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Whistler Holiday Experience, NYE celebrations cancelled

RMOW promotes safe ways to enjoy the holiday season
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Whistler's annual Christmas light display is a favourite of visitors and locals alike. FILE PHOTO BY MIKE CRANE/COURTESY OF THE RESORT MUNICIPALITY OF WHISTLER

To the surprise of few, the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) annual Whistler Holiday Experience and New Year’s Eve Celebrations won’t be taking place this year.

Winter animation has also been placed on hold until after Jan. 8.

“Although the community will not be able to attend some holiday programs this year, we hope that people will participate in the many safe events and activities that are still happening this season,” said Mayor Jack Crompton, in a release.

“There are still many ways that people can get outside, explore, be active, learn about our community and find joy, while being safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Whistler.”

Transit will still be free on New Year’s Eve in Whistler after 6 p.m., but no extra busses or service will be added this year.

Some events and activities suggested by the RMOW this year: participate in the 12 Days of Whistler Joy; attend the Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre for free (until January 24); grab some take-out from local restaurants and enjoy it at new outdoor picnic shelters; play in the second Snow Zone at Rebagliati Park; or learn more about Whistler through the new Whistler 101 web series.

Other holiday favourites are continuing with COVID-19 protocols in place, including the Whistler Olympic Plaza Snow Zone and ice Rink; Whistler Village festive lighting; cross-country skiing at Lost Lake; and skating, swimming and working out at the Meadow Park Sports Centre.

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