BANFF KID FRIENDLY EVENTS
Banff is a vibrant scene for all ages, providing lots of happening, learning experiences and endless adventure for all the juniors. There’s always something interesting and challenging happening at the Banff Centre, Stay in touch with Banff Centre, they always come up with smart and interesting events for kids as well. It might not be a bad idea to check the Banff events before planing you family vacation to Banff. Signature events not to be missed:
Christmas in the Rockies
There’s really no Christmas quite like a Banff Christmas in the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. The big snowflakes fall slowly upon the brightly decorated and light-strung storefronts of Banff Avenue, the little town’s main street, and down each adjacent road named after local wildlife (Cougar, Wolf, Marmot) discovery awaits. There’s a sense of magic in the air and it seems everyone can feel it, as families and couples from far and wide (all wrapped in scarfs and toques) stroll the streets with smiles.
Head downtown Banff for Winterstart in the Square – an early evening of family-friendly live entertainment and music, tasty treats, and interactive animation. The big full day annual celebration called Christmas in the Rockies is held usually first week December and is set to be another great evening with a variety of events catered to all. Watched over by none other than Santa Claus himself, keeping an eye out to make sure everyone is nice by day (and maybe a little naughty by night), the celebrations start on Bear Street with Christmas in the Courtyard – magnificent works of art being carved out of blocks of ice. Watch in awe as animal sculptures emerge from within the blocks as if freed from the Ice Age. Your kids can even take a stab at it themselves at the Little Chippers carving stations as they give their imagination wings.
The fun continues in the Cascade Shops with a lineup of kid-friendly activities like Festive Fun with Santa where the little ones make crafts, get their faces painted, have balloons twisted, and play carnival games. Live music abounds with Fred Penner playing an afternoon set and CBC’s Stuart McLean doing his Vinyl Cafe in the evening. And of course a Christmas party wouldn’t be complete without photos with the Big Man himself. Be serenaded with the songs of carolers roaming the streets and grab yourself some homemade chocolate then find a good spot for the main event – the Santa Claus Parade of Lights tromping down Banff Ave.
You’ll find some excellent things to do for Christmas and New Years – we recommend making a reservation at one of the top notch restaurants in town. Some restaurants are closed on the big day while others are set up for a proper Christmas celebration. Try the Maple Leaf Grille for some classic Canadian fare, from bison to salmon to elk on a full a la carte menu, all in an awesome log cabin style ambiance. Definitely go skiing on Christmas Day if you’re into it as it’s a genuine tradition – and while it’s busy, the lines aren’t bad at no more than a 15-minute wait. You should also make sure you explore the Banff Springs Hotel with it’s impressive interior all decked out in Christmas trees and decorations.
New Year’s Eve finds a large crowd gathering at the intersection of Banff Ave and Caribou Street (just outside Wild Bill’s Saloon) for the final countdown and fireworks display. It’s Banff’s version of Times Square and if it’s snowing those big flakes the moment is especially magical. There are plenty of pubs and clubs throwing New Year’s Eve parties, as well, so buy your tickets early if you’re into the season with a vibrant crowd. Or make your own intimate celebration in your cozy upscale accommodation. Many of the rooms in Banff have that ‘cabin in the woods’ feel with wood and stone designs, full kitchens, lofts, and of course your own glowing fireplace helping set the mood to cuddle up beside.
Banff is an amazing place any time of year but especially so over Christmas. And as it turns out, peak season is actually July and August so you can enjoy the best rates of the year on your Banff Christmas vacation. If you’re looking for something entirely special this holiday season, you need look no further. You’ve found it. And Enjoy Banff will hook you up with the lowest possible rates. Just give us a call.
This fun event is open to everyone, and whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, you’re sure to find something at the Banff Children’s Festival that you will enjoy! There is a myriad of free events, such as a circus school, face painting booths, and an arts and crafts corner. There are also workshops where you can learn a new hobby, such as a hands-on photography workshop, and an animation and sculpture workshop. over 25 events and activities all together For those who are looking for a more energy-filled activity, you can jump around in bouncy castles, go swimming, or climbing! Read More
SpringsARt Festival as well as Lake Louise WonderFall are also great outdoorsy kid-friendly events, where your kids can learn and express their creativity, great learning experiences that will awaken & explore their senses and sensibility.