Destination Hotels Offers Festive Winter Holiday Events for Parents and Children
The classic winter holiday family vacation challenge: finding a location where parents can relax and recharge while also making special holiday memories with their children. Babierge partner Destination Hotels has a solution. Want to dress like an elk and run a 1k with your kids this year? Or gather round a cozy fire while elves read Christmas stories to your family?
This holiday Destination Hotels is offering families the best of both worlds. From skiing at beautiful Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont, to enjoying the cool pacific breeze at Terranea Resort on the outskirts of LA, to Elf tuck-ins and a breakfast with Santa. Here’s a list of fun family-friendly activities happening at Destination Hotel locations this season.
Suncadia Resort (Cle Elum, Washington)
Running of the Elk – Start your holiday season with a 5k & Kids 1k Fun Run. Each runner will be given a pair of antlers to start the race. Throughout the run they will have the opportunity to complete their Holiday Elk attire with red nose and bell.
Dates: Nov. 24, 10:00am
Tree Lighting Celebration – Enjoy live holiday music, Christmas carols, holiday cookies and a visit from Santa at Suncadia’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration.
Dates: Nov. 24, 6:00pm
Candy Land – Your child’s dreams of skating on the frozen ice cream river, swimming in the chocolate lake and visiting the Candy Queen and Candy Cane Castle will all come true.
Dates: Dec. 2, 9, 16-30, 5:00-10:00pm
Bear Factory – Come anytime to stuff your own signature Bear Factory stuffed animal. Choose from a variety of animals, outfits and accessories to create one that is uniquely yours. Includes birth certificate and carrying box.
Dates: Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 24
Rope Tow Inner Tubing – Experience the thrill of the hill on an inner tube with a rope tow return. Fun for children and adults, enjoy the fast-paced ride and beautiful view as you speed down the hill!
Dates: Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10 & Dec.16 – Jan. 2
Terranea Resort (Rancho Palos Verdes, California)
S’mores by The Fire – Snuggle up and sink your teeth into sweet and sticky treats at S’mores by the Fire, a perfect family activity to kick off holiday weekends!
Dates: Friday nights in December | 6pm-7pm | Resort family pool fire pit Exclusive to resort guests | Includes 1 s’mores kit per person
Kids Club Holiday Gift Workshop – Unleash your inner elf this season at the Tide Pool Kids Club! Spend a festive afternoon making a gingerbread house, a cuddly creation, holiday crafts and decorations to give as gifts to your family and friends.
Dates: Daily in December | 2pm-4pm | Tide Pool Kids Club Child $80 (ages 4 – 12) | Advance reservations required
Stories by the Fire – Santa’s elves will warm your heart, sharing classic holiday tales each night in December. Join us and relax by the fire in Terranea’s cozy Lobby Living Room for children’s story time.
Dates: Nightly in December | 5pm | All ages | Complimentary for resort guests
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – ‘Not a creature will be stirring’ as guests gather by the fire to listen to a special rendition of ’Twas the Night before Christmas in Terranea’s Lobby Living Room for all of those young at heart! Join the fun on Christmas Eve to set the scene for the perfect holiday experience.
Dates: Sunday, December 24, 2017 | 5pm | All ages | Complimentary for resort guests
Postcards to the North Pole – Time to make a list, check it twice and send it off to Santa. Guests of all ages are invited to fill out personalized postcards shipped directly to Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole. There’s a good chance your letters will get a response of warm tidings from St. Nick himself.
Dates: December 1 – 24, 2017 | Open During Hours of Operation | Tide Pool Kids Club
Elf Tuck-Ins – Send your little ones to bed with visions of sugar plums after sweet treats and bedtime stories with Santa’s special helper – Terranea’s resident elves! A special stocking to hang by the chimney with care is also included in the elves’ visit.
Dates: Nightly in December | 6pm-10pm | $35 per child | Advance reservations required
Kids New Year’s Eve Party – Kiss 2017 goodbye and the kids good night as they head off to their own kids party hosted by Tide Pool Kids Club. They will have the night of their lives packed with games, crafts, scavenger hunts and even a special countdown to 2018 while you are free to party the night away at your chosen venue.
Dates: Sunday, December 31, 2017 | 6pm-1am | Child $100 4-14 years old | Advance reservations required
Stowe Mountain Lodge (Stowe, Vermont)
Laser tag and pizza party – Friday, November 24 | 6 pm – 9 pm|
Kids Movie Night – Friday, November 24, | 4 pm – 7 pm| (2 showings)
Skamania Lodge (Stevenson, Washington)
Breakfast with Santa – Children can join Santa for a very special breakfast featuring wonderful holiday music from local community choirs. Share wish lists and capture the moment with a photograph.
Dates: November 25, 2017 | 9am-12 noon
Christmas in the Gorge – The Gorge celebrates the Holidays with a festive parade and arts & crafts bazaar. Join us in the town of Stevenson for all of the holiday fun.
Dates: December 1 – 3
Elf Story Time – Cozy up by the Gorge Room fire with a cup of hot cocoa and cookies to listen to stories filled with the magic of the season.
Dates: Fridays and Saturdays | 8 pm – 9 pm
Starlight Parade – Take part in a treasured holiday tradition by watching the Starlight Parade on Highway 14 in downtown Stevenson, Washington.
Dates: December 1, 7 pm
Hotel Derek (Houston, Texas)
Breakfast with Santa – Take photographs and visit with Santa from 9am to 11am and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with gingerbread waffles and a custom hot cocoa bar. Stick around for a viewing of christmas movies including Polar Express and Christmas cookie decorating.
Dates: Saturday, December 9th
Resort at Squaw Creek (Lake Tahoe, CA)
Family Ice Rink Games – Play family-friendly games in a winter wonderland setting on our ice rink with family and friends.
Dates: November 23, 12pm – 2pm
Turkey Hunt – Join us for a turkey hunt on our golf course. Whomever finds the special toy turkey wins a prize! Ages 4 – 12, meet at the ice rink.
Dates: Friday, November 24, 12pm – 2pm
The Carolina Inn (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
The Twelve Days of Christmas – A vision of seasonal wonder will be displayed throughout the Inn including magnificently decorated trees, beautifully appointed holiday décor, and events to keep you and your little ones entertained.
Dates: December 1 – January 2
Holiday Express – Join our holiday elves for a special reading of The Polar Express. There will be cookie decorating, ornament making, an afternoon snack, and of course a train ride around the Inn.
Dates: December 17
Breakfast with Santa – Each child is welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and share their Christmas wish list. Every child will leave with a holiday treat. Magicians and face painters will be on hand to entertain everyone.
Dates: December 10, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24
Afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairy – The Triangle Youth Ballet presents an Afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairies. Ballerinas will dance as you sample treats from the land of sweets. Enjoy Nutcracker story time. See a magic show and get your picture taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy! It’s the perfect holiday gathering.
Dates: December 10
Make Your Own Gingerbread House – A cozy afternoon that begins with a story of Christmas magic. Each child will then be able to assemble and decorate their very own Gingerbread House complete with an apron, chef’s hat and all the holiday sweets and goodies that their imaginations can hold. At the end of class, each child will take home a completed Gingerbread House and accessories.
Dates: December 22
Babierge rents exceptionally clean, quality baby gear to Destination Hotels guests.
Gear includes full-size wooden cribs, high chairs, strollers, car seats, infant swings, bathtubs, as well as books, games, toys and a lot more. If you’ll be staying at a Destination partnership hotel, you can reserve your baby gear here and receive a 10% rental discount.