‘Tis the season to deck the halls at home... and hotels, too! Many resorts go all out for the holidays, decorating public spaces and even rooms with twinkling lights and trees, organizing visits from Santa Claus and more. These are 10 of our favorite family Christmas hotels to get into the holiday spirit.

Written by Lissa Poirot

The Westin St. Francis

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
979 Family Reviews
Located in San Francisco's Union Square, The Westin St. Francis overlooks the city's iconic ice rink and festive tree; however, it's what's inside the hotel that brings the onlookers: a giant sugar tree! The St. Francis Sugar Tree stands 12 feet tall and features a new theme each year. The attraction is open to the public and includes complimentary cookies and coffee in the lobby, making it one of the best Christmas hotels for kids and adults alike.

Package: The hotel offers several packages, including one that covers overnight parking and deluxe accommodations.

The Roosevelt

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
546 Family Reviews
The Roosevelt - A Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New Orleans is amazing, especially during the holidays. The lobby is filled with white birch and fir trees that climb to the ceiling, and is bedecked in thousands of white lights. Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, whom also inspired the name "teddy bear," this holiday hotel features teddy bears in the seasonal fun. The Crescent City Ballroom is transformed into Santa Claus' Workshop, where kids enjoy tea and hot chocolate and parents sip on complimentary Champagne. Kids also receive commemorative teddy bears, along with entertainment and visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Package: The Roosevelt doesn't offer a specific package for the holidays, though there's a Family Fun Package with breakfast and Wi-Fi included that will appeal to those looking for family Christmas hotels.

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
1046 Family Reviews
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City doesn't need glitz and glamour during the holidays -- it's naturally beautiful, yet cozy in the winter months. Still, upon its transformation into a holiday hotel, it offers fantastic light displays and themed workshops, such as cooking classes...plus visits with Santa, a perfect touch at a Christmas hotel for kids!

Package: Start Christmas in November -- that's the name of the package -- with deluxe accommodations, discounted parking, and a $10 credit at Starbucks. The three-night package is available on three date ranges: November 4-7, 7-10, and 10-13, 2016.

Mirror Lake Inn

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
255 Family Reviews
As guests pull up to Mirror Lake Inn, located in Lake Placid, New York, they're greeted by a holiday hotel winter wonderland, complete with 70 lit trees and 300,000 twinkling lights. Inside, more Christmas trees -- including one made entirely of poinsettias -- are found, and real Christmas trees are placed in guestrooms (upon request).

Mirror Lake Inn also uses its picturesque location to provide holiday fun for families outside. Skate on the frozen Mirror Lake and receive free hot chocolate at the cafe, enjoy a winter bonfire with marshmallows, ride the Toboggan Chute or a horse-drawn sleigh ride, receive a visit from Santa with milk and cookies and turndown services, and take part in the town's Holiday Village Stroll.

Package: The inn features a Holiday Village Stroll Package that includes accommodations for a family of four, breakfast, $50 in holiday shopping dollars, holiday story time, crafts, and breakfast with Santa. The package is available Dec. 9 to 11, 2016.


Gaylord National Resort

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
775 Family Reviews
Not to be outdone by its southern sister, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington D.C. offers Christmas on the Potomac, with two-million dazzling lights, an indoor snowfall and dancing fountains. It also features ICE!, a massive exhibit of carved creations (amounting to over two million pounds of colored ice!). Themes change annually, from "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" in 2015 to "Christmas around the World" in 2016.

Returning attractions include a Gingerbread Decorating Corner, an Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, and The Frostbite Factory, a live ice-carving station. New this year are a Build-A-Bear workshop and a Food & Fun event with Charlie Brown and his Peanuts friends. Stay overnight to experience multiple days of fun at this Christmas hotel for kids.

Christmas on the Potomac takes place Nov. 19, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017.

Package: New for 2016 is the Capital Christmas Fun Package, available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights during the holiday season. The package includes two nights at the Gaylord National Resort, tickets to ICE!, tickets to the Capital Wheel, and tickets to Six Flags America's event Holiday in the Park, featuring rides, characters, and entertainment.

Disney's Grand Floridian, Orlando

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
2467 Family Reviews
You didn't think Disney World would ignore the holiday season, did you? Not only does it become more magical during the holidays (think snow falling on Main Street!), but the Disney World Resorts also get a holiday transformation, becoming ideal Christmas hotels for families. One of the best is Disney's Grand Floridian, where a life-sized gingerbread house greets guests in the lobby. The house is so large that it features a bakery selling all things gingerbread. There's also a giant tree, and, get this -- an orchestra performs in the lobby nightly!

Package: Consider a Magic Your Way Vacation Package for six nights and seven days -- rates start at $80 per person, per day, and include tickets to all the parks. You can't miss Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!

The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Oahu

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
984 Family Reviews
Even if you decide to hit the tropics during the holiday season, the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani in Oahu will get you in the spirit with Santa's German Gingerbread Village, an annual tradition. The holiday hotel lobby is transformed into a village of sweet treats, with a giant Alpine Village. The hotel's chefs use more than 200 pounds of chocolate, 200-some gallons of icing and 80 sheets of gingerbread to create the masterful cookie town, which also features twinkling lights.

Package: The hotel has an Ocean Promotion with 30 percent off rates and breakfast for two (kids ages 12 and under eat free).

The Omni Grove Park Inn

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
1036 Family Reviews
The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville offers a renowned National Gingerbread House Competition annually, showcasing the country's most artistic sugar-and-spice creations. Between Nov. 13, 2016 and Dec. 31, 20166, the mountain resort's halls are overrun with holiday-inspired gingerbread themes, set amongst 80 decorated trees and a giant sleigh. Guests of the holiday resort for families can view the displays daily, while visitors can see them Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, but a $10 parking fee (per car) applies.

Package: The hotel is offering several holiday promotions, including a Gingerbread Holiday Package with a breakfast buffet (daily, per person), gingerbread cookie voucher (daily, per person) and overnight parking (valet or garage). It's available Nov. 13 to Dec. 31, 2016.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
2026 Family Reviews
Head to Music City's Gaylord Opryland Hotel, where you'll witness a Country Christmas like no other. This year's event takes place Nov. 11, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017, and features ICE!, with more than two million pounds of carved creations and themes inspired by "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." You'll also enjoy a "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" musical stage show; and a new Christmas dinner show, snow tubing and ice skating on the events center lawn, and other activities and events -- from photos with Santa and cookies with Mrs. Claus to a gingerbread decorating corner and breakfast with the Grinch.

Package: Garylord Opryland Hotel has several packages. Try the Christmas Memories Package, which includes accommodations and tickets to ICE! It's valid select dates from Nov. 11, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017.

Hotel Hershey

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
909 Family Reviews
Hersheypark is fun all year long, but it's especially magical during the holidays thanks to their Sweet Lights and Christmas Candylane exhibits. Book a package stay at Hotel Hershey, then spend your evening admiring the beautiful light displays, meeting live reindeer at the park, and riding whatever coasters remain open during the season.

Package: This holiday hotel option offers two Christmas packages for kids and families. Choose the Christmas Candylane package, which bundles admission to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, Hershey Sweet Lights, and Hershey's Water Works (plus milk and cookies on the night of your arrival!). Alternatively, opt for the Breakfast With Santa package, which is essentially the Christmas Candylane package plus a breakfast buffet with Santa.

1 of 12


Traveling Family with Baby

Your personal family vacation planning starts now

Get expert advice, handpicked recommendations, and tips for your family all year round!