Great Wolf Lodge Brings ALL the Holiday Cheer

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If you are looking to add some fun festivities to your holidays this year, consider a visit to Great Wolf Lodge. Not only will your kid crew get to spend some time coasting down water slides, but you can check off your Santa visits as well. We visited the new Bay Area Great Wolf Lodge for an overnight stay and here’s what we loved.

Kate Loweth

The holiday vibes hit you as soon as you walk in the door.

Opening the door into the Great Wolf Lodge lobby was like walking into a winter wonderland with a massive tree, cozy fireplace and lights all over. Holiday music was playing and you could hear a staff member reading a holiday story to kids gathered on the carpet when we arrived. Through early January you can enjoy the Snowland events like dancy parties, storytimes and crafts. Download the GWL app and you can easily find the schedule of events so you don't miss any of the holiday fun. 

Your visit to GWL isn't complete without a visit with Santa! Check the schedule for when he will arrive. Tip: Matching family PJs were all the rage in the Santa visit line so make sure you come prepared! 

Great Wolf Lodge

Snowland permeates the whole property, even the water park!

Give your crew a designated home base in the water park that's super festive by booking a Snowland cabana. This comes with a bunch of holiday gifts like a commemorative ornament and two Snowland mugs. You'll get to experience "snow" multiple times throughout the day and the package comes with four holiday beverages of your choice. Make sure you reserve these in advance as they are super popular! 

Great Wolf Lodge

Themed rooms bring all the magic.

Great Wolf Lodge does a great job creating magic, even when you head back to your room for a break. Their Kid Cabin and Wolf Den suites give you a themed bunk bedroom for the little ones in your pack. It's plenty of room for you all to spread out. Order the Snowland family package and you'll be greeted with hot cocoa bombs, a cozy blanket to take home and more. 

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Packages help to make the most of your stay.

If your family wants to do more than just enjoy the water park during your stay, consider one of the packages they have available. The Wolf Pass gives you access to everything they have to offer including the ropes course, bowling, arcade and candy shop. You also get a wand so that you can play Magiquest during your stay. The activities are also available individually but you save a bunch with the package. 

Great Wolf Lodge

The Paw Pledge keeps your family safe while you visit.

Check your local Great Wolf Lodge for their current requirements including face coverings for those who are not fully vaccinated. 

You'll also want to be aware that some of the amenities could be closed during your stay due to COVID. During our visit, many of the dining options were not open and the restaurants were only serving diners who had reservations. Check out the situation when you arrive as they had QR codes available in front of the restaurants to make a reservation for later in the day. The lobby shop had snacks and drinks available, or you can bring your own food to your room to utilize microwaves by the ice machines. 

Snowland is available through January 5 so book your stay today! 

—Kate Loweth

Editor’s note: This visit was paid for by Great Wolf Lodge but all opinions belong to the writer. 

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