Are you looking for a festive place to stay during the Christmas holidays? From charming mountain lodges to glamorous city hotels, we’ve put together a list of 90 amazing Christmas hotels to get you into the holiday spirit. So pack your bags and get ready to celebrate Christmas in style!
Top Three Picks for Festive Christmas Hotels
1. Bellagio (Las Vegas)
Las Vegas may not have snow, but the Bellagio has a festive experience that is unmatched in the US. Explore the holiday “Gingerbread Dreams” display at the iconic Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.
This magical winter wonderland features a 7-foot-tall snowy Gingerbread Cottage, life-sized polar bears, and a 42-foot holiday tree. The Conservatory is open 24 hours a day during the holiday season and offers hot cocoa and seasonal treats in addition to unlimited opportunities to take beautiful holiday photos surrounded by tens of thousands of festive flowers.
After you have opened your Christmas gifts, spend the morning strolling through the incredible holiday display and treat yourself to a mouth-watering brunch at Sadelle’s overlooking the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Or spend your evening at Bellagio’s famous fountain show and revisit the “Gingerbread Dreams” display when it is lit up at night for a completely different (but equally spectacular) holiday experience.
2. The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs)
For over a century, the Broadmoor has been making holidays extraordinary for guests all across America. This year, they are going bigger and better than ever before with their holiday celebrations.
The Broadmoor ushered in the holiday season by filling the resort with over a million sparkling lights and unveiling its annual massive gingerbread display. Throughout the season, there will be gingerbread decorating classes for kids, special holiday dining menus in all outlets, Wassail Tea service, culinary and beverage demonstrations, Breakfasts with Santa, and other moments of cheer, including the resort’s 12 Days of Christmas, December 21-January 1.
Make sure to catch the Classic Broadmoor Holiday Show when you’re planning your holiday Events this year. It’s been a fan favorite for over 25 years. Or simply take a holiday stroll around the lake and soak in the festive scenery in beautiful Colorado Springs.
3. The Equestrian Hotel (Ocala, FL)
The Equestrian Hotel in Ocala, Florida, is aglow with more than one million twinkling lights, a 45-foot tall Christmas tree, and larger-than-life ornaments placed throughout the Grand Plaza. It’s impossible not to feel merry and bright during your stay at this spectacular Christmas hotel.
The Winter Wonderland Spectacular lasts until Saturday, December 24. Each week there are dozens of activities, such as shows and events with real-life toy soldiers and Victorian Carolers. You can even have breakfast with Santa or listen to Christmas stories.
Meander through the Christmas Tree Maze before roasting marshmallows and snuggling up with a cup of embellished hot cocoa, complete with your favorite toppings from the North Pole Cafe. As you stroll, keep an eye out for the gingerbread replica of the new hotel at the World Equestrian Center.
The Most Festive Christmas Hotels in the US By State
With so many incredible festive Christmas hotels and resorts offering a range of holiday events and decorations, we have listed each property by the state to help you narrow down your search. There are endless destinations to celebrate your traditions in style this holiday season.
4. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
This year marks the 13th annual Christmas at the Princess, an event held annually at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The celebration features more than 6.5 million lights, two outdoor ice skating rinks made of real ice, a 94-foot Ferris wheel, characters, rides, food, and more.
Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, transforms into an enchanting winter wonderland with its annual Christmas at the Princess festival until January 2, 2023.
The Christmas celebration is one of the largest in the Southwest, attracting more than 300,000 visitors over six weeks. The resort’s winter wonderlands are aglow with seasonal cheer, and guests of all ages are invited to rediscover the magic of the holidays with enticing activities from ice skating at the Desert Ice Rink, colorful light shows in the Enchanted Plaza to roasting marshmallows at S’mores Land and selfies with Santa.
For adults seeking an ideal holiday date night or evening out, Christmas at the Princess has many activities suitable for guests without children. New for this year is Chateau Champagne, a 21+ designated area that gives guests a semi-private firepit, elevated snacks and desserts, and, of course, plenty of champagne.
5. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Enjoy stunning views of Pinnacle Peak at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale’s Troon North while participating in their festive programming this winter. The complimentary ‘Kids for All Seasons’ program offers specialties such as Breakfast with Santa and Elf Tuck-Ins, including freshly baked cookies and an Arizona-themed storybook reading. These services are sure to thrill families.
Check out the holiday activities calendar for a chance to enjoy all the festive season has to offer. The vast selection of Yuletide cheer includes freshly roasted chestnuts, bourbon and chocolate pairings at Proof, live music, eggnog sampling, and holiday cookies.
6. Rosewood Miramar Beach
This December, escape to the beautiful coast of Southern California and enjoy Rosewood Miramar Beach. With its stunning location on the American Riviera, you’re sure to have a memorable holiday season.
Grammy and Golden Globes nominee Frank Stallone will give a special performance at The Manor Bar on Saturday, December 10. This exclusive one-night event is the perfect opportunity for guests and locals to get into the holiday spirit.
For an upscale holiday treat, Chef Massimo Falsini will serve his Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian-American meal comprised of exquisite fish and seafood dishes on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. You can enjoy carolers in the Living Room and watch snowfall on the Great Lawn while you feast.
7. Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Get into the holiday spirit by revisiting old traditions or trying something new at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Enjoy recreational skating on eco-friendly Glice rink weekends until January 14 or daily from December 19 through December 30.
If you’re searching for the perfect gifts this holiday season, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar has teamed up with San Diego Made to bring you an exclusive shopping experience featuring local small businesses. You can shop from different vendors each weekend, all of whom create their products locally and by hand. The event runs until December 18 on both Saturday and Sunday.
On top of the already planned festivities, they also hosting a free wreath-making workshop for you and your loved ones. You’ll be able to make a beautiful holiday wreath for your home or to give as a gift.
For an afternoon full of festive entertainment, Fairmont Grand Del Mar is offering two opportunities to watch talented dancers perform a narrated, abridged version of the magical traditional holiday ballet: The Nutcracker. On Friday, December 23, enjoy a delightful Afternoon Tea with holiday flavors and treats, or come for the joyous Holiday Brunch Buffet on Saturday, December 24. The Nutcracker performances follow both events.
The Grand offers chalet cabanas and firepits this holiday season for you to book with your friends and family. Make memories around the fire while enjoying the full holiday menu of cocktails and festive foods.
8. Lakehouse Hotel & Resort
This year, the hotel is doing a Winter Wonderland with an ice skating rink lakeside, polar express hayrides, 30ft Christmas tree, a 140-foot light tunnel, igloo dining, and more through January 1.
Bundle up and head onto the rink for the lakeside ice skating experience open daily, or guests can also experience Polar Express Hayrides.
Hidden in Southern California, Lakehouse Hotel & Resort transports guests to a festive getaway. Located on the 80-acre recreational Lake San Marcos, it is reminiscent of an east coast lake retreat.
Enjoy a luxurious private dining experience inside a luminous igloo complete with twinkle lights, charcuterie, and wine at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort. The experience includes a seasonal gourmet charcuterie board, a dessert platter, and two bottles of wine.
9. Pechanga Resort Casino
Pechanga Resort Casino showcases more than 48 lit trees, including the 30-foot one at the resort’s North Entrance. Holiday decorations adorn the inside and exterior, including over 100,000 lights, life-size glimmering deer, giant wrapped gifts, snowflakes, as well as thousands of red poinsettias brightening every walkway and entrance.
The hotel’s Executive Chef and a team of expert bakers create a complete gingerbread village featuring 11 houses of various sizes, 30 trees (one of them five feet tall) made of solid dark and white chocolate, sugar creations, and more. The completely edible holiday town encircles the resort’s waterfall chandelier and provides an aromatic and festive photo backdrop.
And to top it all off, this festive Christmas hotel has seven restaurants serving up different Christmas day specials for those looking to celebrate away from home. In addition, their Holiday To Go program lets guests bring home the perfect holiday feast and leave the hassle out of cooking for family this holiday season.
10. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, will be launching 16 Days of Wonder this season in addition to its already family-friendly offerings. The Ritz is nestled in the mid-mountain area of Northstar California ski resort and provides a magical escape for the holiday season.
From December 18 to January 2, the property will offer exciting kids activities and programming each day leading up to the holidays. Families can now take part in the new S’more & Hot Coco Extravaganza at Caffe Blue. A full wall of sweet condiments, chocolates, and candies await guests so that they can customize their perfect s’more or hot chocolate. Daily meet & greets with Santa are sure to get everyone feeling festive.
While the kids gorge themselves on a smorgasbord of sweets, the adults get to make “Hot Herbology” drinks with the help of a herbalist and mixologist. These healthy winter warmers are made with only fresh herbs and spices and are sure to keep everyone cozy this holiday season.
11. Fairmont San Francisco
This year, Fairmont San Francisco has teamed up with See’s Candies to create a truly unique hotel display. The lobby has been transformed into a festive and joyful holiday destination, complete with a giant gingerbread house adorned with thousands of delicious See’s Candies. This exhibit is sure to awe and inspire all who see it.
The gingerbread house stands more than 22 feet high and 23 feet wide and includes thousands of home-baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of royal icing and candy décor. Hundreds of pounds of See’s Candies – including their iconic lollypops, candy canes, chocolate confections, and more will be artfully placed on the breathtaking build, creating a true work of art.
Residents and guests of San Francisco are invited to visit the See’s Candies pop-up location in Fairmont San Francisco’s lobby for a sweet treat during peak holiday periods. The shop will have an array of seasonal offerings available for purchase. The hotel also proudly serves traditional holiday tea throughout the season, as well as offers a number of gorgeously decorated Santa Suites.
12. Edgewood Tahoe Resort
Edgewood Tahoe Resort is the perfect place to spend your holidays. With 12 days of festive celebrations, you and your family will be sure to have a holiday season to remember.
Edgewood on Ice is an ice skating experience in South Lake Tahoe surrounded by gorgeous resort views and snow-capped mountains. You can make unforgettable memories with your loved ones in this beautiful winter setting, and you might even find a new favorite family holiday tradition.
Take a 2-mile nature walk or snowshoe experience with a local guide to learn about the Edgewood Tahoe property and relax by the fireside at the Clubhouse with warm drinks and snacks.
Curate your own cup of delicious hot cocoa and enjoy it with your family and friends in the Great Room from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Available every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as well as daily for the 12 Days of Edgewood.
13. Tenaya at Yosemite
Tenaya at Yosemite, a beloved resort that has won USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards two times, is returning to its festive pre-pandemic events and adding some new traditions to make sure the season is happy and bright.
With 75 acres of forest to explore, an ice-skating rink, gingerbread house decorating workshops, and more, Tenaya is the perfect place to make holiday memories with family and friends. Back by popular demand are Tenaya’s Gingerbread House Workshops. The workshops sell out every year and are offered in December for $95 per house.
New for guests this year is an Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. Guests can search the property for ten Christmas elves and earn a sweet treat prize for finding them all. The self-paced scavenger hunt is offered from until December 24 and is appropriate for all ages.
Children ages 4 to 12 can delight in sharing a morning meal with Santa and his elves. The special occasion includes breakfast, holiday games, crafts, and photos with Santa.
14. Ojai Valley Inn
This festive season, there’s no better place to unwind and reconnect with loved ones than the Ojai Valley Inn, the award-winning resort in Southern California’s dreamy Ojai, with the return of its annual “Serenity Season.” The iconic destination offers an abundance of festive events to celebrate the holidays, kicking off the season with world-class culinary offerings and Chef’s dinners, a Turkey Trot Fun Run, seasonal spa treatments, festive cookie classes with Mrs. Claus, and so much more:
Get into the holiday spirit with a variety of Christmas activities, including a tree lighting ceremony and caroling with Nordhoff High School Symphonic Band and Choir; Breakfast with Santa and his reindeer; storytelling with Santa’s elves; the first-ever holiday cookie decorating workshop with Mrs. Claus; and festivities at The Farmhouse including Holiday Cookie Decorating and a Holiday Pie Baking Class.
Celebrate the festival of lights from your hotel room in Ojai. Each Hanukkah celebration kit includes an electric menorah, dreidels, and chocolate gelt coins.
15. Montage Laguna Beach
Montage Laguna Beach is a luxury oceanfront resort located in the heart of Orange County’s picturesque seaside village of Laguna Beach. As one of Southern California’s most festive and popular winter destinations, Montage Laguna Beach hosts an outdoor 30+ foot tree between the Pacific Ocean and pool as well as annual holiday decorations, including a giant mistletoe hanging in the lobby.
As a homage to Crystal Coves’ historic beach cottages, Montage Laguna Beach’s life-size gingerbread cottage stands 15 feet tall. The interior has all the trimmings of a holiday home with Christmas wallpaper, an electric fireplace, and a chandelier.
Festive fun for all ages is a mainstay of programming through the season, with the resort bolstering its tradition of holiday-inspired Afternoon Tea, available daily until December 23.
Show off your creative side while Gingerbread Decorating on select dates in December, with a glass of champagne for adults and sweet treats for the youngest guests.
Enjoy complimentary Holiday Outdoor Movies under the stars every Saturday, Dec. 3 – 17, as well as Santa’s Workshops at Paintbox for children to fashion special mementos and holiday gifts for family and friends.
16. Terranea Resort
Taking in views of the Pacific from its position on bluffs above the coast, Terranea Resort near Los Angeles invites guests to celebrate annual oceanfront holiday traditions running through New Year’s Day. These luxury immersive experiences include signature events, festive activities, gourmet meals, restorative wellness treatments, premium gifts, and more.
Enjoy outdoor holiday movie magic on December 23 under the stars and catch an evening flick at the beach cove. At sunset on the terrace of the Lobby Lounge, guests enjoy the ringing of the crystal singing bowls and lighting of the Menorah from December 18 – 26.
Celebrate the season with an energy-boosting guided nature hike along Terranea’s native plant trails on December 21 from 2-4pm.
Each day in December, kids can partake in a festive search for Terra, the Elf on the Shelf. Every day there is a new holiday jingle that hints at Terra’s location. Bring the whole family to participate in this holiday tradition. The Kids Club offers cookie decorating as a delicious craft for the kids to participate in during the morning and evening sessions.
Not a creature will be stirring as guests gather by the fire to listen to a special rendition of “‘ Twas the Night Before Christmas” in Terranea’s Lobby Living Room for all of those young at heart. Join the fun on Christmas Eve to set the scene for the perfect holiday experience.
17. Paséa Hotel & Spa
Paséa Hotel & Spa is a modern luxury oasis located in the heart of Huntington Beach’s vibrant coastal community. Paséa is debuting its oceanfront ice rink until December 31 with spectacular views of the Pacific. The skating experience is complete with festive theme nights (Mariah Carey Tribute Night! Santa’s Ho Ho Hoedown! Giveback Nights!).
In addition to cozy cocktails and bites, Santa visits, photo ops, and holiday movies playing on the big screen, ice rink guests can also enjoy special Fire Pit Menus featuring hot cocoa, gingerbread house kits, charcuterie, tamales, and much more.
As a twist on the traditional gingerbread house, visitors to the lobby can also witness Paséa’s carefully crafted 170-pound Gingerbread Hotel, built to scale from the hotel’s original blueprints.
Guests that book the ‘Stay & Skate’ package will enjoy accommodations, two tickets to the ice rink, and festive holiday cocktails for two, such as the ‘Rum Rum Rudolph’, and ‘Boozy Eggnog’!
18. Mission Pacific Hotel, part of the Jdv by Hyatt brand
Beachy California isn’t a traditional winter getaway, but there is plenty of merriment by the sea at Mission Pacific Hotel, part of the Jdv by Hyatt brand. Newly recognized by California’s distinguished MICHELIN Guide, Valle and Chef Roberto Alcocer will be hosting the inaugural 12 Chefs Before Christmas – a culinary adventure blending style, technique, flavor, and culture in celebration of the holiday season.
Throughout two events, Valle will feature six guest chefs per evening for a collaborative meal of uniquely contributed dishes made with Chef Roberto, featuring a cocktail reception and live music.
Grab the entire family to showcase their gingerbread house decorating skills. Make it a Top Gun Gingerbread House for a chance to win a $100 hotel gift certificate.
Get cozy at Shelter Club, enjoying hot chocolate, cider, and popcorn while watching a classic holiday film. Add an extra dash of holiday magic to the experience by renting a portable fire pit and getting all the ingredients for tasty s’mores.
19. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
The much-loved 5-acre hotel that has been a historical icon in Santa Monica for over 100 years is starting the holiday season with some new community-based festive events, including the annual ‘Meet Me Under The Fig Tree’ event.
On Sunday, December 11, Angelenos, Santa Monica residents, and holiday travelers alike can gather around Fairmont Miramar’s beautifully adorned historical landmark, the Moreton Bay Fig Tree, for a celebratory afternoon full of complimentary festive drinks, small bites and holiday activities.
At Fairmont Miramar’s winter wonderland, families can take photos with Santa Claus, dance to live music, decorate festive cookies, enjoy a kid-friendly bounce house, arts & crafts, and experience a Fire Truck showcase.
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season by the beach in the festive Santa Suite, featuring a fairytale atmosphere including Santa-inspired décor, in-room candy bar & S’Mores kit, holiday movie classics & much more.
Aptly timed for the holiday season, whiskey lovers can create a customized Sazerac cocktail. With all the necessary ingredients, including an absinthe perfume bottle, Peychaud’s bitters, Angostura bitters, rye whiskey, Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac, simple syrup & a golden spoon, guests can purchase a box to share in the Lobby Lounge with friends, or as a gift.
20. C Lazy U Ranch
Christmas time at C Lazy U Ranch is truly special. Guests are able to come to the ranch and enjoy all of the best parts of the holidays – sparkling decorations, tree trimming, delicious meals, and family time – without any of the inevitable stress that comes with hosting such an event.
Create cherished family memories by renting one of the chic cabins, each complete with its own tabletop Christmas tree and trimming supplies. Then, to make the experience even more intimate and special, light up the wood-burning fireplace in your cabin.
Santa visits C Lazy U every year on a horse-drawn sleigh full of presents to put under the tree in the Main Lodge (for guests, of course!). Gingerbread House building, Christmas karaoke, and cookie decorating are some of the favorite traditional activities.
At the ranch, you can participate in a never-ending amount of winter fun activities: skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, and more. You can also go ice skating on the pond or play some pick-up hockey games while you’re here.
C Lazy U is one of the best places to get away from it all and relax. With 8,500 acres of pristine mountain landscape to explore, you’ll never run out of things to do. And the best part? The C Lazy U team takes care of everything, so you can just sit back and relax.
21. Hotel Clio
Hotel Clio is the newest luxury hotel in Denver‘s chic and festive Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Nestled in the heart of downtown Denver and surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, Hotel Clio is the perfect place to stay during your holiday visit to Denver.
This Cherry Creek hotel boasts an exciting slate of holiday programming, including culinary specials and themed cocktails at Toro Latin Kitchen & Lounge, wreath-making workshops with Madelyn Claire Floral Design, and Friday evening caroling performances by The Yuletide Carolers.
Guests can enjoy the annual Winter Wanderland celebration in Cherry Creek North, where you can stroll under nearly a million twinkling lights strung up on hundreds of trees. There is also festive décor around every corner, horse-drawn carriage rides to get you into the holiday spirit, and a cozy outdoor market.
22. Hotel Colorado
Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, has been delighting guests with its extravagant holiday decorations since 1893. Since then, the process has grown to include more than half a million lights throughout the hotel exterior, lobby, dining areas, banquet rooms, and more than 60 decorated Christmas trees. Each of the five signature suites will feature a decorated tree and holiday lighting.
A holiday lighting ceremony—complete with entertainment, fire dancers, a symphony performance, Santa, and a grand fireworks display—draws thousands. A life-sized gingerbread house with 311 pounds of gingerbread and eight gallons of frosting surrounds the coffee shop in the lobby. Events in December include breakfasts with Santa and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffets.
23. The St. Regis Aspen Resort
Aspen, Colorado, is perfect for you if you love snow and skiing or are looking for a festive mountain town to spend the holidays. With its picturesque Rocky Mountain landscape and heaps of powdery snow, it’s skiers’ and snowboarders’ heaven. Come visit during the holidays to see the sparkling lights and decorations all around town and enjoy some fun holiday events with family and friends.
The winter holidays are a great time to enjoy Aspen’s many activities, from Ice Skating at Snowmass to catching the 37th Annual Sardy House Tree Lighting. Of course, no trip would be complete without some time spent gliding down the slopes at Aspen Mountain Ski Resort.
Look no further than The St. Regis Aspen Resort for the quintessential winter escape. Situated at the foot of Aspen Mountain, this five-star luxury resort offers visitors a wealth of opulent amenities and leisure activities in a relaxed mountain setting. Whether you’re looking to get out and explore or simply want to enjoy a quiet retreat, The St. Regis Aspen Resort is sure to exceed your expectations.
24. Foxwoods Resort Casino
This year, the Northeast’s premier holiday destination unveils an exciting lineup of festivities – from enchanting, wintery outdoor escapes to charming and cheerful yuletide events for all ages – Foxwoods welcomes guests to experience the Wonder of It All this holiday season.
For the holidays, Foxwoods will open its beloved Ice Rink and Winter Terrace. Visitors can make their way around the ice while basking in the glow of thousands of holiday lights and warm up from the cold in Foxwoods’ village of cozy, pop-up-themed igloos while enjoying specially curated food and drinks.
Cedars Steak & Oysters transforms into a Christmas Wonderland, complete with massive nutcracker statues and over 10,000 glistening ornaments and lights covering every inch. Guests can invite the entire family out for a meal worth remembering and enjoy a delectable menu featuring seasonal appetizers, dinner specials, and cocktails.
Kids, and guests of all ages, are welcome to enjoy a magical breakfast with Santa with festive bites from Cedars’ special holiday breakfast menu, as well as take personal photos for memories that will last a lifetime. For those 21 and over, Foxwoods’ 12 Bars of Christmas epic pub crawl returns bigger and better than ever with festive drink specials and reindeer games to celebrate the season.
25. Hotel Dupont
Opened in 1913, Hotel Dupont is located in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, in the heart of the picturesque Brandywine Valley. The hotel is central to New York City and Washington DC, with an Amtrak stop between the cities, and is quickly becoming a hot destination for festive visitors.
Inspired by the wintertime resorts of Aspen and Vail, Chalet du Pont brings the lux après-ski experience to the heart of Wilmington. The après-ski-inspired seasonal pop-up features a variety of events and offerings, including Brunch with Santa, Breakfast Experiences and Lunch Experiences with curated holiday menus, Afternoon Tea, and Cocktail Experiences.
Guests are invited to escape the winter chill and retreat to warm elegance beneath shearling throws and twinkling lights, where they’ll enjoy seasonal light bites and festive cocktails in the cozy winter wonderland.
26. JW Marriott Tampa Water Street and Tampa Marriott Water Street
The Marriott Water Street collection of JW Marriot Tampa Water Street and Tampa Marriott Water Street is a unique getaway for those looking for a warm escape this holiday season. The two hotels are connected by a sky bridge, providing guests with access to the restaurant and events at both properties without ever having to step outside. The complex is going all out for the holidays this year with decorations, special programming, and curated dining experiences by the best chefs in town for each holiday this year.
27. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
This winter, escape to The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, where you can find festive fun around every corner. Guests can create lasting memories this holiday season, from in-suite tree decorating kits and movie showings to bike rides with Santa and his reindeer.
The hotel’s bay-front Healing Garden will become a living room scene, set up for families to capture their unforgettable holiday vacation so that classic traditions can continue even when away from home.
Dress in your coziest pajamas and visit the garden in December for a ride on the Polar Express. You’ll be greeted by movie characters, given hot chocolate and s’mores, and children will receive their own sleigh bells as a gift.
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota will have many wellness programs available throughout the season, like a Jingle Jog with peppermint towels to cool down and “Snoga,” where guests can do yoga while watching the sunset over the Bay. You don’t need snow to enjoy the holidays at this festive Christmas hotel.
28. Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
Come experience Christmas to the fullest at Gaylord Palms Resort during the annual Christmas Extravaganza. With hours of non-stop events and activities like snow tubing and Snowball Build and Blast, holiday dining, live entertainment, and more, it’s easy to see why so many families love spending their holidays here.
And don’t miss the triumphant return of ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Using more than 2 million pounds – or 1,000 tons – of ice, the classic Dr. Seuss story and animated special are brought to life by a team of 40 ice artisans who work for approximately six weeks to create the nearly 20,000-square-foot frozen attraction.
Ice slides and sculptures from this classic Christmas story are waiting for you. Watch the ice sculptors turn melting blocks into beautiful works of art right before your eyes.
29. Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach
What could be more fun for kids at this Christmas hotel than an “Elf Butler.” This secretive “Elf on the Shelf Butler” executes the most elaborate displays resulting in the ultimate in-room attraction. Each morning, kiddos will wake up to find a memorable visit from their Elf – think an Elf is sitting in a mini floating device in the sink or an Elf going fishing with goldfish swimming in the bath.
Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach is an oceanfront resort situated on Fort Lauderdale’s exclusive North Beach with the city’s only ocean-facing Sky Deck with a pool plus panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterways throughout. Your kids will shriek with joy every morning at the sight of their magical Elf on the Shelf antics.
30. Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin brings all the fun of the North Pole to sunny and warm Florida and prides itself on being “Santa’s Favorite Resort.”
This holiday season, the resort will feature the following:
- Meet-and-greets with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Kandy Kane the Elf, decked out in their Florida vacation attire
- Bedtime elf tuck-ins for children from Santa’s helpers
- A 2,000-pound life-size holiday scene made entirely from chocolate is on display in the lobby
- Tree lighting ceremony
- Cookie decorating
- A festive dancing lights show
- And most importantly, Magic Keys to help Santa find his way into resort rooms on Christmas Eve
31. Hawks Cay Resort
This December, let Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys bring tropical holiday cheer into your family’s life. With Hawks Cay Christmas, their experience-forward seasonal program, there is a wide variety of themed activities, crafts, workshops, and more throughout the month leading up to Christmas for families to enjoy together.
At Santa’s workshop, kids can help make toys, decorate gingerbread houses, design Christmas cards, and more. They can enjoy being tucked into bed by the elves and relax with hot chocolate and story time with Mrs. Claus. Families can make lifelong memories together while being serenaded by carolers and spending quality time in Santa’s magical world.
32. Jekyll Island Club Resort
If you’re looking to get swept away in a fairytale this holiday season, look no further than the Jekyll Island Club Resort. Long ago, it served as a refuge for families such as the Vanderbilt’s, Rockefeller’s, and other industry titans – in fact, it was once the world’s most exclusive club.
On December 10, watch as Santa and his many friends make their way around the island in a variety of vehicles lit up in their holiday best. On December 20th and 27th, go old school and bring the kids to the drive-in for a showing of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. On December 22nd and 29th, celebrate the holiday season and watch the night sky light up with fireworks.
With over 500,000+ total light bulbs and 35,000+ lights on the Great Tree, visitors will feel like they’re in a Winter Wonderland. From picturesque walks overlooking the Jekyll Wharf to strolling under massive live oaks and magnolia trees twinkling with lights, there’s no shortage of Christmas spirit on this beautiful island.
33. St. Regis Atlanta
Get ready for a brand-new tradition at St. Regis Atlanta: The Astor Chalet. This unique collaboration between the luxurious hotel, award-winning architect Keith Summerour and Lucy’s Market is sure to be a showstopper.
The spirit of winter and The Alps comes alive in the Swiss-inspired chalet, which houses a pop-up from Lucy’s Market. This jewel box of holiday magic captures marvelous gifts, décor, and treats to inspire gift-giving and sharing this holiday season. Complementing the enchanting Astor Chalet at St. Regis Atlanta is the hotel’s stunning 24-foot Christmas tree.
Come to St. Regis Atlanta during the holidays for their traditional Afternoon Tea with Santa. You’ll be able to enjoy delicious teas, treats, and live music while spending time with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Mischievous hotel elves will even help you write a letter to Santa.
Celebrate the holidays at The St. Regis Bar with festive drinks like the Coco del Sol, a tequila-spiked hot chocolate, and the Spiced Barrel, a spice bourbon drink topped with prosecco.
34. JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District
Plant Riverside District will sparkle with holiday charm this season for the third annual Savannah Christmas Market until January 2. The Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District blends European and Southern holiday traditions in a spectacular entertainment district overlooking the Savannah River in one of America’s most beautiful cities.
A wide range of holiday-themed events, live performances, and family-friendly activities are planned, including a traditional Salzburg Christmas Market, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Kid’s Corner, Photos and Breakfast with Santa, and Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights, followed by a firework show directly across the river from Plant Riverside District.
35. The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua
Let The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua, inspire your holiday season with stunning ocean views, warm island breezes, and swaying palm trees. Be amazed at how the resort transforms into a festive wonderland with sparkling lights, delicious sweets, and special events throughout the holiday season.
Enjoy a Holiday Breakfast with Santa, where guests dine on holiday-themed favorites, including gingerbread pancakes. Don’t miss your opportunity to get a picture with Santa.
Polynesian Wayfinding Navigation Classes will occur every other week on the property. Guests have the opportunity to learn about Polynesian wayfinding and celestial navigation through a real Hawaiian navigator’s personal stories with Maleko Lorenzo.
During December, guests will be able to mail their letters to Santa. The Letter to Santa Desk will be in the Hotel Lobby all month. In addition, the Menorah will be lit at sundown on each of the eight nights in observance of Hanukkah.
Guests can decorate holiday ornaments, take a gingerbread-making class, or enjoy a holiday crafts session and cookie decorating. Perhaps the most fun event of all is the Sand Snowman Building Contest.
36. Coeur d’Alene Resort
Come see Coeur d’Alene Resort’s annual holiday celebration, which features over 1.5 million lights. The resort turns into a fairytale “Winter Wonderland” with outdoor displays that include a fire-breathing dragon, one of the world’s largest artificial floating Christmas trees, and an enormous 3,000-pound wreath.
Experience the magic of the resort’s all-new Reindeer Express, where guests can celebrate the season with Santa’s favorite furry friends. Overnight guests receive special treats to feed the reindeer.
Dickens Carolers spread holiday cheer with festive performances, an evening Fireside Story Time is held in the resort lobby, and guests can relax next to the Terrace Lounge’s wood-burning pit to roast s’mores with individual s’mores kits. You’ll also get fantastic views of the Holiday Light Show.
If you’re looking for a festive, unique experience this holiday season, look no further than Journey to the North Pole Cruises. Guests are transported across Lake Coeur d’Alene to the “North Pole,” where kids receive personal greetings from Santa himself. The visit ends with a spectacular fireworks show and an enormous floating Christmas tree that sways along to holiday music – it’s sure to be a night your family will always remember!
37. Hilton Chicago
If you love romantic comedy Christmas films, get ready to jump for joy! Hilton Chicago goes above and beyond this winter to give you the Hallmark-style experience of a lifetime. So ditch your TV remote and walk into your own favorite festive film when you book the “Cozy Christmas Suite” in partnership with the Hallmark Channel.
The Hilton Chicago never fails to impress with its 24-foot lobby Christmas tree and gingerbread replica of the city skyline. All children are welcome to join in on the holiday festivities at Hilton Chicago, like searching for Santa’s buttons to get a spot on his “nice” list and a sweet treat. With so much festive fun right near some of Chicago’s most popular attractions, you won’t want to miss out.
38. Palmer House
Winter in Chicago means many things, and Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel, is the perfect place to enjoy them all. Once the tree has been decorated and the merriment begins, you’ll find that Palmer House has everything you need for a festive stay. With its grand chandeliers, masterful paintings, and awe-inspiring ceiling frescoes, it’s no wonder that this hotel is at the top of everyone’s list during the holiday season.
Palmer House will have a bunch of holiday activities available for everyone to enjoy this season, from families with young children to couples. In addition, Palmer House is also launching a “Chocolate Lover’s Accommodations Package” that comes with several Brownie-inspired amenities to keep the fun going.
The “Brownie Manhattan” at Lockwood Restaurant and Bar is a creative culinary concoction guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth. This liquefied brownie features Palmer House FEW Rye, crème de cacao, walnut liquor, and chocolate walnut bitters, topped with a brownie bite and maraschino cherry.
For guests returning to Palmer House for another round of festivities, the celebrated “Tuba Christmas” returns on December 18 at 11:30 am. Bringing together tubists and other experienced musicians from around the world to play classic holiday tunes in Palmer House’s masterful ballrooms. For an unforgettable holiday season in the city, Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel, is the perfect Christmas hotel.
39. Swissôtel Chicago
Santa has dedicated his holiday season to all things Chicago this year. His presidential pad at the Swissôtel Chicago Santa Suite is now 2,000 square feet and bursting with glistening Christmas trees. Some notable ones include a tree-lined with Portillo’s garland in the shape of a Chicago Style Hot Dog and a Cloud Gate tree featuring beautiful silver, mirrored, and cloud ornaments inspired by the city landmark.
Celebrate a new holiday tradition this year at Élevé with an extravagant breakfast buffet in the penthouse ballroom. Indulge in all your favorite classics like Lobster Crab Cake Benedict, Red Velvet Pancakes, Pecan Bananas Foster Waffles, Pigs in a Blanket, and so much more.
40. French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort brings the North Pole to Indiana! Starting in September, the resort team starts decorating for its “50 Days of Lights,” offering family-friendly activities and a half-million sparkling lights. The Christmas season starts with two November tree-lighting ceremonies and continues until the new year. You can enjoy activities such as exploring the Christmas Village, watching a projection light show, or seeing some classic holiday films.
For a truly magical experience this holiday season, there are also Santa-related events such as writing and sending letters to him, taking a cookie decorating class with Mrs. Claus, or having breakfast with Rudolph. Inside and outside, the resort is truly breathtaking over the holidays.
41. Hyatt Place Hyatt House Indianapolis Downtown
What could be more festive than dining in an igloo?!! Located in the heart of the city, Hyatt Place Hyatt House Indianapolis Downtown allows guests and travelers to cozy up while watching snowflakes fall with the Rooftop Igloo Experience at Pivot Bar + Balcony.
The VIP experience is available for up to 8 guests and includes a private dining experience inside a clear geodesic igloo, perfect for spotting snowfall and city lights. The dinner includes a charcuterie board, hot chocolate, and a guest’s choice of curated bites such as elk sliders, kottbular (Swedish meatballs), s’mores board, and more.
42. The Surety Hotel
This year, the Surety Hotel has selected four local designers/retailers to decorate four of their top-floor rooms for the holidays, so guests feel at home when they have to be away during this holiday season. Each room has a QR code where guests can go directly online to purchase from these retailers if they fall in love with any of the festive products.
Surety Hotel is the place to be if you’re looking for holiday fun. They offer photos with Santa, a shopping extravaganza featuring 35 local vendors, ornament making with a local artist, cookie decorating, and even a prix fixe menu in their restaurant Mulberry Street Tavern on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
43. The Inn at Shaker Village
Shaker Village is filled with holiday cheer and merriment every year, complete with twinkling lights, festive music, roaring fires, and more. Saturday night’s Illuminated Evenings are especially beautiful when the whole property comes to life.
For a different experience every Saturday night, come to the Shaker Village. With various performers, programs and tours, there’s something for everyone. Take a journey back in time with a Candlelight Tour during December and see how much (or how little) holiday celebrations have changed in 200 years.
Additional holiday programming at Shaker Village includes children’s tea time with Mrs. Clause, holiday afternoon tea, and holiday lunch at the Trustee’s Table.
44. Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is the perfect home base for a holiday getaway with their Papa Noel holiday package that adds two complimentary cocktails daily to your stay. Enter the lobby and take your picture with the large Santa Claus and sleigh hanging from the atrium ceiling that alligators are pulling instead of reindeer (Louisiana has one of the largest populations of alligators in the US!). A custom gingerbread display changes each year to a creative new twist inspired by the Big Easy. Additionally, get into the holiday spirit with classic New Orleans traditions like caroling in Jackson Square, Reveillon dinners, decorations along historic Canal Street, and premium shopping – all steps from the downtown hotel.
45. The Roosevelt, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel
The hotel’s annual holiday decorations are quite a sight to see. With over 112,000 lights, 1,600 ft of garland, and 4,000 glass ornaments across the “Waldorf Wonderland” lobby, it is sure to get you into the Holiday spirit. Take in the dazzling display while enjoying The Sazerac Bar’s handcrafted Holiday season libations, including Christmas Cookie and Candy Cane cocktails.
The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, has been hosting icons from Louis Armstrong to Ray Charles since 1893, just one block away from the French Quarter. Enjoy Teddy Bear Tea and Holiday Brunches, two experiences that have been generations in the making.
46. Cliff House Maine
Santa’s workshop at the Cliff House Maine is the perfect destination for anyone looking to get into the holiday spirit. With stations like writing letters to Santa, crafting holiday ornaments, and decorating cookies, it’s a great place for families. This year, check out the Cliffside Igloos at Nubb’s- back for their third season.
47. Kennebunkport Inn
Kennebunkport, christened the #2 Christmas city in America by HGTV, welcomes visitors from all over to join its annual 11-day celebration known as Christmas Prelude. Taking place this year for its 41st anniversary, activities include:
- Multiple tree lightings
- Santa’s arrival via Lobster Boat
- Candlelight caroling sessions with live entertainment and a firework display afterward
Other popular traditions like the hat parade, pooch parade (for all you dog-lovers out there), and street festival, complete with vendors and Mrs. Clause appearances, make Kennebunkport the place to be during the wintertime.
The Kennebunkport Inn is full of Christmas cheer with its grandiose decorations throughout the hotel, special holiday food & drinks, live music, fire pits, and more. This year marks the debut of the Tinsel Bar – a one-of-a-kind Christmas cocktail bar adorned in floor-to-ceiling ornaments and lights guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit.
48. The Four Seasons Baltimore
If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, The Four Seasons Baltimore is the place for you. With a 1,800 square foot “Winter Village” complete with a skating rink, views of the harbor on the fifth-floor terrace, and festive decor on the rooftop, you will be filled with holiday cheer. You can even rent private cabanas with their own fire pits and warm up with holiday food and beverage favorites.
49. Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland
Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland is one of 200 magical places to find the Miracle Holiday Cocktail Pop-Up Bar. Take a step into Christmas on the 21st floor in Club 21 VIP space, which is normally closed to visitors. You’ll be surrounded by breathtaking wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling Christmas décor, along with 13 specialty Christmastime cocktails, each served in its own unique glassware. This festive setting is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
50. MGM National Harbor
National Harbor’s holiday display attempts to recreate the childlike wonder of experiencing Christmas for the first time with huge, beautiful decorations. This holiday season, MGM National Harbor is treating visitors to a majestic show in their Conservatory. Families can admire a life-sized snowman under the glow of elegant oversized ornaments and grandiose Christmas trees.
- The Conservatory is comprised of nearly 1,500 poinsettias
- The centerpiece of the holiday display features a 20-foot-tall toy snowman with a little girl adding a carrot nose atop a 12-foot wooden ladder
- 9 oversized ornaments hang overhead, with each featuring 10,000 small ornaments within
- A 7-foot-tall and 22-foot-long train weaves through the display
- The Conservatory showcases an 8-foot-tall gift box filled with oversized ornaments
- 8 large white Christmas trees ranging from 16 feet to 25 feet tall stand throughout with gold stars atop
51. Royal Park Hotel
The Royal Park Hotel is getting everyone in the holiday spirit with their favorite Elf, a touch of ‘Frozen,’ and a secret holiday bar! Not only will families create lasting memories, but the hotel is also giving back to its local community and charities.
For a limited time only, Royal Park Hotel has transformed one of its suites into Buddy the Elf’s workshop from the iconic film. Guests will be treated to walls adorned with lights and gift wrap, a ceiling filled with over-the-top snowflakes, and 5,000 feet of paper garland.
If you’re planning to attend the Big, Bright Light Show in Rochester, make sure to book a room at the AAA four-diamond Royal Park Hotel. You’ll be happy you did since it’s only a 30-minute drive north of Detroit and conveniently located within walking distance from downtown Rochester.
52. Pier B Resort Hotel
Pier B Resort Hotel in Duluth, MN, is situated on 7.4 acres of land resting on the edge of Lake Superior, featuring a breathtaking view of Duluth’s harbor and the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge. A stay on the lake during the holiday season allows guests to enjoy the backdrop of more than 5 million lights with the Bentleyville Tour of Lights set up right across the boat slip.
To get into the holiday spirit, Pier B Bentleyville Express Wagon Hay Rides bring guests right up to the entrance of Bentleyville while S’mores at Pier B’s fire pits overlook Bentleyville. Guests can experience Cedar & Stone Wood-fired Sauna Under the Bentleyville lights and there are snow Pedal Carts for kids and families to ride around in the snow.
53. Big Cedar Lodge
Once again, the beloved annual “Home for the Holidays” experience at the award-winning wilderness resort is back and better than ever. This year, guests can enjoy an outdoor ice skating rink, towering gingerbread creations, over two million twinkling holiday lights, and activities and programming for all ages.
Big Cedar Lodge’s seasonal outdoor ice rink is the perfect place to enjoy a festive light show while skating around. In the center of the ice, you’ll find a towering Christmas tree that really gets you in the holiday spirit. You can also journey through Big Cedar’s story of Christmas from the comfort of your car while viewing one of the largest lights displays in the region.
A festive way to spend time with loved ones is by solving riddles that lead you to different aesthetically pleasing light displays around the resort.
54. Triple Creek Ranch
This Christmas, come and explore the wild west by staying at this all-inclusive luxury ranch resort nestled among the towering pines and breathtaking peaks of Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains. Enjoy all the charming old-fashioned activities that make this holiday special, like horseback riding through snowy forests, downhill skiing, and cozy nights by the fire in your private cabin. Decorating your own real or artificial tree with beautiful handmade ornaments is sure to be a cowboy Christmas you’ll never forget.
55. Kimpton Cottonwood
Kimpton Cottonwood has taken the Pool Club and turned it into a beautiful winter lodge. The seasonal pop-up experience comes with an outdoor canopy cover and cozy atmosphere, perfect for holiday Movie Night Sundays. Each ticket includes an assorted snack tray, but if you’re looking for something more than popcorn, cocktails are available for purchase at The Lodge Beer Garden. Make it dinner and a holiday movie by visiting The Committee Chophouse or Orleans Room before the night’s screening.
56. The Cosmopolitan
The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan becomes a true winter wonderland every holiday season, high above the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip. This year, at The Ice Rink, guests can skate across 4,200 square feet of real ice!
Nestled next to The Ice Rink, The Chalet exudes a one-of-a-kind winter charm that wraps visitors in the season’s spirit. With its reimagined mountainscape design, festive decor, and cozy firepit, The Chalet provides guests with a warm and welcoming escape from Las Vegas’ hustle and bustle. New this season, Overlook Grill transforms into Overlook Chill, a rink-side café featuring traditional holiday bites with unique twists on comfort food classics.
What is better than a Date Skate featuring classic holiday movies? Snuggle up next to your loved one and catch these timeless classics:
- Monday, December 12 – A Christmas Story
- Tuesday, December 13 – The Grinch
- Monday, December 19 – Four Christmases
- Tuesday, December 20 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- Saturday, December 24 – Elf
- Sunday, December 25- Fred Claus
- Monday, December 26 – The Santa Clause
- Tuesday, December 27 – Frozen
- Monday, January 2 – The Polar Express
The resort’s mixologist, Andrew Pollard, has updated the Ice Rink’s menu with more sophisticated versions of holiday classics while still upholding tradition. The 2022 Ice Rink featured cocktails include: Champagne on Ice made with Moët Ice Impérial Champagne, Mele Kalikimaka, an adult twist on the Dole Whip, and Hot (Not Hot) Chocolate Mule.
57. Omni Mount Washington Resort
The season’s first snowfall always brings a sense of holiday cheer, and the Omni Mount Washington Resort is no exception. With lavish decorations and familiar holiday classics being played on a rare Steinway, it’s a sight you won’t want to miss.
Sleigh rides through a winter wonderland in the White Mountains are available all season long for guests at the hotel. Mrs. Claus hosts a hot cocoa party for visitors, and Santa arrives to read classic holiday books, and enjoy evenings filled with games, movies, and treats. Visitors can even send letters to Santa from the hotel post office.
New Hampshire’s Omni Mount Washington Resort is a unique and beautiful place to spend your snowy holiday season. With stunning Christmas décor, views of the White Mountains, and plenty of festive activities, this hotel will definitely get you into the holiday spirit.
58. Crystal Springs Resort
New Jersey’s Crystal Springs Resort is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays. The resort goes all out with festive décor and themed events for guests to enjoy. Throughout the season, travelers can take part in a variety of activities within the resort, including carriage rides, visits with Santa, a live nativity scene, and marshmallow roasting at Grand Cascades Lodge. Plus, there’s a seasonal photo backdrop and yummy hot cocoa- what more could you want?
Take a stroll through the magical “Winter Workshop and Frosty’s Cantina,” enjoy festive cocktails, mini tree decorating, pony rides, axe throwing, and more. And don’t worry about the cold — there is a heated indoor/outdoor pool that stays open year-round. So come on over and enjoy a restful season full of festivities at Crystal Springs Resort.
59. The Reeds at Shelter Haven
A kid’s Christmas dream experience has come true! The Reeds at Shelter Haven is partnering with Philadelphia’s own Bredenbeck Bakery (famously featured on TLC’s Fabulous Cake and Food Network’s Rachel Ray Royal Wedding Cake Off) to make a Gingerbread scale model of the coastal-chic hotel. While the kids are occupied, parents relax at the bar or one of several on-property restaurants with winter wonderland cocktails in hand.
Brunch and Elf education all in one magical morning! As your children become Santa’s Helpers with their own elf names and gear, they can join a toy building class. They’ll also graduate with an elf certification after completing a good deed checklist and getting pictures taken with Santa.
60. Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
With an array of lavish holiday offerings, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe stands out as a unique destination for a high-desert mountain retreat this season. The resort promises adventure, culture, culinary, and wellness experiences that will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Come learn how to make delightful drinks and food with a free mixology and cooking class. Be imaginative while savoring sweet goodies with holiday cookie decorating kits, or gather around Terra’s outdoor firepit with complimentary s’mores kits every night along with hot cider service. Drop by The Trading Post, too, so you can browse the boutique’s festive holiday collection, try some bubbles and bites, and get your presents wrapped for free.
With the onsite Adventure Center, you immerse yourself in local culture while also exploring the region’s diverse high desert and mountain terrain. A team of expert private guides customizes outdoor adventures and excursions to give you an authentic holiday experience.
61. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
During Christmastime, guests at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi can experience one of the area’s most popular holiday traditions: the Canyon Road Farolito Walk. On Christmas Eve, thousands of people stroll down this iconic road, which is known for its world-class galleries. Every year during this annual celebration unique to Santa Fe, Canyon Road transforms itself into a work of art with thousands of farolitos (“little lanterns”) lighting up the gardens, courtyards, and adobe walls of century-old buildings along the road.
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, located in downtown Santa Fe, has several special festive menus and programming to celebrate the holiday season. The property’s holiday menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s include unique takes on traditional holiday dishes with live music on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
62. The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark
Santa’s elves will be busy at The Kartrite, New York’s largest indoor waterpark, leading up to the holiday season. Join in on the fun with special toy workshop time with Mrs. Claus, ornament-making contests with hot cocoa, snowman contests, snowball fights (both indoors and out!), a not-so-silent night dance party, and cookies galore.
The Kartrite is also teaming up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with all proceeds from photos with Santa each Saturday going to the hospital to give back during the holiday season. What could be more fun than spending the holidays at a festive waterpark!
63. Villa Roma Resort
Villa Roma Resort is an enchanting place to be during the holidays, especially with its towering 13-foot Christmas tree in the lobby. If you’re looking for festive activities and attractions, they offer visits with Santa, an eggnog party, themed activities & nightly entertainment, skiing, snowboarding & tubing down snowy hillsides, and bowling.
From now until Christmas, the Villa Roma hotel is hosting a scavenger hunt to find their very own ‘Villa Roma Elf.’ Take a picture with the Elf in different areas of the lush hotel. And what’s more, guests can enjoy their ski hill during Christmas and New Year’s, complete with three skiing and snowboarding runs and snow tubing.
64. Mohonk Mountain House
Mohonk’s Victorian Holidays celebration is back and better than ever – guests who visit through the end of the year can enjoy everything from Victorian carolers, Gingerbread House tours, an outdoor immersive holiday light installation, holiday craft kits, and Christmas tree tours. You can also take part in outdoor activities like winter forest bathing sessions, winter hiking, or snowshoeing.
Not only are their festive offerings a cause for celebration, but guests can also book an Insta-worthy ‘Victorian High Tea.’ This tea is the perfect addition to any Victorian Holiday experience. On top of that, it comes with a magnificent view of Lake Mohonk. The array includes fine teas served in an elegant tea set, house-made scones with jam, chocolate truffles, petit fours, and tea sandwiches at Hudson Valley’s most iconic resort.
65. The Knickerbocker Hotel
Is there a better place to spend Christmas and New Year’s than New York City? The iconic, five-star Times Square property Knickerbocker Hotel takes the spirit of the city and wraps it up – by being the beautiful and calming center in the middle of everything – near Bryant Park ice skating and the Christmas Market, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, 5th Ave Shopping, and Broadway shows!
Following Christmas, The Knickerbocker Hotel celebrates the return of its Ultimate New Year’s Eve Experience at St. Cloud Rooftop, boasting the closest live view of the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve event. Just 150 feet from the famous Waterford Crystal Ball, the party features live entertainment, a premium open bar, dinner and hors d’oeuvres by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, as well as a champagne toast at midnight as guests get a bird’s eye view of the famous ball drop. You can get even closer to the NYE magic, as a piece of the 2019 Waterford Ball will be exclusively displayed in The Knickerbocker lobby through to the New Year.
66. Legoland New York Resort
There’s no place like Legoland New York for the Holidays! Celebrate with a Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring LEGO Santa every evening. Get in the spirit with holiday garland, lights, and photo moments throughout the event while enjoying the sounds of the Holidays with roaming Carolers and a dance party.
Your favorite holiday characters, Santa and LEGO Drumz, are back and are ready for holiday hugs, pictures, and selfies. Visit the North Pole Postal Service to write your own letter to LEGO Santa. Grab a hot chocolate or sit by the fire and make your own s’mores on Brick Street. Explore MINILAND to find all the LEGO presents. Help complete the LEGO Holiday Mosaic featuring over 66,000 LEGO bricks!
67. Omni Grove Park Inn
The Omni Grove Park Inn National Gingerbread House Competition started small in 1992, with only a few gingerbread houses made by local residents. However, two decades later, it has turned into one of the nation’s most anticipated holiday events that receive entries from all around the country.
The Gingerbread Display has become much more than just a bunch of entries; it has turned into a beloved family holiday tradition. People of all ages react to this joyful experience with wonder, awe, and happiness. Along with the gingerbread displays, the inn is also filled with over 80 illuminated trees and smells delightful, with spicy gingerbread filling the lobby.
68. Hilton Cleveland Downtown
If you are traveling over the holidays and are looking for extra special holiday accommodations, the Hilton Cleveland Downtown offers Mr. Kringle’s Suite. The suite comes complete with two sparkling Christmas trees, tabletop adornments, room decorations, and holiday-themed furniture, plus velvet bedding and pillows. Each guest also receives a personalized note from Mr. Kringle, “naughty or nice” bathrobes, and a special delivery of milk and cookies.
If you’re looking for a holiday dining experience that the whole family will enjoy, visit the onsite Burnham Restaurant on select days in December to have Breakfast with Mr. Kringle & Friends. Santa himself will be there, as well as some of his other merrymaker friends, and they’ll mingle throughout the meal.
69. Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa
Step into a winter wonderland by spending your holidays at the Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa. With beautiful décor and plenty of festive cheer, you’ll feel like you’re in a scene from a holiday movie. The hotel lobby is adorned with sparkling trees and garland, creating the perfect atmosphere for sipping on some complimentary cider or milk & cookies (weekends only). In addition to all of this merriment, there are also several exciting events going on throughout December that will transport you to another world entirely.
The kiddos will be enchanted when Mrs. Claus herself stops by to read a Christmas classic at the Artesian. Hear your favorite holiday songs sung by a choir or real carolers onsite. Take in the sights of Sulphur in the cozy cabin of a horse-drawn carriage.
70. The Benson Portland
The Benson Portland is excited to announce the return of a live unveiling for the 2022 Gingerbread Masterpiece, a 50-year holiday tradition celebrated at the historic hotel. The public and hotel guests are invited to enjoy the stunning creation by Pastry Chef David Diffendorfer, which will celebrate a major Oregon attraction.
The Benson Portland, a Curio Collection hotel by Hilton, invites the public back once again for a live unveiling of the 2022 Gingerbread Masterpiece, a 50-year holiday tradition.
This year’s theme celebrates a major Oregon attraction (to be revealed at the event) and honors the hotel’s founder and local designer Simon Benson’sdecade of public service to the state of Oregon and the city of Portland. This majestic creation is an original treasure made entirely of confectionary delights and enchanting to all ages.
“This is a beloved and distinguished tradition,” said Mark Goeman, managing director of The Benson Portland. “We take great pride in supporting the community of downtown Portland and providing a unique and fun holiday experience to each and every visitor that walks through our doors.”
71. Oregon Garden Resort
Surrounded by more than a million Christmas lights, the Silverton Christmas Market is an annual event that takes place in the cute hotel located in Silverton, Oregon. Visitors of all ages can stroll down magic-lit trails, marvel at beautiful holiday displays, and stop by an authentic German-style market for festive gifts like nutcrackers, smokers, and ornaments.
After working up an appetite from shopping, people can go snow tubing or listen to carolers. Then, they can head to the biergarten for drinks and traditional German dishes.
72. The Preserve Sporting Club & Residences
Think magical sleigh rides with Santa, Hobbit Houses straight from middle earth, warm fireplaces, and snowy windows! Celebrate the holidays in your very own winter wonderland on 3500+ pristine acres.
Book a Maker’s Mark tasting dinner at The Preserve’s renowned Hobbit Houses. With décor reminiscent of the North Pole, this delectable dinner alongside loved ones and friends will seem like a real-life Christmas miracle.
For New Year’s Eve, bring your best Gatsby glam to the Double Barrel Kitchen for a delicious dinner and open bar with beer, wine, and specialty cocktails to ring in the new year. After that, you can have a meet and greet with world-renowned chef David Burke and dance the night away with a live band, fireworks, and dancing.
73. Hotel Bennett
For the first time, Hotel Bennett will be creating a life-size gingerbread house in their lobby (made with actual gingerbread) and serving a range of hot chocolates and treats for both the young and the young at heart. Adults will be able to imbibe in their signature seasonal Jingle All the Way, served from the Gingerbread House, which is an indulgent cocktail with a base of rich house-made hot chocolate, a bit of Christmas cheer with equal parts Frangelico, Kahlua, and Bailey’s and finished off with a healthy dollop of whipped cream, marshmallows, and Christmas sprinkles.
74. Kingston Resorts
For a fun and festive getaway, the Happy Dolly-days suite is a beautiful and luxurious respite for friends and families during the holiday season. The suite is inspired by America’s love for Dolly Parton, Christmas spirit, and all things festive. It features rhinestones, pink Christmas trees and wreaths, lights, and Dolly artwork throughout. Plus, guests can take home goodies like a tote bag with Dolly’s face on it, her famous sugar cookie recipe cards, chocolate-covered cherries, and drink tickets for cocktails (mocktails included) named after Ms. Parton herself!
75. Grand Bohemian Lodge
Grand Bohemian Lodge, located in Greenville, is now open and excited to bring a novel holiday tradition to the city–the Greenville Christmas Market. This market takes inspiration from both European and Southern traditions and will be set against the stunning backdrop of the Reedy River. Come experience one of America’s loveliest cities in a whole new light this holiday season.
This holiday season, enjoy a wide selection of events, live performances, and activities perfect for the entire family. There will be a Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa Meet & Greet, and 12+ Christmas booths featuring local businesses and vendors selling everything from artisanal goods to food & drink.
76. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa
If you’re looking for a holiday haven that perfectly captures the essence of Dolly Parton, look no further than Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. Just minutes away from Dolly Parton’s theme park in the Smoky Mountains, this resort goes all out for the holidays and is truly transformed into a winter wonderland.
You’ll be covered with Christmas joy as soon as you walk in, from the decorated trees to the hot apple cider. And if that’s not enough, there will also be Christmas carolers! Their sing-song voices fill the hotel lobby with holiday cheer, standing next to the 80-foot Christmas tree.
Children can participate in Christmas crafts and write letters to Santa atDreamMore Resort. They might even see Santa reading stories and posing for pictures. Those staying at the resort can also visit Dollywood during Smoky Mountain Christmas, the park’s annual holiday festival that includes over 5 million twinkling Christmas lights, delicious food, and holiday-themed shows.
77. The Inn at Christmas Place
If you’re looking for a place to truly get into the holiday spirit, look no further than The Inn at Christmas Place in the foothills of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. With its Bavarian-style architecture, lush gardens, and detailed courtyard, it’ll feel like you’re walking into a snow globe. And to really make things festive, they offer activities like story time with Santa, cookie decorating (with bedtime cookies too!), ornament making, and more for both kids and adults alike.
Special activities at the hotel include Christmas in July celebrations with daily crafts, activities, and musical entertainment. The stay also includes a complimentary hot breakfast and visits with Christmas characters, including Santa and Mrs. Claus. You can borrow family-friendly holiday movies from the front desk to watch during your stay as well.
78. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
This year, ICE! is back and better than ever, with two million pounds of beautiful ice sculpted into a winter wonderland by talented artisans. The stunning display tells the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer through larger-than-life sculptures and thrilling ice slides. It’s sure to be a hit with kids!
Some of the family-friendly holiday activities include Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast, Reindeer Games Scavenger Hunt, Ice Tubing, and Skating. If you’re looking for something a little more adult-oriented, we also have The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Christmas in Tennessee” Dinner Show, Frosty’s Pub, Parade of Trees, Delta Riverboat Christmas Cruise, and carriage rides. At Gaylord Opryland resort you really can enjoy everything the holidays have to offer all at one convenient festive location.
79. Four Seasons Hotel Austin
This holiday season, Four Seasons Hotel Austin is going above and beyond to make sure that everything really is bigger in Texas. The luxurious hotel’s new event, “Ice Rodeo,” will bring a winter wonderland complete with art installations, a 30-foot tall Christmas tree, a life-size gingerbread Airstream trailer, festive food and drinks, and an outdoor ice skating rink overlooking Lady Bird Lake.
Upon arrival, visitors are greeted with the sights and sounds of Christmas, starting with the twinkling lights in the front drive. They then continue on a guided path past more string lights and larger-than-life holiday art installations, including a festive Texas longhorn sculpture and a 10-foot electric guitar composed of chestnuts, pinecones, and other natural elements. The experience is one that will leave you feeling merry and bright long after you depart the hotel.
The 10-foot by 6-foot gingerbread Airstream trailer in the Hotel Lobby is a stop you can’t miss. It’s made with 350 pounds of gingerbread dough, 250 pounds of royal icing, and more than two dozen different types of candy. This Austin-style display is chock-full of adorable details like clever bumper stickers for local businesses, fun holiday décor made entirely out of edible materials, and several hidden “Easter eggs” to surprise and delight visitors.
80. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, is offering a multitude of holiday events this year that are uniquely Texan. The Holiday in the Hills Snowdown covers the ground with snow (making for some great greeting card pictures!), there’s a holiday light trail to explore, and the Warm Glow of Nostalgia package includes old-fashioned gifts under the tree along with a curated Spotify playlist.
81. Austin Motel
During December, the Austin Motel becomes a Winter Wonderland full of lights and color. The hotel has been in operation since 1938 and is well-loved by locals for its original midcentury architecture and eclectic vibe. Activities are provided onsite to keep visitors of all ages entertained throughout their stay.
The property will be adorned with beautiful holiday decorations, including countless Christmas trees and rainbow lights. Events this year include photos with Hunky Santa on Thursdays, Festive Floats on Fridays for Christmas movies by the pool, carol sing-a-longs with Mrs. (drag) Clause on Saturdays, and pop-up shops at the gift shop on Sundays. And, of course, you’re welcome to wander through the stunning neon lights any time throughout the month.
82. The Lodge at Spruce Peak
Spruce Peak Lights Festival is an annual event at The Lodge at Spruce Peak, part of the Destination by Hyatt brand. Besides being lavishly decorated for the occasion, hotel guests can enjoy a day full of performances and family activities, all leading up to a firework display and tree-lighting ceremony. Some features include complimentary photos with Santa Claus, several performances from Ice Dance International, plus a special performance from Olympic Silver Medalist and three-time US National Champion Ashley Wagner – amongst many others putting on holiday cheer.
83. Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock
Wassail Weekend in Woodstock, known as one of the top 10 winter events in Vermont, offers guests a unique opportunity to view the 38th Annual Equestrian Parade from the best location on the village green – The Woodstock Inn & Resort. With more than fifty horses and riders dressed in holiday costumes and period dress from early 19th century America, this is an event you won’t want to miss.
From Wassail Weekend through the new year, come to the Resort lobby and see our seven-foot-tall gingerbread house New England cottage complete with a fireplace. It’s the perfect place for children to write letters to Santa!
84. Smugglers’ Notch Resort
At Smugglers’ Notch Resort, the holiday season starts with a bang. They begin by celebrating the Winter Solstice with live music, s’mores around the bonfire, and even a cirque show! To top it off, there are fireworks lighting up the night sky. Guests can even meet Dasher & Cupid from the Vermont Reindeer Farm before they trek to the North Pole to help Santa.
A hallmark of the holiday season in northern Vermont is watching SD Ireland concrete trucks slowly drive through town, adorned with 25,000 Christmas lights.
On Christmas eve, Smuggler’s Notch will host a Non-denominational Christmas Eve Service where people of all faiths can gather with friends and family, sing carols, and enjoy the warm glow of candlelight. Children get a front-row seat for a lively children’s story.
85. Williamsburg Inn
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Williamsburg Inn’s annual Lighting Ceremony. Bring your loved ones, dress warmly, and take some pictures while you watch thousands of lights illuminate the inn. There will also be musical performances and special guests in attendance. In addition to this ceremony, classic holiday songs will play, and Santa Claus will be featured in the hotel lobby throughout December.
This iconic property, conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., has hosted royalty, heads of state, military leaders, and celebrities from all over the world since it opened in 1937.
86. Salamander Resort & Spa
Children of all ages will love this special event at Salamander Resort & Spa. Board a wagon drawn by Santa’s elves to his workshop, where you can take pictures with Santa, tell him your Christmas wishes, and make a holiday craft. After visiting Santa, one of his helpful elves will bring you back to the Equestrian Center, where each child will receive a complimentary stuffed animal gift from Santa. S’mores and hot cocoa will be available for everyone to enjoy.
To keep an eye on the children and holiday happenings at the resort, Santa is sending a special elf named Sally. Let your creativity flow to make a unique gingerbread house design – one that will be the talk among family and friends.
Every year, Middleburg’s Christmas parade is a grand display of over 150 men in hunting attire and 40 hounds riding horses down Main Street. After the procession, kids can go to Santa’s Workshop for animal encounters, crafts, and caroling. Meanwhile, parents are free to enjoy merry food and drink tastings throughout town.
87. The Jefferson Hotel
The Jefferson Hotel is especially festive during the holiday season, with hundreds of live poinsettias, yards of garland and ribbon, thousands of twinkling lights, and dozens of wreaths adorning the public spaces. There are three signature displays: one on the Grand Staircase, another on the Circle Drive, and lastly, in the Palm Court lobby. The gorgeous display—the 30-foot Christmas tree in the Rotunda—is decorated with hundreds of enormous ornaments, bows, baubles, and so many white twinkle lights that you won’t be able to count them all.
Every year, the hotel’s culinary team delights children and adults alike with an impressive gingerbread display. The scene is brought to life with thousands of pounds of gingerbread, royal icing, and candy.
88. The Historic Davenport Hotel
The Historic Davenport Hotel, which is over a hundred years old, is partnering up with The Spokane Symphony once again to present the 40th annual Christmas Tree Elegance. This event will display 16 beautifully decorated trees at both the hotel and River Park Square. Since proceeds go back to supporting the symphony, raffle tickets are very inexpensive at only $1 each. If you’re lucky enough to win, you get to take home one of these magnificent trees along with all of the gifts that come with it.
The annual holiday gala is a much-anticipated event that regularly draws in over 100,000 guests from all across North America. In years past, it has raised close to half a million dollars for the Symphony. With an elegant lobby that makes visitors feel as though they’ve been transported back to Spokane’s glamorous Gilded Age – complete with a cozy fire crackling in the fireplace, an espresso bar, and The Historic Davenport’s famous house-made peanut brittle – this hotel offers the perfect holiday getaway.
89. Oglebay Resort
The Oglebay Resort, situated just outside Wheeling, is a festive wonderland that’s especially popular during winter. Besides the many Christmas decorations found throughout the resort, one of its primary attractions is the world-renowned Winter Festival of Lights. The festival includes 90 lighted displays and more than one million lights in total. It’s also one of America’s largest holiday light shows and attracts about 1 million visitors annually.
With its own ski slope and terrain park, Oglebay is the perfect place to stay for a winter holiday. You can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and tubing while staying in one of their beautiful lodges, cottages, or estate houses.
90. The Greenbrier
Christmas at The Greenbrier is a magical time. It all begins the Saturday after Thanksgiving when the first Tree Lighting Ceremony of the year takes place. Guests sing Christmas carols and sip hot chocolate while Santa arrives in a horse-drawn carriage. From then until Christmas, this ceremony happens each Saturday night where Santa gives the command to “Light up The Greenbrier.” This kicks off thousands of lights throughout the 11,000-acre resort property illuminating it for everyone to see.
Take advantage of all The Greenbrier has to offer this holiday season by spending Christmas at America’s Resort. From a diverse collection of activities and dining options to parties and family traditions, you’re sure to find something for everyone in your group. And what better way to get into the spirit of the season than by being surrounded by those you love most?
The Most Festive Christmas Hotels
Look no further than these festive hotels if you’re looking for a Christmas getaway that will transport you into a winter wonderland. These properties will make your holiday dreams come true, from towering trees and life-sized nutcrackers to lavish feasts and sleigh rides. So grab your loved ones and head to one of the most magical places in America – where Christmas is always in season!
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