Pennsylvania Ski Resorts Invite Families to Celebrate the Holidays Slope-side with Winter Activities and Festive Events

As much as we LOVE Madison and the surround area in NJ... sometimes you want to plan a little getaway during the holiday season.  You just want to grab the family and get away from the hustle and bustle of holiday planning.  A fabulous thing about NJ is that we're so close to so many amazing family activities year round.  When this list of activities dropped into my email I knew I had to share them... as they're all only between one to two hours away from us.  Perfect to get away... but not have to spend much time getting there!  If you decide to check out anything on the list we would love hearing about your experiences!


Breakfast with Santa

Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Lehigh Valley

Sunday, December 3, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Santa will make an appearance at Bear Creek Mountain Resort again this year on December 3.  The popular Breakfast with Santa event takes place in the rustic lodge.  Families can enjoy a breakfast buffet including waffles with a variety of toppings, bacon and sausage and beverage, visit with Santa and the sights and sounds of the season. Adults:  $9.50. Children: $7.50 For more information, visit their website.

Annual Winter Holiday

Montage Mountain Resort, Scranton

Wednesday, December 6, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Celebrate the start of Montage Mountain’s 2017-2018 Winter Season with a special annual winter holiday evening.  Enjoy complimentary food and drinks until 7 p.m., and live entertainment until 10 p.m. The event is free to attend.  Resort is accepting unwrapped toys to donate to Toys for Tots.  For more information, visit their website.

Ugly Sweater Party

Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton

Saturday, December 9, 8 p.m. - 12 p.m.

Grab your friends and break out your best ugly seater for a festive evening of live music, food and drink specials and prizes at the Slopeside Pub & Grill. Anyone who dresses for the occasion will be entered to win lift tickets, swag bags, gift cards and more.  Prizes, will be awarded for the ugliest sweater and most festive outfit. Free admission.  Adults 21 and older only. For more information, visit their website.

2nd Annual Gingerbread House Workshop & Photos with Santa

Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton

Sunday, December 10, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Blue Mountain Resort is offering families a chance to dust off their creative juices and enjoy a fun afternoon of Gingerbread house making in the Vista Ballroom at the Summit Lodge. Guests can enjoy live acoustic Christmas music and even meet Santa Clause, too.  Children 12 and under will receive a special gift from Santa. The resort staff will take photos, but families should bring their own cameras and phones as the staff does not have the capability to print or mail pictures.  Cost to attend:  $3 per person includes one hot chocolate bar visit per person, meet and greet with Santa and special gift and entertainment. Cost per gingerbread house: $20 for a complete Gingerbread making kit and above. Example:  If a family of six wants to attend, the cost would be $18 to attend, plus $20 per house to decorate.  For more information, visit their website.


Breakfast with Santa

Montage Mountain Resort, Scranton

Sunday, December 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Montage Mountain is hosting its 4th annual “Breakfast with Santa.” Round up the kids for breakfast, crafts, a photo opportunity with Santa and a chance to go snow tubing, weather permitted.  *If the   tubing park is open, each guest will receive one snow tubing voucher.  Ages 12 and up:  $20. Ages 3-12:  $10. Ages 2 and under are free. For more information, visit their website.

NYE Celebration

Big Boulder, Blakeslee

Sunday, December 31, 8:30 p.m.

Kick off the New Year at Big Boulder for a night to remember.  Enjoy a torchlight parade starting at 8:30 p.m. followed by fireworks.  Tube under the stars and fireworks.  The first 200 people to purchase a nighttime snow tubing pass will get free s’mores. For more information, visit their website.

New Year’s Eve Tubing Party

Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton

Sunday, December 31, 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Families looking for a fun way to ring in the New Year are in for a night of thrills with a special New Year’s Eve Tubing Party at Blue Mountain.  Party includes unlimited tubing, music with DJ, dinner, dessert and a champagne toast for guests 21 and up.  Adults (21 & Up) $55 per person. Youth (20 & Under) $35 per person.  Limited tickets available, so purchase early.  For more information, visit their website.

Slopeside New Year’s Eve Celebration

Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton

Sunday, December 31

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Blue Mountain’s Slopeside Pub & Grill.  Couples can enjoy two package offers. Package One:  Includes a five-course meal at Slopeside Pub & Grill featuring a special New Year’s Eve Menu and two cocktails: beer, wine or selected specialty drink.  Dinner reservations only between 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.  After dinner, the party continues in the Alpine Ballroom with dancing and a DJ.  There will be a balloon drop, hats and noisemakers.  Champagne toast at midnight (cash bar open at Last Run lounge) and Continental Breakfast after midnight.  Cost:  $75 per person.  Package Two:  Dance into 2018 at the Alpine Ballroom featuring a DJ, balloon drop, hats and noisemakers.  Cash bar open at Last Run Lounge, Champagne toast at midnight.  Continental Breakfast after midnight.  Cost:  $20 per person.  For more information visit their website.

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If you are interested in information about Central or Western Pennsylvania Ski Resort events and activities please comment and let me know.  I'm happy to share the other two lists I was provided!

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