Christmas in the Dells

Christmas is a time for family, memories, magic, and more. Find all that along with a vacation everyone will cherish this Christmas in Wisconsin Dells!

Wilderness Resort

Santa is coming to Wilderness Resort to spread holiday cheer! He will be visiting December 14th, 15th and the 20th-24th in the New Frontier Lobby from 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy a stress free, cooking free holiday meal the whole family will find delicious at the Wild Canyon Café! The Christmas Eve buffet will feature honey-glazed ham along with 13 buffet entrées and appetizers, desserts, and a salad bar. The Christmas buffet will feature holiday spiced pork roast, prime rib Christmas special, and cranberry orange glazed ham, along with 16 buffet entrées and appetizers, desserts, and a salad bar. Dazzle your kids with a special delivery from Santa’s elves. For just $15 they will get a special delivery any Friday or Saturday evening! Space is limited so book now: 608-253-9729, ext. 4552. For more information on Christmas at Wilderness Resort, head to:

Kalahari Resort

Stay Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Kalahari Resort for their holiday funtivities and buffet for just $259.99! The package is meant for a family of four and includes a stay in a beautiful hut or desert room, waterpark admission, and holiday buffet tickets for two adults and two children. Their spectacular Christmas Day buffet includes 24 entrée and appetizer items, endless delectable desserts including a chocolate fountain, and a children’s buffet. Starting Monday December 22nd and taking place until Christmas Day at 6 p.m., Kalahari Resort will be hosting family fun activities all day long! Some of these include: coloring contests, cookie decorating, ornament designing, movie nights, snowman ornament making, create an elf, create a gingerbread house, story time, holiday magnet painting, and make a reindeer. For more details head to: 

Chula Vista Resort

Stay at least 4 nights over the upcoming holiday weekends and save $100 at Chula Vista Resort! On these same dates, guests and visitors of the resort can enjoy live holiday music by various local artists to get you in the Christmas spirit. The kiddos will love the Winter Wonderland Activities at Chula Vista! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Kilbourn City Grill December 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, and 24th so be sure to bring your cameras for a precious photo moment. Wagon rides, letter writing to Santa, scavenger hunts, holiday bingo, Hanukkah crafts, holiday sing-a-long, holiday movies, goodnight story time, and Christmas crafts will be taking place all winter long! Parents can order an elf tuck in for a special Christmas surprise for the kids for just $10. For more details head to:

Mt. Olympus Resort

Now you can enjoy milk and cookies with Santa at Mt. Olympus Resort! He will be visiting between December 16th and 24th. Parents will love this, stay at Mt. Olympus this season and receive $100 off per night! Plus a bonus $100 resort credit per night. To book now head to:

Trappers Turn

Enjoy the most dazzling Christmas buffet around at Trappers Turn this December 25th! Starting at 11 am, you and your family can feast on over 21 mouth-watering entrees and appetizers. There will also be desserts hand-crafted by a pastry chef to sooth that holiday sweet tooth. The kiddos will feel extra special with a buffet and dessert display just for them! Reservations encouraged.

A Christmas the family will cherish forever can be affordable, stress-free, cooking free, and unbeatable in Wisconsin Dells! Happy Holidays form 

The Palace Theater presents: Mary Poppins

It’s a Jolly Holiday at the Palace Theater in Wisconsin Dells. Mary Poppins flew into town and she’s only here until January 3rd. Luckily, had the privilege to go see the show and it was as sweet as a spoonful of sugar!

With all of the original songs as the 1964 movie, the musical has added a few new hits to offer a magnificent twist and add a spark to the original classic! The singing and dancing in the show was beyond extraordinary. By the end of the Musical, the whole theater was singing and clapping along as if us, the audience, was actually singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in the park with Mary Poppins! I felt like I was watching a musical performance at a theater in New York.

Mary Poppins is accompanied by a delicious meal an hour and a half before show time. The entrée, which includes seasoned chicken, juicy beef tenderloin, steamed vegetables and a twice-baked potato is served with a full salad and a dessert. Oh, not to mention a full bar! The dessert was a slice of deliciously moist multi-layered chocolate cake and was served at intermission. It was so nice the way it was timed so we all got a delectable treat halfway through the show. The slice of cake was so good; it had us singing Chim Chim Cher-ee!

All in all, it was a very fun night filled with singing, dancing, and a great meal. I’m going to try to see Mary Poppins again before it finishes up its last performance at the Palace Theater on January 3rd.

The Palace Theater is located at 564 Wisconsin Dells Parkway South. For more information on the Palace Theater, please visit:

CHOO-CHOO – Happy Holidays!

The Holidays are all about giving, so to kick off the season of sharing and caring, The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will come chugging into Wisconsin Dells at 2:45 p.m. on December 8th. Get ready to be dazzled by the incredibly talented band Home Free and performer Kira Isabella!

The 9th annual Holiday Train event will kick off at 1:30 p.m. with tons of holiday themed fun for the whole family! There will be music by Jake Beard, hot chocolate, coffee, and other treats for sale, paddle ticket sales and drawings (including one for the kids), Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there with candy bags for the kids, sleigh rides, a performance by the Wisconsin Dells Middle School Band, and most important of all, donations of non-perishable food items will be collected. The Holiday Train will roll in to conclude the event, which will finish around 4 p.m. by watching the train’s stunning light display fade into the distance as it heads to its next stop! Admission to the event is free.

The purpose of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is to raise funds and food donations for the local food pantries. Those planning on attending are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item. If you want to donate but cannot attend, food and cash donations can be dropped off at 1000 Highway 13 in Wisconsin Dells.

Be sure to sign up for the raffle as well! The drawing event will take place December 13th at Country Keg (you do not need to be present to win). The grand prize drawing is two Packer tickets for the rivalry game against the Detroit Lions on December 28th located in the Lambeau Leap Zone! If you cannot attend and still want raffle tickets, they can also be purchased at the following business: Ad-Lit, The Amtrak Train Depot, Broadway Travel Mart, CWCAC and WCCU. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

This is a cannot miss event that is sure to fill your heart with the holiday spirit, not to mention tons of fun and special family memories! ‘Tis the season for giving so come to The Holiday Train and help out families in need!

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Crystal Grand Preview

Nothing dazzles quite like a holiday show! Jingle up that Christmas feeling with some incredible performances at Crystal Grand this December!

 Maggie Mae Christmas – 12/07

Maggie Mae is a local celebrity from nearby Oxford, WI who has become one of the biggest names in Midwest music! Her shows boast authentic country music including the sounds of the fiddle, guitars, drums, piano and of course, yodeling by Maggie Mae herself. She’s spreading Christmas cheer throughout Wisconsin before heading off to Texas for her winter tour. Don’t miss out on this incredible mix of down home country and your favorite holiday tunes! The show is at 3 p.m. and tickets are between $19.95 and $29.95. Yee-haw and ho-ho-ho!

The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas Night Out – 12/20

Number one hits, Grammy, Dove CMA, and ACM award winners, The Oak Ridge Boys will be performing in a holiday country extravaganza at Crystal Grand! Fifty years and four decades of country excellence make The Oak Ridge Boys a must see band. Their incredibly unique sound of four-part harmonies mixed with the best of Christmas classics is sure to entertain! The show is at 3 p.m. and tickets are between $29.95 and $39.95. Returning to the Dells again, The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas Night Out is a holiday must this season.

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Deer Hunting Specials in Wisconsin Dells

It’s that time of year again, the annual Wisconsin gun-deer hunting season is just around the corner! Wisconsin Dells is a great travel destination for deer hunters and their families alike. Whether you are waking up at the crack of dawn to get to your stand before sunrise, or would rather spend the day at the waterpark with the family, Wisconsin Dells has got you covered! Below is a list of area businesses that offer deer hunting specials in Wisconsin Dells.

Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center will offer their Deer Hunting Widow’s package including a one night stay, wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres, pampering (hand massage, manicure and polish),  a Tanger Outlet coupon booklet, and much more! Plan a girl’s night at the Wintergreen while the hunters are out in the woods! For more information about Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center call 800-648-4765.

AmericInn Lodge & Suites accommodates deer hunters and their families all season long. They offer a hot, homestyle breakfast beginning at 5:00 AM and $3.00 bag lunches for hunters to take with them into the woods. For the rest of the family, they provide Chula Vista Resort waterpark passes, so mom and the kids can spend the day at the waterpark. AmericInn also has an indoor pool area that is open until midnight. For more information about AmericInn call 866-899-4444.

Best Western Ambassador Inn & Suites also offers a Deer Hunter’s Special including a double queen room and continental breakfast featuring: hot waffles, hard boiled eggs, assorted cereals, yogurt, muffins doughnuts, english muffins and more for an unbeatable price of $60.99 + tax per night! Offer is valid from November 22, 2014 – November 30, 2014. For more information about Best Western Ambassador Inn & Suites call 800-828-6888.

Ambers Resort and Conference Center will offer their Deer Hunting Women’s Weekend Getaway Special featuring a variety of great amenities. The special includes two nights in a double queen room, Tanger Outlet coupon booklet, $25 gift certificate to Marley’s A Taste of the Caribbean restaurant, Splash Pass with 2 for 1 drink card, bottle of Fawn Creek wine with snacks, and free passes to Chula Vista Waterpark and Kalahari Theme Park all for just $248 + tax and resort fee! For more information about Ambers Resort and Conference Center call 608-253-8700.

So break out the blaze orange, have a safe hunt, and take advantage of these specials in Wisconsin Dells for the 2014 gun-deer season!

We Salute our Veterans in Wisconsin Dells

In honor of our Veterans several Wisconsin Dells businesses, restaurants, and hotels want to say thank you to all who serve with special discounts and free meals. It’s the least we can do to salute those who do so much for us.

Treat yourself this Veterans Day or get ready for the holidays at Tanger Outlet Mall where all veterans receive a free Tanger Outlet Mall coupon book. This special actually takes place all year long so veterans can get the savings they deserve at any time of the year!

Veterans spending the day with their family will love the kid friendly Buffalo Phil’s where you’ll enjoy the cowboy-themed flair and incredible flavors of the southwest! Buffalo Phil’s would like to thank all veterans with a free meal and drink on November 11th. The best part is that parents can relax while the kids go nuts at the attached Knuckleheads game room and rides. Afterwards, the whole family can head next door for a fun-filled game of bowling!

Make your southern weekend complete at Woodside Ranch where veterans receive 20% off rates during Veterans Day weekend, November 7th-10th. Woodside Ranch has tons of outdoor activities the whole family is sure to love including horseback riding, nature hikes, campfires, a petting zoo, and more!

Cheesy, topping overloaded, taste-bud bursting pizza and unique, crisp, fresh brews can be found at Moosejaw. This Veterans Day, show a military I.D. and receive a free meal and drink as a special thank you. At moosejaw you’ll the best American grub this country has to offer will some of the best pizza in town, burgers, pastas, home made soups, steaks and more! Take a tour of the brewery after your meal to learn all about the incredible beers you just tasted.

Members of the Armed Forces can enjoy the ultimate Veterans Day escape at Wilderness Resort where they receive rates as low as $89.99 from November 2nd until November 25th. Waterparks, restaurants, cozy rooms and cabins, and endless more activities await! Book today, you more than deserve it.

Kalahari Resort has a packaged special for Armed Forces and Service Personnel where on weekdays from November 2nd through the 10th, veterans and three friends can stay in a beautiful desert room for $129.99 per night. This includes passes for all four guests to Kalahari’s indoor waterpark.

Traveling to The dells is easy and affordable this Veterans Day if you take the Amtrack, which conveniently stops Downtown Wisconsin Dells. They offer 10% off almost all rail fares for active duty military personnel, their spouses, and their dependents!

Enjoy a meal on Applebees this Veterans Day with their special military personnel menu. Choose from fresh shrimp, delectable pasta, hearty steak, a juicy burger, several mouth-watering chicken entrees, and more!

Be sure to have your current military I.D. ready at all these locations! We welcome all veterans and their families to visit Wisconsin Dells this November 11th and throughout the year, so we can show our appreciation to your dedication to our freedom.

MONSTER MASH! Adult Halloween Parties in Wisconsin Dells

Once all the little ghosts and goblins are tucked in for a long, sugar-induced slumber after an evening of trick-or-treating madness, it’s time for the adults to begin their Halloween evening. With the moon high in the sky, and you dressed in your best Halloween get-up yet, prepare yourself for a spooktacular evening of frightful fun in Wisconsin Dells! Just don’t indulge in too much Witches brew…

Get ready for a party Dracula and Frankenstein would be frightened of! The Reef at Marley’s will be hosting their annual Halloween bash on Friday, October 31st beginning at 9 p.m. and continuing well into the night. Some terror-ific prizes will be handed out throughout the evening for those who prove themselves champions at The Reef’s Halloween games, and for those dressed in the best costumes. There will also be drink specials to top it all off and this is one party that is sure to be unforgettable!

If you crazy werewolves are ready to dance your paws off, head to Club Wett where the incredible DJ Reckless and DJ Techno Kid will be spinning howl-worthy beats all night long October 31st and November 1st! Club Wett will be hosting a costume contest as well, so grab some of your ghoulish friends and plan the most spooktacular costumes you can for the chance to win prizes The Great Pumpkin himself will be jealous of. Calling all witches, ladies drink free until midnight, so don’t miss out on Club Wett’s annual Halloween party taking place all weekend!

Showboat Saloon will be hosting a boo bash as well on Thursday and Friday of Halloween weekend. So if Downtown Dells is where you want to get your goblin on, this is the place to be! Live music both nights, Newport Jam will be performing Thursday evening when you can also experience the famous Showboat Free Bacon night! On Friday, come decked out head to toe in your Halloween best for there will be a costume contest with awesome prizes. Soap will be performing with an amazing light show so you can dance all night long!

Always wanted to dress up as Madonna for a night and live out your pop icon dreams? Head to Chalet Lanes this Halloween for the time of your life! Costumes are encouraged for a fun-filled evening of Halloween karaoke. Located in Downtown Dells, you and your friends can belt out your favorite songs and test your bowling skills while enjoying unbeatable drink specials.

Have a love for both live bands and DJ’s? Spring Brook Sports Bar & Grill has both, along with a weekend jam-packed with Halloween fun! Friday, October 31st enjoy the musical talents of the Mr. Burgundy Duo starting at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, let out your inner party animal from 9 p.m. until midnight as a DJ spins beats that will wake the dead! Keep yourself fueled to dance all night long with Spring Brook’s Halloween drink and food specials. Don’t forget to wear your costume, as prizes will be awarded for the ghouls that dress the best!

Can you handle Halloween in Wisconsin Dells? Plan a visit for the end of October and find out! We promise it’s not THAT scary….

Haunted Halloween in Wisconsin Dells

Get ready for a spooktacular visit to Wisconsin Dells! The area has undergone a Halloween transformation for October complete with decorations, special attractions, events and more! So come visit Wisconsin Dells…if you dare.

If you’re looking for a day and/or evening of family Halloween fun, head to Red Ridge Ranch in Mauston! Just a short drive from Wisconsin Dells, at Red Ridge Ranch you can complete a corn maze, paint your own pumpkin, enjoy a petting zoo, an inflatable moonwalk, a tractor-drawn hayride and more. If your group is looking for more of a fright, visit the ranch after dark on Friday and Saturday. You’ll find that all of the ranch’s attractions have a spooky twist!

What could be more perfect than an afternoon with the family? Enjoy the crisp fall weather and spectacular colors on a Pumpkin Train at Riverside & Great Northern Railway. Through the month of October, enjoy a fun-filled miniature train ride as you travel to the pumpkin patch where the kids can pick a pumpkin. Mid-Continent Railway Museum also offers a Pumpkin Special train through picturesque Sauk County.

Grab your Halloween costume and get ready for an evening of mystery and fun! Mirror Lake State Park is hosting a free candlelight hike on October 18th from 6pm-8pm. You and your family can help the Mirror Lake park rangers uncover a mystery guest. Once the riddle is solved, feel free to warm up by a campfire and enjoy food and beverages for purchase.

Imagine your kids jumping in giant piles of popcorn to find their favorite candies buried beneath the kernels! If you’re looking for exciting Halloween plans, the Lake Delton Lions Club is hosting a family-friendly Halloween Bash on October 31st at 6:15pm at the Lake Delton Elementary School. The event will also feature a costume contest, prizes and an evening of making unforgettable memories!

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Head to IHOP in Wisconsin Dells on the morning of Halloween where kids can order free “scary face” pancakes! The scary face pancake comes with whipped topping, a strawberry nose and a variety of candy to finish the face as they please!

What could be better than a handful of candy and incredible fashion deals? The Tanger Outlet Mall annual Halloween Bash will take place from 4pm-6pm on October 31st. Kids can enjoy trick-or-treating from store to store while parents can get a head start on holiday shopping! Dress up in your best costume for a chance at winning Tanger’s costume contest.

Knuckleheads Bowling & Indoor Amusement Park will have two weekends of trick-or-treating this fall! October 24th-26th and October 31st-November 2nd, enjoy entire days of family fun, games, bowling, thrill rides, go-karts, trick-or-treating, a costume contest, and more.

If you and your family are staying at the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort this October, you’re in for a treat! Families can enjoy a variety of Halloween activities throughout the month of October. Horse-drawn wagon rides to a pumpkin patch and trick-or-treating are available every Saturday. If you’re just in town for Halloween, guests are invited to the Wilderness Resort’s Family Halloween Bash for games, activities, a costume contest, prizes and more!

Guests of Mt. Olympus Resorts can trick-or-treat at select rides during weekends this October. Costumes are encouraged, so deck yourselves out in spooktacular Halloween costumes and get ready for fun!

If you’re staying at Chula Vista this month, head to the Cactus Kids Corral for Halloween games, crafts, activities and more. On weekends, families can explore the Chula Vista Farm and enjoy the brand new, 7-acre Chula Vista Corn Maze, along with kid’s activities, food and drinks. On Saturday November 1st families can get their ghoulish groove on during the Monster Mash Dance Party with trick-or-treating and a costume contest.

And last but not least, we are hosting our 2nd annual Pumpkin Palooza Facebook photo contest! Whether you choose to decorate or carve, show your creative side for your chance to win a 2015 Wisconsin Dells Coupon Book with over 550 coupons amounting to over $20,000 in savings! Check out our Facebook page for details and enter today!

For more details on several of the Wisconsin Dells Halloween funtivities this October click here.

Fall Festival Weekend Preview

It’s that time of year again, the Wisconsin Dells Fall Festival Weekend is upon us! Taking place from October 17-19, the Fall Festival Weekend is a time for celebration! Here’s a preview of what to expect at this year’s event.

Friday – 10/17

The Dells Craft Beer Walk will be taking place on Friday, October 17th from 5pm-10pm. This event takes place throughout downtown Wisconsin Dells, and is the perfect event for brew fanatics! Tickets are available for just $10 in advance, and $20 the day of the beer walk. Participants will be able to exchange their ticket at the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau (701 Superior Street) for a custom, craft beer mug and a program highlighting the participating beers and taverns. Craft brews from several states will be highlighted, with a spotlight on Wisconsin specialties including Leinenkugel’s, Lakefront Brewery, New Glarus Brewery, Port Huron Brewing Co., Capital Brewery, Point Brewery and many more! All participants are required to show a valid ID on the day of the event.

Saturday -10/18

Saturday kicks off a huge day of family-friendly fun! Formerly known as Autumn Harvest Fest, this year’s events will be held throughout the day from 9am-5pm. Families can enjoy free admission to the petting zoo, Kids Kraft Corner, magic show, live entertainment, ring toss, and scarecrow stuffing contest. A dollar goes a long way at this festival! For just $1 each, visitors can enjoy pumpkin decorating, face painting and caricatures. Youngsters can also enjoy pony rides for just $2! Concessions will be provided from Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.

The coveted Dells on Tap will take place from 1pm-5pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. This ticketed, wristband-only event features taste testing from a variety of Wisconsin microbrews. Classic Wisconsin favorites will be served as well as little-known brewery flavors. Brewmasters will be accompanying their creations, so you’ll have a chance to ask questions about your favorites! Whether you are a golden brew fan, a hoppy IPA tester, or a stout fanatic, the Dells on Tap event is for you!

Sunday – 10/19

Get in the fall spirit with the Halloween-themed 5K Walk/Run event on Sunday (9am start time). All 5K Walk/Run participants will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt and goody bag! Strollers are permitted, dogs are invited and Halloween costumes are encouraged at this family-friendly 5K. Awards and prizes will be awarded to the best individual costume and best group costume!

For tips and information on planning your fall vacation getaway, visit

3rd Annual Wisconsin Dells Pink Partini Event

Glamour, glitter, and pink! Kick-off breast cancer awareness month with a fabulous evening supporting a wonderful cause. Tanger Outlet Mall in Wisconsin Dells is partnering with the UW Carbone Cancer Center for the 3rd annual Pink Partini event on Friday October 3rd from 6-9pm.

Enter the giant tent in Tanger’s parking lot and be transported to a pink wonderland. Upon your arrival you’ll be handed a swag bag of fashionable, pink merchandise and VIP coupons to Tanger Outlet Mall and surrounding businesses. Then grab your girlfriends, some goofy accessories and strike a pose for the photo booth! Your souvenir photo is perfect to reflect on the night’s memories for years to come!

As you chat with old friends and new, find a cozy couch cushion seat to relax and grab a one-of-a-kind pink-themed cocktail while you enjoy a variety of delicious Hors D’ Oeuvres. Don’t forget to fill up a goody bag with pink desserts and candy! Once you’ve had your fill, refresh that cocktail and check out the awesome silent auction for your chance to win beauty treatments, an overnight stay at Sundara Inn & Spa, designer jewelry or a $500 Tanger Outlet Mall shopping spree.

Find your seat for the fashion show at 8:30pm. All the latest Tanger Outlet Mall looks for men, women, and children will be walking the runway! From fabulous outfits for a night on the town to the latest gym fashions… the Pink Partini fashion show has it all!

The event concludes with a drawing to win several incredible prizes, including two Justin Timberlake tickets for his upcoming, sold-out concert!


Enjoy a marvelous night out with the girls and support a wonderful cause! To purchase your tickets, visit here. Tickets are $30 (VIP tickets are available). To start planning the perfect Pink Partini weekend, visit

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