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 at the Land of Lights (a $15 value)
- Two complimentary Good List certificates from Santa’s 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 the 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 Santa’s 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.