Christmas Field Trip: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel ~ Read along as I took you on a tour of The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta at Christmas time! It truly is a majestic castle nestled in the Rocky Mountains!
I don’t know about you but when our daughters were little Christmas Eve was a pretty exciting time. This was the night that Santa arrived and it was the day before the big day.
Let’s face it. Trying to get everything done and still enjoy the holidays can be stressful. It can also be difficult keeping the kids calm and settled while you are trying to finish up the final details.
I tried to get everything done before Christmas Eve so that most of the day could be spent on spending time with the family rather than the tasks. We also tried to celebrate Christmas as a collection of activities and traditions instead of just focusing on the big day. That way there were lots of mini-things for our daughters to look forward to instead of just the big gift exchange Christmas morning.
One activity we did every Christmas Eve was a day field trip to Banff, Alberta. It is a delightful town nestled in the Rocky Mountains. The area is simply beautiful especially in the winter.
Also located in this town is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, which is truly a castle, set against the majestic mountains.
Christmas Field Trip: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Every year the hotel is decorated for Christmas with numerous Christmas trees all over the hotel in lobbies, restaurants, shops, rooms and hallways. Several of the trees are huge and of course they have to be decorated with equally huge ornaments. I even found a hallway of shorter trees all lined up in a hallway. I was thrilled to see they made big bows with ribbon cascading down the sides which is something I wrote about in the post How To Decorate A Christmas Tree: Step-By-Step Photo Tutorial.
The hotel also has two gingerbread houses. One is located in the lobby and is the perfect size for a small child. It has forest animals surrounding it and a small Christmas tree lit up inside. Up the stairs is a replica of the hotel made out of gingerbread too.
I don’t know where else you can see so much Christmas décor in one location! As you walk up to the grand front entrance you are treated to red boxes decorated with ribbon and a bow and filled with fresh evergreens and Christmas lights. As you walk into the lobby you are even treated to a wonderful Christmas fragrance!
We don’t stay at the hotel. Instead we finish the field trip off with a stroll along main street, a visit to our favourite restaurant for lunch and a stop at the candy store to pick up some treats before we head back home. We try to arrive for late afternoon just in time to begin for Christmas Eve to begin.
The girls are older now but we still make a point of going to Banff. I just wanted to share with you the photographs I took. I have to admit they don’t quite capture the smells and sights of Christmas in the hotel but it gives you an idea of how Christmassy everything looks!
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Wishing you a Merry Christmas! What traditions and special activities do you do with your family and friends?
Did you know Banff Springs Fairmont Hotel also has a spooky history? It is a fabulous hotel to visit at Halloween time too! Merry from Merry About Town tells how to Enjoy A Very Haunted Halloween At Fairmont Banff Springs.