Eleventh getaway of Christmas: Riptides of joy at Wisconsin’s Blue Harbor Resort
The very family-friendly Blue Harbor Resort located in scenic Sheboygan, WI, less than an hour up the coast from Milwaukee, is kicking off Christmas festivities on Friday, Dec. 11, with a tree lighting and decorating ceremony. The celebration begins at 5:55 p.m. in the resort’s lobby and continues throughout the evening with a performance by the Kohler High School Madrigals Choir followed by an appearance the Big Guy himself – Santa Claus.
Rising majestically from Lake Michigan’s shore, Blue Harbor Resort is an ideal destination for families looking to spend the holidays in active fun or begin a new tradition of getting away for Christmas. The resort’s accommodations include charming aquarium- and boathouse-themed suites with bunk bed alcoves, suites with Jacuzzi tubs or fireplaces and spacious two- and four-bedroom villas with full kitchens.
The big attractions? A 54,000-square-foot indoor waterpark entertainment area anchored by Breaker Bay, a four-story water activity center with 12 levels of water-based adventure interconnected with suspension bridges, cargo nets, web crawls and more; two three-story, dueling tube slides that exit the building before re-entering and opening into a plunge pool below; two body slides that descend from the top of Breaker Bay Pier; a 79,000-gallon pool with a Lilly Hopper; a 3,600-square-foot leisure river; and a giant whirlpool called the Turtle Tub.
The waterpark is home to Riptide, the area’s only indoor double surf simulator. Grab a custom boogie board and test your skills, first on your chest, then knees and working up to full-on surfer mode. In fact, you can surf Riptide the first and last hour of each day and even sign up for Riptide surf lessons.
New to the resort are two glow-in-the-dark indoor miniature golf courses – the Mayan Temple course and the Egyptian Pyramid course – played with bright neon balls and putters glowing with airbrushed embellishments.
This lakeside, Victorian-style landmark resort has a newly expanded full-service spa and salon that offers a variety of signature treatments, including massage, facial and Aroma Body Wrap, and is the only spa in Wisconsin with the luxurious Hydro Therapy Dream Spa. This treatment allows guests to relax while enjoying the whirlpool bath in combination with light therapy or other customizable experiences that help you rejuvenate, hydrate and achieve tranquility.
Restaurants include the Beacon, which offers dramatic views of Lake Michigan and offers a menu of small plates and family faves like big burgers, fried chicken and spaghetti. Sliders and cheese curds highlight the menu at the On The Rocks Bar and Grill. You can grab your morning Starbucks at the Shoreline Cafe and assorted refreshments and goodies from the Rocky Bottom Snack Bar.
In addition to the Christmas festivities planned for Dec. 11, Blue Harbor has events planned for several more days leading up to the Big Day: The Sheboygan South High Northern Lights and Sharpettes will perform at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12; the Sheboygan South High School Choir will perform at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18; and the Sheboygan South High Jazz Ensemble will perform at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19. Santa Claus will make an appearance on each of these nights, which will conclude with story time readings.
Holiday festivities continue throughout the month as guests can enjoy a drive through “Making Spirits Bright,” a holiday light show stretching along a 1.1-mile forested route in Sheboygan’s Evergreen Park. Enjoy hundreds of thousands of lights choreographed to classic Christmas music.
Guests may also ring in the New Year at Blue Harbor Resort’s Beacon Restaurant with a grand buffet and music. For those who prefer a multi-course dinner, Latitudes offers music, a ball drop and, of course, a traditional champagne toast at midnight. Guests who prefer to “beach it” can dance the night away at Breaker Bay Waterpark with a beach ball drop and champagne toast at midnight.
For information and reservations, visit Blue Harbor Resort’s website