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A Cotton Stem Christmas at Big Cedar Lodge!

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Hey, friends!
We just returned from a truly magical trip to Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO with my family, and we got alllll the good Christmas vibes in the process!  Here’s a little glimpse of our trip and what you can do when you visit Big Cedar Lodge with your own fam!  Thank you again to BCL for this amazing adventure!!

Big Cedar Lodge is a family-friendly resort with lodgings of all types and sizes nestled in the trees of the Ozark Mountains.  This time, we stayed in the Villa at Integrity Hills, and with six bedrooms, seven baths and multiple kitchens and living rooms, this would be the perfect accommodations for multi-family vacations or a family reunion! We’ve also stayed in the cottages and loved them, too.  There are shops and places to eat or grab a coffee or a sweet treat all on the grounds of BCL, and there are so many fun activities for the kiddos, too!  You’d never really even need to leave the resort to have a blast!

We’ve been vacationing at Big Cedar for years, and one of our very favorite times to visit is during the Christmas season!  They do it RIGHT for the holidays, y’all!!  Every twinkle lights as far as the eye can see, a fun “faux” iceskating rink complete with hot chocolate under the stars, campfires and “sleigh” rides pulled by a vintage truck, ornament painting and a whole slew of Christmas activities for kids, and they’ll even send a Christmas elf to read a bedtime story to the children…how cute is that?!?!?  Not to mention the massive Fun Mountain, an arcade and game center for kids complete with rock climbing, go carts and “underwater” bowling.  SO FUN.

This year, we ventured over to Wonders of Wildlife, an award-winning aquarium and wildlife museum, and it was seriously THE COOLEST aquarium we’ve ever visited!  We intend to go back again when we have even more time to explore…the kids had a blast, and so did the parents!

Another adventure we took this year was to see Sliver Dollar City all lit up for Christmas!  It’s such a magical place during the holidays, and basically every surface of the place is lit up with twinkle lights!  Hot chocolate, apple dumplin’s, a viewing of A Christmas Carol play, a holiday parade and more Christmas magic that you could imagine…and my mama’s heart is always all a’flutter when I watch my kids LIGHT UP as they experience the magical feeling that Silver Dollar City Christmas brings!  It’s another must-visit if you go during the holidays!

Because my awesome Cotton Stem tribe has shown so much love to Big Cedar Lodge over on Instagram, they are offering my buddies a special deal as a thank you!  From now until February 28, 2019, you can book a private log cabin with loft or 2-bed lakeside cottage for the date range of Jan. 2nd 2019 through Feb. 28, 2019 on Sunday through Thursday at a SUPER discounted rate (anywhere from $75-100 off per night)!!  To get this limited availability deal, you’ll need to call 855-861-7156, ask to speak to a Reservationist and use code: COTN18

Huge thank you to Big Cedar Lodge for helping us create these PRICELESS family memories and for extending the love to my buddies!  Thanks for following along on our adventures, friends!


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  1. Dianne Clancy says:

    Putting Big Cedar on our list of places we NEED to get to with the family!! Where you stayed looks perfect for our big family that needs 7 bedrooms!! Loved this post, thank you!! Will definitely look into this deal too!! 😍😍😍

  2. Marms says:

    Go people go!!! Beautiful and fun!!!

  3. Carrie P says:

    Definitely one of the places on my list to visit. Thank you for your insight of all that you can do there! Just might be a Christmas present for the family next year! 😊❤️❄️

  4. Becca says:

    Legit have been waiting to see if you were going to post a deal – my family and I are planning a vaca for next year and I suggested Big Cedar because of you! It looks so amazing. But we are planning on the middle of March!! Ahh I am so bummed, we will miss the cut-off by a week 🙁

  5. Heather says:

    My husband and I took our 4 kids there over a year ago and we fell in love. My kids keep asking when we are going back there. I wanted to go this Summer, but after your post I think I want to go during the holidays. Your post was amazing!

  6. Marci says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post and your IG stories while you were there!!!! I want to take our kids to BSL soooo bad now!!!

  7. Erin says:

    Wow!! This is truly such an amazing deal!! Not to mention a great opportunity to extend some family time and start off the new year with a great time!!!

  8. kathy olson says:

    It’s been years since we’ve been to Silver Dollar City. I’d love to visit this resort if we ever go back.
    I love your photos so much.

  9. Haley says:

    I’ve never seen a pink Christmas tree this big. It’s adorable.

  10. Kate says:

    Hi! Did you dine at Big Cedar? If so, how were the gluten free options?

  11. Holly Robertson says:

    Do you have coupon code for Big Cedar currently?

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