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December Events and Activities

Daily Wine Tours

Every Afternoon 

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

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Horseback Riding

Wednesday through Sunday

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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Winter Workshop

Friday and Saturday Evenings plus December 26 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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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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NJ Festival of Lights

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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Wine Glass Paint and Sip

Friday Evenings and Saturday Afternoons

Looking for a quick artistic adventure? Visit one of our glass painting workshops to fulfill your creative needs! 

Join us for Wine Glass Paint and Sip. Spend an hour learning simple steps to create a gorgeous painted wine glass! Perfect for couples and ladies nights.  

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Canvas Paint and Sip

Friday Evenings at Grand Cascades Lodge 

Saturday Afternoons at Minerals Hotel 

Amaze yourself as you create your own masterpiece with hands-on guidance from local artists. Enjoy a stress free environment 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 at the Christmas Corner and at Mineral's Winter Workshop. Marshmallows and sticks for roasting await!  

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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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Animal Educators

Saturday Afternoons plus Christmas Eve and December 26 thru 31

Join us for an hour of fun with animal experts from Appalachian Animal Experience, Eyes of the Wild or Rizzo's Reptiles. 

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Mixology Educators

Saturday Afternoons

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. 

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Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays

Thursdays through Sundays

Test your skills at an exclusive trap, skeet and sporting clays range, located in nearby Wantage NJ. 

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Goat Yoga

Saturday Afternoons and Sunday Mornings plus December 26 thru 31

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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Pony Rides

Saturdays and Sundays plus December 24 thru 31

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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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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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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Hypnotist Show

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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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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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