10 Festive Hotels in the U.S. That Make the Holiday Season Even More Magical

These hotels offer over-the-top festive decor and holiday experiences that the whole family will love.

They say "there's no place like home for the holidays," but these hotels — with their festive decor, seasonal eats, and memorable holiday experiences — might be even better.

From over-the-top holiday displays in Las Vegas to snowy winter wonderland ski resorts, hotels around the United States go all out for the holiday season. Here are some of the nation's best hotels for holiday decor and packages this year.

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gingerbread house at the French Quarter Inn
French Quarter Inn

French Quarter Inn, Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is worth visiting year-round, but the historic city really comes to life during the holiday season, with palmetto trees wrapped in Christmas lights and perfectly decorated hotels. The French Quarter Inn goes all out for the holidays, with sparkling decor in the lobby and a gingerbread house replica of St. Philip's Church, a Holy City landmark. The specially themed Sleigh Bell suite features festive decorations, including an in-room tree and eggnog bar, and guests can grab complimentary cider, hot cocoa, or bourbon-spiked eggnog in the lobby after a day of exploring.

The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

The Omni Grove Park Inn is known for its beautiful mountain views and proximity to everything Asheville has to offer, but during the holiday season, the hotel gets a sweet makeover. The hotel hosts a yearly National Gingerbread House Competition, and guests can check out the impressive creations on display. Visitors hoping to experience the hotel's festive decorations can also book the Oh What Fun It Is to Stay offer.

The lobby of The Roosevelt during Christmastime
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The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana

Each year, this hotel decks its halls — and the whole city block — with thousands of lights, bows, and garlands. A festive winter old fashioned is on the menu for adults, and the annual Teddy Bear Tea is a favorite tradition among visiting kids — it even includes visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Montana

Guests at The Resort at Paws Up can enjoy the white Christmas of their dreams this season. Explore the resort by snowmobile, dogsled, or sleigh, build gingerbread houses, and more during a stay here. The holiday package includes accommodations in a luxury home (complete with a Christmas tree), all meals and some beverages, a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve, and more.

The Langham, Chicago one bedroom suite
Marcin Cymmer/Courtesy of The Langham

The Langham, Chicago, Illinois

The Langham, Chicago gets decked out in seasonal decor at this time of year, and with unique events, packages, and food and beverage options, it's the perfect place for a holiday vacation. The hotel offers a holiday afternoon tea in partnership with Veuve Clicquot and Hanukkah specials at Travelle. For a luxe holiday, opt for the Signature Christmas package, with signature suite accommodations, a four-course dinner served in the residence, and a custom-designed holiday tree.

Christmas Eve at Travelle at The Langham
Marcin Cymmer/Courtesy of The Langham

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village, Wyoming

For travelers wanting to combine winter sports and incredible scenery with holiday cheer, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers the ultimate December vacation. During the week of Christmas, the resort offers fun seasonal events — Santa even drops from one of the trams on Christmas Eve, and guests can watch fireworks on New Year's Eve.

The Cloister decorated at Christmas
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Sea Island, Georgia

This resort on the Georgia coast has an especially impressive holiday display in store this season with the Advent Cottage, a life-sized gingerbread advent calendar. In addition to this interactive display, guests can expect festive decorations, story time with Santa's elves, gingerbread decorating classes, caroling, holiday eats, and more.

Lotte New York Palace, New York City

NYC holiday traditions are coming back this year, and visitors can see the classic decor at iconic hotels like the luxurious Lotte New York Palace. A beautiful holiday presentation will be on display in the lobby, and the hotel's central location means guests and are just a short walk from the Winter Village at Bryant Park and the beautiful window displays on Fifth Avenue.

Hotel del Coronado ice skating rink
William Morton/Courtesy of Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, California

This beachfront hotel becomes a shimmering holiday dream each year, with its iconic red turrets covered with lights and a magnificent Christmas tree. Guests can take photos with Santa, make s'mores on the beach, watch holiday movies under the stars, and more during the holiday season at Hotel del Coronado. Plus, they can go skating by the sea on the hotel's beachfront ice skating rink.

Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada

Throughout the year, the iconic Bellagio transforms the Conservatory into a floral wonderland for each season. On Nov. 20, the Bellagio Conservatory will debut the holiday display for the 2021 season. Guests visiting Vegas closer to Christmas should check out another nearby MGM resort, Mandalay Bay, to spot Santa diving among sharks in the shipwreck area.

Elizabeth Rhodes is an associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her adventures on Instagram @elizabetheverywhere.

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