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It’s no secret that we love the Great Wolf Lodge! We have been a few times now and love their water park and all the activities the lodge has to offer. We recently got to experience their Snowland event, which runs from November 25th into the New Year. During Snowland, the entire resort is decorated for Christmas and lots of seasonal activities (including a visit from Santa!) are included in this event.
Instead of the traditional wolf ears, you get white ones to go with the Snowland theme.
You can even book a festive Snowland suite, which has a Christmas tree and other Christmas decorations inside your room. There are a limited number of these in each location, so make sure to book ahead if you want one of these suites! Milana loved having a tree in her room. I saw many people bringing presents with them, so it can be a great new tradition for your family! There is a book in each Snowland suite that you can read to your kids, and you can even buy one in their store if you want to take it home.
But perhaps the most exciting part of the Snowland suite is the cookie delivery by one of the Great Wolf characters! The girls didn’t know what to make of it (it was 9pm due to a miscommunication) but sure enjoyed the cookies!
When you check in, you are given a schedule of activities. As you can see, aside from the water park, there is something fun going on all day!
All activities take place in the lobby area, overlooking the water park. The morning crafts were a hit! The kids got to make a snowflake craft and coloring pages were put out as well for those who would rather color.
Critter Cartoons was really fun as well. This is geared toward older kids who can follow directions. The kids get to draw a reindeer or Wiley the wolf step by step by following the directions of an employee. This was a huge hit with the two budding artists!
The girls were really excited for cookie decorating but we didn’t realize that the kids don’t actually decorate the cookies. They line up and show the employees what they want on their cookies. They loved their cookies but would have been much more fun if they got to decorate it themselves!
The girls were excited for hot cocoa as well. Just be aware that the cocoa is boiling hot, to the point where you can’t hold that paper cup for very long! Something to keep in mind if you have young kids who will be handed a cup of this boiling liquid.
Lots of characters roam the area too, so if your kids love the characters, they will be able to meet some during their stay.
Santa visits during a designated time, so be sure to check the schedule for the day you are visiting!
Your kids can even write a letter to Santa on the provided postcard. We were told that if you fill out your address, your kids will get a response in the mail along with a coupon for a free cookie. There’s a mailbox inside the lodge where you can put your Santa letters.
In the middle of the lobby area, you will see a giant gingerbread house. You can dine inside this house if you make reservations ahead of time. They book up quickly, so do it as soon as you know you are going! Reservations can be made via Yelp or by calling their front desk.
Several times during the day, “snow” falls in the lobby. This was a huge hit with the kids! One of these times is after the nightly story time, so keep that in mind!
Of course, the biggest draw of the Great Wolf Lodge is the water park. I won’t go into detail in this post, but if you want to see what the water park offers and some of the other non-Snowland activities at the resort, see my other post here.
As you can see, there is so much to do at the Great Wolf Lodge’s Snowland event besides the water park! Book your Snowland suite today and start a new family tradition.