If palm trees and sunshine don't put you in the holiday spirit, Grouse Mountain might.
The year-round Canadian playground is just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.
Upon arrival, visitors are whisked to the 3,700-foot summit in bright red Skyride gondolas that will be decorated with antlers and a red nose as part of the resort’s Reindeer Games theme.
The Peak of Christmas festival runs Nov. 24 to Dec. 24 and includes interacting with real reindeer in a natural habitat, caroling during sleigh rides through the snowy woods and ice skating on an 8,000-square-foot pond. Santa will be in residence at his rink-side workshop to visit with the kids.
When it’s time to move indoors, hot chocolate awaits in the Chalet, where the theater will show reindeer-themed movies. Choral groups will also entertain. Three dining choices await, including Altitudes Bistro, which overlooks the city of Vancouver.