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Christmas 101: Your First Holiday Season at Fairmont Mountain Resorts

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"... Within the hospitality industry, the Christmas season reigns as one of the most magical times of the year, and at Fairmont, we're committed to elevating it further. Each hotel and resort boasts its unique approach to igniting the holiday spirit, yet none quite compare to the enchantment found at Fairmont Mountain Resorts. Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and Whistler stand tall as iconic winter havens in North America, drawing in families seeking the perfect holiday escape.

As the hotels become home to Christmas-loving families ready to revel in holiday merriment, they also play host to a vibrant community of colleagues. These individuals have not only made these new destinations their homes but have also cultivated new friendships, forming family-like ties amidst the festive atmosphere.

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One of the most remarkable aspects of pursuing your mountain dreams with Fairmont is the inclusive community awaiting you. Wherever your aspirations take you, you'll encounter kindred spirits who share your passion for hospitality and have the same thirst for adventure. It's often the initial step away from home, navigating a new place solo, where not a single soul is familiar. Yet, crafting your own mountain family, away from your home base, becomes an incredibly special journey in its own.

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You might find yourself thinking, "It's a bit nerve-wracking to be in a new place during the holiday season." Fortunately, all the newfound friends around you are sharing that same experience. It's an opportunity to bring everyone together for a memorable celebration. Whether it's organizing a Secret Santa, relishing a delish turkey dinner, or taking turns sharing your cherished holiday traditions, this year, you have the chance to celebrate in whatever way you want. Join forces with your newfound mountain community and help spread the joy of the season.

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What's your new winter wonderland without a dash of holiday activities? Whether you embark on your adventure in Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, or Whistler, each of these gems boasts its distinctive charm. Here's a great list of ways to infuse this holiday away from home with extra festivity this year:

  • Host or attend your first “Friends-mas”. If you're familiar with this fun twist on words, you know it's a festive occasion where friends gather for a Christmas dinner or night of fun holiday games. It's a wonderful opportunity to share diverse traditions while also crafting new ones together with a close knit group of friends.

  • Explore the closest Christmas Market, an ideal activity whether enjoyed solo or as a group outing. Embrace the festive ambiance by indulging in a cup of hot chocolate, donning your coziest mittens, and immersing yourself in the holiday cheer while strolling the streets of your mountain town.

  • Try a new outdoor adventure! Dogsled through Banff National Park, partake in a spirited game of hockey on the legendary Lake Louise, explore the frozen wonders of the Maligne Canyon in Jasper or learn to ski or snowboard at Whistler’s iconic ski resort. These renowned mountain towns boast an array of boundless winter adventures, some of which are exclusively tailored for the snowy season.

  • Have a Christmas movie marathon. If you’re in need of a cozy night in, whether it’s a party of 1 or you get together with friends, there’s no better way to embrace the holiday season than with beloved classics. From "Home Alone" to "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Elf," whichever film you choose, grab some popcorn and a steaming cup of hot cocoa and enjoy a relaxing wintery night in.

Among the highlights of the holiday season is our much-anticipated colleague Holiday Gala! Picture an enchanting evening filled with exquisite food, coveted prizes and awards, and dancing the night away with your dearest friends. It's the perfect way to crown this year's Christmas celebrations with joy and holiday cheer.

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The Christmas season at Fairmont is pure magic. At the Fairmont Mountain Resorts, we create lasting holiday memories not only for our guests, but also for the friends who’ve become family. What's truly special is the inclusive spirit that embraces newcomers seeking adventure away from home. There might be nerves about being in a new place during the holidays, but finding kindred spirits sharing that experience makes it feel like home away from home.


Ready for an adventure? Visit to learn more about what it's like to live, work and play in Fairmont's Mountain Region.


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