Banff’s #1 holiday destination

Christmas at the Gondola is equal parts magic and inspiration. At the top of the mountain, keep your eyes open for for seasonal decorations, sweet treats and even Santa.
Indoors, kids can make a gift for someone special, watch a Christmas movie and decorate a cookie – we supply everything they’ll need.  If you wander onto the observation deck to sit by the fire, keep an eye out for the reindeer. They’re usually found around Santa’s toy workshop.  And if you’re after a perfect family photo, our spectacular views give you plenty of opportunity. 

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Make it a mountaintop Christmas


From the view to the food to free family activities, the gondola is a treat for the senses from November 18 to January 7. The festive fun and decorations begin at the base station and continue throughout the summit and even out onto the observation deck. Be sure to look for Santa and the elves and don’t leave without decorating a cookie.

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Rooftop Observation Deck

If incredible views of six mountain ranges isn’t enough, winter on our 360-degree rooftop deck features deck chairs and fire pits to keep you out enjoying the scenery just a little longer. During the Christmas season, this is where Santa sets up his workshop and there are great photo ops with the reindeer.

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elevate your expectations

At 2,900 feet above Banff, Sky Bistro pairs the grandeur of the Rockies with distinctly Canadian plates noted equally for their substance and presentation. Complementing our chef’s handpicked selection of local meats and produce is an extensive list of Canadian wines, spirits and craft beers available at both lunch and dinner.
Breathtaking panoramic views combine with our amazing menu for a unique evening at the summit. The Sky Experience includes Banff Gondola admission and your choice of appetizer and entrée from the dinner menu.

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Tips & Tricks

Come for the view, come for the food, come for the fun. You’ll discover exceptional year round programming and activities for all ages – and it’s even better at Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Easter.
Skip the Trail Mix
Our mountaintop restaurants offer something for everyone. From fine dining to a café to fresh and tasty grab and go selections, you can save your appetite for the summit.
Rise & Shine
Discover mornings at the top of the mountain. Enjoy fresh brewed coffee. Get active with mountaintop yoga, a winter wander on the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk or enjoy family fun with the junior explorer program in the interpretive centre.
Hike Up, Ride Down
Weather and trail conditions permitting, you can have the best of both worlds. Hike the 5.5 km trail up Sulphur Mountain and take the gondola back to the base.  
Sunsets & Stargazing
At the summit, life begins at dusk. Take in a gentle sunset, followed by special stargazing events and a relaxing stop at a rooftop fire pit. Indoors, you’ll discover both amazing full meals and tasty snacks.
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