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– The Big Guy is Already Making a List and Checking it Twice for Christmas at the Castle –

BANFF, AB, July 29, 2021 – With many people not being able to spend Christmas with their loved ones in 2020, Santa wanted to get a jump start on 2021 festive planning. So he jetted from the North Pole to Banff, Alberta, Canada this summer. The goal: to make a splash by announcing his Christmas do-over of 2021! And with it, the details of the ultimate Christmas at the Castle experience at Fairmont Banff Springs.

Fairmont Banff Springs’ Winter Wonderland  
A new outdoor winter experience – The Winter Wonderland – will be coming to the Castle for the holiday and winter season. Surrounded by panoramic views and winter-themed décor, the magical venue will be home to an intimate skating rink, private fire pits and a mini-curling rink, plus locally-sourced wine and beer, and house-made snacks served from a rustic cabin.

Christmas Concert Series
Fairmont Banff Springs will be hosting its first-ever Christmas Concert Series this year. The live experience will showcase Canadian musicians that will jingle all the way through the holidays with Christmas classics and beloved melodies to get into the festive spirit.

Private Dining Venues
Santa’s Dining Room & Lounge will be returning to Fairmont Banff Springs this year. The two Christmas-themed private dining venues feature extravagant festive décor and are available for private bookings for a traditional family-style Christmas dinner.

Outside on the Upper Bow Valley Terrace in the new 360° Dome, guests will enjoy festive furnishings and Rocky Mountain views while enjoying a family-style Christmas brunch or a gourmet six-course menu with a surprise visit from the Big Guy himself.

Festive Afternoon Tea
The beloved 133-year-old tradition of Afternoon Tea will be served in the Riverview Lounge during the holiday season. The must-do experience will feature a live pianist, a Christmas-themed menu and a glass of sparkling to cheers to the festive season. 

New Year’s Eve
Guests will ring in the New Year with an incredible lineup of dining and events:

  • Indulge in a four or seven-course dinner plus wine pairings at 1888 Chop House
  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in The Vermillion Room with an extravagant dinner buffet and a DJ for a family-friendly event
  • Experience the first New Year’s Eve party at the recently renovated Rundle Bar with live music, roaming entertainment and incredible cocktails
  • Feast on a six-course dinner in the 360° Dome, which includes access to the Rundle Bar NYE party
  • Treat yourself to Castello Italiana’s delectable table d’hôte menu

The North Pole & Santa’s Bar
The Gatehouse Foyer will be transforming into the North Pole this holiday season and will be home to festive family programming including arts, crafts, and photos with their favourite Christmas characters, plus Paint & Sip nights for the adults. Meanwhile, Santa’s Bar, which is situated at the Ramsay Bar above the North Pole, will feature festive hand-crafted cocktails and over-the-top Christmas décor.

Santa Suites
Fairmont Banff Springs’ Santa Suites will be returning to the Castle this holiday season. New in 2019, the festive guestrooms are specially decorated by Cory Christopher and feature custom Christmas décor exclusive to each room.

Guests can book the Christmas at the Castle offer to celebrate the magic of Christmas with an in-room Christmas tree. For the most up-to-date information on festive programming, reach out to our elves – they’re on standby waiting to help you plan your Christmas do-over. Please visit or call 403 762 2211.


High-resolution images of Santa celebrating a Christmas do-over can be downloaded here.   
High-resolution images of Christmas at the Castle can be downloaded here.

About Fairmont

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where occasions are celebrated and history is made. Landmark hotels with unrivalled presence, authentic experiences and unforgettable moments have attracted visitors to Fairmont and its destinations since 1907. The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai are but a few of these iconic luxury hotels, forever linked to the special places where they reside. Famous for its engaging service, grand public spaces, locally inspired cuisine and celebrated bars and lounges, Fairmont promises a special brand of thoughtful luxury that will be remembered long after any visit. With a worldwide portfolio of more than 75 hotels, Fairmont also takes great pride in its deep community roots and leadership in sustainability. Fairmont is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries.

About Accor

Accor is a world leading hospitality Group consisting of more than 5,100 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The Group has one of the industry’s most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing luxury and premium brands, midscale and economy offerings, unique Lifestyle concepts, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor also boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and approximately 260,000 team members worldwide. Over 68 million members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a daily Lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 – Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information visit or follow Accor on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.


Lynn Henderson 
Regional Director, Public Relations 
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Canada’s Western Mountain Region

Casey Bachand
Communications Manager
Fairmont Banff Springs

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