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Discover the Height of Winter Fun

It’s the season of magic and wonder at the Banff Gondola. Starting December 19, load up in your mountaintop sleigh and soar to where Christmas delights and Santa’s Workshop await at the summit. Decorate cookies in the bakeshop, take photos with Santa, roll your own maple taffy and watch a film in our theatre. The Banff Gondola is where Christmas memories happen.

Kids go free before noon every day!*

*One free child admission for each paying adult when you visit before 12 noon.

All activities are complimentary with admission. Food and beverages not included.
Exclusive extended activities from Dec 25–30.

Elf Express Package

Elf Express Package

This year, we're welcoming Santa to Banff with a swanky new ride. And you and your family could join the fun with his Elves! Introducing our newest experience, the Elf Express!

Get picked up from your downtown Banff hotel* in a Christmas decorated coach. Enjoy a fun storytelling ride to the Banff Gondola with Santa's personal helper at the mic. Then, soar up to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience all the Mountaintop Christmas activities including a picture with Santa. Wrap things up as you catch your ride back to your hotel.

Be the first to join Santa and his helpers in this new Christmas adventure this holiday season!

*Pick up locations: Mount Royal Hotel and Elk + Avenue

Festive Fun at the Summit

December 19 – 30

Santa Visits

Daily, Dec 19 – 24
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Gift wrapping station

Daily, Dec 23 – 24

Cookie Decorating

Daily, Dec 19–30
11 AM – 3 PM


Feature Christmas Film

Daily, Dec 19 – Dec 30
Above Banff Theatre, 2nd floor
Dec 19 – Dec 25: Prep and Landing
Dec 26 – Dec 30: Olaf's Frozen Adventure

Elf Name Generator

Daily, Dec 19–30
11 AM – 3 PM
Upper Terminal, 2nd floor

Sugar Shack Maple Toffee

Daily, Dec 19–30
11 AM – 3 PM
Rooftop Observation Deck, 4th floor
Savour an iconic Canadian culinary experience! We’ve brought in maple toffee from our friends at Turkey Hill to create delicious toffee treats by pouring maple syrup over snow. One sample included per guest.

Adult Beverage Bar

Daily, December 19–30
11 AM – 3 PM
Citizen Pavilion, 4th floor
Warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine at our Adult Bar.

Craft Decorating Station

Daily, Dec 19–30
11 AM – 3 PM
Kids can create something festive to take home this Christmas at our craft decorating station.

Agents of Discovery

Download the Agents of Discovery app and discover a world of wonder at the Banff Gondola.
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Sky Bistro Festive Dinner

Daily, Dec 18 – 30
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Festive-themed dinner package includes admission and two course meal.

Northern Lights Alpine Kitchen Festive Lunch

Daily, Dec 19 – 25
11 AM – 3:30 PM
Take a break from exploring and enjoy a festive themed lunch.


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