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What’s On for the Holidays at Hilton Properties Around the US

Conrad New York Downtown - Christmas Tree - Photo Credit Mark Weinberg
Conrad New York Downtown
Showstopping décor, themed suites, shopping and more aim to make the season’s stays bright 

The holiday season is in full swing and Hilton properties across the U.S. are ready and waiting to enhance your stay with amazing seasonal experiences. From Christmas-themed suites to special gingerbread displays and musical performances, here’s what’s on tap at some of our hotels this year.

Must-See Décor

From a block-long spectacle of lights in New Orleans to a pop-up holiday bar in Chicago, the following hotels across the nation are dripping in must-see holiday décor.

Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel - “Waldorf Wonderland” lobby walkway
The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel - “Waldorf Wonderland” lobby walkway

Crescent City’s Go-to Holiday Hotel: New Orleanians and tourists from around the world come to The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel every year to witness its annual block-long holiday décor spectacle. Located steps from the holiday magic of the French Quarter, The Roosevelt’s “Waldorf Wonderland” lobby walkway is adorned in 112,000 lights, 1,600 feet of garland and 4,000 glass ornaments for a full display of seasonal splendor as far as the eye can see. Visitors can marvel in wonderment while enjoying handcrafted Holiday season libations at The Sazerac Bar, the original home of the city’s official cocktail, the Sazerac.


Hilton San Francisco Union Square - Snow Globe
Hilton San Francisco Union Square - Snow Globe

Snow Globe Wonderland: Travelers walking into Hilton San Francisco Union Square will be transported to a snow globe wonderland boasting larger-than-life snowflakes floating across the ceiling and a 7-foot custom snow globe housing a model of the Golden Gate bridge inside.  

Pop-Up Holiday Bar in ChicagoWaldorf Astoria Chicago is the place for festive mixology this season as the hotel’s new signature restaurant, Brass Tack, unveiled a partnership with Miracle Pop-Up Bar, a beloved holiday pop-up phenomenon. Known for its over-the-top decor, inventive cocktails, and joyful atmosphere, Miracle Bar has transformed Brass Tack’s classic charm into a winter wonderland with meticulously crafted holiday cocktails.  

Futuristic Snowy Atrium: With spacious, family-friendly all-suite accommodations overlooking the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty, Conrad New York Downtown transforms its soaring atrium lobby with snowy projections across all 15 stories for an immersive illusion of fresh powder sprinkling over 23 Virginia Spruce trees. Each wintry tree amongst the tech-forward holiday spectacle is over 20 feet high beaming with 400 ornaments.  

Holiday-Themed Overnight Suite Packages & Themed Suites

The following overnight packages and immersive themed suites allow guests to live out their holiday dreams. Guests will be transported to Kris Kringle’s favorite retreat, step into the Hallmark Channel movie universe and more.  

Hallmark Channel Movie Suites: In partnership with Hallmark Channel, guests can now find themselves in Hallmark Channel movies during a stay in the ultra-spirited suites spanning three Hilton properties. Bringing the charm of Hallmark’s holiday stories to life through décor and programming, the suites include the “Hallmark’s Holiday Sweetest Suite” at Hilton New York Times Square, a suite transformed into a custom candy store with sweets around every corner, candy garland and DIY candy ornaments to hang from the Christmas tree, scratch-and-sniff holiday scented wall decals, and more. The “Haul Out the Holly” suite at Hilton Americas-Houston is all about the lights, as it’s inspired by the all-new original Hallmark movie Haul Out The Holly: Lit Up, and features light pillows, a light-up holiday village, a holiday light decorating station, a custom Hallmark Channel light-up marquee, and a twinkling Christmas light ceiling. Finally, in celebration of Hallmark Channel’s new movie The Santa Summit, the “Santa Summit” suite at Hilton Chicago is dedicated to Santa Claus featuring vintage décor, life-sized reindeer, a Santa-themed bed, cookie kit, heartwarming wall installation for Letters to Santa, and much more. Read more about each spirited suite here.  

Holly Jolly In-room Fun: Situated in Downtown Austin with close proximity to holiday festivities along Sixth and Rainey Street, families at Hilton Austin can enjoy the “Holly Jolly Package” where each stay is complete with holiday essentials including fresh churros and hot chocolate, craft ornament kits, build-your-own gingerbread house experience and kids’ activity guide.  

Gold City’s Snow Globe Escape: Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s “Skate and Stay” package grants guests access to the Golden City’s most magical holiday destination with two tickets and skate rentals to the Union Square ice rink. Home to a snow globe-themed lobby complete with a 7-foot snow globe, guests can book elf encounters to surprise Santa’s biggest fans with treat-filled stocking deliveries, photos, story time, and letter collections on behalf of the North Pole.  

Kris Kringle’s Retreat: Guests that book Hilton Cleveland Downtown’s “Mr. Kringle Suite” are quickly whisked away to Kris Kringle’s holiday-inspired retreat. The immersive suite comes decked-out with holiday décor and activities including two sparkling Christmas trees, holiday-themed furniture and bedding, life-sized nutcracker, candy cane candles and personalized letters from Mr. Kringle himself. Plus, enjoy seasonal in-room movies and games paired with his favorite snack, fresh cookies, and ice-cold milk.

Vancouver’s Winter Wonderland Suite: Known for its bounty of holiday light displays, markets and winter concerts, families exploring snowy Vancouver can book Hilton Vancouver Washington’s “Winter Wonderland Suite” including accommodations, in-room holiday decor with a festive holiday tree, hot chocolate service, and more.  

A Nutcracker-Inspired Stay: This December, Capital Hilton invites The Nutcracker enthusiasts to experience a remarkable, newly-renovated holiday suite decorated top-to-bottom with Nutcrackers, Christmas trees, and holiday cheer to celebrate the annual performance of The Nutcracker at the nearby Warner Theatre. As part of the hotel’s partnership with Washington Ballet, guests who book this suite will receive discounted box seat tickets for a performance date of their choosing between December 2-30.  

Holiday Suite Package – For the first time, Waldorf Astoria Orlando launched a Holiday Suite Package where guests can choose between two seasonal décor themes: "Sparkle & Shine" or "Cool Christmas." The package includes an exclusive Holiday Royal Tea Experience held in-suite, a day of relaxation in a festive-themed poolside cabana, a cookie decorating kit, a festive turndown amenity, complimentary rides to Walt Disney World® Theme Parks and Disney Springs®, and more. 

Festive Programming

These Hilton properties are inviting guests to make holiday memories with fireside gatherings, onsite gifting experiences, musical performances, seaside ice skating and even a surprise skydiving Santa.  

Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton - Skating by the Sea ice rink
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton - Skating by the Sea

A Twenties Holiday Affair: Hosting seaside fun for over 130 years, Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton is California’s leading holiday destination. Dripping in thousands of lights and décor inspired by 1920s art-deco, the resort is reveling “A Twenties Holiday Affair” themed holiday. With something for everyone, the hotel launched a “Fire & Ice” package including four Skating by the Sea passes across the resort’s beachfront ice rink, a private beach S’mores Roast, priority access to The Del’s esteemed holiday experiences, and more. Additional festivities include a Frostbite Lounge for post-skating bites and cocktails, a skydiving Santa arrival on the beach, wintry beach igloos with bonfires, Elf deliveries, holiday movies on the beach, and more.  

Igloo Village: The celebrated adventure resort, Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, is located at the foot of the red rocks and known for offering a wealth of amenities and activities inspired by Sedona’s landscape. At the center of the action is an illuminated igloo village featuring dining under Sedona’s award-winning sky in sparkling globes, holiday décor, a wealth of culinary offerings, seasonal sips and much more.  

Exclusive Holiday Shopping: Located in the heart of Manhattan, the luxurious Conrad New York Midtown offers a uniquely spacious and innately residential retreat. As a home away from home, this season the hotel is debuting a variety of elegant fashion, fragrance, jewelry, and art pop ups including: gifting a select number of guests luxury sustainable Tom Ádam pajamas, access to a Bios Apothecary fragrance bar to create signature winter scents, jewelry pop-up with Emmyymadi Jewelry and La Enovese as well as an artful experience with Deanna First and Pineider where guests can shop and receive a complimentary live sketch.  

Holiday Rooftop Movies: Surrounded by unobstructed views of Downtown Austin, Hilton Austin is hosting Festive Fireside Flicks where guests can cozy up by firepits as well as the heated pool or hot tub for rooftop movies and s’mores paired with holiday cocktails. Exploring the hotel with the help of hidden reindeer friends, young guests can embark on a special Reindeer Scavenger Hunt followed by a sweet holiday treat. On Dec.15, a celebration for the unveiling of Cannon + Belle’s annual Woodford Reserve holiday bourbon bottles will take place alongside live music.  

Washington D.C.’s Snowcapped Getaway: Within walking distance of the White House Christmas Tree and downtown holiday markets, Conrad Washington DC introduces a Presidential Shopping Suite where visitors can exclusively purchase gifts from brands like Jo Malone and Scanlan Theodore. Guests can expect interactive experiences like cookie making classes and a cappella holiday performances, as well as endless fun at the Holiday Kids Corner with a Santa letter writing station, dreidel playing station and panda-themed tree honoring the hotel’s beloved mascot—Potomac the Panda. Surprise daily appearances by the hotel’s mischievous Elf on the Shelf are not to be missed.  

Very Merry-achi Holiday: The only all-suite oceanfront resort for families nestled between the Malibu and Santa Barbara coastline, Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton is honoring the proud Mexican culture of Oxnard with live performances from a Very Merry-achi Christmas band, traditional Christmas tamale-making classes and more. In addition to mariachi, a full line-up of holiday music will ring through the hallways every Saturday evening through December, including carolers, choruses, and harp players. Poolside guests can book a holiday-themed cabana bursting with lights, a mini-Christmas tree, cozy décor, and treats from house-made Mexican hot chocolate to s’mores. Inside, family-friendly fun includes story time with Santa, ornament and cookie decorating classes, movie nights, and even a secret project by Santa’s special Elf taskforce for Christmas Day surprises on every door.  

Exclusive Access to Santa’s LandingSignia by Hilton San Jose is this year’s exclusive host hotel for the immersive Enchant Christmas San Jose, bringing the spirit of the season to PayPal Park with an ice skating rink, adventures through Santa’s Magic Timepiece, a larger-than-life light maze, Santa’s Landing, performances at the Little Elves Play Place, and more. Guests looking for the ultimate experience can book the hotel’s Enchant Christmas VIP package and receive two VIP tickets, roundtrip transportation, exclusive themed swag, and more.  

Holidays Hawai’I style: The season of Aloha is in full swing at Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. The resort is offering festive holiday packages in newly renovated accommodations, including holiday festive feasts, a whimsical winter wonderland pop-up shop and enchanting celebrations. The Island Holiday package includes luau, dinner at Olivine and Christmas Eve dinner or Brunch for four; Erewhon wellness basket; $250 resort credit; daily breakfast and airport transfers.   

Grand Gingerbread Houses and Chocolate Displays

The decadent displays below are making the season extra sweet with massive edible displays that bring to life scenes right out of your favorite movies and books.  

Gingerbread Takes Over Chicago: Guests staying at the historic Hilton Chicago will be transported into the ultimate holiday stay upon arrival, greeted by a 24-foot lobby Christmas tree decorated with nearly 2,000 inches of garland, and a gingerbread replica of Hilton Chicago complete with Chicago’s iconic skyline. Nearby at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, the pastry team devoted 60 hours to creating an over-the-top Whoville-inspired village made of gingerbread and fondant to greet each guest.  

Waldorf Astoria Chicago - Gingerbread Display
Waldorf Astoria Chicago - Gingerbread Display

Mountainside Gingerbread Village: A global winter destination and the only hotel with slope-side access to the country's largest ski resort, Waldorf Astoria Park City is making ski season even sweeter with a 10-by-4-foot Gingerbread Village freshly prepared by the resort’s in-house pastry team. Revealed during a spectacular tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 1, the display will serve as a photo opportunity while guests enjoy the surrounding alpine paradise.  

Iconic Manhattan Gingerbread Skyline: Guests at Hilton New York Times Square will be awed by the timeless scene of New York City’s skyline made exclusively of gingerbread. Within one block of festive landmarks such Bryant Park’s ice-skating rink and Madison Square Garden’s Christmas Spectacular, the hotel serves as Santa’s New York City headquarters with a letter drop-off station and a “Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas Is My Favorite Cocktail” bar workshop for adults.  

Holiday High Tea

Keeping guests extra cozy this season, guests can embrace the warmth of the holiday season with festive high teas bursting with holiday décor, flavors and entertainment.  

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel - Teddy Bear Tea
The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel - Teddy Bear Tea

Teddy Bear Tea: For decades, children of all ages have visited The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel to experience the magic of the yuletide season with its charming North Pole pop-up and Teddy Bear Tea. This year, the time-honored celebration will come to life once again with singing, dancing, storytelling, and appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus while children enjoy pastries paired with decadent hot chocolate.  

Royal Family’s Chicago Tea Tradition: A beloved high tea destination for nearly a century and once host to Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, The Drake Hotel’s teatime will boast a holiday makeover featuring nearly 20 tea blends including special French teas, sandwiches, scones and macarons complimented by a live harpist and holiday carolers on select dates. Guests seated in the hotel’s Palm Court will enjoy views of the Christmas tree adorned with handcrafted decorations as well as a grand floral installation created by Chicago’s acclaimed Mangel Florist.  

Solarium Holiday Tea with Children’s Puppet Shows: In the center of Atlanta’s cultural, dining and fashion scenes, Holiday Tea at Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead is served under the hotel’s glass Solarium with serenading sounds of a live harpist. A special treat for young guests, the Children’s Holiday Tea includes a special festive tent, puppet shows, and more.