Some years you eagerly start decorating the Christmas tree while listening to Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas as soon as you finish the last bite of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day. Other years, you need a little help to get in the holiday spirit. If you are experiencing the latter, Dallas hotels decked out in all the cheer-inducing lights, music, treats and holiday magic will help give you the holly-jolly boost you need. While the following hotel experiences are open to the public, you'll create even more Big D Holiday memories with a weekend stay in these over-the-top Christmassy hotels.
Hilton Anatole - Design District
Each year the Hilton Anatole transforms its outdoor area into a winter wonderland. This year's North Pole Texas runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 24. Kids can write letters to Santa at the North Pole mail room, jump in the Giant Snowman Bounce House, decorate cookies in Mrs. Claus' Kitchen, attend an elf academy, build a take-home Teddy Bear at the Toy Workshop, dance at the Reindeer Dance Party and tour the North Pole Mission Control Station. Train rides, light displays, s'mores and face painting round out the experience. Overnight hotel guests receive 30 percent off the price of admission for North Pole Texas.
In addition to exploring the North Pole Texas, the Hilton Anatole also offers Breakfast with Santa. Each weekend from the end of November until Christmas Eve, Santa and Mrs. Claus will host a breakfast which includes all the morning-time favorites like chocolate chip pancakes, Belgian waffles, omelets and assorted pastries. While the little ones are noshing, Old Saint Nick will make his entrance and greet each table before he reads the group a holiday story.
The Adolphus – Downtown
Each December, The Adolphus transforms its storied tradition of afternoon tea in the French Room into a Holiday Tea Party. Sit on gilded Louis XVI-style chairs, reupholstered in subtly luxe fabrics, under the twin Italian Murano Glass chandeliers and listen to seasonal classics while munching on delectable finger foods. The beloved event is one of Dallas' most revered holiday traditions. Holiday Tea for Two includes a two-course menu featuring tea sandwiches, scones and pastries paired with tea and a glass of either sparkling wine or cider.
Plan on stopping by The Adolphus Great Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 3 when they will unveil their majestic Christmas tree. Holiday carolers, cups of steaming hot wassail and Christmas cookies will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
Hotel Crescent Court - Uptown
The Christmas season is not complete until a gingerbread house is constructed. Let Pastry Chef Kristina Morgan teach your kiddos how to make a gingerbread masterpiece during the Hotel Crescent Court's annual Gingerbread Workshop. A ticket to the event includes admission for one adult and one child, light bites, cookies, hot chocolate, one adult beverage and, of course, all the goodies to construct your perfect gingerbread house.
Thompson Hotel Dallas - Downtown
Everything is bigger in Texas, even holiday decorations. Taking that sentiment and running with it, the Thompson Hotel is decking out their hotel with more than 12 miles of LED lighting, 35 Christmas trees and 17,000 ornaments. In addition to the decorations, the hotel will host 12 Days of Thompson starting December 12. Each evening for 12 days, guests of the lobby bar can enjoy live holiday music, hot chocolate, festive cocktails and be entered to win prizes like a two-night stay, a visit to The Spa at Thompson, dinner for two and more.
Immerse yourself in holiday cheer from the ornamental lawn to your suite at the Omni Dallas. This year, they're offering an exclusive Santa Suite package from Nov. 22 - Jan. 5, 2022 which includes a stay in the two-bedroom Presidential Suite with nightly turndown amenity hot chocolate and cookies, holiday crafts and much more. Need a nightcap before turning in? Restaurants on Lamar have plenty of holiday cocktails to keep spirits bright.