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2012 Pemberton Winterfest

Photo by Dave Steers

Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2012

Winterfest 2012 - Come Celebrate Winter in Pemberton!

2012 Pemberton Winterfest

This fun annual festival takes place at various locations throughout the lovely town of Pemberton between the 19th and 22nd January 2012.

12 great events over the course of 4 big days will take place. Locals and tourists alike are all welcomed to join the fun and action of this wonderful community celebration.

There will be movies, youth video dance, street hockey, polar bear swim, a family carnival and more! With a variety of FREE and By Donation events, there's no excuse to miss this fun-filled family friendly celebration!

So What is the Pemberton Winterfest all About?

Pemberton is Whistlers northern neighbor. You know - Whistler, home of the last Winter Olympics. Most sought after skiing destination in the world. Home to thousands of travelers and seasonal workers and renowned party zone. I bet if I'd said Squamish... you'd say "Oh ya we drive through there on the way to Whistler"

Few who make the pilgrimage to Whistler ever go far beyond it. Held in by it's seductive grasp. But only 20 minutes away there is a small town, vibrant and simmering with culture. Pemberton is a very different town to Whistler; more modest, relaxed... more homely. But no place is immune to the winter rush. The droves of tourists, the cold and the snow. But this is part of the lifeblood of these towns.

Winterfest in Pemberton pays homage and respect to the mighty Winter. It brings us all joy, prosperity, beauty and most of all - FUN! That's what Winterfest is all about. 

There certainly is a lot packed into only a few days. But don't worry, I've outlined all the events, prices and locations below; so all you have to do is go have fun.

Winter SnowflakeDay One - Thursday January 19

Movie Night

Come and enjoy the King of Devil's Island movie.

A Norwegian thriller with English subtitles at the Pemberton Public Library.

"Winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?"

Starts 7pm at the Public Library. This event is Free!

Winter SnowflakeDay Two - Friday January 20

Much Music Youth Video Dance

Check out the local kid's talent at the Much Video Dance event.

Fire & Warmth Show

Winter SnowflakeDay Three - Saturday January 21

Street Hockey or Shinny Hockey

Weather dependent, there's going to be either a Shinny Hockey or Street Hockey played between 10am and 4pm.

Winterfest Street Hockey

One Mile Lake or Pemberton Community Center Parking lot. Make sure you register at RONA at 9am.


Between 11am and 4pm the Lions Club of Pemberton has kindly put on a barbeque. (this is also known in some parts of the world as a "sausage sizzle")

Winter Carnival

From 11am to 3pm at the Pemberton Community Center, it's the Winter Carnival! Make sure to bring your golf club... They've got face painting, balloon animals and indoor and outdoor games and entertainment for all.

Story Time in PJ's

At 6:30pm its story time! Bring the little ones in their pajamas and have them dazzled by wonderful stories at the Pemberton Public Library. This is a free event. 

Whole Lotta Lead Concert

From 9pm to 1am. At the Pemberton Legion. Come and rock out and support this great local band. $15 per ticket. You can buy your tickets at Pemberton Valley Supermarket, Legion and Esso.

Community Harvest Project

At the Pemberton Public Library

Winter SnowflakeDay Four - Sunday January 22

Polar Bear Plunge

Don't miss this great event kindly hosted by the Pemberton Fire Department. You get a free BBQ meal and hot chocolate!

11am at One Mile Lake. This event is free!

Skating & Curling

Come to One Mile Lake between 1pm and 3pm to go for a skate and try your hand at some all Canadian curling!