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December Events and Activities

Daily Wine Cellar Tours


Experience our complimentary daily guided tour of our Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning Wine Cellar at Restaurant Latour.

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Christmas Corner

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings

Take a horse drawn carriage to our Christmas Corner! Visit with Santa Claus, roast marshmallows, indulge in hot cocoa and watch the live nativity! 

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Winter Workshop

Friday thru Sunday and Christmas Week

Celebrate the magic of the season at our Winter Workshop!  Enjoy fresh cider, hot chocolate and other seasonal favorites while decorating a miniature Christmas tree!

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Paint and Sip

Friday Evenings 

Amaze yourself as you create your own masterpiece with hands-on guidance from local artist, Susan Roessner. Enjoy a stress free enviornment filled with fun, friends, laughter and creativity. We supply everything necessary for your success, including the wine! 

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Marshmallow Roasts

Friday and Saturday Evenings

Old fashioned marshmallow toasting. Marshmallows and sticks for roasting await!  

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Gingerbread House Decorating

Saturday Mornings

Join us during your stay for a fun time decorating your very own gingerbread house! 

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Holiday Photos!

Select Saturday Mornings

Anyone who stays 2 Nights on the 25% Off Weekends + 3 Special Gifts Package in December 2018 not only gets a complimentary family photo on Saturday morning at Grand Cascades Lodge, but also a complimentary room upgrade and a $100 Resort Gift Card.  

Our professional photographer will be on site to capture your family for a keepsake portrait or to use for your holiday greeting cards! Guests must make photo session reservations in advance. 

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Pony Rides

Saturdays and Sundays

Delight your little ones with a hand-led ride on one of Farmer Keith's favorite ponies. Come meet Butters and Lily to create a memorable experience for your child!

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Elf Story Time In-Room Visits

Saturdays thru December 22 

Santa has sent some of his favorite Elves to Minerals Hotel this holiday season to greet our guests and enjoy holiday stories with the children. 

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Mixology Educators

Every Saturday

Join our Resort Mixologists to learn how to create the perfect cocktail for the season!  Focusing on a different topic each week, learn the history of the alcohol and how to properly utilize it into a cocktail. You will create the drink during the session and receive the recipe.

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Animal Educators

Every Saturday plus Daily during Christmas Break

Join us for an hour of fun every Saturday at Grand Cascades Lodge with animal experts from Eyes of the Wild, Rizzo's Reptile Discovery and Space Farms Zoo.  Plus, special visits to Minerals Hotel from December 23, 24 and 26-31. 

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Wine Tasting with the Sommelier

Every Sunday 

Enjoy an informative wine education discussion with our Resort Sommelier, including Q&A, basic wine and food pairings, tricks of the trade, glassware usage, and decanting. Tasting of one white and one red wine included in the Bordeaux Room of the Wine Cellar.

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Horseback Riding

Open Thursday through Monday, thru December 15

Explore the scenic trails surrounding the Resort on the back of a well-trained horse. Guided rides are available for guests of all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. The experienced wranglers at Legends Riding Stables guide every trail ride, fitting each to the level of each individual rider. 

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Meet the Mushers and Sled Dogs

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Grand Cascades Lodge is excited to welcome the New Jersey Sled Dog Club, as they share their knowledge about dogs, equipment, sleds and strategy.  Enjoy the chance to get up close and personal with real Husky sled dogs!  Great for guests of all ages! 

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Magician Brent Kessler

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Brent’s winning combination of light-hearted humor seamlessly blends with mind-boggling magic and lots of audience participation!

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Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market

Saturday, December 1 - Sunday, December 2, 2018

This magical German Christmas Market beckons to all, with beautifully crafted and unique gifts from vendors near and afar. Located in Sparta, NJ just 20 minutes from Crystal Springs Resort, the authentic wooden huts enchant the festive atmosphere and holiday cheer experienced by all.

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Hypnotist Show

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Get ready to experience the amazing power of the mind!  Mr. Hypno, Stephen Christopher, joins us at Minerals Hotel for an imaginative evening of hilarious fun! 

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Salazar Magic

Saturday, December 15

Back by popular demand, Anthony Salazar is here to entertain and amaze with an array of tricks that will keep you on the edge of your seat (if you don't fall off laughing!)

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Mentalist John Graham

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Minerals Hotel invites you to join us for an evening of magic, mind reading and miracles with John Graham. 

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Goat Yoga

Select Dates - December 23, 27 and 30

1-hour yoga class followed by 30-minute mix & mingle with the goats. There is something about being in nature with the goats that is calming and therapeutic. A special way to bring more joy & play into our lives.

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Dinner and a Show

Wednesday, December 26 thru Sunday, December 30

Join us as we combine two of our favorite things: great food and phenomenal entertainment.  Dine with us at our dinner buffet and get treated to complimentary family-friendly entertainment!  

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