Trying to get away this holiday season, but still in the mood for yuletide comfort and joy? These nine hotel packages are the perfect excuse to book some last minute tickets, or cash in those unused points, and escape to your own personal winter wonderland.
Have at it.
George Strait's newly revamped resort offers numerous special holiday experiences this year, including Breakfast With Santa on Nov. 30, a special Christmas Prime Rib Dinner, and a festive New Year’s Eve Party with food, music, and a champagne toast at midnight.
The beloved Hill Country resort transforms into a winter wonderland on Nov. 29. There's a tree-lighting ceremony with Santa arriving on a Texas longhorn, weekly holiday parades, Santa's on-site workshop, lots of animals roaming about (like Yogi and Boo Boo the llamas), and, new this year, a festive Holiday Light Stroll along the grounds.
Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine
Your family can stay in a decorated Snowland Suite (book with promo code SNOWFLAKE) and enjoy the epic annual Snowland celebration, from Nov. 29 to Jan 5, with tons of festive activities, Santa visits, a hot cocoa bar, and more. Plus, a portion of the Santa Hats sold at the front desk goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Big Cedar Lodge, The Ozarks
The 4,600-acre, family-friendly wilderness resort goes hard at the holidays with an ice rink, Santa visits, holiday lights, scavenger hunts, campfires, gingerbread house decorating, and more activities. Cabins come decked out with Christmas trees, wood-burning fire places, and spa tubs. Nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is home to bald eagles, great American bison, elk, and icicles aplenty. Book the Happy Holidays Package and you'll also get a Christmas photo, breakfast buffet, and more goodies.
Big Cypress Lodge, Memphis
It's located in a 32-story pyramid in Memphis, and holiday festivities include Santa Saturdays, elf readings by the cozy lobby fireplace, and Christmas cookies and hot cider at check-in. Book the Christmas travel package.
Peninsula Hotels, New York & Chicago
When it comes to the holidays, The Peninsula Hotel group does it up big time, with life-sized gingerbread houses, giant festive yurts full of treats, huge trees, and events that raise money for local charities. Two sound especially great: Peninsula New York, with its rooftop winter wonderland, Chalet De Ning, that looks like it's right out of the Swiss Alps, right down to the seasonal menu and specialty cocktails; and Peninsula Chicago, with its iconic Peninsula Sky Rink—an ice-skating that overlooks the Miracle Mile.
Lodge at Blue Sky, Park City, Utah
From igloo-building and heli-skiing to fireside yoga and lots of festive programming, this winter mountain retreat is offering guests a third night free until April 12, 2020, and you can even get a $300 Delta gift card to help cover the flight (blackout dates: Dec. 24–Feb. 23).
Celebrate posada, a Mexican Christmas tradition that pays tribute to Mary & Joseph’s journey, on Dec. 14 at this 900-suite oceanfront property in the Mexican Caribbean. The event includes a tree lighting, Mexican delicacies, a traditional piñata, a Christmas concert, Mexican market, and a carnival—all overlooking the beach and jungle, of course.
Why stay home when you can visit the Maldives for all your Christmas shopping needs? This resort hosts its first-ever pop-up artisan market, featuring products by local Maldivian artists and designers, aimed to put the Maldives on the map for global travelers during the holidays. Opening on Dec. 26, the Christmas market will include goods by MAJOIE Maldives skincare brand, Island Bazaar homewares, and more.