Holidays at the Wilderness

Santa Appearances
The jolly ol’ man will be arriving at our River Lodge lobby to light the resort’s Christmas trees on November 28 at 11 am and will be sticking around to chat with guests until 3 pm. He will also be at our resort every Friday and Saturday from 6-8:30 pm. On Saturday nights, he will head from the River Lodge lobby to swim with kids in our WaterDome from 8:30-9:30 pm.

Storytelling with Mrs. Claus
Kids are encouraged to wear their jammies as they relax and listen to Mrs. Claus reading holiday favorites like “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in our River Lodge lobby November 29, 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 22 from 7:30-8:30 pm.

Santa’s Workshop
Kids can bring out their creative side in our Santa’s Workshop, where there will be cookie decorating, holiday crafts, and even the opportunity to write a letter and mail to Santa. Santa’s workshop, which will be located in the River Lodge Conference Room and will be open:

  • Friday & Saturdays 11am – 8pm
  • Sundays 11am – 4pm
  • Mondays – Closed (except for December 23rd & 30th – open 11am – 3pm)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 11am – 3pm

All times subject to change

Toys for Tots
Our resort is also serving as a collection site for Toys for Tots and we would like to encourages guests and the general public to donate new, unwrapped toys to help make the Holiday a little brighter for area children in need.

Christmas Dinner
Just like at Thanksgiving, our Thirsty Miner restaurant staff will take the work out of your holiday plans. Enjoy a Christmas Day feast to remember from 4-8 pm. The buffet will be served by masked waitstaff.

The Salad Table will feature: Waldorf Salad; Tropical Ambrosia; Fresh Seasonal and Tropical Fruits; Seasonal Greens with a  choice of Dressing; Peel and Eat Shrimp display accompanied with cocktail sauce and lemons; Shrimp Bisque soup; and Broccoli Mimolette.

The Carving Station will be serving: Smoked Bone-in Ham with Peach Glaze; and Slow Roasted Herb Crusted Prime Rib with Fresh Rosemary Jus served with Cranberry Sauce, Orange Mustard and Creamed Horseradish, and so much more!

The Children’s Buffet will include: Chicken Nuggets; Macaroni and Cheese; Mini Corn Dogs; Buttered Corn; French Fries; Cheese and Pepperoni Pizzas and Cookies and Brownies.

To finish off your meal there will be a fine selection of desserts including: Cakes; Pumpkin Pie; Pecan Pie; Cream Pies; Cheesecake; Petit Fours; and Mini Cannolis.

For a full list of dinner items CLICK HERE

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Our New Year’s Eve packages offer the ultimate family-friendly party. Guests can enjoy live music, a balloon drop, champagne toast and a prime rib and crab legs dinner buffet from 5-10 pm. Our buffet will feature chef carving stations with French onion crusted prime rib, herb crusted leg of lamb and apple cider roasted pork loin. Our entrée table will include crab legs, rosemary vanilla cedar wrapped salmon filets, char-grilled steaks with roasted shallots mushroom and fresh herb, Cajun pork chop with wild mushroom and spinach saute, pina colada clams, and more. There will also be a salad table, a children’s buffet and dessert table. The cost of our buffet is free for kids 1-4-years old, $11.99 for 5 to 8-years old, $19.99 for ages 9-11-years old and $39.99 for ages 12 and up.


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