Are you thinking about a change of scenery during the most wonderful time of the year? Dreaming of snow-capped mountains, magical forest trails, cozy shops and restaurants, and making memories with your nearest and dearest? Hinton is ready to welcome you for a holiday season you’ll never forget. Here are our top 10 reasons to spend Christmas in Hinton.
1. All the magic of Christmas in the mountains, without the hustle and bustle
Christmas is a time to unwind and focus on our family and friends. When you are free from sitting in traffic and waiting in lineups, you can do just that. Our picturesque town boasts a slower, calmer pace, perfect for soaking in the beauty of the season.
2. Find gifts they’ll truly treasure
Forget the big box stores – Hinton’s shopping districts are lined with the kind of mom-and-pop shops that you might find in a modern Norman Rockwell painting. Step inside, and you’ll find gifts that will delight and surprise, as well as warm and friendly service.
3. Leave the holiday cooking to the pros
‘Tis the season for holiday menus, and we’re here for it. These special dishes come but once a year, so live like a local and enjoy them while they last! Take a tour of the restaurants in Hinton and Jasper East to experience some of our finest culinary feasts.
4…and wash it down with a seasonal libation
While Hinton’s restaurants boast some incredible dishes every Christmas season, there’s also an emphasis on beverages. Whether you’re headed to a local cafe to warm up or are looking for a seasonal cocktail to complete your meal, you’ll find something to sip on that will put you in a festive mood.
5. Deck the halls
Whether you’re enjoying a staycation here in Hinton or staying at a home away from home, our local shops are ready to add some Christmas spirit to your space. From understated to all out, find stunning decor that celebrates the season.
6. Santa sightings
The man in red himself loves to visit Hinton at Christmas. Find him and his team of helpers at different locations around town leading up to the big day, and give him a jolly send off at the Snowflake Parade!
7. Cross country skiing you’ll tell your friends about
The Hinton Nordic Centre is a local gem for cross country ski enthusiasts. As if the 35 kilometres of expertly groomed trails wasn’t enough, the centre also features a biathlon range and a large, cozy day lodge. Work off that extra turkey, or bring the whole family for a day of outdoor fun.
8. A magnificent winter wonderland just steps from your door
One of the best things about Hinton is that no matter where you are staying, the beautiful and rugged outdoors is within a short walk. With this type of convenience, you can strap on snowshoes and hit the trails, or take a morning meander through the woods with your coffee, all at a moment’s notice. Winter in Hinton’s wilderness is something everyone should experience!
9. There’s a fireplace waiting just for you
Sometimes when you come in from the cold, the best thing is to bundle up in a blanket by the fire, listen to it crackle and share stories about your adventures. There are plenty of opportunities for fireside chats, with cozy fireplaces in some of our restaurants, at the Hinton Nordic Centre, at Jasper East and even a backcountry wood stove in William A. Switzer Provincial Park.
10. Make memories during a holiday season you won’t soon forget
From skating on an outdoor rink, skiing or snowshoeing under the moon and tobogganing to visits with Santa, roasting marshmallows over an open fire, and singing Christmas carols, Hinton is the perfect setting for a beautiful Christmas. Be sure to remember your camera to capture these special moments, and help make the memories last a lifetime.