Holiday Happenings Worth Traveling For

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Hotels and resorts across the country are going all out with their holiday decorations. Stop by with the family for gingerbread cookies, Santa sightings, towering Christmas trees, stunning light displays and so much more.

1. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

The hotel’s longstanding tradition of the Gingerbread Village Lighting Ceremony continues on December 16 with a reception and caroling from the Sacred Heart School Choir.

2. The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

westin la paloma
Come to gaze at a 24-foot-tall golden barrel cactus tree (a Tucson tradition!), and stay for specialty holiday cocktails and a 3-course prix-fixe menu featuring seasonal ingredients at restaurant Azul.

3. Sheraton Grand Phoenix 

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
During the hotel’s annual breakfast with Santa enjoy cookie baking and a scrumptious seasonal breakfast. Explore the miniature gingerbread Santa’s village complete with train set surrounding a stunning 22-foot tree. Reservations recommended, call 602-817-5400.

4.  Moana Surfrider

Enjoy a visit with Santa, sparkling wine, a breakfast buffet, a gingerbread-decorating class and an early Christmas present for the little ones at the hotel’s Breakfast with Santa on December 19th and 20th!

5. The Westin Galleria, Dallas

The Westin Galleria Dallas
The hotel’s 95-foot indoor Christmas tree, the tallest in the nation, takes almost 50 people working for 48 hours to assemble! Towering above the skating rink below, the tree twinkles with 450,000 lights and is topped with a 100-pound LED star.

6. Sheraton Salt Lake City

This holiday season enjoy brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturdays through December 19th. Enjoy a gourmet brunch buffet and cookie decorating, and take a complimentary photo with Santa. 

7. Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis

At the hotel’s wintry ice village, guests can snuggle fireside under furry blankets, drinking specialty cocktails made with Absolut, Jameson and Kahlua under warmed canopies and take photos on a throne of frozen Mississippi River water. 

8. The Phoenician Scottsdale, a Luxury Collection Resort 

Spend an evening in the garden this holiday season, with a special guided festive light tour. The hotel sits on two acres and features more than 250 varieties of cacti. Guests are welcome to take a tour or to roam at their leisure. 

9. Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, Orlando FL

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort
Help Mrs. Claus light the poinsettia tree, take photos with Santa, enjoy decorating pastries with Disney® cast members and watch a spectacular music and light display. Little ones will love being tucked in by Santa’s Elves after a special room service delivery of cookies and milk, and parents will love that kids can spend New Year’s Eve at the Dolphin Club enjoying a party of their own.

10. Sheraton Seattle

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Situated in the hotel lobby, the 23rd annual Gingerbread Village display features designs inspired by the Star Wars movies. Guests can vote for their favorite display at this free event. Donations benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 

11. The Westin Houston Memorial City

Hotel guests can enjoy breakfast with Santa December 12th and 19th and easily access Memorial City Mall, featuring stunning holiday decorations, an ice-skating rink, a holiday lights ceremony and a photo-op-ready Santa.

12. The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square 

Westin St. Francis2

This holiday season come marvel at the St. Francis Enchanted Castle. Intricately handcrafted in sugar, the rotating 12-foot-tall winter wonderland features colored ornaments, candies, Christmas trees and climbing elves.

13. The Westin Chicago River North

Elf Takes Chicago
Guests can get a fun holiday snapshot this season at the hotel lobby’s #elfieselfie station. Located in the heart of the Windy City, experience all that Chicago has to offer for the holidays!. 

14. The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki

Send a personalized ornament to be placed on our ‘Ohana Tree! The tree will display ornaments from guests from around the world!

15. The Liberty, a Luxury Collect Hotel, Boston

The Liberty Hotel, Boston MA
Six fully decorated Christmas trees hang upside-down in the lobby’s sweeping 90-foot rotunda, creating a dazzling, one-of-a-kind holiday spectacle.

16. The St. Regis New York

Visionary event designer Bronson van Wyck has transformed the hotel lobby into a stunning, metallic forest inspired by the crystalline winter splendor of the Swiss Alps. Guests who traverse the forest will find themselves in the Armarium Chalet where they can shop for couture fashions and unique gifts.  

17. Sheraton Waikiki

Christmas in Hawaii means a beachside holiday. Enjoy the incredible holiday themed sand sculptures in the hotel lobby that were handcrafted using over eight tons of sand!

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