Christmas at-a-glance at Starved Rock Lodge

December 13, 2023

Starved Rock Lodge is the perfect place to gather with family and friends during the holiday season. The Great Hall is open daily. The LaSalle and Utica Rooms are available for private gatherings of up to 50 guests. We’ll help you create a menu perfectly suited to your group. Call (815) 220-7333 and let us help you plan your special event.

Breakfast with Santa will take place on Saturday, December 16th. Join the jolliest man, himself, for a breakfast buffet in the Great Hall of Starved Rock Lodge. Following breakfast, you’ll be treated to “Magic by Cory.” Reservations are required. Tickets are $24.95 for adults, Children (ages 4-10) $15.95, Children 3 and under: $6.95. This event runs from 8:30-11:30am.

Christmas Trolley Lights Tours run Sunday through Thursday, December 10-14 and December 17-21 from 6:00-8:00pm. Let our staff do the driving so you can enjoy some of the area’s most stunning holiday displays. While aboard the trolley, our guide will share holiday trivia, jokes and riddles while listening to Christmas music. Our trolleys are heated, but you may want to bring along an extra blanket. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children 10 & under.

Our Christmas Eve Holiday Buffet is offered from 5 to 8pm on December 24th. The price is $42.95 per adult, $20.95 for children. On Christmas Day, December 25th, our Holiday Buffet will be served from 10:30am to 6:00pm. Price is $44.95 per adult, $19.95 for children. Reservations are highly recommended for dining at Starved Rock Lodge. Click here to see the menus. Please call us at 815-220-7321 for reservations.

Gift cards may be purchased at Gift cards may be used for lodging, dining, activities, and in the Gift Shop or Café.  

Trolley Trio Progressive Dinners are back! 2024 dates are: January 18, February 15, March 21 and April 25. August Hill Winery, Camp Aramoni and Starved Rock Lodge have teamed up to create an unforgettable event filled with wine, spirits, beer and food tastings.  Meet at Starved Rock Lodge at 4:45pm, where the Starved Rock Trolley will take you to August Hill Winery for cocktails and appetizers.  Next, the trolley will head to Camp Aramoni for dinner and drinks. Lastly, the trolley will take you back to Starved Rock Lodge for dessert and after dinner drinks in Lodge’s historic dining room. The Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner Overnight Package includes your dinner for two, overnight stay for two and a $15 breakfast voucher for the next morning. Dinner only: $110 per person, Dinner & Overnight Package: $367.77 (for 2 people). Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets to a Trolley Trio make a great gift. Gift cards are available online at 

Save the date for our annual Wedding Expo which will be held in the Great Hall on Sunday, January 7 from Noon to 3pm. Meet with our preferred vendors, explore our wedding venues, sample delicious cuisine and enjoy a sample of Starved Rock Bubbly. This is a free event, no RSVP needed. Our Activities Department is happy to help you book a guided hike or historic trolley tour as well as any of our activities and special events. Reservations are required for most events. Please call (815) 220-7386 or book online at:

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