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Holidays at Hilton: Unique Ways to Celebrate the Season in North America

Celebrate the holiday season with special winter offerings — from festive gingerbread displays to Skating by the Sea, living like Kevin McCallister & more

The holiday season is here, and Hilton properties across North America are pulling out all the stops to give guests memorable experiences as they plan trips and reunite with family and friends. From spectacular décor, themed dining experiences, and elaborate gingerbread creations to living out holiday movie memories and oceanfront ice skating, these unique offerings are sure to delight travelers this winter.

Live Like Kevin McCallister in Chicago

The lobby of Hilton Chicago sparkles with floor-to-ceiling décor featuring a 24-foot Christmas tree decorated with thousands of metallic ornaments, nearly 2,000 inches of decorated garland, 60-foot wreaths and more.

Hotel guests can make memories inspired by their favorite holiday movie thanks to two special themed overnight packages. The “Silver Tuna” package includes accommodations in the famed Conrad Suite (where Kevin McCallister and his family woke up in on Christmas morning in the film), plus a stocked “Wet Bandit Bar,” white-glove Christmas tree trimming service, a VIP limo ride to and from the McCallisters’ iconic house with a personal pizza and Champagne, and more. “The Kevin” package includes a cheese pizza, pool reservations for cannonball practice, a paint can for ‘Sticky Bandit’ candy fill-ups at Herb N Kitchen and an ADA-approved toothbrush. 

Lace up your Ice Skates for Skating by the Sea in San Diego

Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton brings guests Home for the Holidays as it transforms into a beachfront winter wonderland with thousands of sparkling lights adorning the hotel’s signature red turrets. Guests can take in ocean views while Skating by the Sea at the unique oceanfront ice rink. They can also enjoy the return of the famed two-story Christmas tree, lavish dining, photos with Santa, seasonal movies, and more.

Go Walking in a Waldorf Wonderland in New Orleans

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel recently unveiled “Waldorf Wonderland,” the spectacular, gilded-age, block-long lobby adorned with more than 112,000 lights, 1,600 feet of garland, and 4,000 glass ornaments. Guests can pose for photographs with the dazzling decor, sip on hot chocolate, or partake in The Sazerac Bar’s annual handcrafted holiday season libation.

Visit the North Pole – in Dallas!

At Hilton Anatole, guests can enjoy an enchanting experience with North Pole Texas featuring Peppermint Park. The new 90-minute experience includes an experiential train ride through the Anatole Sculpture Park Light Display, Elf Academy, cookie decorating, toy workshops to make your own teddy bear, letters to Santa, tours of the North Pole Mission Control Station, and more.

Dine Under the Stars in a Holiday Village in Sedona, Arizona

Now through January, guests at Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock can relish in its beloved winter wonderland experience with a bright igloo village and holiday chalet set up for a private dining experience under Sedona’s star-filled skies. Guests can also indulge in a full calendar of winter wonderland activities such as in-room Elf deliveries and calls with Mrs. Claus to share this year’s wishes.

Celebrate with a Kermesse and Participate in a Huichol Shaman Ritual on the Beach in Mexico

On Dec. 27, Conrad Punta de Mita will host a Mexican Kermesse inviting guests to a carnival atmosphere on the beach that will include traditional Mexican street food, family-friendly games, music, and dancing. Stop by the resort’s beach for photos and gifts with Santa Claus and his elves on Dec. 25 while enjoying local treats, Mexican Ponche, and more

In addition, on Dec. 24 and Jan. 1, 2022, guests can participate in a Huichol Shaman ritual of blessing and sharing at the ocean’s edge. Release your dreams for the new year and watch the waves carry them into the future.

Check out a Christmas Tree Made of Sand in Key West, Florida

Guests at Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort will enjoy a tropical spin on the holidays with the hotel’s Christmas tree which is made entirely of sand by the resort’s resident master sand sculptor. Guests can also add a little “home” for their holidays by arranging for a decorated miniature tree with a hand-painted glass ornament keepsake for their room or suite with the hotel’s Home for the Holidays offer, for guests visiting the resort between Dec. 16 - 23.

Visitors planning a Christmas getaway can indulge in a weekend of festive activities including the Grand Christmas Buffet featuring culinary delights, seasonal favorites, sweet treats, and more.

Experience the Whimsical Magic of Enchant DC in Washington, D.C.

As the official hotel sponsor of Enchant, Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill guests can book packages for the annual holiday spectacular with tickets included. For an extra over-the-top experience, guests can book the hotel’s Winter Wonderland Package which includes the Presidential suite decked out in festive winter décor and lights including a pop-up igloo in the living room, or the Enchanted Experience package featuring breathtaking Capitol View rooms and Enchant tickets.

And that’s not all! Our pastry chefs and culinary teams have created a variety of gingerbread creations to celebrate the season, from city skylines to Santa’s sleigh. Check out these incredible works of art:

Hilton Des Moines Downtown

Inspired by the picturesque Des Moines skyline, Hilton Des Moines Downtown’s gingerbread display is six-feet wide and features iconic city buildings including the 801 Grand and the Ruan Center, the Midwest city’s two tallest buildings. On display through the end of the year, the confectionary creation features gingerbread, gumdrops and other sweet treats including chocolate and sugar candies.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago

The fashion designer-inspired Waldorf Sleigh was created by Waldorf Astoria Chicago’s Pastry Chef Saber Rejbi and his culinary team. The Waldorf Sleigh is made with 100 pounds of gingerbread cookies, 60 pounds of fondant, 50 pounds of candy, and 60 pounds of royal icing, and took over 36 hours to create. Black and white pearl candy and white piping along the sleigh edge pay homage to the classic pearl necklace, while the black gingerbread cookies on white fondant fit seamlessly into the lobby.

Hilton Chicago

Hilton Chicago is home to a gingerbread hotel and cityscape on display throughout the holiday season. Standing over six feet tall, it took three pastry chefs nearly 300 hours to create — using 380 pounds of flour, 16 pounds of ginger, 16 pounds of cinnamon and 16,000 gingerbread bricks — among other ingredients.

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