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Holiday activities for families at Emerald Lake Lodge

The magic of the season comes alive at Emerald Lake Lodge, and it’s the perfect destination for holiday activities for families looking to set the stage for a enchanting holiday retreat. With its festive decor, magical whimsey and mesmerizing landscape, the spirit of the season is yours to discover in one of the most captivating settings in the Canadian Rockies

Families can enjoy time spent in the cozy comfort of the main lodge, with holiday activities including gingerbread house making a snowman-making competition and a special visit from Santa Claus, who arrives with gifts for the little ones. As you step outside, you’ll discover a playground of winter activities. 

Read on to learn more about what you and your family can enjoy during your winter escape to Emerald Lake Lodge this holiday season:

5-7 pm, December 22, 2023
Star Placing & Managers Reception
Gather around for a special toast to the season, complete with yummy hot chocolate for the kids and warm cocktails for the adults. Join us in the magic as we place the star atop our Christmas tree.
5-7 pm, December 22, 2023
DAILY
Festive Seasonal Table D'Hote
Savour a festive seasonal Table d'Hote menu daily featuring Rocky Mountain Cuisine.
DAILY
DECEMBER 24, 2023
Christmas Eve Family Evening
Join our family evening filled with delightful activities that will have you feeling the holiday spirit. Activities included below!
DECEMBER 24, 2023
5-7 pm DECEMBER 24
Gingerbread House Making & Colouring Contest
Put your crafting skills to the test and join us for gingerbread house making in our cozy Cilantro on the Lake. We will also be hosting a colouring contest for our younger artists.
5-7 pm DECEMBER 24
5-7 pm December 24
Snowman Making Contest
Build to impress during our annual snowman building contest at Cilantro on the Lake. Either big or small, we can't wait to be dazzled by them all!
5-7 pm December 24
5-7 pm December 24
Star Gazing
Take in the beauty of our surroundings, and listen to a story or two as you stargaze outside of Cilantro on the Lake Perhaps you'll spot Santa's sleigh overhead.
5-7 pm December 24
Daily
Outdoor FirePIt
As the sun sets, our outdoor fire pit comes to life, with the cozy warmth inviting you to make s'mores from 6 to 7 pm.
Daily
11 AM
December 25, 2023
A Jolly Surprise
Santa Claus himself will be arriving at 11 am to make your Christmas morning even more special.
11 AM
December 25, 2023
5-7 PM December 25, 2023
Caroling
Get into the holiday spirit as our cheerful staff lead a heartwarming caroling expedition from cabin to cabin, and we wholeheartedly invite our guests to join in the festivities.
5-7 PM December 25, 2023
5-9 PM December 25, 2023
Christmas Dinner
Savour a four-course festive menu, curated by Chef Valerie Morrison in the Mount Burgess Dining Room. Savour a special menu crafted for the occasion, including a kids menu. 
5-9 PM December 25, 2023
DECEMBER 31, 2023
NYE Dinner
Get ready for a one-of-a-kind New Year's Eve party with the Swinging Bovines and NYE dinner. Bring the whole family for a memorable night of music, dancing, and celebration as we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new.
DECEMBER 31, 2023

christmas package

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation on December 25th
  • Multi-course Christmas dinner for adults on December 25th. 
  • Daily breakfast for adults
  • Please note children are not included in package pricing. Children’s pricing will be added in the restaurant at mealtime.

nye package

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation on December 31st
  • Multi-course NYE dinner for adults and celebration on December 31st. 
  • Daily breakfast for adults
  • Please note children are not included in package pricing. Children’s pricing will be added in the restaurant at mealtime.

Holiday activities FOR FAMILIES near emerald lake lodge

Emerald Lake lodge cross country skiing
Photo Credit: Minuii

cross-country skiing

Glide through snow-draped forests and along the shores of the frozen Emerald Lake, taking in the serenity of the pristine alpine wilderness. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced skier, the well-maintained trails offer a memorable journey amid the breathtaking Yoho National Park landscape.

Family Skiing Banff
Photo Credit: Reuben Krabbe

downhill skiing

Experience incredible downhill skiing within easy reach of Emerald Lake Lodge. Lake Louise Ski Resort, a mere 30-minute drive from the lodge, offers world-class slopes and an enchanting winter atmosphere. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, with its legendary vertical drop, is just under an hour away, promising thrilling adventures in the snow. Families can choose from range of runs from beginner to advanced, tube parks and even bunny hills for the smaller riders. 

Photo Credit: Noel Hendrickson

snowshoeing

Experience the magic of snowshoeing at Emerald Lake. Discover the beauty of a frozen lake surrounded by snow-covered peaks. Explore pristine snow-draped forests on various trails suitable for all levels. From leisurely walks to adventurous treks, this winter wonderland has it all.

mountain dining

Savour an array of delicious Rocky Mountain cuisine at Emerald Lake Lodge. From exquisite dishes in the Mount Burgess Dining Room to casual bites at Cilantro Café and the warm ambiance of Kicking Horse Lounge, your taste buds are in for a memorable journey through culinary delights.

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