Thinking of ditching the big turkey dinner with the in-laws and running away on a Thanksgiving getaway? As one of the longest weekends in the fall school calendar, Thanksgiving break offers a stellar opportunity to snag a break for four or five days. Every Thanksgiving, families flock to kid-friendly resorts, leaving the cooking and cleaning to someone else. Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake offers the perfect escape for a family friendly Thanksgiving holiday.
Be sure to plan your Thanksgiving getaway to arrive on Wednesday night (special reduced lodging rate offered) so you can start your holiday fresh on Thursday morning. You’ll start your day with a complimentary Continental Breakfast, and then enjoy parades and football games on the big screen TV’s poolside. Cragun’s Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet dinner starts at 4:30 in the Lodge Main Dining Room and includes all of the traditional Thanksgiving foods.
If you really don’t want to give up the cooking duties this Thanksgiving, some families will choose to rent a cabin with full kitchen facilities and cook the dinner onsite. If you encourage family members to bring a dish to share, this type of Thanksgiving Dinner can be a fantastic occasion where you can get away and still have your own homemade turkey and all the trimmings.
One of the highlights of the Thanksgiving weekend in the Brainerd Lakes Area is the City of Lights Festival held in Nisswa on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Nisswa welcomes the holiday season with a countdown to lighting up the town that culminates with a fireworks display. The downtown area lights up all at once at 5:30 p.m., with holiday lights adorning trees and fences, stores and other buildings. Festivities for the annual event begin in the afternoon with horse drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, storytelling, food merchants, bonfires, hot cider and donut holes at the Pioneer Village and holiday carolers. After the countdown to turning on all the lights, Santa Claus makes an appearance and fireworks shoot up over town at 7:30 p.m.
Recreation activities for the whole family are planned at Cragun’s Resort throughout the weekend and will include activities like Vacation Creations, horse drawn trolley rides, bounce houses and games in the Sports Centre and ice skating, broomball and hockey if the lake is frozen. Mount Ski Gull, located just a short drive from Cragun’s, typically
opens Thanksgiving Weekend offers tubing and downhill skiing for the whole family. Cragun’s offers tickets to Ski Gull at a discounted price.
Choose to celebrate Thanksgiving at Cragun’s this season, and get away for a stress-free, fun-filled weekend with your family. Get the best price on your Thanksgiving getaway with our discounted Thanksgiving Family Holiday package.