Recently our family visited one of our favorite getaway spots in the Pocono Mountains, Great Wolf Lodge, for the kick off of their winter holiday season, Snowland. There is no time more magical to visit Great Wolf. Just entering the lobby will take your breath away - from the floor to ceiling tree, life-size Gingerbread House, grand fireplace and the array of glistening snowflakes that make you feel like you just stepped into a winter wonderland.

Visiting during Snowland is different than visiting at any other time of year. Yes, you still get to hang out in the 84 degree waterpark no matter how much snow is outside, there's MagiQuest and many other activities, but something is very different - it's just a feeling of happiness that glows through the lodge.

There are also special activities you will want to check out when you stay during Snowland. Santa visits on the weekends, a red mailbox is in the lobby that will deliver your message directly to the North Pole, and you can stop by Great Wolf Kids where they will provide you with themed paper to write your letter to Santa. So adorable! We happen to be there the night Santa arrived via fire truck, with a marching band and a bunch of characters. 

One of our favorite parts of Snowland is seeing the life-size Gingerbread House. The house is made from gingerbread baked right inside the local GWL. It is adorned with cookies, candies, and over fifty pounds of PEEPS! Your family can even dine inside by making a reservation for one of the many seatings. There is a $10 fee to dine inside the gingerbread house, and this fee is donated to the local Ronald McDonald House. We have dined there a few times and it is just a beautiful experience. Your family will definitely be talking about it for years to come.

Name: Diane S.

Lodge: Pocono Mountains, PA