A picturesque white Christmas amid pine tree-filled mountains and the richness of festive, luxurious style awaits holiday guests at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City’s only AAA Five Diamond, Mobil Five-Star resort. From an awe-inspiring gingerbread creation, gingerbread house classes and sumptuous dining to skiing to meet Santa Claus and horse-drawn sleigh rides through the mountainside, Stein Eriksen Lodge is the ideal setting to experience the magic of the holidays tailored to guests’ individual desires.

            The inviting Main Lodge is the center of attention at Christmastime, with a towering 28-foot, lavishly decorated tree covered in more than 5,000 twinkle lights. The heavy wooden 15-foot mantle of the massive stone fireplace is thickly strewn with rich dark green garland and adorned with fanciful decorations. Rich velvet ribbon, glittery ornaments, honeysuckle vine, big sugar pine cones, amber lights, garland and hundreds of bows fill every corner and banister throughout the Lodge, making it a warm, welcoming location for guests to gather for family photos, evening cocktails or to sip hot cocoa.

            A famous, favorite attraction of the Lodge is the gingerbread masterpiece of executive pastry chef Raymond Lammers, who oversees the design and construction of a different gingerbread structure each year. This will be Lammers seventh year designing the gingerbread work of art.

            “Each year, I try to create a more intricate gingerbread house and this year promises to be no exception. It is a fun tradition for the guests to see year after year, and the culinary team thoroughly enjoys the challenge,” said Lammers.

            This holiday’s ambitious gingerbread creation will be a nearly 19- foot Empire State Building. The edible confection will be the tallest ever produced at the Lodge and will require more than 120 hours to create and 450 pounds of gingerbread. The delectable display will be unveiled Dec. 5 for the winter’s opening season.

In addition to marveling at the gingerbread masterpiece, guests of all ages can express their own creativity in gingerbread classes led by Lammers and executive chef Zane Holmquist. The Build Your Own Gingerbread House parties will be held Monday, Dec. 22 and Monday, Dec. 29 from 4-5:30 pm. The cost is $60 and includes hot chocolate, gingerbread panels, icing, candies, instructions and Chef Lammers’ recipes. Guest will want to book early for the limited-sized classes and children eight and under require adult supervision. 

            Holiday festivities would certainly not be complete without gathering together to indulge in savory, mouth-watering delights, such as lobster truffle pot pie, roasted Canadian Christmas goose, berry compote and spiced ginger waffles, butternut squash and Arborio rice soup and white chocolate pumpkin mousse. Special dining options at the acclaimed Glitretind Restaurant and Troll Hallen Lounge will be available to guests for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Guests may also opt for private, in-room dining through the Lodge’s room service.

            Holiday highlights at the adjacent Deer Valley Resort, the #1 resort in North America ranked by readers of SKI magazine, include an on-mountain visit from Santa Claus on Dec. 24 and a Torchlight Parade on Dec. 30. The Torchlight Parade will be held at dusk on Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain. Complimentary hot cider and cookies will also be served.

            Guests can further add to their mountain resort holiday experience with trees in their rooms, individual sleigh rides available right from their backdoor, taking part in youth activities offered through the Lodge’s Kids Club, enjoying first-class pampering at The Spa and more.

            “Whether our guests are looking to hit the slopes, unwind by a crackling open fire while sipping fine wine, feast on award-winning fare with all the trimmings or simply bask in extravagant holiday wonder, a holiday stay at the Lodge will provide lasting memories,” said Russ Olsen, vice president and managing director at Stein Eriksen Lodge. “Spending the holidays with us has become a favored tradition among families because they are free to escape the mayhem at home and let us take care of every detail. We delight in providing guests a true winter wonderland setting.”

For more information on Stein Eriksen Lodge’s holiday offerings, dining menus, pricing and holiday images, including the gingerbread creation, contact Sarah Myers at 435.645.6451 or smyers@steinlodge.com. Additional information about Stein Eriksen Lodge can be found at www.steinlodge.com.