The most wonderful time of the year brings jolly gatherings with loved ones, nostalgic treats, and cherished traditions near brightly lit trees. To enhance yuletide merriment, luxury hotels worldwide deck their lobbies and grounds with lavish trimmings turning properties into winter wonderlands during the festive season.
From sparkling lights to visits with Santa, indulge in all dimensions of Christmas magic at these high-class hospitality havens going all out to impress this joyous holiday.
The Ritz London
Since it first opened in 1906, London’s iconic Ritz hotel dazzles yearly with virtuosic decor transforming palm-filled spaces into Christmas eye candy. This year marks the legendary property’s first holiday season following a extensive restoration project concluding in late 2022.
Visitors bask amongst twinkling lights galore draping the opulent dining room while the Palm Court’s Afternoon Tea shines with a special holiday menu including classics like eggnog plus sweet and savory Yule bites. Beloved English traditions like carolers, champagne receptions and fashionable holiday attire come together to exude Noel nobleness perfected across the impeccably adorned Ritz London.
Hotel Del Coronado – San Diego, California
Along Southern California’s glimmering coastline overlooking the Pacific, the illustrious Hotel del Coronado charms guests within a towering beachfront Victorian building shining bright each December. Dating back to 1888, the iconic San Diego resort dazzles with abundant lights, ribbons and greenery spiraling down banisters plus a towering seaside Christmas tree and life-size gingerbread village.
Festive dining takes place inside the ocean view Crown Room watching ballerinas perform The Nutcracker Suite while hotel historians share tales of the Del’s holiday past. For families, activities include cookie decorating, pictures with Santa by the beach plus hot cocoa and s’mores by glowing fire pits. Through generations and decades, Holiday magic endures at the iconic Hotel Del.
The Grove Park Inn – Asheville, North Carolina
Nestled amid the wonderous Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Asheville’s century-old Grove Park Inn Resort fully embraces the holiday spirit come late November. Guests stare in awe at towering fir trees brushed with white flocking plus miles of lights and garlands draped across the Grand Lobby. This year the historic property introduced a brand-new outdoor light show choreographed to music visible from almost every vantage point of the sprawling landscape.
Additional holiday happenings include weekend visits with Santa, gingerbread house displays and multiple restaurants adorned with full holiday decor while serving special menus centered on local comfort cuisine. After a cup of hot cider or winter ale, visitors stay toasty strolling under outdoor heat lamps until collapsing into plush beds surrounded by stunning mountain views made even more magical this Christmas.
The Pfister Hotel – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Since 1893, Milwaukee’s crown jewel hotel The Pfister stages spellbinding seasonal transformations within its luxe Victorian-style setting. The lobby dazzles with museum-quality trees weeping glittering ornaments plus a signature display of Pfister Nutcrackers standing over six feet tall!
Guests can meet the hotel’s Chief Nutcracker Officer or peruse the cases of antique nutcrackers from around the globe showcased annually. Milwaukee holiday traditions come to life through events like afternoon teas with famous Kringle baked goods, beer tasting paired with Christmas movies or donning ugly sweaters during hotel history tours. Of course sparkling lights galore enhance spaces like the Grand Ballroom’s festive afternoon high tea ensuring Milwaukee magic shines bright at The Pfister this Christmas.