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The health, safety, and well-being of our guests, associates and community is always a top priority. Due to COVID-19 related safety guidelines and recommendations from health officials, attendance at this year's Christmas in the Country Illumination Ceremony and our annual Trolley Tour of Lights will be limited to resort guests only. 

Celebrating special occasions and creating memories with the Lake Geneva community is a treasured experience for the entire Grand Geneva team. This was a difficult decision but is the safest course in this delicate time. We thank the community for its support and understanding.

If you're looking for a winter getaway this holiday season or holiday activities to create traditions for the whole family, plan your stay at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Every year, the holidays come to life during our annual Christmas in the Country celebration. Gaze at more than two million Christmas lights, indoors and out, including our family-favorite 12 days of Christmas drive-through light show. Enjoy a variety of activities, from Breakfast with Santa to classic Christmas tale readings and festive holiday tea making this the most magical time of year. The six-week-long picture-perfect holiday celebration welcomes resort guests to share in the festive holiday spirit.

In addition to all of our on-site activities, there is an abundance of Christmas activities in the Lake Geneva area. Pick up your last-minute gifts at local shops and create a new tradition with the family!

2020 Christmas Activities

Holiday photo by Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Lighting

26th annual illumination ceremony

The health, safety, and well-being of our guests, associates and community is always a top priority. Due to COVID-19 related safety guidelines and recommendations from health officials, attendance at this year's Annual Illumination Ceremony at Grand Geneva on Sunday, November 22, 2020, will be limited to resort guests only. In an effort to limit capacity for safety purposes, viewing the fireworks on the resort campus and viewing the gingerbread houses and indoor holiday decorations will not be open to the community this year. 

Celebrating special occasions and creating memories with the Lake Geneva community is a treasured experience for the entire Grand Geneva team. This was a difficult decision but is the safest course in this delicate time. We thank the community for its support and understanding. 

We invite all of our resort guests to help us kick off our six-week Christmas in the Country Celebration on Sunday, November 22. We'll flip the switch on more than 2 million lights throughout the resort and follow it up with our dazzling fireworks display. Roam the resort taking in all of the sights and sounds of the holidays and vote on your favorite gingerbread house display. Plus activities for the kids, a visit from Santa, holiday cookies and hot apple cider. 

  • Sunday, November 22 | Activities begin at 4:30pm 
  • NEW this year: for resort guests only
  • Photos with Santa begin at 4:30pm in Evergreen Ballroom - more details coming soon
  • Gather outside by the large Christmas tree at 6pm for the countdown to the illumination of holiday lights and fireworks
  • Special $99 room rates available for Sunday, November 22, 2020: Overnight guests can add on an exclusive Breakfast with Santa for Monday morning, November 23, from 8am-12pm, Adults $35, Kids (6-12) $20, Kids (2-5) $12 (service charge and tax not included) -  Call (262) 249-4788 for breakfast reservation

More Holiday Fun

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Display

Calling all creative builders? We are looking for entries in our Gingerbread House Competition. Win cold, hard cash up to $1,000! Registration will be open online soon. 

Area residents, in both amateur and professional or adult or child categories, display their masterpieces beginning November 23, 2020, through the holidays, on the upper level just outside of Ristorante Brissago. Resort guests can view these fabulous creations in person and the community can vote for their favorites online. 

Trolley Tour of Lights

Trolley Tour of Lights

Concierge Desk
Hop aboard the Grand Geneva trolley for a tour around the resort to see all of our decorations. 

  • Starting on Monday, November 23, 2020
  • Tours available hourly at 5, 6, 7 and 8pm
  • Meet at the concierge desk
  • The trolley is heated and enclosed
  • NEW this year: admission is complimentary but is ONLY for Grand Geneva, Timber Ridge, Villas and Holiday Inn Club Vacations guests this year

Reservations are required and can be made starting November 7, most tours do sell out. Call (262) 248-8811. 

If you miss the trolley tour, don't worry! You are welcome to ride in your own vehicle down Grand Geneva Way, starting at Hwy 50. The trolley tour is not necessary to see all our decorations, but a fun way to experience them.

Holiday sleigh filled with kids

Elf Mail Run

Drop off your letters to Santa in our magical mailbox located in the main lobby. Santa will send a message back for the kids. Then, join us daily at 4pm as Santa's helpers collect the mail to deliver to the North Pole. November 27 - December 24, 2020. 

merry christmas to all

christmas Day dining

Gather with family and friends and sit back and enjoy every part of this special time together. Choose from a plethora of options on day, December 25 at Grand Geneva from the perfect brunch to a family dinner. 

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christmas tree service

Add some Christmas spirit to your stay at Grand Geneva. Enjoy a fully decorated tree in your guestroom upon arrival, complete with ornaments, ribbon topper and an ornament for you to cherish at home. It's all the Christmas cheer with none of the cleanup! 

$79 for the duration of your stay. Please call (262) 248-8811 to reserve your Christmas tree.