Christmas at the Wilderness

It’s the most wonderful and exciting time of the year!

December will be filled with all sort of events from Santa Visits, to Elf deliveries, and most exciting of all is our brand new experience at Take Flight, The Polar Express™ – Journey to the North Pole. You’ll want to make sure a getaway to the Wilderness Resort is on your holiday wish list. Be sure to check our great December lodging offers!

See all event details and happenings below and be sure to check back often to see if anything has been added.



Santa Visits

December 5 , 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 & 24 | 9am-11am

He’s here! Santa will be making his yearly visit to the Wilderness in the New Frontier just outside lobby of Camp Social.
He’ll be posing for pictures and talking with children. (social distanced  and with your safety in mind).


Elf Deliveries

December 4 , 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 | 5pm-9pm 

Santa’s elves are back again and will be making special deliveries around our resort for select good girls and boys.
Children will recieve a plush gift, a letter from Santa, and a treat – delivered to your room by one of Santa’s elves.
Please call our Special Events staff at 608.253.2483 (at least 48 hours in advance) to order or for more infomation.
Cost: $20 per child.


The Polar Express – Journey to the North Pole   

NOW BOARDING – Shows daily through January 18th, 2021

The Polar Express – Journey to the North Pole is a new adventure ride now playing at Take Flight this holiday season.

Based on the inspiring and beloved movie classic. Hang on as a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride.
This new cinematic experience, starring Tom Hanks, features classic scenes from the movie and will leave you on the edge of your seat as you twist and turn down the track to visit Santa at the North Pole. This is one attractions you won’t want to miss!
For more information or questions regarding Take Flight please email [email protected] or visit



The Polar Express Add-On Package


Know someone that especially loves The Polar Express™?  Our holiday themed Polar Express™ Add-On Package will be arranged and can be placed in guest’s room as a surprise.
Includes: The Polar Express™ 30th anniversary edition paperback, two mugs that say “Believe” with the Wilderness Resort logo below, 2 hot chocolate packets, 2 candy cane sticks, 2 Christmas straws, silver “Believe” bell ornament, and 2 shiny gold colored stickers that say “Believe” all wrapped in a box with paper shred tied off with a ribbon.
Please call our Special Events staff at 608.253.2483 (at least 48 hours in advance) to order or for more information.
Cost: $45 per package.
Order your package now. |Quantities are limited. Hurry and orders yours today!

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WildKids Events

December 5, 12, & 19 | 1pm-2pm

Our WildKids’ team, and one of Santa’s elves, will be decorating Christmas cookies with children in our Glacier Canyon WildKids’ room.


Christmas Lodging Specials

Special 2 Nights for 1 Price offers:

  • HOTEL:
    Stay 12/24 & 12/25  in a Double Queen Sofa from $275 for both night!
    Stay 12/24 & 12/25  in our 2 Bedroom Deluxe Condo from $375 for both night!
    Stay 12/24 & 12/25  in our 2 Bedroom Lake View Condo from $575 for both night!

View details and other great offers here:

December Specials


Additional Holiday Offers:


  • Candy Cabin will have special holiday treats including special edition hand-dipped “Golden Ticket” Believe Chocolate Bars. Inside the wrapper of every Believe Chocolate Bar includes a prize. We are giving away over 1 MILLION arcade tickets redeemable at any of our Mega Arcades. Some lucky winners may receive a $100 arcade gift card, and one GRAND PRIZE (1:5000) winner will receive a $250 Wilderness Gift Card. Each Chocolate Bar is a winner!
  • The Burger Bar will also be serving up Hot Chocolate Bombs and Polar Express-o’s made with a shot of locally roasted Expresso with Godiva white chocolate and peppermint blended in vanilla ice cream served with whipped cream, candy cane and snowflake sprinkles. An adult version of the drink can be made with Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and a light crème de cacao.
  • Klondike Pizza Kitchen will be hosting an “All Aboard for the Polar Express Pizza Package” that includes a large Santa hat shaped pizza, an order of breadsticks, a 2 liter bottle of soda and a Polar Express dessert pizza topped with mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, chocolate chunks and crush candy canes.