Lighting displays are an essential part of the magical feeling that is Christmas, but if you’re traveling for the holidays, you may be afraid you’ll miss out on all the yuletide glee back home.
Luckily, some hotels take the festive spirit to new levels with their joyous decorations, making sure no one has to miss out on the majesty and awe of Christmas lights.
These six hotels take their displays to the max to create a truly magical wonderland—and thus a brighter holiday—for their guests. Even better? You can book your next stay at these hotels via Roomkey.
Christmas in the mountains can be spectacular. Imagine walking around Glenwood Springs, a quaint hamlet in the Rocky Mountains, the town illuminated with Christmas cheer. And the centerpiece of it all is the Hotel Colorado, with more than a million lights on display inside and out.
If you’re looking for old-time charm, the natural beauty of Mobile Bay, and timeless memories made in Grand style, you’ll want to check out the lights and displays at the Grand Hotel. In addition to the festive lights, you’ll find the grounds canvassed with poinsettias. Plus, you won’t want to miss the Grand’s extravagant Christmas tree, with 18 towering feet of holiday cheer.
The family environment is part of the allure at the Grand Hotel, so grab the kids and enjoy activities like feeding the ducks with Rudolph, enjoying a bonfire with s’mores, or even Christmas karaoke. The time and effort the Grand Hotel puts into creating a once-in-lifetime Christmas experience keeps guests coming back year after year for the holiday season.
Minutes from downtown Houston, The Houstonian is nestled within a wooded setting near Uptown Park—the perfect setting for decorated trees. The hotel’s Grand Texas Live Oak tree alone boasts 75,000 lights. Inside the hotel’s Great Room, you’ll find another tree decorated with 1,000 ornaments. The masterpiece, however, may be the six-foot-tall gingerbread houses that take six months to complete. A train winds around these gingerbread houses created by pastry chef Catherine Rodriguez and her elves. The crew built and decorated the houses using more than 600 gumdrops, 95 pounds of gingerbread, and 200 pounds of royal icing.
Situated on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, the Coeur d’Alene Resort becomes a winter wonderland with a 1.5 million-light show, the largest on-the-water holiday light display in America. View the holiday lights across the lake on their “Journey to the North Pole” Holiday Lake Cruise. There you’ll visit Santa’s Toy Workshop and see a special firework display the elves have planned.
Looking for the perfect backdrop for your annual family Christmas card? The Broadmoor is for you! The Broadmoor Seven Falls has been lighting up the Colorado sky each year since 1947. Starting in November, more than 100,000 individual lights illuminate the falls, transforming the canyon into something straight out of a fairytale. While you’ll have to pay to enjoy this world-renowned light show, your ticket gets you access to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, take pictures with two of Santa’s very own reindeer, enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, and take all the selfies your heart desires at the gingerbread and lollipop selfie station.
A 40-foot decorated Christmas tree waits for you at the entrance to the Boca Raton Resort & Club. That’s not all, though. There are 40 decorated trees in all, using some of the 600,000 lights that decorate the resort. The Christmas tree lights aren’t the only illuminations you’ll find; you can also watch the Holiday Boat Parade as you dine lakeside and view the boats lit with holiday splendor.
When you think of the quintessential hotel at Christmas time, you’ll probably picture something close to The Jefferson Hotel. Located in downtown Richmond, Virginia, the Jefferson Hotel lobby transforms into a magical place that even Santa himself would envy. The main event of the season is their annual tree lighting which is open to the public and followed by an extravagant Gingerbread Display created by Executive Pastry Chef Sara Ayyash. Don’t just take our word for it, visit The Jefferson in person to truly experience the wonder that comes with being immersed in hundred of poinsettias, yards of garland and ribbon, thousands of twinkle lights, and dozens of toy soldiers.
Ready to experience these Christmas-loving hotels in person? It’s never too early to start planning next year’s holiday family vacation. Visit roomkey.com today to book your stay with one of our 60-plus hotel partners across the U.S. and around the world.