Holiday Traditions

Buck Hill Falls offers annual traditions that cherish community friendships and ensure meaningful family connections. Enjoy WinterFest with live reindeer, community tree displays, holiday crafts, and round robin Paddle Tennis Tournaments. Join in a Buck Hill Tradition: The Annual Yule Log Hunt and enjoy a roaring fire with a Christmas story told by community historians. Sing traditional carols around the Christmas Tree in the Buck Hill Gardens. Mingle with friends at our annual holiday party. Ring in the new year with family fun and games featuring a festive countdown with a bubbly toast, colorful poppers, and a seasonal community favorite: musical chairs.

A buck lying under a tree

Platform Sports

Throughout the winter season, the Platform Racquet Courts near the Paiste Pond Chalet are busy with Round Robins, Tournaments, and Instructional Lessons. Two courts of Paddle Tennis are available for play. Community members can enjoy our Paddle Tennis games by signing up at the facility in advance to reserve court time. Every Saturday in the winter season from 12pm – 2pm, those interested in round robins and competitive play can enjoy some friendly competition on the courts. Paddle balls are available in the company office between 8am – 4pm Monday through Friday. On weekends, please call security for assistance. 

Ice Skating and Ice Hockey

Once the temperatures drop, Buck Hill offers a full-size, man-made ice skating rink for the community to enjoy for skating and hockey located conveniently at the Paiste Pond Chalet.

A buck lying under a tree

Sledding and Snow Tubing

Swarthmore Hill might be one of the best parts of The Buck Hill Golf Club’s Blue Course in season, but during the winter, it has historically been a ski slope. More recently, Swarthmore Hill has become the fastest sledding and snow tubing hill in the community located right near Paiste Pond Chalet.

Man and young girls holding a fish

Cross Country Skiing

Enjoy the winter in Buck Hill by skiing the beautifully groomed trails from our hiking locations to our golf course.

Paiste Pond Chalet

Located off Oak Hill Drive in the heart of the Golf Cottage Community, the Paiste Pond Chalet offers an abundance of year-round indoor and outdoor activities. Personal wellness and fitness activities occur at our state-of-the-art fitness center. During winter, the center is open for family-friendly events, including our annual WinterFest which celebrates the winter season with a live reindeer display, holiday crafts, family photo sessions, a hot chocolate bar, as well as the traditional Yulelog Hunt and Tale of Christmas Past from our community historian, J.R. Robbins!


Hiking and Snowshoeing

Buck Hill Falls has 45+ miles of both private and public well-marked hiking and snowshoeing trails, with maps available at the office. The old growth and new growth trees inspire many to take to the trails year-round. The incredible views of our deciduous forest span from summer’s green canopy, to the bright hues of autumn carpeting the paths, and in the quiet winter, when magnificent ice sculptures form around the waterfalls.

The Buck Hill Conservation Foundation sponsors weekly treks during the summer season, and occasional guided hikes throughout the year, which are open to the public. Local naturalists, experts in flora and fauna, and accomplished birders lead these walks, adding an educational element to the joy of walking in the woods, connecting us more closely to our natural environment.

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