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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 at the newly-renovated Avani Spa. Savor the flavors of our holiday dining events and seasonal specials, or try one of our Wisconsin's Original Craft Cocktails 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.

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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 photos with the jolly old elf himself against a lakeside backdrop.

Saturday, November 26 | 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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The Prisoner Wine Dinner

A night to delight the senses awaits in our iconic A-frame. Experience the unique flavors of The Prisoner wines paired with a four-course dinner menu inspired and prepared by our new Executive Chef Luis Quezada, Sous Chef Justin Morales Chef Meilke Izmir, and the Abbey Resort culinary team. Join us at 6:30 pm for a welcome reception, then immerse yourself in an evening of rich and unmatched flavor as a representative from the winery walks you through each pairing. 

Saturday, December 10 | 6:30 Welcome Reception / 7:00pm Dinner | $95 per person (plus tax and gratuity)

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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. Click the link below to make your reservations.

Friday, December 16 | 7:00pm-10:00pm | $79 per person

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Lakeside Laughs Comedy Night

Kick off your New Year's Weekend with howls of laughter and loads of belly laughs as our Lakeside Laughs Comedy Night returns. Leave your cares at the door for this evening of comedy hosted by Jose Montero, featuring the talents of Dan Brennan, Darrick Jones and headliner Manny Acosta.Cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase.

Friday, December 30 | Doors open 6:30pm | Show starts 7:00pm

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*Must be 21 years of age or older to attend

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 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! Reservations are necessary - call 262-275-9000 to reserve your table.

November 24 | 10:00am - 5:00pm | $60 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. Santa will be ready to meet you during breakfast and brunch from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Share your Christmas wishes with him and take a photo to remember the moment.

Sundays: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18 | 10:00am - 1:00pm | $42.95 per adult/$14.95 children

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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

*Prices listed do not include tax and gratuity. Menus subject to change.

Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet

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 delicous dinner buffet menu. 

Saturday, December 24 | $60 per person | 4:00pm-9:00pm

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Christmas Brunch

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

Sunday, December 25 | $45 per person | 9:00am-1:00pm

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Christmas Dinner Buffet

Enjoy a delicious Christmas Dinner with your family at 240° West after a day of holiday celebrations. Enjoy a buffet of decadent delights on our special holiday menu.

Sunday, December 25 | $60 per person | 4:00pm-9:00pm

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New Year's Day Brunch

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

Sunday, January 1 | 9:00am-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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Ring In the New Year

Say goodbye to 2022 with old friends and new at one of our New Year's Eve celebrations. Offering three different experiences, you'll be able to welcome 2023 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 at our annual New Year's Eve Gala in the Harbor Ballroom. 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. 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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Countdown Carnival Family Event

Celebrate the end of 2022 with the whole family as you enjoy an evening carnival fun. Start with a dinner at Waterfront, then enjoy all of the games, shows, crafts and more that we have lined up for you. From carnival games to magic shows to movies and music, 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 12/29/22. Bonus certificate and free night stay redeemable 1/3/2023-4/30/2023. 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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A relaxing escape for two

Rest, Relaxation & Romance

The perfect romantic getaway begins with champagne & truffles, time together at Avani Spa and delicious dining. The rest is up to you!

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Up to 30% 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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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. Social spacing and frequent handwashing are encouraged.

For the safety of others, please stay home if you are sick.