The Best Hotels For Festive Family Activities This Season

From coast to coast, families are looking for safe and fun activities to celebrate this year. Whether you’re near home or something worth traveling for, many hotels and resorts set the scene for the perfect season’s greetings. There are travel-themed contests this year with exciting prizes, Black Friday and Internet Monday deals, and the money-saving cruise vacations of 2022. These holiday-themed hotel activities will appeal to families eager to travel or simply “stay” this season.

Ginger Olympics at Omni Grove Park Inn

You hadn’t finished making a gingerbread house until you went to The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. As the largest gingerbread house contest in the country, guests and participants can stroll through the dozens of participants on display at this mountain resort. With four categories (adults, teens, youth, and kids) from across the country, these dessert creations are up for grabs and cash prizes. While there is an official panel of judges, visitors can check out the participants between November 28 and January 2.

For those who want to watch from home, the hotel plans to showcase its top 12 finalists as part of its “12 Days of Gingerbread,” with one photo released per day on the hotel’s Facebook and Instagram channels from December 1-12.

Interactive holiday events at Gaylord Hotels nationwide

At all five Gaylord hotels across the country, families can enjoy an immersive vacation experience with interactive exhibits revolving around holiday movies and pop culture moments that will make visitors feel like they’re in the movie. Family-friendly activities such as ice skating, indoor and outdoor skating, carnival-style games and outdoor light shows are also popular. Depending on where the property is located, visitors will find decorating a Gingerbread house, arts and crafts areas, plenty of photo opportunities (including with Santa) and live music.

New for 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 be showing the popular “I Love Christmas Movies” shows. Tickets are available to purchase online for attendees now through January 2.

Decorate cupcakes and movie packages at the Hilton Chicago

At the Hilton Chicago, guests and visitors can participate in a free tree-lighting celebration and “Deck the Donuts” decorating activities for kids this month. There are also nightly packages inspired by the movie “Home Alone” as well as the Dr. Seuss for kids with the ‘Horton Hears a Who’ bundle.

12 Days of Dallas Thompson Holiday Lights

Make good use of these World of Hyatt Points (or rack up more of them) at 12 Days of Thompson, a massive vacation show that takes place December 13-24 in Thompson Dallas. Celebrations include holiday light shows, live music, festive cocktail menus, and the chance to win prizes for food and spa gift cards to the hotel. Each cocktail purchase counts as one entry. The lights are true Texas style with over 12 miles of LED lighting, 35 Christmas trees, 11 fresh pines and over 17,000 ornaments to get the spirit going. Celebrations are available to both guests and visitors.

Polynesian family holiday in Conrad Bora Bora Nui

If you’re thinking of a tropical vacation this season, Conrad Bora Bora Nui pulls all the stops. Between December 20 and January 22 2022, the Tahiti Resort offers a range of daily festive and educational activities to suit all ages. This includes everything from decorating the Christmas tree and lighting to learning how to open coconuts. Harp harp, dancing, local language lessons, Christmas market shopping, lei making, recycling activities, and Christmas and New Year’s Eve are all on the menu.

Between now and the end of the year, guests at Hilton Honors hotels like these earn double base points on all stays while those with a joint Hilton Honors credit card earn three points during their stay. Registration for this promotion is required prior to any stay.

12 Days of Polynesian Christmas at The St. Regis Bora Bora

Not far from the St. Regis Bora Bora with Christmas markets displaying local arts and crafts, fa canoe competitions, and the eventual arrival of Santa. Families will appreciate the in-room gift-giving service that can be organized upon request via Santa and his helpers. Movies under the stars, pool parties, and reef education events are also on the agenda. Of course, the brand’s signature champagne saber ritual is also part of the holiday festivities.

Vacation fun with Peninsula Hotels

American Peninsula properties prepare for the holidays with a variety of activities for all ages. From ice skating at The Peninsula Chicago (the only hotel ice rink in town) to the rooftop Chalet de Ning (recreating the alpine scenery, après-ski) in The Peninsula New York, the holiday season is alive and well. Holiday afternoon tea will be served daily at both hotels as well as The Peninsula Beverly Hills, which will also have menorah lighting on November 29. The California property will also have Carolins Holidays in Front Drive and Visit from Santa Claus.

Vacations at Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego

Most weekends in December and the week before Christmas will see holiday-style afternoon tea including tea and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego, part of Accor and the All Live Limitless loyalty program, welcomes families of all ages to celebrate. Carolers, live music, gingerbread house making, and holiday-themed cocktail menus and snacks add to the festivities throughout the month.

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