Christmas and New Year’s in Whistler

by on Jan.18, 2014, under Whistler

The last few weeks of the year held a few milestones for us. This was our first ever Christmas away from home and the end of the month marked the one year anniversary of the start of this crazy adventure. My, how times flies when you’re having fun…

Fairy lights in the village streets, Christmas morning on the slopes and boarding home as the evening draws in

(I won’t bore you with too much of the details of how we got on, but a few lines to go with some pics is a nice way to share with those we didn’t get spend Christmas this year)

It being our first Christmas apart from our friends and families, and Christmas being such a big deal to us ordinarily, we knew this would be the time we would feel the distance from our loved ones the most. So we made an effort to make things as special as possible over “the holiday season” to help alleviate any feelings of homesickness. We organised Skype sessions with friends and family back home, made sure to pick up a real Christmas tree, hung socks from the mantelpiece and placed our few little presents for each other under the tree. We had a Christmas theme night where we decorated the apartment and finished up with a couple of glasses of wine and beer and the two greatest Christmas movies of all time (Elf and Die Hard!). And on Christmas Day I was thrilled to be able to savour a traditional Christmas dinner at the local Irish pub, the Dubh Linn Gate.

Some of our Winter-sports themed decorations, our Christmas tree and stockings by the fire, and celebrating a Christmas-y evening well spent

The town itself is always very festive looking, but a dusting of fresh snow and even more fairy lights than normal certainly added to it. There were plenty of events on over the holidays too – we even got to enjoy a screening of The Grinch that took place in a yoga shop! There were special “Santa days” on the mountain, carol singers in the square and, really, alpine forests in the snow just feels Christmas-y anyway.

Lights and snow around the village, and The Grinch plays on a sheet in a yoga shop!

Being a resort and tourist destination all the shops, bars, restaurants etc, and even the mountain itself, stayed open throughout the the holiday. All of which was very odd to us but did mean we got to snowboard on Christmas day (complete with Lisa’s red-nosed reindeer ear warmers!) – very cool.

Fun on the slopes on Christmas Day

New Years Eve is a massive party night in Whistler, and having missed last year’s festivities we were looking forward to some fun this time around. We managed to join the crowds in one of our favourite bars, Dusty’s, which was also one of the few bars not charging a cover fee on the night. An awesome time was had, the details of which are not for sharing! You had to be there… ;)

New Year’s Eve shenanigans!

So the Christmas Holidays came and went and our wonderful adventure around the globe ticked quietly past the 12 month mark. It’s been an incredible year, with fabulous experiences and amazing memories. (Most of which we still have to share on here!) It’s always good to remind ourselves how lucky we are and I’m a big fan of sitting back every once in while and just appreciating where we are and what we’ve achieved. But we didn’t spend too long reminiscing – there’s plenty of new memories yet to made!

More sights from our first Christmas abroad – fairy lights, snow on the ground, reindeer ear muffs and Christmas dinner


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