'Tis the season to deck the halls at home... and hotels, too! Many resorts go all out for the winter 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 Christmas hotels.

Written by Lissa Poirot

The Westin St. Francis

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1110 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 a Family Package that includes 25-percent off a second room for children age 21 and under. Kids age 12 and under also eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.

The Roosevelt

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620 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 former 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 for Teddy Bear Tea, hosted on select days in November and December. The fun includes a parade, live entertainment, visits with Santa and a delicious spread of food. Kids also receive commemorative teddy bears to take home.

Package: The Roosevelt offers a Teddy Bear Tea Package that includes overnight accommodations and tickets to the Teddy Bear Tea. Hurry -- seating will sell out!

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

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1271 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!

Package: Start Christmas in November -- that's the name of the package -- with deluxe accommodations, a daily $25 credit for food and drink, food and mixology workshops, and visits with Santa on select Sundays. The package is available Nov. 1 to Dec. 22, 2017.

Mirror Lake Inn

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299 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 dozens of lit trees and hundreds of thousands 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, holiday story time, breakfast with Santa and cookies and milk from Santa and his elves before bedtime. The package is available Dec. 8 to 10, 2017.


Gaylord Opryland Hotel

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2250 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. 10, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018, and features ICE!, with more than two million pounds of carved creations and themes inspired by "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

You'll also enjoy the Cirque Dreams Holidaze stage show; the Diamond Rio Holidays & Hits Dinner Show, snow tubing and ice skating on the outdoor lawn; breakfast with Charlie Brown; and so much more!

Package: The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is offering four themed packages, all with overnight accommodations. Visit Opryland Christmas Packages for details.

Disney's Grand Floridian, Orlando

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2740 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 include tickets to all of the parks. You can't miss Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!

Sheraton Waikiki, Oahu

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2139 Family Reviews
Even if you decide to hit the tropics for the holiday season, the Sheraton Waikiki in Oahu will get you in the spirit! The hotel features fantastical, holiday-themed sand sculptures each year, plus other holiday events.

Package: The hotel has a Buy 4 Nights, Get the 5th Night Free Package with 35-percent off accommodations, 35-percent off dining, 35-percent off car rentals and 10-percent off spa services. Package available through Dec. 31, 2017.

The Omni Grove Park Inn

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1255 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. 26, 2017 and Jan. 4, 2018, the mountain resort's halls will be overrun with holiday-inspired gingerbread themes, set among dozens of decorated trees and a giant sleigh. Guests of the holiday resort can view the displays daily; visitors can see them anytime Monday through Thursday, or after 3 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free, but a $20 self-parking fee (per car) applies; valet parking is available for $25.

Package: The hotel is offering a Gingerbread Holiday Bed and Breakfast Package with overnight accommodations; The Art of Breakfast Buffet (daily, per person); gingerbread cookie voucher (per person); and overnight parking (valet or garage). The holiday package also includes unlimited access to the hotel's gingerbread display. It's available through Dec. 29, 2017.

Gaylord National Resort

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856 Family Reviews
Not to be outdone by its southern sister, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on the National Harbor 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!); the 2017 theme is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Returning attractions include a Gingerbread Decorating Corner and Build-A-Bear Workshop, and new highlights include a revamped ice skating experience and brand new show, JOY - A Holiday Spectacular.

Christmas on the Potomac takes place Nov. 18, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018.

Package: The Gaylord National Resort is offering two packages: a Christmas on the Potomac Package and an ICE! Is Nice Package. Visit Gaylord National Resort Christmas Packages for details.

Hotel Hershey

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1008 Family Reviews
Hersheypark is fun all year long, but it's especially magical during the holidays thanks to its Sweet Lights and Christmas Candylane exhibits. Book a package stay at Hotel Hershey, then spend your evening admiring the beautiful light displays, sipping hot cocoa, meeting real reindeer at the park, and even riding some of the coasters.

Package: The Hershey Hotel offers four holiday packages: a Hersheypark Happy Christmas Package, Hersheypark Christmas Candylane Package, Breakfast With Santa Package and Lunch With Santa Package. Visit Hotel Hershey Packages for details.

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