The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA has long been revered as a holiday destination filled with time-honored traditions and family-oriented activities. Whether your winter wishlist includes skiing, snowboarding, ice skating or snowmobiling, or if you prefer a warmer culinary experience indoors, The Omni Homestead Resort will provide a lifelong collection of holiday memories.
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The Tree Lighting
The centerpiece of The Omni Homestead Resort’s holiday season, the Great Hall tree stands in the foyer from the week of Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. This year’s tree is a Fraser fir, a native species of the southern Allegheny Mountains. In recent years, this tree has become the most popular type of Christmas tree sold in North America due to its rounded needles and rich blue and silver coloring. Sensitive to elevation, Fraser firs are grown on plantations at over 3,000 feet above sea level.
Our tree was planted in 1991 on a farm in Avery County, North Carolina. A Fraser fir can grow as much as 18 inches per season and as tall as 80 feet in its life span. At the time of selection, the Great Hall tree was over 23 feet tall with a spread of 15 feet. Every year there is the question if it will fit through the four-foot-wide door. Even though there might be a healthy fight from the tree, our team will not disappoint. Once inside, the tree is hoisted, straightened and supported before our team of decorators prepare the tree to be lit by a special guest on Wednesday. Join us and be a part of our 100+ year tradition.
The twinkling light of Christmastime brings back the fondest family memories. We invite you to take part in our time-honored Homestead traditions, and make them apart of your own holiday traditions. With old-fashioned fun like s’mores by the fire, holiday cookie decorating, Homestead traditions like our Bedtime Stories with Santa’s Elves and Homestead Holiday Express Hayride, your stay will be filled with magical memories. Learn more about our holiday festivities and start planning your holiday getaway.
Winter, when the Allegheny Mountains are blanketed in white, is the perfect time to embark on a ski trip at The Omni Homestead Resort. With more than 45 acres of wide, well-maintained trails, our slopes are perfect for beginners and not-so-beginners. But for those beginners, we offer lessons at Sepp Kober Ski School. Not really a skier? Try the ice skating rink. And at the end of the day, enjoy fireside s’mores at the firepit on the Casino Lawn or hot cocoa at the Mountain Lodge.