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Christmas Corner at Grand Cascades Lodge

Friday and Saturday Evenings plus December 24 thru 30

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

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Winter Workshop

Friday and Saturday Evenings plus December 22 thru 30

Celebrate the magic of the season at our Winter Workshop at Minerals Hotel!  Enjoy marshmallow roasting, visit with Santa's elf, sip on hot chocolate and other seasonal favorites while decorating a miniature Christmas tree!

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Vernon Lights Festival

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings

Lights, food, interactive and modern displays and music support this international framework for arts and exciting cultural experiences for all ages. This Hello Panda Festival production is the largest of its kind in New Jersey. The attraction is teeming with handcrafted lantern exhibits, taking a page from the fine art of Chinese lantern making with magical displays of light and color, all handcrafted by world class artisans. 

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Essential Oil "Make and Take" Trio

Select Saturday Mornings

Make your own beautiful gift kit including lotion, lip balm and spritzer, wrapped up in a beautiful sheer gift pouch. Use provided Young Living Essential Oils to mix each product yourself. Great way to learn about the benefits from therapeutic grade oils and make a luxurious gift bag. Great class for adults and chaperoned kids. One glass of house wine included for adults. 

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Holiday Photos!

Select Saturday Mornings

Stay with us Friday night and enjoy a complimentary family photo shoot on Saturday morning. 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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Kid's Laser Tag

Saturday Mornings plus December 26 thru 31

Tag, you're it! Let loose and laugh your way through an amazingly fun action-packed activity at Minerals Hotel, just for kids! 

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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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Archery Tag

Saturday afternoons plus December 26 thru 31

Join us at Minerals for an exciting round of Archery Tag! Played similar to dodgeball, but with bows and foam-tipped arrows, this action packed game offers the ultimate family-friendly experience that engages everyone. 

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Breakfast with Santa

Sundays in December

Start your day the jolly way by having breakfast with Santa! 

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Meet the Mushers and Sled Dogs

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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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Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market

Saturday, December 7 - Sunday, December 8, 2019

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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Winter Ecology Talk

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Join Resort naturalist Donna Traylor for an intimate talk about winter ecology in Northern New Jersey. Gain a new appreciation for nature as you learn what's really happening in the great outdoors during our seemingly quiet winter!

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Salazar Magic

Saturday, December 14 and 21, 2019

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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Dinner and a Show

Thursday, December 26 thru Monday, 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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Evening Entertainment at Minerals

Thursday, December 26 thru Monday, December 30

Join us every evening from December 26-30 for a fun filled hour of family entertainment at Minerals Hotel! 

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