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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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