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Holiday Happenings at Nemacolin

The Chateau at Nemacoliin with a Christmas Bow

NOTE: This article highlights a past season at Nemacolin. To read about the events taking place at the resort for the upcoming holiday season, please visit the What’s Happening page of the website.


The spirit of the season shines brightly at Nemacolin, and we are ready to share the joy with you. The glimmer of lights, holiday parties, festive celebrations, and family memories all begin with the gratitude of Thanksgiving.

Give Thanks for a Long Weekend

At Nemacolin, we think Thanksgiving fun should last at least as long as the leftovers, and we have a long weekend stuffed full of opportunities to welcome the holiday season. The Thanksgiving Day begins at whatever time you want it to do so — feel free to sleep in or get your day started with an early-morning stroll. You’ll find pastries and coffee at The Patisserie, Make-and-Take Crafts at the Art Studio, and an enormous, all-day Thanksgiving Feast in the Marquis Ballroom. Close out the day with some Cosmic Bowling, Indoor Axe Throwing, a Winter Wonderland Crafts Workshop, watching a movie in the Lecture Hall, or surprising the kids with a Bedtime Elf Visit.

On Friday morning, get your gobble wobble going at a family-friendly walk or run event, and follow it up with indoor play at the Golf Academy, sporting clays in the heated stand at the Rod & Range Club, or a Backwoods Trail Ride at the Equestrian Center. There’s art, spa, shopping, and so much more all day long, with the ooohs and aaahs of Light Up Nemacolin after the sun sets.

Set the Resort Aglow

Friday’s Light Up Nemacolin is truly a wonderful day of the year. Count yourself among the first to see the spectacular holiday light display happening outside on The Chateau Terrace. It’s an annual tradition at Nemacolin that includes hot cocoa, carolers, and the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus. As you go to sleep with the sounds and sights of the season dancing in your dreams, you’ll awaken on Saturday morning for Breakfast with Santa and his elves and a Gingerbread House Workshop in the afternoon. Keep the day going with classes, resort tours, spa experiences, Encounters with Animals, magic shows, and a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus (the photos are complimentary!).

Be the Detective in a Murder Mystery

New this year on Saturday night over the Thanksgiving Weekend: Silent Night, Deadly Night. Murder is the game, and you’ll have the opportunity to play detective! Murder and Merriment will set the stage, and it’s a complimentary evening of mystery theatre where an imaginary murder takes place. There will be two opportunities to attend, so join the mystery, and solve the murder before finishing the evening off with a family movie or late-night music.

Unwrap Your December Weekends

Get ready to get merry this holiday season with Unwrapped at Nemacolin! Join us for holiday parties and show-stopping programming over the first three weekends in December as Nemacolin transforms into a glowing wonderland where the whole family can enjoy more festive fun than you can stuff in Santa’s sleigh. The list of happenings and experiences goes all weekend long, with a Saturday morning Breakfast with Santa and a Gingerbread House Workshop in the afternoon. Pick your weekend, and see Saturday night events such as Johnny Weir taking to the ice, former ballerinas from the New York City Ballet offering mesmerizing selections,  or the magical entertainment of master mentalist Matt Cooper.

The Four Days of Christmas

If you’ve ever dreamed of spending the holidays at a magical resort, then Christmas at Nemacolin is the most wonderful place to be. Our glowing winter wonderland is full of festive, family-friendly fun. From December 23-26, we’re celebrating with a very merry breakfast with Santa, followed by the Gingerbread House Workshop, Bedtime Elf Visits, a Christmas Day Brunch, and a ho-ho-ho lotta fun. Add in ice skating, winter sports, and glittering light displays, and so much more.

Have a Nemacolin New Year

We’re ringing in 2023 with a full weekend of enchanting celebrations, unforgettable meals, and delightful surprises across the resort. Decadent spa experiences, holistic wellness treatments, snowy fun at The Peak, a few extra offerings for Afternoon Tea, and educational tastings with wines from around the world are just a few of the luxuries you can take in. New Year’s Eve doesn’t get more spectacular than the return of the Leap of Faith Dinner at Lautrec. Follow up this incredible experience with The Diamond Party, an adults-only evening of live entertainment, dancing, a late-night buffet, and a midnight toast to ring in 2023.

If you’re bringing the kiddos, there are a few options for you, too! There’s a spectacular family party at The Peak, where a DJ, family games, a yummy buffet, bowling, axe throwing, late-night swimming, and a midnight balloon drop accompanied by an apple cider toast (with champagne for the adults) will have everyone making new acquaintances for 2023. There’s a late-night Kids Club available for kids who want to celebrate without their parents, but be sure to reserve early.

As you wake up in 2023, Nemacolin has a full day of fun planned for New Year’s Day. There will be featured specials at the Golf Shop and Laurel Lane Shops, a brunch to tickle your taste buds, instruction at the Rod & Range Club and Golf Academy, art classes and tours across the resort, trail rides and animal encounters, big games on the big screen at The Peak, and a Bourbon Tasting with paired bites and a wealth of information on bourbon aromas, flavors, colors, viscosities, origins, and aftertastes.

As you make plans for a 2023 return to the resort, peruse the What’s Happening page of the website to keep updated on the special events and holidays. Nemacolin has a new year of new happenings and new surprises coming your way, and we’ll be excited to welcome you back.

Reserve Your Getaway and Experiences

To reserve your holiday getaway, please contact a Resort Reservations Specialist at 866.344.6957. If you’ll be with us during the holidays and wish to speak with a member of the Experience Team about specific dining, spa, or activity reservations, please contact us at 724.780.2156.


NOTE: This article highlights a past season at Nemacolin. To read about the events taking place at the resort for the upcoming holiday season, please visit the What’s Happening page of the website.

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