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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.


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 underwater-themed bowling alley at Big Cedar

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.


Big Cedar Lodge meeting space and catering services with open patio and deck.

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

Big Cedar's Ice-Rink at night with projected snowflakes on the ice and large Christmas tree in the center.

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.

Hands crafting a cristmas wreath

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.

Tractor coveredin Christmas Lights driving through Big Cedar light display

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!

Elf reading to two children

Elf Visits

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.

Little girl decorating Christmas Ornaments

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.

Father and daughter building gingerbread house


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.

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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.

Santa Claus with two children

Santa Visits

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 with Santa

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!

Two elf figurines on a shelf

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.


Santa and child eating breakfast together

Breakfast with Santa


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.


Reservations required

Six stockings hanging on a mantel

Stocking Decorating

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

Mrs Clause and children

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!

Two little girls in their Christmas pajamas

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.

Start shaped Christmas Cookies


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.

Happy New Year 2021

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!


Reservations available soon

Activities & Events Calendar

Plan ahead for your stay at Big Cedar Lodge. Check out the activities and special events taking place in the near future.


Big Cedar Lodge

612 Devil's Pool Rd.
Ridgedale, MO 65739

Call Us | 844-977-0204

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