Holiday Happenings at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

The holidays are just around the corner at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. From Breakfast with Santa to the most romantic New Year’s Eve dinner in town, check out all the events at the Resort this December!

Kick off the season with the Biggest Little Holiday Party on Friday, December 7. Say goodbye to the stress of party planning and come celebrate the holidays with a night of dancing, dining, and entertainment. Perfect for small businesses, non-profits, groups of friends, or couples looking to enjoy a holiday party, the Biggest Little Holiday Party reservations are only $32 per person. The pre-party reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and includes an assortment of hors-d’oeuvres, snacks, and a cash bar. A dinner buffet will follow at 7:00 p.m. with dancing and DJ music as well as live music performed by the Levi Britton Trio. (Bonus: a special room rate is available for those who want to enjoy an overnight vacation!)

The following weekend, families will gather in Governors’ Hall for our annual Breakfast with Santa. Join Santa on Saturday, December 15, at 9 a.m. for a family-friendly buffet the kiddos will love. Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick will be on hand for photos and visits with children, and the fun continues with face painting, balloon artists, DJ music, a caricaturist, a Christmas cookie design station, and more. And on your way out, be sure to stop for photos in front of the Resort’s beloved gingerbread house in the Grand Lobby and mail a letter to Santa!

When Christmas finally arrives, spend the day relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends while Aerie Restaurant & Lounge takes care of the cooking. Visit Aerie on Tuesday, December 25, for a Christmas Day buffet complete with all the holiday favorites like mashed potatoes, ham, prime rib, pie, and more. For reservations, call 231-534-6800 or book online.

For those visiting between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, children and adults alike will have their share of holiday activities around the Resort. Kids will have a blast with daily games and crafts—like snowman building, cookie decorating, and movie nights—while the grown-ups hit the spa, get in a practice round at the indoor Golf Academy, and rent snowshoes or cross-country skis for an outdoor adventure on property.

Last but not least…New Year’s Eve! This year, there are two great ways to ring in 2019 at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. First up: New Year’s Eve Dinner at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge. Create a romantic New Year’s Eve at Aerie, featuring a one-night-only menu with wine pairings from our award-winning wine list. Local musician John Pomeroy will perform live music. Seating is limited, so early reservations are encouraged.

Second: Guests and Club Members are invited to a special New Year’s Eve Celebration in Governors’ Ballroom. The space will be set up for fun with a variety of retro-style arcade games, a rocking DJ, and other activities. Light appetizers will be available, as will a cash bar for those who are 21+. Admission to the party is complimentary for guests and Club Members.

And if you’re wondering about the little ones…everyone in the family is covered during New Year’s Eve at the Resort! The Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party is a great option for children ages 6–12, and includes activities like crafts, games, swimming, and a balloon drop at midnight. Licensed daycare is also available from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. in the Cub House for children 0–6.

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