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November 6 - December 31
‘Tis the season for the coziest ugly sweaters, hot cocoa by the fire, and twinkling lights as far as you can see. Take in all the festive fun at Big Cedar Lodge like ice skating, visits from St. Nick and weekly winter workshop activities during our Home for the Holidays season. And of course, over 1 million holiday lights make Big Cedar a must-see destination for your family holiday tour.
PLAN THE PERFECT HOLIDAY PARTY!
Nothing is more magical than Christmas at Big Cedar Lodge! Treat your group to a celebration they will never forget and take advantage of these special offers.
FUN MOUNTAIN PARTIES
Cocktails, bowling, and holly jolly fun! Host your corporate or family holiday party at Fun Mountain with prices starting as low as $25 per person. Plus, receive a dedicated party host with any of our holiday packages.
Simplify your holiday party planning with a hosted banquet at Big Cedar Lodge! Packages include all the trimmings like holiday linens and décor, festive music, and your choice of reception, dinner, or holiday buffet fare.
Featured Home for the Holidays Activities
Winter Wonderland Ice Rink
Grab your mittens and head to Swimmin’ Hole Lawn for holiday fun at the Big Cedar Lodge ice rink! It’s the perfect festive activity for the entire family. Stay through the evening as the ice rink lights up with twinkling holiday lights.
Sleigh Bell Scurry
Our popular scavenger hunts get a holiday twist! Scurry across Big Cedar with your friends and family as you solve Christmas clues and collect wreath decorations as you go. Cozy up to the campfire afterwards to decorate your wreath while enjoying s’mores and hot chocolate. Plus, your decorated wreath is yours to keep as a holiday keepsake from your time at Big Cedar Lodge.
Holiday Light Tour
Experience true Christmas magic on the Big Cedar Christmas light tour! Bring the family, grab a complimentary cup of hot chocolate and enjoy a beautiful 25-minute tram tour around Big Cedar. Take in over 1 million spectacular Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music. After the tour, warm up by our cozy campfire!
The elves have made a special trip from the North Pole all the way to the Ozarks to visit your little ones and spread holiday cheer. The elves love to read bedtime stories, collect letters to Santa, and deliver special Big Cedar stockings full of goodies.
Elves Winter Workshop
Ornaments, movies, hot chocolate – oh my! The kids are sure to have a blast decorating their own Christmas ornaments, watching popular holiday flicks, and slurping on hot cocoa at the Kids’ Nature Discovery Center at Fun Mountain.
A sugar rush is double the fun with Gingerbread house decorating! Plus, indulge in a sugar cookie while decorating your masterpiece. Gingerbread houses will be displayed at Fun Mountain until 10:00am the next morning for guests to choose a winner! Prizes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Gather with your family and friends for this classic holiday event at Big Cedar Lodge! Join us as we light up our Big Cedar Christmas tree each Saturday in December through the 21st and also on December 24th. Santa will make a stop at the event every week and one special child will get to light the Christmas tree with him. Following the lighting, kids will have the chance to sit on Santa’s lap and receive a special gift.
Send your little ones off to bed with a visit from Santa! Every Saturday in December before Christmas, following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa will make his rounds to visit the kids staying at Big Cedar Lodge. Each child will receive a special gift and have the opportunity to take their photo with Santa as well.
Not available after Christmas
Sunrise Santa Visit
Rise and shine with Santa Claus! Sign-up to have Santa and his elf visit your room and bring a stocking and Christmas morning gift for each child –and don’t forget to snap a photo with Santa while he’s there!
Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt
A new holiday tradition, the entire family will enjoy this festive scavenger hunt throughout the Big Cedar property! Snag your clue cards at Guest Services and take off to find Santa’s elves...on the shelves! Snap a picture of each elf you find and receive a prize when you return.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Breakfast with Santa
EVERY DECEMBER SATURDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Santa invites guests at Big Cedar to join him for a special breakfast! Plus, decorate a stocking while enjoying your meal. Stockings are complimentary for guests attending Breakfast with Santa, otherwise they are $15 per stocking.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...but first, they must be decorated! Following breakfast with Santa, head over to Cedar Creek conference room with the kids to decorate a stocking! Stockings and decorating goodies are supplied. Stockings are complimentary for guests attending Breakfast with Santa, otherwise they are $15 per stocking.
Not available after Christmas
Storytime with Mrs. Claus
While Santa is busy checking his list, Mrs. Claus and the elves are hosting Christmas storytime in the lobby at Falls Lodge! Of course, milk and cookies will be available –but don’t tell Santa!
Kids Tree Decorating Pajama Party
A Christmas adventure awaits with Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves! Kids are encouraged to come in their PJ’s for dinner, milk and cookies, Christmas stories and a movie! Plus, each child can decorate their very own mini Christmas tree! An adventure club vest, water bottle and cozy critter are also included with this holiday package.
BAKING WITH MRS. CLAUS
While Santa and the elves are busy making toys, every Saturday in December. Kids will experience hands-on cooking, baking and decorating with Mrs. Claus. There will be a Christmas craft, stories and a movie as well. Kids will receive an Adventure Club vest, water bottle, cozy critter and lunch or dinner.
New Year's Eve Celebration
It’s 2021…let’s celebrate! Live music, dancing, hor d’oeuvres, dessert bar, party pics, and a midnight champagne toast! Join us for a New Year’s Eve party like no other at the Grandview Conference Center at Big Cedar Lodge. Cheers to 2021!
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Reservations available soon
Activities & Events Calendar
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