By Nicole Fitzgerald
What: North Pole Central
When: Starting Dec. 16, 11 a.m.
Where: MY Millennium Place
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
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.