Credit: Fairmont Banff Springs
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Christmas in the Castle
Credit: Fairmont Banff Springs
Credit: Fairmont Banff Springs
Credit: Fairmont Banff Springs
Family Hockey | Credit: Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff Avenue | Credit: Travel Alberta
Sleigh Ride at Banff | Credit: Paul Zizka / Travel Alberta
Icy Bow River Banff National Park | Credit: Richelle Watson / Travel Alberta
Banff Wildlife | Credit: Colleen Gara / Travel Alberta
Banff Town | Credit: Paul Zizka / Travel Alberta
Snowshoeing | Credit: Travel Alberta
Banff Gondola | Credit: PURSUIT

Christmas in the Castle (Tour code: 12650)

Starts and Ends
in Calgary
Travel Periods
22 Dec 23
Travel Style
Independent Holiday Packages
Spend Christmas in the Castle, for a unique and enchanting experience, combining the natural beauty of Banff National Park with the elegance and charm of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.


Stay in an historic castle that truly comes alive with the spirit of Christmas

Enjoy a memorable and festive dining experience at the Fairmont Banff Springs

Venture into the evergreen forests on a traditional horse-drawn sleigh ride

Explore the vibrant streets of downtown Banff, lined with top-class restaurants, boutiques and galleries

Find yourself on the summit of Sulphur Mountain high above the town of Banff

Explore the ice beauty of Grotto Canyon on a guided ice walk

Ice skate on the world's most beautiful outdoor rink at Lake Louise

6 days
per person, twin share
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Christmas in the Castle Banff is a wonderful and magical experience. Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is known for its stunning natural beauty, and during the holiday season, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, often referred to as the "Castle of the Rockies," becomes a festive wonderland.

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is an iconic landmark that resembles a grand castle. It's a luxurious hotel that offers a range of amenities and activities for guests to enjoy during the Christmas season. The hotel is beautifully decorated with Christmas lights, garlands, and ornaments, creating a warm and festive ambiance.

During Christmas in the Castle Banff, you can expect a variety of holiday-themed activities and events. These may include: 
Festive Dining: The hotel's restaurants and dining venues offer special holiday menus and lavish Christmas buffets. You can indulge in delicious holiday meals and treats while enjoying the elegant surroundings. 
Christmas Decorations: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel features stunning Christmas decorations throughout its public spaces. You'll find beautifully adorned Christmas trees, wreaths, and other festive displays, creating a magical atmosphere. 
Santa's Workshop: Children can visit Santa's Workshop, where they can meet Santa Claus, share their Christmas wishes, and take memorable photos. 
Ice Skating: The hotel may offer an outdoor ice skating rink during the winter season. It's a delightful activity for guests of all ages, allowing you to glide across the ice while enjoying the breathtaking mountain views. 
Carol Singing: The hotel may organize carol singing events where you can join in singing classic Christmas carols accompanied by live musicians. 
Festive Entertainment: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel often hosts live entertainment during the holiday season. This may include live music performances, festive concerts, or even a Nutcracker ballet performance. 
Spa and Wellness: The hotel's spa and wellness facilities may offer special holiday-themed treatments and packages, allowing you to relax and rejuvenate during your stay.

Peace of mind booking plan
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5 nights in Banff at the Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff Winter Sightseeing Tour with Banff Gondola
Christmas Buffet Dinner at the Fairmont Banff Springs
Return coach transfers from Calgary Airport
Grotto Canyon Ice Walk
Lake Louise Winter Scenic Snowshoe Tour
Sleigh Ride in Banff

Day 1 Calgary Banff

Transfer from the Calgary Airport to the village of Banff. You will get to see the mountain ranges upon landing and then when driving through the national park entrance, keep an eye out for wildlife.

Overnight in Banff at Fairmont Banff Springs.

Calgary → Banff
Banff National Park | Credit Travel Alberta

Day 2 Banff

Enjoy a sampling of iconic Canadian winter experiences. Try different types of snowshoes at Lake Minnewanka, walk along the steaming thermal waters of the hot springs and learn about how Banff National Park began. Stop at the best photo spots in Banff and end with a visit to the top of Sulphur Mountain for epic winter views and experience the sun fading over the mountain tops. Taste delicious classic Canadian treats and keep warm with a hot non-alcoholic Canadian beverage. Highlights include Two Jack Lake, Lake Minnewanka, Cave & Basin National Historic Site, Bow Falls and Banff Gondola.

Overnight in Banff at Fairmont Banff Springs.

Frozen Two Jack Lake | Credit: Travel Alberta

Day 3 Banff

In the morning, explore the icy beauty of Grotto Canyon, see ancient native pictographs using special hiking crampons to grip the smooth frozen creek bed. The Grotto Canyon Icewalk is a hike through a narrow canyon, past unusual rock formations and spectacular icefalls. This is a unique experience to walk directly on the ice, and walking on the creek bed floor gives you a unique view of the canyon. In the afternoon, enjoy a tranquil sleigh ride amongst the Canadian Rockies and add a perfect “western touch” to a winter holiday.

Overnight in Banff at Fairmont Banff Springs.

Grotto Canyon Ice Walk | Credit: Travel Alberta

Day 4 Banff

Today enjoy Christmas in the alpine town of Banff. Within the halls of Fairmont Banff Springs, the festive season is celebrated with international flavour, bleeding the traditional sights and sounds of Christmas into a magical festival.

Overnight in Banff at Fairmont Banff Springs.

Credit: Fairmont Banff Springs

Day 5 Banff

Lake Louise transforms into a real life snow globe in the winter that has to be seen to be believed. Your journey begins with a scenic drive along Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise, where you are often lucky enough to spot wildlife. Once at Lake Louise, your guide will assist in showing you how to put on your snowshoes and we'll enjoy an easy, quaint snowshoe through the woods for some forest serenity. Finish on the famous lake itself with stunning views of the mountains surrounding the Chateau Lake Louise complete with a Canadian maple treat. Tour includes: Canadian maple treat, hot chocolate and Snowshoe sampler.

Overnight in Banff at Fairmont Banff Springs.

Lake Louise | Credit: Travel Alberta / Mike Seehagel

Day 6 Banff Calgary

Today your winter wonderland escape will end with a transfer from Banff back to Calgary Airport. You will still be able to see the mountains leaving the park to remember all the fond memories of your holiday.


Fairmont Banff Springs

Set in a castle-like building in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff. Amenities include 7 restaurants and 2 bars. There's also a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a golf course, plus a fitness centre.

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Local currency
Canadian Dollars


  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.)
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package


Who are Entire Travel Group?

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Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

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Entire Travel Group is both ATAS and CATO Accredited. ATAS is actively administered by the Australian Travel Industry Association (ATIA). The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) is the trade association representing the land supply sector of the Australian Travel Industry.

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was honoured at the 2023 National Travel Industry Awards with Most Oustanding Wholesaler - Product / Service.

As our team works tirelessly to deliver exceptional holiday experiences, it was exciting to have this acknowledged with the highest recognition. The award is also a testament to the quality of our partners around the globe, and we take this opportunity to thank them for their tremendous support of our customers.

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In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?

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Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

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The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

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Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
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  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

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What should I do before travelling?

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