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Christmas Spirit in the Canadian Rockies

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Canada’s natural playground

Make this Christmas period the merriest one of them all on a special tour sprinkled with festive markets and light displays in the heart of the snow-covered Rocky Mountains.

A family holiday like no other that captures the essence of what makes Christmastime so magical. Powdered with precious moments and perfectly paced to create personalised, lifelong memories, this tour takes you into Canada’s natural playground.

Banff’s national park setting of mountain backdrops calls for all the outdoor alpine adventures, with plenty of pauses for sipping on hot chocolate by a log fire in-between. Calgary, a charming town known for igniting the festive spirit, promises a profusion of local markets, extravagant light displays and Christmas-themed experiences.

What does this price include?

  • Six nights' room-only accommodation in two good quality hotels, plus one night on the aircraft
  • Calgary Heritage Park Lights or Calgary Zoo Lights experience
  • Orientation tour of Banff
  • Guided visit to Bear Street Holiday Market
  • A full-day excursion to Lake Louise
  • ‘In Search of Christmas Spirit’ experience led by your tour manager
  • Return flights to Calgary, with coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

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  • Fly direct to the oil-and-cattle town of Calgary, meet your tour manager, and get settled into your hotel.

  • Around Christmastime, Calgary is a flurry of festivities with highlights including the Calgary Heritage Park Lights and Calgary Zoo Lights. Get your fill of Calgary’s collection of family-focused activities scattered throughout the city.

    The inaugural Christmas lights festival at Heritage Park is a striking showcase of decorations, ice sculptures and live entertainment. Spread across the historical property, which is adorned with illuminated antique treasures, this festival promises magical moments galore. Food stalls and snug stations centred around firepits will keep you cosy and content with hot chocolate, mulled wine, and a mixture of treats.  

    A visit to the award-winning Calgary Zoo Lights event is a local holiday tradition and it features an eco-friendly market, an ice skating rink, a Santa Claus stand, a chocolate bar, and an assortment of light displays and themed areas. The Nutcracker Experience, a highlight of the programme, transports you to the Nutcracker suite, complete with a sleigh and giant nutcrackers – an ideal scene for capturing family photographs.

  • The tour will journey into the Rockies to majestic Banff, which you’ll explore on an orientation tour with your tour manager. This enchanting resort town, set within a national park, is a true winter wonderland. Soaring snow-capped peaks serve as the dramatic backdrop to your stay, and each of Banff’s fairy-light-lined lanes leads to another Christmas-themed activity.

    The Bear Street Holiday Market, in the centre of the town, is a strong starting point to ignite the festive spirit and make your way through your gift list. This ring of twinkling wooden stalls, selling artisanal trinkets, is conveniently located near some of Banff’s boutique stores and restaurants. Housed within a cheery, red-painted stable, the Banff Christmas Market is also worth a peruse, and its outdoor lounge allows you to relish the dramatic scenery post-shopping.

    Alternatively, you can pick from two optional excursions to experience the best of Banff. The Banff and Sulphur Mountain Gondola excursion involves travelling by cable car to the summit of the Sulphur Mountain and witnessing the breathtaking views across the region. If you want to dine amongst the clouds, the Sky Bistro and Gondola excursion takes you to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a gondola at night. Once at the peak, you’ll be seated at the Sky Bistro restaurant for a high-end dinner of locally inspired dishes while looking out over six Rocky Mountain ranges.

  • The magnificent Lake Louise is the focus of today. This expansive stretch of turquoise-tinted water is backed by the grand Victoria Glacier and encircled by alpine forest.

    You’ll have the opportunity to traverse this hamlet of natural beauty – perhaps venturing on one of the gentler hiking trails or seeking out a more sheltered spot for a cup of coffee. Following on from the morning, the tour will then stop for lunch, which is on your own account.  

    As evening falls, you’ll return to your hotel, where you can relax after your adventuring – perhaps by the welcoming lounge’s fireplace or in the rooftop hot tub.

  • Take this morning at your own pace, potentially pottering around the shops or partaking in one of the area’s popular activities, like tubing, ice skating, dog sledging or hiking. The hotel’s easy access to Banff’s word-class slopes means that skiing or snowboarding should be top of your list too.

    After nightfall, be sure to wrap up warm, as you’ll walk to the start of Banff’s Christmas Lighting Trail, ‘In Search of Christmas Spirit’. Crunch along the illuminated icy path, in a veil of falling snowflakes, through the ‘Cascade of Time Garden’. Following your tour manager, you’ll meander past sculptures and puppets while witnessing a live Christmas story unfold. You can also choose to visit the trail independently at your preferred time.

  • If you hadn’t managed to fit in all the alpine-inspired action yesterday, today you’re free to make your winter wish-list come to life. Again, this is another opportunity for the more active to hit the slopes or venture further into the surrounding outdoors with a sleigh ride, snowmobile tour, ice climbing excursion, cave tour or even a helicopter flight that you’ll never forget. A family-friendly snowshoeing excursion is also available, where you’ll go into Banff National Park on an easy trail alongside an experienced guide.

    For those with an inclination for something at a slower pace, ice fishing in a nearby frozen lake, a visit to a local wolfdog sanctuary, or simply taking a stroll along Banff’s Hot Chocolate Trail might be more tempting. If you’re looking for a way to defrost, Banff’s world-famous hot springs are as salubrious as they are steamy – and provide an unrivalled viewing spot of the mountains.

  • Bidding Banff farewell, you’ll be transferred back to the airport for your return overnight flight.

  • This morning, you'll arrive in the UK with a medley of magical memories.

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