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Christmas program gather community into holiday spirit



By Nicole Fitzgerald

What: North Pole Central

When: Starting Dec. 16, 11 a.m.

Where: MY Millennium Place

Admission: Free

While the North Pole might geographically fall on the northernmost point of the globe, holiday enthusiasts know the heart of the North Pole resides right here in Whistler where MY Millennium Place decks the halls with plenty of Christmas entertainment — and even a personal visit from Santa.

“Whistler welcomes the world to our home for the holidays,” said MY Place general manager Dennis Marriott. “We are not just a fantastic outdoor wonderland, but house a thriving arts and culture community as well… We are giving them a glimpse of the real soul of Whistler.”

MY Millennium Place, along with Events Whistler (RMOW, Tourism Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb) have joined forces to create A Whistler Family Holiday program with both on and off the mountain activities during the month of December. The program kicks off with Kris Kringle arriving early at North Pole Central on Saturday, Dec. 16. He’ll be at MY Millennium Place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The community space is transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland of Christmas delights for the whole month with lights, music and shows.

The North Pole Central Saturday begins with the Whistler Children’s Chorus singing Christmas carols from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Short Skirt Theatre performers, including Mr. Frost, Snow Princess and the Sugar Plum Fairy, will bring both outdoor and indoor animation to the day, along with a blow up castle, face painting, photos with Santa, crafts and performance theatre.

Look out for flashing lights at noon as the Whistler Fire Department escorts old Saint Nick on a fire truck to the celebration. Whistler RCMP will lead the way in red serge and a red carpet, manned by a dozen elves, will greet Santa.

Coast Mountain Photography hosts photos with Santa from noon to 3 p.m. in the theatre lounge with Christmas performances from storyteller Amie Wolf in the theatre.