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Things To Do

Holidays at the Lake

Traditions kept, memories made

It's a magical time of year

From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, The Abbey Resort acquires a special feel. Lights and garland fill the lobby, trees are trimmed around the resort and the lake takes on a quiet stillness. Families come together to celebrate the holidays - some for the first time, others as an annual family tradition. From the 25-foot-tall Christmas tree outside to the brightly-lit lobby, every inch of the resort evokes the warmth and joy of the holiday season.

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Holiday activities for all

Fill your schedule with games, scavenger hunts, hand-made crafts and bonfires, or relax with a peppermint treatment at Avani Spa. Savor the flavors of our holiday dining events and seasonal specials, or try a specialty cocktail at Bar West. Take in a movie under the stars or pop popcorn at a traditional Wisconsin bonfire. You can even get in a round of indoor mini-golf! Get all of the information you need to plan the perfect holiday getaway with things to do on property and Lake Geneva upcoming events by visiting our events calendar.

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Santa's Landing at The Abbey

He's on his way!

Everyone is invited to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season when Santa Claus lands at The Abbey Resort. Enjoy holiday music, fresh cookies, hot chocolate, and safely-spaced photos with the jolly old elf himself against a lakeside backdrop.

Saturday, November 28 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm 

Outside The Abbey on the Harbor Lawn

  • Holiday cookies (packaged for safety)
  • Christmas cocoa and hot cider stations
  • Christmas and holiday music
  • Outdoor showing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
  • Holiday bonfires with popcorn and s'mores
  • Photo ops with Santa in the Harbor Gazebo

*This is an outdoor event only and will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. If unsure of the status of the celebration, please contact the resort directly.

Dining Events

We're hosting events that are sure to tickle your tastebuds and keep you engaged in the food, the atmosphere, and the moments. Click the links below or call 800-709-1323 to reserve your spot.

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Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner

The holiday tradition continues in a new fashion with staff-served holiday favorites and seasonal specialties. Enjoy Herb Roasted Turkey and all the trimmings, and don't forget to save room for the pumpkin pie! Special precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. Reservations are necessary so call soon to reserve your table.

Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner | November 26 | 10:00am - 5:00pm

$45.95 adults / $14.95 ages 4-12 

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Brunch With Santa

We're excited to welcome Santa Claus back to The Abbey Resort during our Harborside Sunday Brunch at 240 West for the four Sundays preceding Christmas Day.  During breakfast and brunch from 10:00am – 1:00pm, Santa will be ready to meet you in the Harbor Gazebo. Share your Christmas wishes with him and take a photo to remember the moment.

Sundays: Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20 | 10:00am - 1:00pm

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Area Festivities

Your time at the lake will be jolly both on and off property. Take the kids to see some holiday magic at the Tristan Crist Magic Theatre. Enjoy the sounds of the season when you take in a concert at the historic Belfry Music Theatre during weekends in December. If you feel like exploring, visit one of our area communities for shopping, dining and holiday parades. 

If you're looking for fun outdoors, hit the slopes at Wilmot Mountain for some of the area's best skiing or take a hike on the trails of one of our nearby state parks. Soar through the snowy tops of the trees at Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures, or visit the Geneva Lake Museum and stroll down a decorated Lake Geneva Main Street of yesteryear. 

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Holiday Dining at 240° West

Gather around the table with your family this holiday season without the stress. Reservations required 800-709-1323

Christmas Eve Dinner

Start a new holiday tradition with family on Christmas Eve at 240° West. Our Christmas Eve Dinner is sure to warm your heart and your spirits with our Prix Fixe menu. Enjoy three courses of decadent delights including an iced seafood platter with crab legs and our delicious all-you-can-eat Free Range Chicken Breast, Lake Superior White Fish or Slow-Roasted Prime Rib.

Thursday, December 24 | 5:00pm-10:00pm | Chicken $38 per person / White Fish $40 / Prime Rib $42 per person

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Christmas Brunch

Start off your holiday morning with a delightful brunch at 240° West. Enjoy our Harborside Brunch A la Carte menu with the family in our beautifully decorated restaurant to put you in the holiday spirit. 

Friday, December 25 | 9:00am - 2:00pm

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Christmas Dinner

Enjoy a delicious Christmas Dinner with your family at 240° West after a day of holiday celebrations. Enjoy three courses of decadent delights including an iced seafood platter with crab legs and our delicious all-you-can-eat Free Range Chicken Breast, Lake Superior White Fish, or Slow-Roasted Prime Rib.

Thursday, December 24 | 5:00pm-10:00pm | Chicken $38 per person / White Fish $40 / Prime Rib $42 per person

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New Year's Day Brunch

Start the new year with a delicious brunch at 240° West. Enjoy our Harborside Brunch A la Carte menu with the family overlooking the Abbey Harbor. 

Friday, January 1 | 9:00am - 2:00pm 

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Avani Spa December Specials

Gift yourself a day of relaxation at Avani Spa.

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December Spa Special

35% Discount

Receive 35% off of all 50+ minute spa services regularly priced at $75 or more during this monthly special. Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and treat yourself to some much needed relaxation at Avani Spa. Choose from a complete menu of spa and wellness amenities including massage, aromatherapy, facials, wraps and a full service salon.

*Valid December 1-23, 2020, Monday-Thursday only. Based on availability. May not be combined with other discounts.

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December Membership Special

With a membership at Avani Spa, take full advantage of all of our spa amenities and enjoy special benefits only available to you. Memberships include use of our Life Fitness cardio equipment, fitness classes, facilities including the Atrium Pool, sauna and steam room, along with discounts on retail items and spa services. Purchase a membership for yourself or give it as a gift.

Single 6-Month Membership - $500 (Regular $550)

Couples 6-Month Membership - $950 (Regular $1100)

Current members - Refer a new member to receive a 50 minute relaxation massage as a gift to you!

*Offer valid December 1-31, 2020 only. Based on availability.

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Peppermint Stick Spa Services

Refresh and rejuvenate dry, dehydrated skin with the invigorating fragrance of peppermint with these special services. A refreshing blend of grapeseed oils scented with peppermint essential oil, as well as a large variety of phytonutrients with antioxidant properties including vitamins, carotenoids and flavonoids. 

Peppermint Manicure | 50 Minutes | $50

Peppermint Pedicure | 50 Minutes | $65

Peppermint Body Scrub | 25 Minutes | $75

Peppermint Stick Massage | 50 Minutes | $145

*Offer valid December 1, 2020-January 31, 2021. Based on availability.

Avani Spa Holiday Hours of Operation

Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Christmas Day, Friday, December 25: 8:00am – 2:00pm

New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31: 7:00am – 6:00pm

New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1: 8:00am – 6:00pm  


Holiday Overnight Packages

We've created experience packages that will give you something to talk about around the dinner table for years to come. To make your reservations, visit the links below or call 800-709-1323.

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Holiday Memories Package

You'll be filled with the spirit of the season when you arrive at our festively lit resort, then create treasured keepsakes in Santa's Workshop. Enjoy a holiday-themed movie in Immersion Cinema before retiring to your cozy guest room for the night, then warm up the next morning with a deluxe hot cocoa from Café Latte before setting off for a day of shopping or activities in Lake Geneva. Be sure to capture photos of your holiday getaway as you will also receive a commemorative holiday photo frame ornament so you can remember your time at The Abbey year after year. 

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Zipline Adventure Package

Stay at The Abbey and glide through the snow-covered trees at Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures. Enjoy all the comforts of The Abbey Resort including pools, movies and lakeside dining, then head to Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures and experience the Full Zipline Tour where you'll be able to take a unique look at the Lake Geneva area from above. When you return to the ground, head to one of our restaurants where you can utilize your $25 dining credit for fresh farm to fork fare or delicious BBQ.

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Ring In the New Year

This year has been a year like no other, so our New Year's Eve celebrations are just as unique. Offering three different experiences, you'll be able to welcome 2021 in the style of your choosing. Celebrations are for our resort guests only.

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The Lounge Experience

Welcome to The Abbey Lounge where three unique venues await you: The A-Frame Acoustic Lounge, the Tom Stanfield Experience, and Bar West Blues. After a delicious three-course dinner featuring Filet & Lobster in 240 West, make your way around the Lounges where your eardrums and your taste buds will be delighted with different music styles, cocktails, and small plates in each room. No matter where you are at midnight, you'll be able to toast the end of 2020 with champagne and favors.

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Celebration for Two

Make it a private affair with a romantic dinner in 240 West followed by ringing in the New Year in your guest room. Dine in style with our special three-course menu featuring Filet & Lobster, then enjoy an in-room amenity of champagne and truffles along with everything you need to celebrate at the stroke of midnight.

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Let's Glow Crazy Family Event

Celebrate the end of 2020 with the whole family as you enjoy loads of glowing activities. Start with a dinner at Waterfront, then enjoy all of the games, shows, crafts and more that we have lined up for you. From glow in the dark golf to magic shows, back-to-back movies and bonfires on the patio, your night will be full of fun. End the festivities at 10pm with a countdown and ball drop outdoors.

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Give the Gift of The Abbey!

Our annual Holiday Gift Card promotion has returned. Give your friends and family members experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. Abbey Resort Gift Cards may be used toward overnight accommodations, dining in any of our restaurants including room service, Avani Spa services and retail purchases, or merchaindise at Waterfront Gift Shop. As an added bonus during this special promotion, receive a $20 bonus certificate for every $100 purchased and one free night's stay with every $500 purchased!

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*Gift Card Promotion ends on 12/29/20.  Bonus certificate and free night stay redeemable 1/5/21 - 4/30/21. Room night subject to availability Sunday-Friday. Excludes holidays and group or catering functions. No refunds on unused portion.

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Health & Safety

The health and safety of our guests is our highest priority while still providing a fun and memorable experience. Please note, masks or face coverings are required in all indoor public areas, and event capacities for indoor public spaces have been reduced. Social spacing and frequent handwashing are encouraged, and public areas are cleaned and sanitized frequently. For the safety of others, please stay home if you are sick.