‘Tis the season whereusually winterize most of their sites, expecting little to no this time of the year. However, for an in , one event changed it all.
When it comes to Christmas festivities, Marval Resort is sleighin’ it. The near the Ozarks is holding the last weekend of its first Annual Christmas Festival, offering campers train rides, a Christmas tree farm, hot chocolate and cookies, a lights tour, and more.
“It’s been exciting, fun, and a big change for us,” Janey Romine, the resort’s owner, said during Wednesday’s episode of MC Fireside Chats, Modern Campground’s weekly podcast.
“It has been a great asset to our park,” she added, noting that the park normally does not have guests for, but that changed after the park organized the event.
In a case of Claus and effect, Marvalsaw more occupancy because of the festival. Romine shared that the park winterized some of its —something they do when closing for winter—but had to open them back up because of the “overwhelming” the park has been receiving, noting an increase of up to 45 percent this year compared to when the were making zero in the previous years.
“We did the first three weekends and it was wonderful,” Romine said. Marval’s Christmas festivities are from3-5, 10-12, and 17-19.
Starting with a drive-through and some lights, plans for the event began to flourish and soon offered more features. A notable activity during the weekend Christmas festivities at Marvalinvolves planting a Christmas tree. Kids would buy seeds and will be given a see-through tube with a small Christmas tree. The tree in each “The Living Christmas Tree” tube is as real as the spirit that surrounds the .
According to the owner, even the adults can have fun at the event by participating in the Ugly Sweater Contest, painting ceramics, and enjoying a mug of hot coco with endless toppings they can choose from.
Families can also take photos with Santa, and he brought some friends with him. Guests can meet Elsa and even The Grinch every Saturday evening.
Another big hit for the customers is Marval’s train rides. Thehas a light-spangled mini-train that tours guests around the property.
The park’s well-known giant fish is decked out for Christmas too, sporting a giant reindeer nose and ears.
It goes without saying that Marval Resort’s first Annual Christmas Festival is a success and those interested can still make it to the last weekend of festivities happening from17 through 19.
The park is preparing more for 2022’sevent, wishing to offer carriage rides around the park next year.
“We’re trying to just keep up with the times and do different fun things. I have different ideas for next year. We’ll just keep growing,” she said.
Marvaloffers different styles of lodging with accommodations ranging from their One Room Cabanas to their distinctive Hill Top Lodge. They also have tent sites and luxury sites.