Holiday burnout is a very real thing. Psychology Today explains that, “It’s supposed to the reason of joy, but for those people who go into the holidays already stressed out from their hectic and overscheduled lives, the holiday season can feel like piling on. Just when you think nothing else can possibly fit on your to-do list, the holiday season comes along and bursts its seams. With parties, shopping, house guests, and family get-togethers, the demands of the holidays turn some people into outright grinches.”

They suggest that pacing yourself, not overcommitting, and getting plenty of sleep are ways to make it through unscathed. You can do all three surrounded by luxurious resort suites, decadent dining, a spa, golf course and so much more at Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton. Whether you escape for the day or weekend, it’ll recharge body, mind and soul for the festive winter season.

Kick off the season with the resort’s Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For $26.95 per person, fill your belly and don’t worry about the dishes. Parties of six or more can make reservations by calling 360-462-3463. The Island Grille and Salish Cliffs Restaurant will also have Thanksgiving Dinner specials offered.

Little Creek Winter Events
Concerts like the Wizards of Winter and Oak Ridge Boys can become part of a holiday staycation with overnight resort packages. Photo courtesy: Little Creek Casino Resort

Make your list and check it twice because Friday, November 23, through Sunday, November 25, is the annual Christmas Market at the Creek. Admission is free and there will be live entertainment, photos with Santa from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and daily vendor awards for the best decorated booth and an ugly Christmas sweater contest. Festivities run from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. daily. Participate in Friday’s Christmas Trivia, Saturday’s Guess How Many in the Jar, or Sunday’s Scavenger Hunt. Participants can win Little Creek Casino Resort gift cards. There will also be #SelfiewiththeElfie and a kids coloring area.

Stock up on jewelry, wines and handmade crafts instead of fighting the endless turkey-fueled, Black Friday hordes. Call ahead to the Seven Inlets Spa and schedule one of their monthly specials or regular services like a wild seagrass balancing massage or cedar wild sage pacific salt polish. Then chose the restaurant of your choice for a peaceful meal before heading home.

The Christmas Market is still accepting vendor applications if you’d like to sell your creations. Fill out the form and return it to the sales office via fax, email or mail. Call the casino at 360-427-7711 with questions.

On Friday, December 7, come back for the Wizards of Winter. This group – made up of members from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Irish Tenors, Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow, Alice Cooper Band and Broadway stage – will perform a rock opera called Tales Beneath a Northern Star.

Tickets to the show are $25 or $35 and available online or at the Resort. Get a taste of what’s to come streaming Spirit of Christmas excerpts or looking for fan-favorite performers on the band’s 2018 membership roster.

Treat yourself like a rockstar by calling the front desk at 800-667-7711 to book an overnight Rockstar Package at the Resort. This comes with event tickets, $20 in free play, and breakfast for two the next morning. Otherwise try the Stay and Play golf package, or combine everything into a Stay, Spa and Swing getaway.

If rock operas aren’t your style, what about the classic sounds of the Oak Ridge Boys? They take the stage at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, in the Skookum Creek Event Center. The Oak Ridge Boys have performed together since the early 1970s and are known for such country crossover hits as “Elvira” and “American Made.”

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Whether you visit for Thanksgiving dinner or the Christmas Market, let Little Creek host the best holiday ever. Photo courtesy: Little Creek Casino Resort

When they visit Little Creek, the Oak Ridge Boys will perform their Shine the Light on Christmas tour. This is their 29th Christmas tour, visiting more than 30 cities in 18 states. Tickets range from $20 to $40 and can be purchased online or at the box office.

As we get older, we tend to get busier. Halloween is for the kids, Thanksgiving and Christmas are for the family. But where do we recharge, get away from the chores, cooking, and shopping? An easy hour from Tacoma, Little Creek offers something for everyone.

The holiday season is about to start, but don’t let yourself get roped into rushing around and missing all the fun. Instead schedule some exciting escapes thanks to Little Creek’s active winter calendar.

Whenever you come, make sure to bring your Players Club card or sign up in advance so it’ll be waiting when you arrive. Then check out the current daily gaming promotions, entertainment calendar, and events at the on-site Salish Cliffs Golf Course.

Follow Little Creek Casino Resort on Facebook and Twitter for discounts, activities, promos, and updates. Call 800-667-7711 with questions or to book hotel stays, dinner reservations, spa treatments and tee-times.


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