Dining, Lodging, Services

Christmas Day Fun in Wisconsin Dells

This blog post was published on December 17, 2013 and may contain outdated information.

While staying warm and cozy at home, enjoying time with family can be a wonderful way to spend Christmas Day. However, sometimes cabin fever sets in and everyone wants to go somewhere for some holiday fun. With so many awesome attractions in Wisconsin Dells, it only makes sense for many of them to be open for families to venture to on Christmas Day.

Christmas Day can be a long one. Get that much needed holiday pick-me-up at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts! The Wisconsin Highway 13 Starbucks location is open 7am-4pm that day (The Lake Delton location is closed.). We recommend one of the holiday flavors like Peppermint Mocha or the Gingerbread Latte. The Wisconsin Dells Parkway Dunkin’ Donuts location is open 5:30am-2pm on Christmas and the Lake Delton location is open 24 hours for all day energy. Try the Red Velvet Latte, yum!

Need a breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack spot? Denny’s is the place to go! Two locations in The Dells (S. Frontage Rd. and Wisconsin Dells Pkwy), Denny’s is open 24 hours on Christmas Day. What could be a better Christmas gift than pancakes all day long? IHOP will be open Christmas Day for a tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For a delicious and affordable holiday meal, one especially perfect for big families, head to Denny’s or IHOP this holiday season.

Wisconsin Dells is known for its wet and wild waterparks! Forget the snow and the cold for awhile and splash around this Christmas. Wilderness Resort and Great Wolf Lodge will have their waterparks open for guests only. However, the public can purchase passes to Kalahari Resort’s indoor waterparks and theme park for anywhere from $25.00 to $49.00. Tackle some waves on the Flowrider, challenge family members in laser tag or mini golf, race around the go-kart track, play arcade games or go to new heights on the ropes course; no matter what it will be an unforgettable Christmas Day of family fun.

Knuckleheads is the perfect place for big families! They have an activity-packed theme park in a smaller space so it’s easier to keep track of the little ones. Plus, their cosmic bowling is a thrill for all ages. With an indoor roller coaster and bumper car track, a ton of arcade games, and other exciting rides, the kids will stay plenty busy. Meanwhile parents, you can take a break at their fully stocked bar for some extra Christmas cheer. Open at 4pm, the rides will stay open until 10pm, arcade until 11pm and bowling until midnight.

Christmas is a magical time of year. Continue the magic at Great Wolf Lodge’s MagiQuest. A family adventure like no other, you will be challenged to race through four levels of fun, armed with a magic wand as you complete quests on your way to the ultimate and final challenge: defeat the evil dragon.

If the kids are old enough to enjoy these attractions by themselves, parents can have finally relax on Christmas Day at one of the many Wisconsin Dells spas. Elements Spa at Great Wolf Lodge, Spa Kalahari at Kalahari Resort, and Sundara at Wilderness Resort will all be offering services this Chirstmas so you can spaaaaaaah your way to a perfect holiday!

The Holidays aren’t always injury or cold free unfortunately. Luckily, Walgreens will be open on Christmas for any first aid supplies, cold medicine, last minute gifts, stocking stuffers, treats, wine, beauty supplies, and anything else that might be needed on this very busy day.

After all the excitement of Santa Clause’s arrival, the rest of Christmas Day can get a bit dull. For some fun and the perfect family activity head to Desert Star Cinema and catch a holiday flick. Go see Disney’s “Frozen” for a movie that’s family friendly for all ages. So grab the family, a bag of warm, buttery popcorn and head to the movies for the perfect Christmas activity to stay cozy and beat the chilly, winter weather.  Check out the big-time movies for this month!

Not up for cooking Christmas dinner? We don’t blame you! Make reservations today for Kaminski Bros. Chop House or Double Cut for an unbelievably delicious holiday meal. Kaminski Bros. at Chula Vista is the place to go if you’re looking for food to share. Their impressive proportions are ideal for a big family. Start with the garbage salad, then sides meant for everyone, a main course, and a dessert to split, and you will leave with a very full and happy tummy. New to the area is Double Cut at the Kalahari Resort. For a smaller family that prefers to each enjoy their own meal, make reservations here. Fresh seafood, succulent steaks, and an atmosphere with a big city feel, everyone will leave Double Cut satisfied yet begging for more. For incredible food and a stress free Christmas dinner, reserve your table today at one of these unbeatable locations.

For a more relaxed Christmas dinner setting, head to Moosejaw. Open from 3pm until close on Christmas Day, Moosejaw has delicious favorites everyone will love! Parents can enjoy a few of their craft beers brewed upstairs while the kids run downstairs to the impressive game room. Moosejaw also delivers for a yummy holiday meal brought right to your door. Hint: be sure to snap a picture of the delivery vehicle, it’s a hoot!

So much Christmas fun in Wisconsin Dells, you won’t know where to start! For a jam-packed holiday the whole family is sure to love, come to The Dells this Christmas.