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12 hotels that go all out for the holidays

From in-room Christmas trees to nightly menorah lightings and "Home Alone"-themed packages - if you love the holidays, these hotels are for you.

Towering Christmas trees twinkling in the lobbies. Gigantic gingerbread houses on display. Occasional cameos from Santa. Hotels that take the holidays seriously are certainly fun places to be during the most festive season of the year — especially if you’re someone who takes holidays seriously. From in-room Christmas trees to festive cirque shows and Hallmark movie marathons, these 12 hotels are so festive, they’re worth planning a holiday vacation around. 

Hotel Drover, an Autograph Collection hotel in Fort Worth, Texas 

 

Hotel Drover

Hotel Drover

Trade your Santa cap for a cowboy hat and head to Hotel Drover for a luxury stay in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. The hacienda-style hotel will have a 30-foot Christmas tree twinkling in “The Backyard,” the property’s half-acre outdoor oasis that includes a live music stage, bar and fire pits. (The special lighting celebration will take place on Nov. 26.) Indulge in some holiday decadence with spiked hot chocolate and nightly soaks in the spacious hot tub that’s surrounded by twinkling lights. Suites at Hotel Drover have oversized bronze soaking tubs and the Cowboy Christmas Holiday Package comes with an in-room Christmas tree. 

Rates start at $269 a night, book . 

Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection
Hotel Drover
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Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado

 

Gaylord Rockies Resort

Gaylord Rockies

Heading to Colorado for a family ski vacation? Book-end your trip at Gaylord Rockies, which is minutes from Denver International Airport and could darn well be mistaken for the set of a Christmas movie during the holidays — more specifically the whimsical North Pole-New York City setting of “Elf.” The hotel collaborated with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment this year for marquee programming that allows guests to join Buddy the Elf in answering the call from Santa to muster enough Christmas cheer to help the big guy’s sleigh fly. Interactive “Elf” stations include a candy cane forest and a virtual snowball fight in Central Park. There’s also a Cirque Dreams Holidaze show, Ice Bumper Cars, a snow tubing hill, ice skating, snow play structures, a gingerbread decorating corner and much more.  

Rates start at $249 a night, book . 

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
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The Graduate in Nashville, Tennessee 

 

Graduate Nashville

Digital Love

Have a jolly, Dolly Christmas! Taking inspiration from Dolly Parton’s love of Christmas, the Graduate Nashville's “9 to 5 suite” is adorned with gaiety and glam that spans the decades. We’re talking about a Christmas tree with pink, gold and silver ornaments in the living room and a lavish white tree with bright pink ornaments in the bedroom. On top of the trees are “Dolly Angels,” portraying the country star strumming a pink guitar. This funky, floral jewel box of a hotel is in the heart of Nashville’s Midtown and has an animatronic karaoke bar so you can belt out your favorite Christmas carols. The hotel also has a refurbished 1990 white Cadillac stretch limousine that guests can book to be their Music City chariot. 

Rates start at $174 a night, book . 

Graduate Nashville
Graduate Nashville
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The Lido House in Newport Beach, California

 

Lido House

Lido House

For the most wonderful splurge, book a Christmas cottage at the Lido House in Newport Beach. These residential-style cottages are California-cool meets Santa’s workshop, with festive holiday decor, classic children’s books, hot cocoa-making kits, white tinsel trees, and rooftop decks with fireplaces. Even the spa is in the holiday spirit, with peppermint spice sugar scrubs and yam and pumpkin facials on the menu. If you can, sync up your visit with the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade (Dec. 15-19, 2021). 

Traditional room rates start at $296 a night, book .

Lido House, Autograph Collection
Autograph Collection
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The Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest

 

The Deer Path Inn

Deer Path Inn

If your favorite holiday movie is “Home Alone,” then you’ll want to book a stay at The Deer Path Inn faster than you can say “Merry Christmas, ya’ filthy animal!” A cheeky and luxe hotel, The Deer Path Inn is offering a “Lost in Lake Forest” experience inspired by the iconic Christmas movie. The stay in the inn’s Cornwall Suite includes a pair of robes (you can take them home), an in-room screening of “Home Alone” with pizza and sides, a gift box of specialty treats from a local sweet shop, gift cards for holiday shopping, and a twist on nostalgic childhood snacks (think: boozy milkshakes and gourmet popcorn). On top of all that, guests who book the package will enjoy complimentary roundtrip transpiration via Range Rover to experience the annual holiday lights display. The package is available for stays booked between 11/26/2021 – 1/2/2022.

Rates start at $319 a night, book . 

The Deer Path Inn
The Deer Path Inn
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The Mayfair Townhouse in London, United Kingdom

 

The Mayfair Townhouse

The Mayfair Townhome

All you want for Christmas is a passport stamp? Take that bucket list trip to London and witness the cheerful spectacle of the holiday markets. Some festive stops to include on your itinerary include Leicester Square, which, in the center of London, turns into a bustling holiday hub with a lineup of burlesque and cabaret shows and, in Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland is one of the most beloved Christmas markets in London. There, you can also go skating at the UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink. For a sophisticated stay with a dash of whimsy in this Christmas city, check into The Mayfair Townhouse. The new hotel is in the center of the festivities and is excited to be celebrating its first Christmas this year with themed drinks in The Dandy Bar and festive decor to complement Alfie, the resident townhouse peacock statue that dazzles with nearly 26,000 Swarovski crystals. 

Rates start at $449 a night, book . 

The Mayfair Townhouse
Iconic Luxury Hotels
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HarbourView Inn in Charleston, South Carolina

 

HarbourView Inn

Charlestowne Hotels

Southern charm meets holiday magic in Charleston, and HarbourView Inn is the consummate host for Christmastime stays. The 52-room hotel perched on the waterfront even has its own gingerbread house replica in the lobby in addition to the tinsel, garland, Christmas tree and wreaths decorating the halls. Christmas carolers and Santa Claus will make an appearance in the hotel’s atrium on Christmas Eve and overnight guests will wake up to Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits, a local treat. There’s much to do in Charleston during the holiday season, from James Island’s 32nd Annual Holiday Festival of Lights that features more than two million dazzling lights to the Drayton Hall Oyster Roast (which is Dec. 5 this year). 

Rates start at $289 a night, book . 

HarbourView Inn
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Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff, Alberta, Canada

 

Fairmont Banff Springs

Chris Amat

Nestled among the snow-capped Canadian Rockies, the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs is already postcard-perfect in the wintertime. But as the holiday season approaches, the hotel hosts “Christmas at the Castle,” and the estate is decked out in extravagant decor, including a huge Christmas tree. Guests can also reserve mini Christmas trees for their rooms or stay in one of the hotel’s specially decorated Santa Suites. Talented pastry chefs build a Gingerbread Castle replica of the hotel every year. The structure incorporates 66 pounds of gingerbread and 132 pounds of icing, plus local wildlife figurines and lots of candy. The hotel also offers holiday crafts and bedtime stories with Mrs. Claus, and there’s a Santa’s Bar with festive drinks. 

Rates start at $369 a night, book . 

Fairmont Banff Springs
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Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

 

Beverly Wilshire - Beverly Hills

Beverly Wilshire

Located on Rodeo Drive, it’s fitting that the Beverly Wilshire updates its wardrobe on a regular basis. For the holiday season, the hotel will be wearing a red and green awning. Inside, the Beverly Wilshire will be an Instagram goldmine with live Christmas trees, glittering lights, red and gold garlands, and oversized ornaments and Nutcracker statues. The hotel will be unveiling its holiday decor on Nov. 18 (which syncs up with the annual Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Ceremony) and the Beverly Hills High School Choir will perform carols. Beverly Wilshire will also be honoring Hanukkah every night (Nov. 28-Dec. 6). They’ll have a local rabbi lighting the menorah each night and special Hanukkah cookies will be served. 

Rates start at $685 a night, book . 

Beverly Wilshire - Beverly Hills
Four Seasons Hotel
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The Roosevelt New Orleans in Louisiana

 

The Roosevelt New Orleans

Paul Broussard

Visit New Orleans during the holiday season, and you’ll probably be asked “Did you check out the lobby at the Roosevelt?” The hotel’s famous lobby definitely dazzles during the holiday season, complete with 78 birch and 46 Christmas trees, plus more than 120,000 lights, 4,000 ornaments, 1,600 feet of garland and 300 bows. There’s even a gingerbread village illustrating the beloved Louisiana holiday classic “Cajun Night Before Christmas,” with alligators replacing Santa’s reindeer. The hotel also hosts a Teddy Bear Tea for children. 

Rates start at $192 a night, book . 

The Roosevelt New Orleans
A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
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Historic Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

 

Hotel Bethlehem

Historic Hotel Bethlehem

Bethlehem is known as “The Christmas City” and it’s cuter than a Hallmark movie in the wintertime. Decorating for the main event is tradition at Historic Hotel Bethlehem. In fact, it takes the hotel 1,000 hours to decorate for the holidays. More than 35,000 Christmas lights are draped on the hotel, and there’s 30 uniquely decorated Christmas trees throughout the property, plus a half dozen toy soldiers and a gingerbread house modeled after the hotel. Tourists can do their holiday shopping in the cute-as-can-be Christmas City Village. 

Rates start at $209 a night, book .

Hotel Bethlehem
A Historic Hotel of America
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The Catbird in Denver, Colorado

 

catbird

catbird

RiNo (or River North) is arguably Denver’s hippest neighborhood: It’s home to places like , which brings craft beer to a spa environment, plus lots of spacious breweries, jazz bars and art galleries. The Catbird, a boutique hotel, is the new kid on the block and in the center of all the action. In-room 4K Ultra HD Projectors mean guests can cozy up in a lofted bed and binge watch their favorite holiday movies. Hallmark movie marathon, anyone? The Catbird & Chill Holiday package comes with popcorn, hot chocolate kits and in-room mistletoe, plus romance novels from a local bookstore. 

Rates start at $152 a night, book .

Catbird Hotel
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