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Whistler's winter programming ready to roll

Outdoor skating, Snow Zone, Family Après and more on tap for the holiday season

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There might not be much in the way of natural snow in the valley, but holiday programming in Whistler is set to get underway regardless.

Snow guns are working overtime to build the Snow Zone at Whistler Olympic Plaza, while outdoor skating returns Saturday, Dec. 8.

"Come to Whistler Village and enjoy the winter season. Whether you want to ice skate outdoors, toboggan with your family, cross-country ski, or entertain guests over the holidays, Whistler has an incredible range of activities for all ages," said Mayor Jack Crompton in a release.

"Thank you to the Province of British Columbia for investing in the Resort Municipality Initiative. Many of the activities and events on offer are funded by RMI. This funding builds Whistler's visitor experience throughout the year."

Outdoor skating is free (though rentals cost $6), and the rink is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (but closed for daily maintenance between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. and 5 and 6 p.m.).

Find more at whistler.ca/skating or by calling 604-935-PLAY (and pressing 3).

Family Après is also set to return at Whistler Olympic Plaza from 3 to 6 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday, starting Monday, Dec. 17.

Families can enjoy hot beverages while taking part in live entertainment, music, dancing, face painting and more.

Find more info at whistler.ca/whistlerpresents.

Programming ramps up closer to Christmas, with the launch of the Whistler Holiday Experience at the Whistler Conference Centre on Saturday, Dec. 22.

Kids can take part in mini-putt, table games, bouncy castles, crafts and video games while parents kick back with a coffee in the lounge area.

And on New Year's Eve there's something for everyone, with expanded family après activities and programming throughout the day.

An early fireworks show and countdown will take place at Skiers Plaza (for those who want to ring in the New Year early), with the official New Year's Eve Fire and Ice Show kicking off at 11:30 p.m.

Transit will be free in Whistler from 6 p.m. to late.

Find more info at whistler.ca/NYE.

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