Make Magical Holiday Traditions at Big Cedar Lodge

Escape from the ordinary and find a holiday heaven complete with storytime elves, Santa and Mrs. Claus and a room-delivered holiday feast in the hills at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Big Cedar Lodge goes all out during the holidays, and families come away with memories that last a lifetime. From a Turkey Trot and Turkey Scavenger Hunt to numerous Thanksgiving Brunch buffets—including one at the “top of the rock”—Thanksgiving becomes a destination at Big Cedar. While Thanksgiving is a festive time, the lodge really comes alive for the Christmas season.

Big Cedar Lodge’s 12-day celebration of Christmas features a special activity, demonstration or performance themed to “The 12 Days of Christmas” lyrics. Activities include sampling special holiday dishes, birds of prey and bird calling demos, Christmas Olympics, an ice skating performance, a goose egg hunt and more.

Sunrise brings Santa, so get cameras ready as Santa delivers presents to your little ones on every Saturday evening in December, Christmas Eve night and Christmas morning. Santa’s elves have made a special trip from the North Pole all the way to the Ozarks so they can visit children, read a bedtime story, collect kids’ letters to Santa and deliver a special Big Cedar stocking full of goodies.

 Children can also experience hands-on cooking with Mrs. Claus as they prepare their dinner for the evening. They will enjoy fun-filled adventure as they make friends, learn skills, build a cozy critter and earn their themed adventure badge, followed by a dinner with Mrs. Claus, storytime and more.

Throughout the season, the holiday activities continue with a special tree lighting, gingerbread house competitions, family Jingo, an elf workshop and Christmas dinner delivered to your room, if you wish.

Don’t forget ice skating! Enjoy the perfect family activity for an afternoon or evening of fun on Big Cedar’s synthetic ice, which ensures that the rink is available on even the warmest winter days.

“We have spent 15 years at Big Cedar over Christmas. Our two grandsons have grown up there and have lifelong memories. I wouldn’t take any amount of money for that time…it is so precious,” guest Lynda Coulter says.

Others share similar experiences.

“It’s so magical! I see a family tradition in the making,” Gina Roidopoulos says.

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