Like an eccentric uncle, the holidays often sneak up on people and leave tinsel wherever they go. Deck the halls with today’s Groupon: for $155, you get a holiday-getaway adventure for four at Santa’s Lodge in Santa Claus (up to a $370.59 total value). The getaway package includes the following:
- One-night stay for four in any room (up to a $219.99 value)
- Breakfast for four (a $35.80 value)
- Christmas dinner for four (a $59.80 value)
- Admission for one car to the Land of Lights (a $15 value)
- Two complimentary Good List certificates from Candy Castle
- A visit from Santa and souvenirs for four (a $40 value)<p>
Santa’s Lodge is a rustic wonderland that overflows with holiday cheer and treats travelers to views of twinkling lights and a jolly bearded man. Guests enter into a hand-built, oak-and-pine lobby, where a 37-foot-high vaulted ceiling keeps reindeer dander from falling on antique Christmas ornaments and an impressive sleigh. Wayfarers can settle into any of the 170 rooms, such as a family whirlpool suite, which grants guests access to their own private hurricane and a separate living room to spread out and draft igloo blueprints. For evening fun, families can cruise through the twinkling bulbs of the nearby Land of Lights, and then make a stop at Candy Castle, a nearly 80-year-old brick castle bursting with treats. The old-fashioned candy shop peddles handmade confections and steaming mugs of hot chocolate, and stationary and stamps await tykes who wish to scribe a sestina to Santa.
Back at Santa’s Lodge, a Christmas dinner warms bellies in St. Nick’s Restaurant, where antique lanterns illuminate red-checkered tablecloths and fir boughs wind their way around the ceiling to investigate the best holiday hairdos. St. Nicholas drops in to reward young believers with hot chocolate, a cookie, and a Christmas souvenir.