Start the new year with a bang at Fernie Alpine Resort. File photo

Celebrate the holidays in the Elk Valley

Feeling festive? Here’s a list of Christmas and New Year’s Eve events happening near you

From sleigh rides to ugly sweater parties, there’s plenty happening in the Elk Valley this festive season.

The Free Press has compiled a list of Christmas and New Year’s Eve events to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun.

Horse drawn sleigh rides

Where:Fernie Alpine Resort

When:departing daily from Friday, December 21 to Sunday, January 6. Times may vary, check with Guest Services for details.

Cost: $15 per person or $165 for a private evening ride (up to 11 guests).

Contact: call Guest Services at 250-423-2435 to book.

Dickens Christmas Party featuring games, cider, stories, carols and more

Where: Fernie Heritage Library, 492 3rd Ave

When: Saturday, December 22 from 2-4 p.m.

Cost: free, everyone is welcome.

Christmas at the Legion featuring live music, Christmas bingo and roast dinner

Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 36, 551 1st Ave

When: Saturday, December 22 from 7-11 p.m.

Cost: $15, available at the Legion (open from 3 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday)

Kodiak Lounge Ugly Sweater Party and Jam Night

Where: The Kodiak, Raging Elk Hostel, 892 6th Ave

When: Monday, December 24 from 9 p.m.

Cost: free, prizes for best song and ugliest sweater.

Ski and photos with Santa

Where: Fernie Alpine Resort

When: Sunday, December 23 and Monday, December 24. Ski with Santa from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. then get your photo taken at the base from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: photos are free, all ages welcome.

Christmas dinner buffet at Cirque Restaurant

Where: Lizard Creek Lodge, 5346 Highline Drive, Fernie Alpine Resort

When: Christmas Day from 5-9 p.m.

Cost: $55 for adults, $40 for seniors, $30 for kids (children five and under are free).

Contact: Cirque at 250-423-2056 to book a table.

New Year’s Eve family event

Where: Fernie Alpine Resort

When: Thursday, December 31. Night ski on the Mighty Moose from 4-9 p.m. then watch the fireworks at 9 p.m.

Cost: free

Griz Bar NYE Party

Where: Griz Bar, Fernie Alpine Resort

When: doors open at 8 p.m. Thursday, December 31. Music by the Todd Band from 9 p.m., poutine bar at 12:30 p.m. and last call at 1 a.m.

Cost: $70 plus tax, tickets now on sale at Guest Services.

Contact: Guest Services at 250-423-2435

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance at Cirque Restaurant

Where: Lizard Creek Lodge, 5346 Highline Drive, Fernie Alpine Resort

When: Thursday, December 31, early seating at 5 p.m. (late seating sold out). Dance party starts at 11 p.m.

Cost: $125 per person for four-course dinner and dance.

Contact: Lizard Creek Lodge at 250-423-2057 or

New Year’s Eve at The Fernie Hotel and Pub featuring The Carbons and DJ Jim Paul

Where: The Fernie Hotel, 691 1st Ave

When: Thursday, December 31 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Cost: $20 includes champagne toast and table snacks after midnight.

Contact: The Fernie Hotel at 250-423-6444

NYE Party at Kodiak Lounge

Where: The Kodiak, Raging Elk Hostel, 892 6th Ave

When: Thursday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Cost: free entry

NYE 2019 at The Northern with DJs Cona and Kid EH!

Where: Northern Bar and Stage, 561 2nd Ave

When: Thursday, December 31 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Cost: $25 includes champagne toast at midnight, visit

Good Vibes New Year’s Eve

Where: Royal, 501 1st Ave

When: Thursday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Cost: $25 guarantees entry before 11 p.m. and includes a midnight toast and snacks, visit

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