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2016 Holiday Activities & Events at Skamania Lodge

November 19th through December 31st

2016 Holiday Events


From November 19th to December 31st, Skamania Lodge is celebrating the holiday season with treasured traditions to make this truly the “most wonderful time of the year.”

The Cascadian-style lodge, located in the Columbia River Gorge just 45 minutes east of Portland, is hosting multiple memory-making events, including its popular Brunch with Santa, Holiday Tree Lighting and Elf Story Time, as well as classic activities like building gingerbread houses and watching holiday movies. And, a mailbox in the lobby ready for letters to be sent Santa.

The variety of activities, set among 175 wooded acres of winter wonderland, is sure to give families and friends a holiday season to remember, including:

Special Events:

Holiday Tree Lighting Tradition (Nov. 23, 5 p.m.) 
Enjoy holiday music, hot chocolate, coffee and cookies as Skamania Lodge lights its 30-foot-tall Grand Fir in the festively decorated Gorge Room.

Thanksgiving Holiday Buffet (Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Special Holiday Menu.  $47.50 – Adults / $23.50 - Ages 8-12 / $14.50 - Ages 4-7 / 3 and under free.  Reservations Required.

Brunch with Santa (Nov. 26, 2 Seatings*) 
Children can join Santa for brunch and order from a special menu, share wish lists and capture the moment with a photograph; $16 for children 12 and under; $24 for adults; free for children three and under.  *Two seating times:  8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.

Christmas in the Gorge Holiday Events (Dec. 2 - 4)
The Gorge celebrates the Holidays.  See all of the area events.  

Christmas in the Gorge – Starlight Parade (Dec. 2, 7 p.m.)
Take part in a treasured holiday tradition by watching the Starlight Parade on Highway 14 in downtown Stevenson, Wash.

Christmas Holiday Buffet (Dec. 25, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.) 
Celebrate the most wonderful day of the year in The Cascade Dining Room; reservations are required and can be made by calling 844-432-4748 or ONLINE; hotel packages available.  View Menu

Christmas in the Gorge – Arts & Crafts Bazaar (Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Shop and eat during this festive day at the Exhibit Hall at Skamania County Fairgrounds with holiday activities including a handmade arts and crafts bazaar, open houses at local businesses, Nativity displays, cookie fair, holiday sing-a-longs and more! Details at

Skamania’s NYE Concert and Celebration (Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.)
Ring in 2017 dancing the night away in the ballroom to live music by Design Band while enjoying a bountiful midnight breakfast buffet and complimentary champagne toast (must be 21 or older). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 844-432-4748; $70 per person; $130 per couple.  Hotel packages available.

Recurring Events:

Holiday Vine Gogh at the Gorge (Nov. 19, Dec. 17, 2 p.m.)
Enjoy wine while creating a holiday masterpiece under the advisory of Jenny Schildan, Skamania’s official Artist in Residence.

Friday Night Holiday Buffet (Dec. 16, Dec. 23, Dec. 30, 5 – 9 p.m.)
Enjoy a special holiday buffet menu prepared by Executive Chef Matt Hale and served in the Cascade Dining Room; reservations are required and can be made by calling 844-432-4748 or ONLINE; $42.50 for adults; $19.50 for children ages 8 to 12; $12.50 for children ages 4 to 7; free for children ages 3 and under.  View Menu 

Holiday Cocktail Demonstrations (Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17, 4 – 5 p.m.)
Learn how to create favorite holiday drinks for upcoming parties from a seasoned mixologist.

Gingerbread House Building (Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Create a colorful house or cookie with the help of Skamania Lodge’s culinary team; materials are $20 for cookies and $30 for gingerbread house; reservations are required and can be made by calling 844-432-4748.

Build a Holiday Friend Workshop (Nov. 25 and 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17, Dec. 24,  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 – 4 p.m.)
Children can be an elf for a day and build their very own furry companion, choosing to create a snowman or reindeer stuffed animal; kits are $30 each.

Weekend Activities (Thanksgiving – December 24):

Gift of Music (Fridays and Saturdays, 6 to 8 p.m.)
Listen to live holiday tunes in the Gorge Room

11/23 – Ian Guthrie (Tree lighting Ceremony)

11/25 – John Nilsen

11/26 – John Nilsen

12/2 – John Ross

12/3 – Michael Blake

12/9 – Ian Guthrie

12/10 – Shelley Rudolph

12/16 – Columbia River Strings (first timers)

12/17 – Ian Guthrie

12/23 – Ian Guthrie

12/24 – David Cooley

12/30 – John Nilsen

12/31 – John Nilsen

Elf Story Time (Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.)
Cozy up by the Gorge Room fire with a cup of hot cocoa and cookies to listen to stories filled with the magic of the season 

Holiday Movies (Fridays and Saturday, 6 p.m.)
Enjoy one of your holiday favorites along with classic movie snacks available for purchase

Ornament Workshop (Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.)
Make and decorate your very own ornament to hang on the tree

Where:  Skamania Lodge: 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way Stevenson, WA 98648

When:  November 19, 2016 through January 1, 2017

Reservations:  844-432-4748

Holidays at Skamania Lodge are fun and festive!

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