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Welcome Home for the Holidays

As we welcome another holiday season, we invite you to immerse yourself in the enchanting Christmas magic at Big Cedar Lodge, a 4,600-acre wilderness resort nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. From November 6 to December 31, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort transforms into a winter wonderland for its ‘Home for the Holidays’ season. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by the fresh scent of pine, the twinkle of over 4 million holiday lights, and the serene sounds of nature. Big Cedar is the coziest retreat to experience the nostalgia and excitement of Christmas in the Ozarks. There truly is no place like Home for the Holidays at Big Cedar Lodge.

During this special season, Big Cedar Lodge is all about creating cherished memories with your

loved ones. Guests can join in beloved Christmas traditions that the whole family will adore, including ice skating, visits from Santa, holiday tram tours, and so much more.

While the holidays are about rest and relaxation, the adventurous spirit of Big Cedar Lodge is always within reach. Explore the great outdoors with activities like the Christmas Nature at Night tour on the Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail. This unique 2.5-mile journey through the Ozarks after dark features displays reminiscent of Native American scenes and traditional holiday vignettes. You can sip on hot beverages and bask in the festive spirit, making it an experience suitable for all ages.

Hop into your vehicle and embark on a journey through a winter wonderland through our Home for the Holidays Self-Guided Light Tour. During the tour guests will experience dazzling views of the Big Cedar Lodge property as it is adorned with a record number of twinkling Christmas lights.

Christmas lights on the entrance to Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock.

Snuggle up with a warm cup of hot cocoa on Big Cedar’s twinkling Holiday Tram Ride through our newly expanded holiday light display! Take in the festive sights around Big Cedar Lodge on our unique tram rides while enjoying a complimentary hot chocolate or cider and you can even enjoy a traveling s’more on a stick. Guests will be surrounded by the magic of Christmas while creating lasting memories with friends and family!

Experience the “all-weather synthetic” Home for The Holidays Ice Rink at Big Cedar Lodge, featuring a dazzling lights show every quarter hour after dark. The rink transforms into a Winter Wonderland you won’t want to miss.

For a classic Christmas tradition, gather your loved ones and attend the Tree Lighting Ceremony every Saturday from November 11 to December 16, and again on December 24. Santa makes a special appearance every week, and one lucky child gets to light the Christmas tree with him, followed by a visit to Santa’s lap for a special gift.

While the kiddos enjoy 4 hours of non-stop fun at Big Cedar Lodge’s kid’s adventure club at Fun Mountain, parents can indulge in mixology sessions and delightful pairings at the upscale Osage Restaurant’s Chef’s Kitchen. Each month, the Cocktails in the Kitchen event brings a new theme, with November focusing on hot coffee drinks and December featuring hot tea drinks.

Fun activities are available for all ages at Big Cedar Lodge, such as stepping into Santa’s workshop to select gifts and enjoy Santa’s favorite hot chocolate, all while making a walking s’more. The newest activity, Shop with an Elf, is a heartwarming experience for children and a chance to surprise loved ones on Christmas morning. Join Mrs. Claus and Santa’s Elves on Saturdays in November and December for a delightful day of baking and decorating Christmas cookies. Children can decorate their chef’s apron and hat, enjoy Christmas songs, stories, games, and take home a cozy critter, water bottle, and their crafts.

On Sunday afternoons, guests can unleash their creativity by crafting stylish hats and unique leather items during our Boho hat and Leather Burning Workshop. Guests can choose from a variety of items and burn your own designs to create one-of-a-kind accessories.

Special visits from Holiday Friends include Santa, his elves, Mrs. Claus, and even the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, bringing holiday cheer, photo opportunities, ornament painting, Breakfast with Santa, cookie baking, and more. Holiday Crafting is available for both kids and adults, with guided DIY classes like Kids Craft & Play, Paint & Pour, Gingerbread Charcuterie Chalet, Holiday Centerpiece Creation, and Wreath Making for your door.

Breakfast with Santa
Sunrise with Santa

Kids can enjoy the Kids’ Club PJ Party and The Grinch’s Ugly Sweater Party with Santa’s elves and the Grinch for kid-friendly fun at Big Cedar. These events include crafts, snacks, and a cozy atmosphere. There’s also a family baking competition, Big Cedar’s Bakery Wars, where you can showcase your favorite cookie recipe and win titles for the best-tasting cookie, best marketing, and best presentation.

Engage in friendly competition with your loved ones during the Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt. Guests will solve riddles around the resort, leading to different holiday light displays. The speediest team will be rewarded with festive prizes.

Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with nightly chapel services at Big Cedar Lodge’s Garden Chapel, running from December 25 to January 5. This spiritual journey marks the period between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, offering a heartwarming and reflective experience during the festive season.

The Garden Chapel lit up for Christmas at Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge’s accommodations blend rustic charm with modern luxury. Whether you choose a private cabin, a cozy cottage, or a room in the main lodge, you’ll find yourself wrapped in comfort. Imagine snuggling up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa, gazing out at the snowy landscape through your window. At Big Cedar Lodge we want to make our guests experience truly unforgettable. Create memories that will last a lifetime with a visit from the one and only Santa Claus! During Santa visits, Mr. Claus will come to your room to visit with your child, take pictures and gather any letters they have written to him. Santa will also bring a special gift for your child to keep. We even offer elf visits to your room. The elves love to read bedtime stories, collect letters to Santa, and deliver special Big Cedar stockings full of goodies. The elves also deliver a book they sign and leave one copy per family. This is an experience you won’t want your kids to miss!

For your next visit, be sure to check our website for special events, packages, and reservations to make the most of your stay. Big Cedar Lodge’s “Home for the Holidays” season offers the perfect blend of cozy rustic luxury, family fun, and nostalgic traditions. It’s a place to escape the holiday season’s hustle and bustle and reconnect with loved ones while creating lasting memories for years to come. This year, why not make Big Cedar Lodge your Home for the Holidays?