Oh how I love Big Cedar! This was the 3rd year my family and the in-laws stayed the week before Christmas at the Wilderness Club at Big Cedar. There were 13 of us total. My Husband and I….. plus my side of the family ….plus his side of the family. We both have siblings that are not fully grown: 14, 12, 11, and 8. It’s hard to find a place where all ages (including parents) can enjoy themselves but everyone is happy at Big Cedar. With so much to do (even in the winter) it’s hard to find time for it all.
Of course the indoor pool is a big hit with the little ones but there are also the outdoor hot tubs (3 different ones on the property), the free movie and game rentals, the Lincoln Log and puzzle tables, and mini-golf on a nice day. Big Cedar goes the extra mile to make sure you have a Merry Christmas with family Christmas craft nights, storytelling with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, gingerbread house making, holiday wagon light tours, a Christmas Tree lighting and even Elf tuck-ins (that’s right an elf will come tuck-in your children). The ambiance of Big Cedar during the month of December is marvelous. All the buildings and cabins are lined with lights, the Truman house looks like a giant gingerbread house, and amazing decorations and Christmas trees fill the clubhouse, registration buildings and restaurants.
Us girls were excited about shopping at the outlet malls and quaint boutiques. Even driving through Branson with all the Christmas lights at night was fun. Branson always has great Christmas shows and Silver Dollar City is amazing lit up with millions of lights.
All around Big Cedar is our favorite place to relax during the Christmas Season. Staying here in the spring, summer and fall seasons is a whole other conversation. There are even more things to do and try at Big Cedar and in Branson.
I’ve seen other review complaining about a few things that I’d like to address.
The price of Big Cedar: Of course a 5 star resort is pricey! If you are looking for a cheap place to stay don’t even bother with Big Cedar. Almost everything about Big Cedar is high on the price scale. The gift shop, the marina, the restaurants, the spa and even some the extra activates are all top notch and have premium prices. (Note: If you are traveling from California, New York, Texas, etc. these prices may look normal to you.)
Lodge Accommodations: We learned early on that the lodges can be noisy especially if you have loud people above you. Of course Big Cedar can only ask them to be quieter. We started booking well in advanced in order to secure rooms on the 4th floor. With the luggage carts and elevators it’s a breeze to unload and load the whole bunch of us. To have complete seclusion you should book a cabin!
Big Cedar Lodge vs. Big Cedar Wilderness Club:
This is a bit tricky… Big Cedar Lodge and Big Cedar Wilderness Club are actually two different entities but they are on the same property. Big Cedar Lodge is the renters’ side of the property and the Wilderness Club is the timeshare owners’ side. If you are staying on one side you can use the amenities on the other side with no problems. The main difference is the actual rooms that you stay in on the owners’ side may be roomer with a full or mini -kitchen.
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- Also Known As:
- Big Cedar Wilderness Club Hotel Ridgedale
- Big Cedar Wilderness Hotel
- Big Cedar Wilderness Ridgedale
- Big Cedar Wilderness Club Ridgedale