A 4 km one-way hike to Lake Agnes with amazing views

If you have never snowshoed before and are unaware of the Canadian Rockies terrain, it is worthwhile to book a tour for 2 hours or so, with a certified guide, and take the time to relax and enjoy the view.

23. Scenic Drive on the Icefields Parkway 

We like enjoying snowy winter drives. And what better views than the Icefields Parkway? This is a 227 km (141 miles) scenic mountain road connecting Banff (Lake Louise) and Jasper National Parks.

Icefields Parkway Jasper to Lake Louise

The Icefields Parkway is named after the Columbia Icefields. From TransCanada Hwy #1, the highway travels through Banff National Park for 122 kilometers (75.8 miles) and travels north to Jasper National Park. 

Keep in mind winter driving requires patience and practice. This route is equally stunning in the summer when all of the attractions are open (many sites are closed for the winter season), so if you are not comfortable with winter driving don’t embark on this route during Christmas and New Year. 

Sunwapta Falls viewing area
Sunwapta Falls viewing area

On our recent Christmas and winter trips we visited Athabasca Falls, and Sunwapta Falls and enjoyed skiing at the Marmot Ski Resort in Jasper.

Jasper National Park is also amazing in the winter and it welcomes you with lots of snowshoeing and ice walk opportunities in and around the town site. 

Trip Planning for Banff Christmas Getaway 

With its stunning natural landscapes, cozy mountain town vibes, and endless winter activities, Banff is the perfect destination for a Christmas getaway. Here are some tips to help you plan your ultimate Banff holiday experience.

Getting to and arriving in Banff

Banff National Park is easily accessible by car or public transportation.

If you’re flying in, the closest airport is Calgary International Airport (YYC), which is about a 1.5-hour drive from Banff. There are also shuttle services available from the airport to Banff.

If you prefer to take public transportation, the Banff Airporter and Brewster Express provide daily service from Calgary International Airport to Banff town. 

You can also book a private transfer from Calgary to Banff or Canmore here

And once you’re in Banff, there are local buses, taxis, and shuttles available to take you to different areas within the park. 

Book accommodation in advance

As one of the most popular destinations during the winter season in Canada, it’s important to book your accommodation well in advance. Whether you prefer a cozy cabin, luxurious hotel, or budget-friendly hostel, there are plenty of options to suit every traveler’s needs and budget.

Inside Basecamp Resorts Canmore
Inside Basecamp Resorts Canmore

But don’t wait until the last minute – booking in advance will not only give you more choices but will also ensure that you have a comfortable place to stay during your trip.

Plan your Banff Christmas activities in advance

With so much to do and see in Banff during the winter, it’s important to plan out your activities in advance. This will help you make the most of your time and ensure that you don’t miss out on any must-see attractions.

From skiing and snowboarding to ice skating, dog sledding, and more, there’s something for everyone in Banff. Make sure to check availability and book any tickets or rentals in advance, especially for popular activities.

Pack appropriately

When packing for your Banff Christmas getaway, it’s important to dress warmly and bring along the necessary gear. This includes warm winter clothing, waterproof boots, traction devices for your shoes, and snow gear if you plan on partaking in outdoor activities.

Don’t forget to also pack some festive attire for any holiday events or dinners you may attend. And if you plan on visiting the hot springs, don’t forget your bathing suit and towel.

Banff Winter Packing List

To experience the best time in Banff National Park in winter, it is important to pack appropriately. Here is the packing list for Banff Christmas Season in Winter

Banff Winter Wonderland
Banff downtown Winters
  • Outerwear – Wear/carry warm outerwear like wool coats or down-filled jackets. Keep in mind Banff and Lake Louise get really windy, so I would say stick to a warm jacket with tight cuffs and a high collar. You can carry a wool coat for dining, or any indoor events. Early November you can get away with a wool coat, provided you are layering well, but from mid-November onwards, it is super icy cold especially if you are planning a lot of time outdoors!
  • Snow Pants Buy my favorite pair one
  • Thermals or Long Johns – Super important to layer. Wear thermals or long johns as a base layer for outdoor events
  • Mid-Layer – Wear a warm vest, cardigan, or light jacket, whichever fits for a mid-layer. I prefer wearing a Merino wool cardigan as a mid-layer (it is lightweight and super warm). Salil prefers a light fleece jacket as a mid-layer. So wear what’s comfortable for you and keeps you warm!
  • Warm Hat or Torque – Wear bright-colored torques for a nice pop of color in your Banff winter photos
  • Warm Socks Check out my favorite pair here
  • Snow Boots – Wear snow boots with strong threading for better traction on snowy grounds. Here is my favorite from KEEN
  • Gloves – You will need a pair of warm, thick pairs of gloves. Get yours here
  • Scarf – For styling and functional purposes, wear a wool scarf to keep yourself warm and toasty! 
  • Other essentials
    • Jeans – For dinners, in-door events
    • Shirts or tops
    • Swimwear (hot springs or pool in your hotel/resort)
    • Eyewear/ sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Perfume or Deodorant

Embrace the holiday spirit

Banff is known for its charming Christmas decorations and festive atmosphere during the winter season. Take advantage of this by attending local events such as the Banff Christmas Market or the Banff Santa Claus Parade.

You can also get into the holiday spirit by participating in Christmas-themed activities such as ice skating under twinkling lights, horse-drawn sleigh rides through snowy trails, or enjoying a cup of hot cocoa by a crackling fire.

Frequently Asked Questions | Banff Christmas Holiday

Scenic Winter Drives in Banff Christmas Getaways
Scenic Winter Drives

Is Christmas a good time to visit Banff?

Absolutely! Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Banff. The town is decorated with festive lights and decorations, there are plenty of holiday events and activities to enjoy, and the snow-covered landscape adds an extra touch of magic to your trip.

Plus, visiting Banff during Christmas time means you can take advantage of special holiday packages and deals offered by accommodations and tour companies. 

What are the cheapest months to visit Banff?

The cheapest months to visit Banff are typically during the shoulder seasons of April-May and October-November.

During these times, accommodation prices tend to be lower and there are fewer crowds compared to peak season (June-August). However, keep in mind that some attractions and activities may have limited availability during these months as they may be closed for maintenance. 

Is Banff expensive?

Banff can be an expensive destination, especially during peak season. Accommodation prices tend to be higher and popular activities like skiing and dog sledding can come with a hefty price tag.

However, there are ways to visit Banff on a budget. Consider staying in a hostel or campsite (reservations must be made ahead of time in the peak summer months), cooking your own meals instead of dining out, and taking advantage of free activities such as hiking and sightseeing. 

You can also save money by visiting during the shoulder season or booking package deals that include multiple activities. Overall, Banff may be a bit pricey but with proper planning and budgeting, it’s possible to have an amazing and affordable trip.

See you in Banff in winter: Conclusion

Banff is a winter wonderland that has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or a festive holiday experience, Banff has it all. From breathtaking natural landscapes to cozy mountain town vibes and exciting activities, it’s no surprise that Banff is a top destination during the winter season.

So start planning your trip now and get ready for an unforgettable winter getaway in Banff.

Happy travels!  See you soon! 

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