• Brown dried trees and vegetation line one side of the Elk River bank and tall conifer pines trees are clustered on the other side with the backdrop of the snow capped Rocky Mountains far in the distance. The Elk River in Fernie, BC on a winter day with brown and dried vegetation, barren trees and sturdy pine trees at the river's banks and snowy Rocky Mountains in the distance.
posted by: Fernie Stanford Resort on: November 29, 2013

What’s better then a Christmas Festival?  How about a Christmas festival that runs for almost the whole month of December – and it’s in one of Canada’s premiere ski resorts?!  Welcome to Fernie’s What the Dickens festival.  From Dec 3rd - Dec 23rd head to downtown Fernie, BC to experience the magic of the holidays.  Live music, local art, carollers, holiday window displays and more! 


Not sure where to get started?  Every Saturday during December, the coffee shops in downtown Fernie will play host to carollers, holiday arts & crafts, free shows & films, and of course – the shortbread showdown.  You definitely won’t want to miss the shortbread showdown – unless of course taste testing some of the best homemade shortbread in the area and voting on which was your favourite is something you wouldn’t like….


Other festival events are geared for people of all ages.  For kids be sure to check out the Clawhammer card making (Dec 8th) and the felted ornament making (ages 5-10yrs.  Dec 13th,).  For a much more mature crowd, check out the R-rated Finnish film Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale on Dec 10th.  This bizarre deconstruction of the Santa Claus tale will leave you feeling oddly jolly (warning – contains mature content). 



There’s plenty more events lined up for the holidays, and remember – all of this is on top of world-class skiing and snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies.  Come stay with use at our Fernie Resort and enjoy one of the best Christmas holidays you'll ever have!