Family friendly events every Thursday through Sunday starting after Thanksgiving and going through the new year. Synthetic skating, holiday music and lights, train rides, Santa, and more!
The Wigwam Resort has many holiday experiences open to guests and locals alike. My family of 7 (with children ages 0-9) was able to spend 2 nights at the resort enjoying these activities. Most activities were great for all of us to participate in together, although my children ages 4,2, and 5 months were a little young for ice skating.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND TRAIN RIDE
The Wigwam’s holiday light display lines the sidewalks through the grounds. The best way to see these lights is by train. Thursdays and Sundays from 6-8 p.m. the Higler Express drives through the grounds. Visitors can hop aboard for $1 per person and the proceeds benefit New Life Center & Homeless Youth Connection. We all loved seeing the objects and characters displayed in lights. My 2-year-old was especially intrigued with a dinosaur decorating a Christmas tree and the icicles that appeared to be dripping from a tree overhead. I liked going under the lighted archway. Without the train visitors are still welcome to stroll the grounds, but it wouldn’t be quite as fun.
HOLIDAY ICE (SYNTHETIC ICE SKATING)
Thursday-Sunday evenings, visitors can enjoy an ice skating experience without the cold and ice. Price is $8 per adult and $5 for children. All of us (except the baby) had to try this, but the 2 and 4-year-old didn’t last long. We are novice skaters and for most of my children this was their first experience in skates. My 6 and 9-year-old loved it. They both agreed it was their favorite part of our trip. As far as how close it is to actual ice skating, I’d say it’s similar but not the same. The skating surface is treated plastic. My husband and I agreed it is much easier to glide on actual ice. The skates seemed to catch in the plastic. It is still necessary to balance and there were definitely falls, but at least we didn’t end up sitting on the freezing ice when we slipped. I would suggest this activity for children over 5 and not adults. There are benches nearby where watching the children skate is comfortable and easy. There is no time limit so the kids could skate as long as they wanted.
The Wigwam offers complimentary s’mores to visitors from 6-9 p.m on Friday and Saturday nights. We went over to the fire pit around 6:30 p.m. and were the only ones there. The fire pit was ringed by chairs, which made the marshmallow roasting experience much more comfortable. And it is a gas fire pit, so no smoke. There was a table set up with all s’more supplies including roasting sticks. It was all self-serve and we could all make however many s’mores we could stomach. While there is no one dedicated person operating the s’mores station, resort employees did come by to check that we were having a good time and everything was going well.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Delicious food, crafts, and Santa. What more could a family ask for? The breakfast was buffet style. The offerings were both kid and adult friendly and included French toast topped with chocolate chips and marshmallows (of which my 2-year-old ate only the chocolate chips and marshmallows), asparagus and mushroom frittatas, and a fresh pancake bar with whipped cream, sprinkles, and chocolate candy topping choices. There was also the typical breakfast fare of eggs, bacon, etc. My husband and 4-year-old enjoyed sampling off the giant platter of assorted fruits. All of the food was delicious. Santa arrived shortly after we did and visited each table before making his way to the beautifully decorated photo station. We were able to visit Santa at our leisure and for as long as we wanted. Each child received a mini candy cane and a bag of reindeer food (oats with sprinkles) to leave out Christmas Eve. When diners weren’t taking photos with Santa, he would walk around and visit some more. He noticed when new families arrived and would make a special visit over to each table. He was so friendly and authentic looking. The children loved him. I think The Wigwam may have found the real Santa. Besides this main attraction, there were also 3 craft tables set up where children could make hot chocolate cones and candy canes into reindeer and write letters to Santa. My 2-year-old wrote him 3 letters and hand delivered each one. The service was exemplary. We had forgotten to bring the baby carrier for our 5-month-old to sit in and one of the employees offered to send someone to our room to get it for us. Breakfast is $20 for adults, $10 for children, and kids two and under eat free. Reservations are recommended.
Bottom Line: Families with young children will love the holiday events at the Wigwam, although the ice skating is best for children 5 and up. The Breakfast with Santa was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone wanting an unhurried visit with Santa. These events would be great to experience year after year.
Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary stay at The Wigwam including dining and activity tickets. I received no other compensation and the views are entirely my own.