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Hill Country resort dusts San Antonio with real snow and holiday activities
We feel your pain, Rosemary Clooney. Though the screen star only had to suffer a few days of unseasonably warm weather in White Christmas, San Antonians rarely have an opportunity to wash their hands, their face, and hair with snow.
So as the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa rolls out its winter programming, it feels like a holiday miracle. On October 9, the North Side property announced this year’s flurry of activities from November 11 to December 31.
Guests can bundle up for the resort’s newest attraction, a snowy winter wonderland built on the pavilion lawn. The installation will host various experiences sure to get anyone in the holiday spirit, including:
- Snow Flow Mountain, a real snow-covered hill offering multi-lane tubing
- Snowball Build & Blast, an interactive make-and-toss game
- Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions, a story hour featuring a retelling of Clement Clark Moore’s “'Twas The Night Before Christmas,” a sing-a-long, and cookies and milk
- A Gingerbread Decorating Corner fully stocked with sweet treats
- A Holiday Pop-Up Shop selling toys, ornaments, and festive home décor
- Secret SantaScavenger Hunt for clue-solving fun
Naturally, the grounds will be decked out with yuletide displays. Each night, the "Shine" light show will twinkle along to favorite carols. Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be trotted around the property, a dedicated mailbox will give kids a direct line to Santa, and live reindeer will make a few cameos.
Fueling the festivities will be a variety of food and beverage pop-ups. Guests can revel in après-ski luxury at the hotel’s Rivertop restaurant, transformed into the Artic Lounge. A pair of new culinary adventures also await snow bunnies. The Frost Haus showcases Nordic cuisine and specialty cocktails, while the Cocoa Cabin will delight children with hot cocoa and apple cider.
Though the activities are open to the general public, the resort provides plenty of staycation temptations. Locals can book the Hill Country Winter Wonderland, a room dripping with holiday eleganza like a fully decorated tree, stockings over the fireplace, and garland wreaths. Guests can also take advantage of the Holiday Stay & Play Package, which includes accommodations and passes to Snow Flow Mountain.
“The addition of our spectacular interactive snow activities on the pavilion lawn as well as multiple other new attractions will send our holiday cheer barometer through the roof,” said Brian Morris, Director of Sales and Marketing, via a release.
Passes go on sale October 16 at jwhillcountrychristmas.com. Prices range from $12.99 to $39.99, with bundle packages offering discounts.