The Christmas and New Year's holidays take on a special ambiance at Big White Ski Resort. Holiday packages bundle together lift tickets and lodging at the Inn at Big White while seasonal festivities liven up the village with family-friendly activities.

The Inn at Big White, located centrally in the village, can accommodate families in hotel rooms that sleep four. The inn's one-bedroom units with galley kitchens can fit families of four to six. Complimentary underground parking keeps the car ready to run even in the coldest weather, and the kids can play in the outdoor heated pool and hot tub. The inn also includes a fitness room, restaurant, and lounge.

Christmas lift and lodging packages are available at the inn starting at $113 CAN per person per day Dec. 17-26 in the Inn at Big White. At least a three-night stay with three days of skiing or riding is required. Rates are based on double occupancy, but children can stay free.

New Year's Packages are available, too, with a three-night minimum at higher rates, but packages may also be customized.

Family activities are plentiful for the holidays, and the Village Plaza is an alcohol-free zone. Kids can get their photos taken with Santa Dec. 20-24 in the Village Center Mall, and the whole family can enter the Cruz the Blues contest free Dec. 29-30.

Fireworks light up the sky on Christmas and New Year's Eves. Santa makes his appearance Dec. 24 along with a torchlight parade and fireworks. New Year's Eve features two fireworks displays, one at 8 p.m. and one at midnight.

More information. Or call 800-663-2772.