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Hotels with Stunning Holiday Décor + Nearby Festivities

Travelers can step out of their homes and into a land of sugar plum fairies with a stay at these upscale hotels—all decked out for the holiday season. From East Coast to West, we’ve gathered the best warm-weather and winter wonderland spots to enjoy the holidays surrounded by grand Christmas trees, extravagant light displays, gingerbread visions, and more. And we’ve paired them with suggested outings to can’t-miss holiday attractions nearby that make these destinations an all-around win for the season.    

Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York

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The all-suite luxury Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid is the most wonderful place in the Adirondacks to spend the most wonderful time of the year. Set against a snowy white backdrop and a rustic timber design that evokes the Adirondack great camps of the 19th century, Whiteface Lodge’s extravagant holiday décor brings winter wonderland dreams to life. Holiday guests can take a spin on the resort’s ice-skating rink (with complimentary skates to borrow), sip hot cocoa next to a cozy fire and admire the magnificent display of holiday lights while watching the snow fall.  

Nearby Attractions: Shred Whiteface Mountain’s 86 trails that stretch over 22 miles and three glorious peaks or enjoy a wintertime stroll down Lake Placid’s festively decorated Main Street for big-city shopping in a small mountain town.

Pebble Beach Resorts in Pebble Beach, California

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The crown jewel of California’s Golden Coast, Pebble Beach Resorts is a bucket-list-worthy destination all year long, but especially during the holiday season. Guests will find holiday decorations around every corner, including grand Christmas trees, light displays, gingerbread houses, and more. The Lodge at Pebble Beach is outlined in lights, giving the already grand appearance an even more impressive glow.  

Nearby Attraction: It’s not the holiday season without a performance of The Nutcracker. Pebble Beach guests can catch the timeless classic in nearby Carmel-by-the Sea, where the Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre will perform at the Sunset Center.

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, a Gurney’s Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Arizona

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Lay out all day in the sun then warm up in the evenings by a cozy outdoor fire at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain. Picturesque Christmas trees and garlands strewn with jingle balls and bows are among the holiday touches that surprise and delight guests at every turn. Pro move: Host a dinner party at the resort’s premier restaurant, elements, helmed by celebrity chef Beau Macmillan. His inspired holiday menu, plus the gorgeous dining set up, will be the talk of the table.  

Nearby Attractions: For holiday light shows and grand drive-thru experiences, guests can check out Scottsdale’s Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields or the World of Illumination in nearby Glendale and Tempe. 

Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua, New York

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Just a short drive or train ride from New York City, Westchester County’s historic Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant and Inn transports visitors to the timeless elegance of holidays past in charming Chappaqua.Classic decorations throughout the 1790 property, world-class dining and an award-winning wine cellar all make for an extra-merry escape. Warm up with an evening glass of wine by the fireside and enjoy complimentary breakfast in the dining room each morning.  

Nearby attractions: Guests should check out the Grand Holiday Illumination at Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, where more than 100,000 lights and holiday music transform the Walled Garden for the holiday season, or head to Kensico Dam Plaza for Westchester’s Winter Wonderland, a dazzling, 1.2-mile drive-through holiday light display.

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