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Winter Weekend Escape for the Whole Family

Unwind after the holiday season with a relaxing stay at Big Cedar Lodge.

By Jordan Blomquist

Jan 2024

Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO
Photo courtesy of Big Cedar LodgeEscape this winter to Big Cedar Lodge.

The beginning of a new year offers so much to celebrate. After making it through the busy holiday season, Big Cedar Lodge is the perfect retreat for the whole family. Promising joy and fun for all, their Season of Celebrations features 12 activities:

1. Cocktails in the kitchen
2. Family portrait sessions
3. Minute to Win It
4. Charcuterie and wood-burning
5. Not so newlywed game night
6. Kids’ bingo
7. Family bingo
8. Pottery painting
9. Paint and pour
10. Family fun campfire
11. Bingo and beverage
12. Kids’ adventure club

Throughout January and February, the annual Season of Celebrations at Big Cedar Lodge offers an ideal blend of family-friendly activities alongside options tailored for those aged 21 and older. Create a brand-new family tradition by attending the Season of Celebrations together and making memories that will last a lifetime.


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Nightime Adventures at Big Cedar Lodge
Photo courtesy of Big Cedar LodgeNature at Night at Big Cedar Lodge.

A Winter Night Adventure

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until February 25, visitors have the opportunity to take part in the enchanting experience of Nature at Night at Big Cedar Lodge. This event entails a two-and-a-half-mile journey via golf cart along the Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail. Guests will experience tons of nature-themed light displays and historic Native American scenes lit up along the trail. Embarking on the golf cart trail, participants will venture into a four-story cave accompanied by music and stories. Families are welcome to pause within the cave and enjoy a refreshing beverage or warm hot chocolate while taking in the beauty of the outdoors.

Home for the Holidays Ice Rink

On the Swimmin’ Hole Lawn, the Home for the Holidays Ice Rink at Big Cedar Lodge will now be open until February 5, offering an extended period for visitors to enjoy the winter festivities. A spin on the ice costs $20 for day guests and $15 for overnight guests and includes skate rental. 

Celebration of Tastes

Consider aligning your weekend getaway with Big Cedar Lodge’s 30th Annual Celebrations of Tastes, taking place on February 9-10. The event kicks off on February 9 at 6 p.m. at the Top of the Rock End of the Trail Wine Cellar. There, guests can enjoy wine samples, tasty bites, live jazz music and a silent auction. The fun continues on February 10 at 1 p.m. with the Orin Swift Wine seminar, hosted by founder Dave Phinney, at the Wine Event Room at Top of the Rock. The weekend will conclude with a five-course dinner at 6 p.m. at the Historic Worman House. Along with incredible views of Table Rock Lake, the dinner will feature delicious food, Orin Swift Wine pairings and live music. 

Celebration of Tastes
Photo courtesy of Big Cedar LodgeCelebration of Tastes at Big Cedar Lodge.

Winter Wellness Retreat

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you might be looking for a way to relax and unwind—Big Cedar has something for everyone. The 18,000-square-foot, world-class Cedar Creek Spa Salon provides a variety of treatments for guests. Showcasing 11 treatment rooms, each with its own fireplace, the spa ensures a cozy ambiance. The full-service salon features massaging pedicure chairs and comfortable sofas. Cedar Creek offers an array of services, including traditional massages, couples’ massages, facial treatments, body contouring, nail treatments and more. They also have a remarkable grotto pool and ice room unlike anything you’ll experience in the Ozarks.

Winter Wellness Retreat
Photo courtesy of Big Cedar LodgeWinter Wellness Retreat at Big Cedar Lodge.
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