The Best Hotels to Celebrate the Holiday Season

by Megan DuBois

The Best Hotels to Celebrate the Holiday Season

by Megan DuBois

For many people, the holiday season means packing up and heading off to a winter wonderland where days are spent out on the ski slopes and nights are spent by a crackling fire. If you’re still looking for the perfect holiday retreat, then you're in luck: We’ve rounded up some of the best resorts to celebrate the holiday season this year.

For many people, the holiday season means packing up and heading off to a winter wonderland where days are spent out on the ski slopes and nights are spent by a crackling fire. If you're still looking for the perfect holiday retreat, then you're in luck: We've rounded up some of the best resorts to celebrate the holiday season this year.

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High Peaks Resort: New York

This stunning hotel boasts a central location in Lake Placid. The property is just minutes away from the destination's many winter activities, like ice skating, bobsledding, skiing, and snowboarding. For the explorers, the resort offers complimentary snowshoes at the guest services desk, and you can wear them while traversing the trails and nearby areas. If you prefer something more relaxing, then consider a sleigh ride through the woods followed by some much-needed hot cocoa. 

This stunning hotel boasts a central location in Lake Placid. The property is just minutes away from the destination's many winter activities, like ice skating, bobsledding, skiing, and snowboarding. For the explorers, the resort offers complimentary snowshoes at the guest services desk, and you can wear them while traversing the trails and nearby areas. If you prefer something more relaxing, then consider a sleigh ride through the woods followed by some much-needed hot cocoa. 

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Topnotch Resort: Vermont

Stowe is known as the “Ski Capital of the Northeast,” and Topnotch Resort serves as the perfect home base. The property is just four miles away from the base of the mountain and has a free shuttle so you don’t have to deal with parking. This December, the hotel is offering a special "O’ Christmas Tree" package, which includes an overnight stay, a wagon ride through a Christmas tree farm, and the chance to choose your own tree. Once the tree is picked and cut, it will be wrapped and loaded onto your car to get home with and decorate as the big day draws near. 

Stowe is known as the “Ski Capital of the Northeast,” and Topnotch Resort serves as the perfect home base. The property is just four miles away from the base of the mountain and has a free shuttle so you don’t have to deal with parking. This December, the hotel is offering a special "O’ Christmas Tree" package, which includes an overnight stay, a wagon ride through a Christmas tree farm, and the chance to choose your own tree. Once the tree is picked and cut, it will be wrapped and loaded onto your car to get home with and decorate as the big day draws near. 

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort: South Carolina

Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the place to be this holiday season. You might know the low country resort as the home to the 2021 PGA Ocean Course, but everything is about Santa and Mrs. Claus during the holidays. The resort kicks off the festive season right after Thanksgiving with a tree lighting ceremony complete with caroling and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. There is also a life-sized chocolate sculpture, which is crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Jordan Synder and his talented team. 

Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the place to be this holiday season. You might know the low country resort as the home to the 2021 PGA Ocean Course, but everything is about Santa and Mrs. Claus during the holidays. The resort kicks off the festive season right after Thanksgiving with a tree lighting ceremony complete with caroling and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. There is also a life-sized chocolate sculpture, which is crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Jordan Synder and his talented team. 

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Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort: Tennessee

Come the holiday season, Dollywood's DreamMore Resort is beautifully decorated (think: trees, garlands, and lights aplenty). Little ones also have the opportunity to write letters to Santa before dropping them off in a special red mailbox. Each letter is then delivered to Santa's Smoky Mountain cabin. If you're planning on being in the area on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you can enjoy a traditional holiday meal at the resort's signature restaurant, Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery.

Come the holiday season, Dollywood's DreamMore Resort is beautifully decorated (think: trees, garlands, and lights aplenty). Little ones also have the opportunity to write letters to Santa before dropping them off in a special red mailbox. Each letter is then delivered to Santa’s Smoky Mountain cabin. If you’re planning on being in the area on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you can enjoy a traditional holiday meal at the resort’s signature restaurant, Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa: Florida

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a beacon of holiday magic. Each year, the property unveils its larger-than-life Christmas tree that’s a popular photo opp for guests. In the lobby, you'll smell fresh gingerbread and a life-size gingerbread house that takes weeks to prepare. It's decorated with plenty of Disney details, such as hand-painted holiday scenes featuring Disney characters, intricate sugar flowers, and plenty of powdered sugar to mimic the appearance of snow along with the house's gingerbread shingles. 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a beacon of holiday magic. Each year, the property unveils its larger-than-life Christmas tree that’s a popular photo opp for guests. In the lobby, you'll smell fresh gingerbread and a life-size gingerbread house that takes weeks to prepare. It's decorated with plenty of Disney details, such as hand-painted holiday scenes featuring Disney characters, intricate sugar flowers, and plenty of powdered sugar to mimic the appearance of snow along with the house's gingerbread shingles. 

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Wild Dunes Resort: South Carolina

There's plenty of holiday cheer to go around at Wild Dunes Resort. This year, the hotel's holiday programming will begin on November 24, where guests can indulge in a southern-inspired buffet followed by a screening of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. On Turkey Day, the hotel offers a traditional feast with roast turkey and all of the trimmings. The Friday after Thanksgiving is usually for shopping and eating leftovers, but here, it's the day of the annual Holiday Festival. Expect an oyster roast, gingerbread decorating, letters to Santa, and more. Fast-forward to December 18, when the hotel will host a pancake breakfast buffet with Santa.

There's plenty of holiday cheer to go around at Wild Dunes Resort. This year, the hotel's holiday programming will begin on November 24, where guests can indulge in a southern-inspired buffet followed by a screening of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. On Turkey Day, the hotel offers a traditional feast with roast turkey and all of the trimmings. The Friday after Thanksgiving is usually for shopping and eating leftovers, but here, it's the day of the annual Holiday Festival. Expect an oyster roast, gingerbread decorating, letters to Santa, and more. Fast-forward to December 18, when the hotel will host a pancake breakfast buffet with Santa.

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Deer Path Inn: Illinois

Fans of the Christmas classic Home Alone will want to make their way to Illinois' Deer Path Inn. The "Lost in Lake Forest Suite Experience" includes suite accommodations, keepsake robes, an in-room Home Alone screening (complete with homemade pizza), nostalgic-inducing holiday treats, and a curated gift box, plus a few other festive surprises. You'll also enjoy complimentary Range Rover transportation to and from the Chicago Botanic Garden's Lightscape. This one-of-a-kind package is available upon request from November 26, 2021, through January 2, 2022. 

Fans of the Christmas classic Home Alone will want to make their way to Illinois' Deer Path Inn. The "Lost in Lake Forest Suite Experience" includes suite accommodations, keepsake robes, an in-room Home Alone screening (complete with homemade pizza), nostalgic-inducing holiday treats, and a curated gift box, plus a few other festive surprises. You'll also enjoy complimentary Range Rover transportation to and from the Chicago Botanic Garden's Lightscape. This one-of-a-kind package is available upon request from November 26, 2021, through January 2, 2022. 

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Hotel del Coronado: California

The iconic Hotel del Coronado is known for its rust-red turrets and creamy white exterior. The hotel's recently refurbished Windsor Lawn serves as the perfect backdrop for Christmas festivities. From November 22, 2021, to January 2, 2022, the lawn will transform into a glittering winter wonderland with thousands of lights and towering Christmas trees. Plus, there's no need to bundle up here -- it is SoCal, after all.

The iconic Hotel del Coronado is known for its rust-red turrets and creamy white exterior. The hotel's recently refurbished Windsor Lawn serves as the perfect backdrop for Christmas festivities. From November 22, 2021, to January 2, 2022, the lawn will transform into a glittering winter wonderland with thousands of lights and towering Christmas trees. Plus, there's no need to bundle up here -- it is SoCal, after all.

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Great Wolf Lodge: Multiple Locations

Great Wolf Lodge offers several locations around the country, and the resort chain is especially ideal for those traveling with younger children. Each hotel -- which also doubles as an indoor water park -- will have snow showers in the Grand Lobby, as well as seasonal crafts and visits from Santa Claus. This year, Great Wolf Lodge is debuting candy cane-themed Snowland Cabanas complete with a wreath-shaped inflatable tube. Those who book the cabanas will also receive a commemorative ornament, keepsake mugs, and holiday drink vouchers. 

Great Wolf Lodge offers several locations around the country, and the resort chain is especially ideal for those traveling with younger children. Each hotel -- which also doubles as an indoor water park -- will have snow showers in the Grand Lobby, as well as seasonal crafts and visits from Santa Claus. This year, Great Wolf Lodge is debuting candy cane-themed Snowland Cabanas complete with a wreath-shaped inflatable tube. Those who book the cabanas will also receive a commemorative ornament, keepsake mugs, and holiday drink vouchers. 

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The Peninsula: New York

There's nothing like Christmas in the city -- especially when that city is New York. If you're looking for a hotel right in the middle of the action, consider The Peninsula New York; its swanky Fifth Avenue locale puts you within close proximity to the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and Radio City Music Hall. The luxury hotel is hosting several holiday-themed promotions, including the Holly Jolly Holiday Package and the Nights Before Christmas Package. Other holiday offerings include chalet-style dining, afternoon tea, gingerbread decorating, and more. Don't miss the dazzling holiday decor, either.

There's nothing like Christmas in the city -- especially when that city is New York. If you're looking for a hotel right in the middle of the action, consider The Peninsula New York; its swanky Fifth Avenue locale puts you within close proximity to the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and Radio City Music Hall. The luxury hotel is hosting several holiday-themed promotions, including the Holly Jolly Holiday Package and the Nights Before Christmas Package. Other holiday offerings include chalet-style dining, afternoon tea, gingerbread decorating, and more. Don't miss the dazzling holiday decor, either.

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Graduate Nashville: Tennessee

This holiday season, book the Dolly Parton-themed Presidential Suite at the Graduate Nashville. Affectionally known as the 9 to 5 Suite, this glamorous, beautifully decorated room is decked out in Dolly Parton-esque decor for the month of December. The living room is outfitted with a stunning Christmas tree (which is complete with pink, gold, and silver ornaments), while the bedroom has a white Christmas tree that's decorated with pink ornaments and silver garland. Each tree is topped with a Dolly Angel playing a pink guitar. Look out for special holiday packages on the hotel website. 

This holiday season, book the Dolly Parton-themed Presidential Suite at the Graduate Nashville. Affectionally known as the 9 to 5 Suite, this glamorous, beautifully decorated room is decked out in Dolly Parton-esque decor for the month of December. The living room is outfitted with a stunning Christmas tree (which is complete with pink, gold, and silver ornaments), while the bedroom has a white Christmas tree that's decorated with pink ornaments and silver garland. Each tree is topped with a Dolly Angel playing a pink guitar. Look out for special holiday packages on the hotel website. 

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Club Wyndham: Multiple Locations

From November 12, 2021 through January 1, 2022, Club Wyndham locations around the country are bringing the Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas to life with three holiday-themed suites. At Club Wyndham Avon, guests can book the fun and festive "Snowy Mountain Christmas" suite. At Club Wyndham Nashville, you can stay in the rustic-inspired "Country Christmas" suite. Or, head to the Big Apple and check into Club Wyndham Midtown 45, which has an ultra-cozy "Classic Hallmark Christmas" suite. In each suite, guests can bake cookies and sip on hot cocoa chocolate while watching Hallmark Channel Christmas films. Each suite also comes with a Holiday Experience Checklist, which features a list of local activities and attractions to explore. 

From November 12, 2021 through January 1, 2022, Club Wyndham locations around the country are bringing the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas to life with three holiday-themed suites. At Club Wyndham Avon, guests can book the fun and festive "Snowy Mountain Christmas" suite. At Club Wyndham Nashville, you can stay in the rustic-inspired "Country Christmas" suite. Or, head to the Big Apple and check into Club Wyndham Midtown 45, which has an ultra-cozy "Classic Hallmark Christmas" suite. In each suite, guests can bake cookies and sip on hot cocoa chocolate while watching Hallmark Channel Christmas films. Each suite also comes with a Holiday Experience Checklist, which features a list of local activities and attractions to explore. 

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Windsor Court Hotel: Louisiana

The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans offers a luxurious escape that feels far from the hustle-and-bustle of the city. Here, the holidays are (almost) as big of a celebration as Mardi Gras. Hotel guests can marvel at the towering Christmas tree, which is adorned with more than 25,000 lights. There's also a mailbox for kids and adults to mail letters to Santa. Families are encouraged to book a Holiday Tea experience, which takes from November 27, 2021 to December 31, 2021. The festive-inspired afternoon tea includes a delightful selection of tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts. 

The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans offers a luxurious escape that feels far from the hustle-and-bustle of the city. Here, the holidays are (almost) as big of a celebration as Mardi Gras. Hotel guests can marvel at the towering Christmas tree, which is adorned with more than 25,000 lights. There's also a mailbox for kids and adults to mail letters to Santa. Families are encouraged to book a Holiday Tea experience, which takes from November 27, 2021 to December 31, 2021. The festive-inspired afternoon tea includes a delightful selection of tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts. 

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French Quarter Inn: South Carolina

The French Quarter Inn is a charming boutique hotel that's located in the heart of Charleston. Come the holiday season, the property decorates its rotunda with Christmas decor, most notably its 15-foot-tall Christmas tree. (Guests can also enjoy free cider, hot chocolate, and gingerbread cookies.) Those seeking an extra-special stay can book the Sleigh Bell Suite, which is festively decorated with garlands and a mistletoe. Snuggle under the decorated fireplace as you enjoy fresh-baked cookies and bourbon-spiced eggnog. Amenities include in-room holiday movies, a special reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas from Santa on Christmas Eve, and live caroling.

The French Quarter Inn is a charming boutique hotel that's located in the heart of Charleston. Come the holiday season, the property decorates its rotunda with Christmas decor, most notably its 15-foot-tall Christmas tree. (Guests can also enjoy free cider, hot chocolate, and gingerbread cookies.) Those seeking an extra-special stay can book the Sleigh Bell Suite, which is festively decorated with garlands and a mistletoe. Snuggle under the decorated fireplace as you enjoy fresh-baked cookies and bourbon-spiced eggnog. Amenities include in-room holiday movies, a special reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas from Santa on Christmas Eve, and live caroling.

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The Langham Chicago: Illinois

The spirit of Christmas is palpable at The Langham Chicago. The stylish property will offer a handful of jolly activities through January 2022. Highlights include cookie decorating, a tree lighting ceremony, festive-themed afternoon tea sessions, Santa meet-and-greets, and an extravagant Christmas dinner. Elevate your experience by booking the Oh Christmas Tree package, which includes suite accommodations, champagne cocktails, snacks, and, of course, an in-room Christmas tree.

The spirit of Christmas is palpable at The Langham Chicago. The stylish property will offer a handful of jolly activities through January 2022. Highlights include cookie decorating, a tree lighting ceremony, festive-themed afternoon tea sessions, Santa meet-and-greets, and an extravagant Christmas dinner. Elevate your experience by booking the Oh Christmas Tree package, which includes suite accommodations, champagne cocktails, snacks, and, of course, an in-room Christmas tree.

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The Greenbrier: West Virginia

The Greenbrier in West Virginia dates all the way back to the 1700s, which means they've been decking the halls for centuries. This year, the resort will be offering quite a handful of on-site activities for guests of all ages. These include holiday movie screenings, tree lighting festivities, ugly sweater parties, live entertainment, parades, hot toddy mixology classes, and much more.

The Greenbrier in West Virginia dates all the way back to the 1700s, which means they've been decking the halls for centuries. This year, the resort will be offering quite a handful of on-site activities for guests of all ages. These include holiday movie screenings, tree lighting festivities, ugly sweater parties, live entertainment, parades, hot toddy mixology classes, and much more.

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Loews Miami Beach: FL

If you're craving a warm-weather escape this Christmas, then head straight to the Loews Miami Beach. The sprawling resort will host a decadent Christmas buffet, while the lawn will transform into a swanky champagne lounge. There will also be plenty of kids' activities, too. Meanwhile, you can't miss the resort's over-the-top holiday decor, which includes a giant ornament in the center of the lobby.

If you're craving a warm-weather escape this Christmas, then head straight to the Loews Miami Beach. The sprawling resort will host a decadent Christmas buffet, while the lawn will transform into a swanky champagne lounge. There will also be plenty of kids' activities, too. Meanwhile, you can't miss the resort's over-the-top holiday decor, which includes a giant ornament in the center of the lobby.

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The Broadmoor: CO

Dreaming of a traditional white Christmas? If the answer's yes, then you'll want to reserve a room at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The holiday season here is extra-special. Guests can enjoy breakfast with Santa, attend the beloved holiday show, and enjoy the pristine, snowy surroundings. Choose from several festive packages

Dreaming of a traditional white Christmas? If the answer's yes, then you'll want to reserve a room at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The holiday season here is extra-special. Guests can enjoy breakfast with Santa, attend the beloved holiday show, and enjoy the pristine, snowy surroundings. Choose from several festive packages. 

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