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Christmas in the Rockies

As the saying goes “Home is where the heart is” which is why Jasper makes the perfect Home for the Holidays.

Join us here at The Lodge for the Festival of Christmas, a truly heartwarming holiday time in the land of a million Christmas trees. With thousands of twinkling lights and endless family fun activities, we can’t think of a better gift for the whole family than to spend Christmas in the Rockies.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city and retreat to the solitude of the picturesque Jasper National Park.  Skate on beautiful Lake Mildred and enjoy a warm hot chocolate by the roaring fire in the Emerald Lounge. Glowing from inside-out, the halls and walls are decked with tinsel and garland, sparkling lights and festive décor. It is a truly spectacular sight, that is the Festival of Christmas. Even Mr. and Mrs. Clause take a break from the North Pole to visit Santa’s Cabin here at the Lodge.

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That Festive Feeling

Santa’s Cabin

Ho ho ho! Come on in! Santa and Mrs. Claus are checking in to their favourite Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge cabin! They have been travelling far and wide. But their final stop just before Christmas Night is here, under the Home for the Holidays sign. They park their famous sleigh and reindeer here at Jasper Park Lodge and settle into their cabin, eagerly awaiting visitors. Bring the whole family to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in their beautifully decorated Christmas cabin. They have plenty of holiday treats to share.

Holiday Happenings

Dashing Through the Snow!

Grab your trusty steed of a sled from our Winter Activity Centre and hit the snowy Rocky Mountain slopes. Embrace the frosty air that kisses your cheeks pink! There is nothing better than a fresh sheet of fluffy snow to make for a speedy slide. So when you wake up to a winter wonderland, be sure to add tobogganing to your daily itinerary. These hills might not be as daunting as our mountain marvels but the downhill sprint is an activity that is fit for the entire family. The more the merrier! Take everyone out for a leisurely ride or make it a Christmas Eve tradition. Or take turns racing to the bottom of the hill. Ready? Set. GO! Last one down buys a round of hot chocolate!

Whether you’re trying to summit a new peak or prefer a steadier slide, our National Park is known for its epic skiing conditions and top-of-the-world views. Just a short drive away is Marmot Basin, Jasper’s well-known ski hill, fit with uncrowded groomed slops and 86 trails to explore and conquer. Did you know Marmot Basin is Canada’s highest base elevation at 1,698 m (5,570 ft)? It is truly a bucket list hill that skiers and snowboarders alike will want to hit this season!

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If you’re looking for mountains of adventures with less of an incline, our resort turns into a winter wonderland with groomed cross country ski trails tracked as snowfall permits on our golf course and Lake Mildred.

Stroll Through the Gingerbread Village

Candy canes, gum drops and snow white icing; it’s a sweet tooth’s dream! Our talented chefs and culinary teams build and design the grandest of Gingerbread Houses, even more whimsical and festive each year. Take a stroll past the Emerald Lounge where our Gingerbread Village lives. Gain some inspiration for your own Gingerbread creation or simply smell the sweet aroma of this classic festive cookie. Although incredibly tempting, these Gingerbread houses are not meant for eating—remember Santa is always watching. Don’t forget to cast your votes for your favorite house and wait to see if your choice wins!

Last-Minute Letters to Santa

No need to fret if you have left those letters to Santa to the last minute. In Jasper, we have something faster than express postage; the big man himself has his very own mailbox here at the lodge which he checks every day! Drop off your letter to Santa Claus in the Main Lodge and your personalized reply from Santa himself will arrive via Reindeer Airmail, delivered the very next day to your room.

Dance on Lakes of Glass

Spin, glide, and twirl around Lake Mildred as the 360-degree mountain range wraps around the groomed rink—complete with sparkling snowy peaks. Incredible photo opportunities at every angle (exclusive to the winter season) await! Warm up later at La Cabane Ice bar. Whether your preference is a toasty hot cocoa loaded with marshmallows and candy cane pieces or a frosty glass of JPL lager, both are sure to keep you light on your feet throughout your lake skate.

Say Cheese!

Need a new family photo for your next annual Christmas card? What better place for a festive photo than in the picturesque Rocky Mountains this winter? Show up in your best attire for a beautiful family portrait or show your fun side with matching Christmas sweaters. Remember to bundle up for the frosty winter weather as you make your way over to Santa’s Cabin, where we will turn a family moment into a long lasting, takeaway memory.

S’mores Under the Stars

Bundle up under a blanket of stars next to a warm cozy fire, sipping on hot chocolate and making perfect s’mores every night. If you’re up for it, chime in on some Christmas Carols as you enjoy a sweet treat in the silent night. 

The 12 Drinks of Christmas

Just in time for the cheeriest part of the year, we bring you 12 new cocktails that are sure to make you merrier and brighter this Christmas season. Cozy up fireside with some après ski refreshments from The Great Hall or the Emerald Lounge. 6 Signature cocktails and 6 Emerald classics come together to tie in flavors of the season. The Toasted Apple Pie speaks for itself while the Maple Hennessy Hot Toddy warms from the inside.

And a Happy New Year!

It is hard to believe that another year has almost come and gone but there is so much to celebrate and look forward to in the New Year!

Don’t start the New Year on an empty stomach. New Year’s Eve in Orso Trattoria allows you to experience unique, world-class cuisine in an atmosphere of grand style and service. Enjoy a five-course prix fixe dinner and let the exquisite tastes, textures, and aromas tantalize your palate. After your meal, join us for our Midnight Countdown Celebration. The 20s of today and the 20s of the past become one on this special night during this Roaring 20s Speakeasy party. Dust off your dazzling flapper dress or your dapper suit, cheers with a glass of bubbly, find your feet out on the dance floor and connect with friends and family as we celebrate the New Year together.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Christmas is magical in Jasper. Softly falling snow, thousands of twinkling lights, and of course, a visit from Santa. However you choose to celebrate, we hope the holiday memories you create here are treasured for years to come!

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