From coast to coast to coast, families are looking for safe and happy activities to celebrate this year. Whether it’s near you or something worth the trip, there are plenty of hotels and resorts setting the stage for the perfect season greetings. There are travel-themed contests this year with exciting prizes, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and budget cruises for 2022. These vacation-themed hotel activities will have families eager to travel or simply to “stay” this season.
“Gingerbread Olympics” at the Omni Grove Park Inn
You didn’t make a gingerbread house until you stayed at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. As the biggest gingerbread house competition in the country, guests and participants can walk among the dozens of participants exhibited in this mountain station. With four categories (adult, teenager, youth and child) from across the country, these confectionery creations are vying for cash and prize wins. Although there is a formal panel of judges, visitors can browse the entrants between November 28 and January 2.
For those who want to watch from home, the hotel plans to showcase the top 12 finalists in the “12 Days of Gingerbread” by posting one photo per day on the hotel’s website. Facebook and Instagram channels from December 1 to 12.
Interactive Vacation Events at Gaylord Hotels Nationwide
At all five Gaylord hotels across the country, families can enjoy an immersive vacation experience with interactive vacation movie-themed exhibits and pop culture moments that will make visitors feel like they’re in the movie. Family activities like ice skating, indoor and outdoor tobogganing, carnival-style games, and outdoor light shows are also popular. Depending on the property, visitors will find gingerbread house decorations, arts and crafts areas, plenty of photography opportunities (including with Santa Claus), and live music.
New this year is the ELF-themed Christmas experience at four Gaylord properties: Gaylord Palms in Florida, Gaylord Opryland in Tennessee, Gaylord Texan in Texas and Gaylord Rockies in Colorado. Gaylord National in Maryland will present the popular “I Love Christmas Movies” programming. Tickets are available for online purchase by January 2.
Prepare donuts and movie theater packages at the Hilton Chicago
At the Hilton Chicago hotel, guests and visitors can participate in a tree-light ceremony and free “Deck the Donuts” decoration activities for children this month. There is also Night packages on the theme of “Home alone” cinema plus a Dr. Seuss experience for children with a “Horton Hears a Who” package.
12 Days of Thompson’s Christmas Lights in Dallas
Use those World of Hyatt points wisely (or earn more) during the 12 Days of Thompson, a mega bright holiday display that will take place between December 13 and 24 at Thompson dallas. The festivities include holiday light shows, live music, festive cocktail menus and the chance to win gift card prizes for the restaurant and spa at the hotel. Each purchase of a cocktail counts as one entry. The lights are in true Texas style with over 12 miles of LED lighting, 35 Christmas trees, 11 cool pine varieties and over 17,000 ornaments to get you in the mood. The festivities are open to guests and visitors.
Polynesian family vacation in Conrad Bora Bora Nui
If you are planning a tropical vacation this season, Conrad Bora Bora Nui does everything. Between December 20 and January 22, 2022, the Tahitian seaside resort offers a range of festive and educational activities every day suitable for all ages. These include everything from decorating and lighting the Christmas tree to learning how to open a coconut. Ukulele, dance and local language lessons, Christmas market shopping, necklaces making, recycling activities, and Christmas and New Year parties are on the menu.
By year-end, guests at Hilton Honors properties like this earn double base points on all stays while those with a co-branded Hilton Honors credit card earn triple points during their stay. stay. Register for this promotion is compulsory before any stay.
12 days of Polynesian Christmas in St. Regis Bora Bora
Not far away is the Saint-Régis Bora Bora with its Christmas markets featuring local crafts, Va’a canoe competitions and the eventual arrival of Santa Claus. Families will appreciate an in-room gift service which can be arranged on request through Santa Claus and his assistants. Movies under the stars, poolside parties and educational events on coral reefs are also on the program. Of course, the brand’s signature champagne sabrage ritual is also part of the holiday festivities.
Vacation fun with Peninsula Hotels
American properties on the Peninsula are gearing up for the holidays with a variety of activities for all ages. From ice skating to Chicago Peninsula (the only hotel ice rink in town) at the Chalet de Ning on the roof (recreating an alpine après-ski scene) in The New York Peninsula, the holiday season is alive and well. Holiday-themed afternoon tea will be held daily at both properties as well as Beverly Hills Peninsula, which will also have menorah lighting on November 29. Plus, the California property will have Christmas carols on the front driveway and a visit from Santa.
San Diego Fairmont Grand Del Mar Vacations
Most weekends in December and the week leading up to Christmas will be devoted to a great holiday-themed afternoon tea, including tea and photo ops with Santa. Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego, part of the Accor loyalty program and All Live Limitless, welcomes families of all ages to party. Carolers and live music, gingerbread house making, holiday-themed cocktail menus and wood-fired snacks add to the festivities throughout the month.