It's Christmas at the summit of Sulphur Mountain! With Santa and his elves, cookie decorating and all the other jingle bells and whistles, it's practically a slam-dunk for the kids. With so much of the fun included and kids riding free before noon, it's loaded with parent appeal, too.

If you're looking for a new family tradition, here's your plan.

Where and when to start

Take the Banff Gondola up before noon so the kids ride free. The summit is where the fun stuff is happening. As you go, look for the jolly guy in red… He's brought his Workshop all the way from the North Pole.

While up there, check in to the decorating station to fuel up for the afternoon. Your kids can decorate cookies at Santa’s Bakeshop!

Where to eat

If you're looking for something more substantial than cookies for lunch, head to Northern Lights for a casual, fresh and filling spread. And if you're expecting to be hungry, take advantage of the Northern Lights Lunch specials when you first arrive at the Gondola—it's great value! If you feel like lingering over a more upscale lunch, head to Sky Bistro.

Help the kids help their parents

At the kids' gift-making station, kids can get a leg-up on their holiday list. They'll decorate a picture frame and voilá! It’s a present for mom and dad! Then, get everyone together for a family photo taken by a professional photographer.

Christmas movie!

With time wrapping up and the kids losing steam, have a few laughs and follow the adventures of Wayne and Lanny. This Disney Christmas film, called "Prep & Landing", is a 20-minute animated film featuring a high-tech team of elves who travel the world to prepare homes for Santa's visit.

Final planning tips for the family:

  1. Tell the kids some of what to expect, but be sure to keep a few elements a surprise.
  2. That'll fill up the anticipation and ensure an unforgettable day. Check our Mountaintop Christmas event listings before you go, or call 1.866.756.1904 to ensure the activity you want is happening that day.
  3. To avoid crowds, arrive early. Early birds do get the Christmas worm.

Have fun and happy holidays!

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