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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. Get all of the information you need to plan the perfect holiday getaway with our downloadable holiday activities handout, or visit our events calendar.

  1. Holiday Activities Guide
  2. Events Calendar
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1st Annual Event

Santa's Lighting Up Fontana

Everyone is invited to experience the beginning of the Christmas season when Santa Claus lights up The Abbey Christmas Tree and all of the festive lights in the Village of Fontana. Enjoy live music, fresh cookies, hot chocolate, family activities, and so much more.

Saturday, November 30 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm 

Outside the Abbey Entrance: Candy Cane Lane

  • Hot cocoa and cookies served
  • Bonfire pit with s'mores
  • Christmas and holiday music
  • Lighting ceremony with Santa Claus at 6:00pm: Gather 'round the Christmas tree and sing a song with Santa, then Santa's elves will select one boy or girl to help illuminate the lights!
  • Glow Stick Hayrides (Weather permitting)

Inside the Abbey Lobby

  • Visits with Santa Claus: Meet at the Lobby Fireplace from 5:00pm-5:45pm or 6:15pm-7:00pm to visit with Santa Claus
  • Live music from 5:00pm-7:00pm performed by Diane Huntley Lewis
  • Candy Cane Corner: Get in on the fun with Candy Cane Crafts, write a letter to Santa, or purchase a Candy Cane Glow Stick (Proceeds go to Agape House in Walworth, WI.)

Area Festivities

Your time at the lake will be jolly both on and off property. Take the kids to the Santa Cruise and see all of the lighted displays along the Lake Geneva shoreline, with a special stop at Santa's Hideaway. 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. Learn about the history of the area with a trip to Old World Wisconsin where you can meet Krampus and see the largest Yule Goat in North America, or visit the Geneva Lake Museum and stroll down a decorated Lake Geneva Main Street of yesteryear. 

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Holiday Overnight Packages

We've created holiday experiences that will be warmly remembered 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 for years to come. 

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Santa Cruise Package

Stay at the Abbey Resort and take part in a magical Christmas boat cruise to Santa’s Hideaway! Enjoy a trip on Lake Geneva Cruise Line's Santa Cruise along with discounted guestroom accomodations and a $50 dining credit to round out this memorable holiday family trip.

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Brunch With Santa Overnight Package

Make holiday memories to last a lifetime when you stay at The Abbey Resort and watch your children share their holiday wishes with Santa. On our Brunch with Santa Package, your stay will be full of fun and wonder from beginning to end. Enjoy overnight accommodations and share a delicious Sunday brunch will Jolly Old St. Nick at 240° West.

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Brunch-only options available. See our Dining Page or call 800-709-1323 for details.

Holiday Dining at 240° West

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

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner

Start a new holiday tradition with family and friends on Christmas Eve at 240° West. Our new Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner is sure to warm your heart and your spirits with holiday favorites like Roast Turkey and Hickory Smoked Ham along with special Fireside Entrees and all the trimmings. A special surprise is in store as well!

Tuesday, December 24 | 5:00pm - 10:00pm | $34.95 adults / $16.95 children 6-12 / $5 children 2-5

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Christmas Brunch

Start off your holiday morning with a delightful brunch at 240° West. Enjoy your favorite brunch selections as well as special additions just for the occasion.

Wednesday, December 25 | 9:00am - 2:00pm | $29.95 adults / $12.95 children 6-12 / $5 children 2-5

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Christmas Dinner

Enjoy a delicious four course meal with your family at 240° West after a day of holiday celebrations. Executive Chef Joshua North has created a menu that will delight your palate and warm your heart. 

Wednesday, December 25 | 5:00pm - 10:00pm | $39.95 per person

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New Year's Day Brunch

Start the new year with a delicious brunch buffet at 240° West. Enjoy your favorites and new items added just for the occasion.

Wednesday, January 1 | 9:00am - 2:00pm | $29.95 adults / $14.95 children 6-12 / $5 children 2-5

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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 2-19, 2019, 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, 2019 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 

Peppermint Pedicure | 50 Minutes 

Peppermint Body Scrub | 25 Minutes 

Peppermint Stick Massage | 50 Minutes

*Offer valid December 1, 2019-January 31, 2020. Based on availability.

Avani Spa Holiday Hours of Operation

Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm

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

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

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

New Year's Eve Celebrations

Whether looking for a gala event, a party with friends or fun with the family, we've got the perfect New Year's Eve Celebration for you. Visit the links below or call 800-709-1323 to make your reservations.

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New Year's Eve Gala

Greet the New Year in high style at our annual New Year's Eve Gala in the Harbor Ballroom. Enjoy a four-course dinner with a wine pour and open bar, then dance the night away with The Business, a Chicago based horn band that plays your favorite musical styles and genres. The balloon drop completes the evening when the clock strikes midnight. 

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New Year's Eve 240° West Dinner

Indulge in the romance of starting the New Year with that special someone at 240° West. Dine on a delicious four-course meal as you enjoy live piano music by Tom Stanfield. Add the optional Party Pass for $45 and join the festivities in the Ballroom or Waterfront to ring in the New Year.

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New Year's Eve Waterfront Party

Say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 at our popular New Year's Eve party in the Waterfront. Dance to the music of the area's favorite band, Triple D, and enjoy an open bar and late night snacks. Greet the new year with old friends and new with a champagne toast at midnight.

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Dance the Night Away Family Party

Who says New Year’s Eve is just for adults? Bring the family to celebrate at our Dance the Night Away celebration! Enjoy a buffet dinner with favorites for kids and adults alike along with s'mores roasted at our bonfire, rocket off for fun doing activities and playing games, then bust a move in a family-friendly dance party with a "Glow-Up & Stomp-Down" celebration at midnight.

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