Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Holiday Activities Year-Round

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California dazzles families with its indoor/outdoor waterpark, arcade, proximity to Disneyland, Magiquest electronic scavenger hunt, on-site bowling lanes, spa especially for kids and much more. Add holiday magic to the mix, and this hotel in Orange County becomes enchanting indeed. From Snowland during the winter holidays to Spring-A-Palooza in March and April, and Howl-O-Ween in the fall, Great Wolf Lodge Southern California’s holiday activities wow guests year-round.

Great Wolf Lodge Holiday Happenings Year-Round

Winter holidays at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California

From Thanksgiving weekend through January, Great Wolf Lodge Southern California hosts Snowland. This holiday bonanza is replete with fun activities and eye-popping decorations. Indoor snow that melts into the warm indoor waterpark, anyone? At this magical winter wonderland, expect an annual tree lighting ceremony and visits with Santa Claus. Guests can even dine inside a life-sized gingerbread house! (For a $10 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities.) What’s more, children can enroll in North Pole University to complete holiday-themed activities and receive their official “Snowploma” plus a special-edition Rowdy the Reindeer trading card.

Indoor snow thrills children at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California during the winter holidays

Indoor snow thrills children at Great Wolf Lodge during the winter holidays (Photo credit: Great Wolf Lodge)

Make your Christmas or Hanukkah stay even more memorable by booking a Snowland Suites as an upgrade. These special suites come decked out with garlands, twinkling lights and a fully decorated holiday tree. Guests will receive a free copy of their winter story book, Unique as a Snowflake. As a special surprise, a Great Wolf Kids character will bring young guests an evening milk and cookies delivery.

Upgrade to a Great Wolf Lodge suite all decked out for the holidays with a full-sized tree and more

Upgrade to a Great Wolf Lodge suite all decked out for the holidays with a full-sized tree and more (Photo credit: Great Wolf Lodge)

New Year’s Eve at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California

New Year’s Eve is traditionally a grown-up holiday, leaving parents struggling to come up with something special to do together as a family on the year’s final night. Thankfully at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California hosts a kid-friendly celebration called Snowball. This party features an impressive buffet and celebration in the hotel’s Conference Center. There’s also music, a ball drop and more to help families ring in the New Year.

Spring-A-Palooza is a colorful celebration of all things spring at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California

Spring-A-Palooza is a colorful celebration of all things spring at Great Wolf Lodge (Photo credit: Great Wolf Lodge)

Spring holidays at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California

Welcome warmer weather and budding flowers with Spring-a-Palooza at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California from mid-March to mid-April. This spring celebration includes colorful decorations and hand-made gardens in full bloom around the Grand Lobby. Families can take part in crafts, scavenger hunts, Grand Lobby picnics and more. Kids especially love seeking the Easter Peeps hidden throughout the property.

A giant balloon spider greets guests at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California during Howl-O-Ween

A giant balloon spider greets guests at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California during Howl-O-Ween (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Halloween at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California

A giant smiling spider made of balloons welcomes guest to the Grand Lobby during Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California. Kids and adults alike dress up for trick-or-treating along an indoor trail to collect treats. Children love showing off their ensembles in nightly costume parades for a chance to win a cool prize. Didn’t pack your costume? No worries! Guests all receive a set of Halloween-themed wolf ears at check-in. Round off each evening with Spooktacular Story Time with the Great Wolf Kids characters in the lobby. As though that weren’t enough, on weekends guests can enjoy Monster Bash Dance Parties where they can dance and play games.

My kids trick-or-treating at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California

My kids trick-or-treating at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Why Great Wolf Lodge Southern California during the holidays

My family was lucky to get a chance to experience Halloween at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California in Garden Grove, California. The party was so hoppin’, we’re considering foregoing presents in favor of booking a stay at this hotel for Christmas or New Year’s Eve next year. Normally my kids would balk at the idea of giving up a pile of gifts. But when presented with the lure of Great Wolf Lodge Southern California over the holidays, they jumped up and down and said, “Yesssss!” Now that’s a hotel that understands how to make families happy.

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A Note from The Travel Mama: My family and I were hosted by Great Wolf Lodge Southern California. All opinions are my own, as always. This story includes affiliate links. Your purchases and clicks help to keep TravelMamas.com a free resource for readers like you.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. That looks like so much fun! We love Great Wolf Lodge. We’ve never been to the California one though. It looks like the perfect place for our next trip.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      I’m the opposite…Great Wolf Lodge Southern California is the only GWL I’ve visited. I’m sure my family would love them all, though!

  2. And the food was good too!

  3. That sounds like a wonderful getaway for any family. I love going somewhere that has everything for everyone.

  4. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    It looks like Great Wolf Lodge is the place to be all year round. They have so many festive things for every season.

  5. What a fun place to spend any holiday! You had me at indoor water park.

  6. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I would love to check out the Great Wolf Lodge in Southern California. It would be an amazing place to spend the Holidays with the kids.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      I’m really trying to make the holidays at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California happen for us next year! 🙂

  7. We love the Great Wolf Lodge. I’ve never been there during the holidays- love all the decorations!

  8. I havent been to great Wolf Lodge in forever! I always love traveling on holidays because things are so festive!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Kelly – Things are especially festive at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California during the holidays, too!

  9. How fun that they decorate for every holiday! I have never been to Great Wolf Lodge, but it’s definitely on my travel wish list!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      I hope you can visit Great Wolf Lodge Southern California soon…especially during the holidays!

  10. We have not stayed at one. None are close but I am going to see about staying one for a holiday… looks like a blast and a great place for a vacation.

  11. This looks like a great place to stay for the holidays! Wish we can visit this place soon!

  12. Oh this looks like such an amazing place to stop for a while <3 the bedrooms are just beautiful as well. I would love to go there over the holiday.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      It’s the full-sized holiday tree that really wows me! I hope you can go over the holidays someday!

  13. Our Family World says:

    I haven’t stayed here nor at any place near Southern California but seeing this nice place just makes me want to come up with an excuse to stay there for a week. The rooms look cozy, the halls and entertainment areas all look awesome!

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