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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's temporary spa facility. 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. 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.

  1. Holiday Guide
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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 27 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm 

Outside The Abbey on the Harbor Lawn

  • Holiday cookies 
  • Christmas cocoa and hot cider stations
  • Christmas and holiday music
  • 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.

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Seasonal Spa Services

Peppermint Stick Services

As Avani Spa is given a new look, join us at our temporary spa facility near Building 2 for holiday stress relief. Indulge in relaxation along with the invigorating fragrance of peppermint with these special services that begin December 1. 

  • Peppermint Manicure | 50 Minutes | $50
  • Peppermint Pedicure | 50 Minutes | $65
  • Peppermint Stick Massage | 50 Minutes | $145

Call 800-709-1323 to book your services.

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Murder Mystery Dinner

The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year - SOLD OUT!

Our popular Murder Mystery Dinners return, this time with a holiday twist! A holiday stand-up show is upstaged by a murder and it's up to you to solve it. Bring your appetite for a three-course dinner and wear your festive, tacky holiday garb to be part of the fun. The Murder Mystery Co. guides you through this interactive program for ages 18 and up. Call 800-709-1323 or click the link below to make your reservations.

Friday, December 3 | 7:00pm-10:00pm | $79 per person

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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 holiday favorites and seasonal specialties. Enjoy Herb Roasted Turkey and all the trimmings, breakfast and seafood favorites, and don't forget to save room for the desserts including pumpkin pie! Special precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. Reservations are necessary.

November 25 | 10:00am - 4:00pm | $49 adults / $20 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 a la Carte 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. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19 | 10:00am - 1:00pm

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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. 

Friday, December 24 | Menu Coming Soon

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. 

Saturday, December 25 | Menu Coming Soon

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 on our special Prix Fixe menu.

Saturday, December 25 | Menu Coming Soon

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. 

Saturday, January 1 | Menu Coming Soon 

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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Ring In the New Year

Say goodbye to 2021 with old friends and new at one of our New Year's Eve celebrations. Offering three different experiences, you'll be able to welcome 2022 in the style of your choosing.

Celebrations are for our resort guests only.

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Abbey Gala Celebration

Greet the New Year in high style as our annual New Year's Eve Gala in the Harbor Ballroom returns. Savor 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. As the midnight hour approaches, a champagne toast and balloon drop complete the evening when the clock strikes twelve. 

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Dinner and D'Lite

Ring in the New Year together with a romantic dinner along with a festive party with live music at our Dinner & D'Lite celebration. Start with a delicious three-course dinner for two in 240 West featuring Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail. After dinner, make your way to our Waterfront restaurant for a celebration featuring our popular house band, D'Lite Duo for an evening of your favorite music. 

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Let's Glow Crazy Family Event

Celebrate the end of 2021 with the whole family as you enjoy an evening full 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 mini golf under black light to magic shows, neon t-shirt making to back-to-back movies indoors and out, your night will be full of fun for everyone!

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Give the Gift of The Abbey!

Our annual Holiday Gift Card promotion returns for a limited time beginning November 1. 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 12/29/21. Bonus certificate and free night stay redeemable 1/4/2022-4/30/2022. Room night subject to availability Sunday-Friday. Excludes holidays and group or catering functions. No extensions will be given nor refunds on unused portion.

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Up to 25% off your room rate!

Stay Longer, Save More

Take advantage of the holiday break when the longer you stay, the more you save.

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The perfect holiday getaway

Holiday Memories Package

You'll look back on your holiday vacation for years to come when you stay on our popular package.

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A lakeside winter wonderland is only a short drive away.

Winter Escape

Escape to The Abbey Resort this season and enjoy a $50 resort credit per night!

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Ring in the New Year at The Abbey Resort

New Year's Eve Packages

Welcome 2022 in the style of your choosing at one of our three New Year's Eve celebrations.

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Cruise to Santa's Secret Hideaway

Santa Cruise Package

Stay at The Abbey and treat your kids to a magical journey to Santa's hideaway on Lake Geneva.

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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, we ask that masks or face coverings are worn 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.