It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to plan a festive holiday getaway!  

Hotels around the world go all out for Christmas, providing a low-hassle way to brighten up the holiday season with decorated lobbies full of dazzling light installations and ornate Christmas trees, as well as fun and festive activities for the entire family to enjoy.  

Here are our top picks of the best hotels to check-in to for some fun, festive decor and much needed holiday cheer. 

1. The Plaza: New York City

Plaza Hotel Christmas

No place does Christmas quite like New York City, and this holds true for the infamous Plaza Hotel, the go-to festive destination for many a visitor to Manhattan.  

Renowned for its festive yet elegant spirit, The Plaza transforms into a luxurious winter wonderland with its grand wreaths and floor-to-ceiling Christmas tree centerpiece in the lobby.  

The Plaza serves as the ultimate holiday getaway, offering holiday packages that start soon after you check-in to your luxurious guest room or suite.

Your home-away-from-home is perfectly set for the holidays with a festive floral arrangement and 6-ft tall Christmas tree complete with decorations, making it the perfect getaway full of seasonal cheer. 

2. The Broadmoor: Colorado Springs, Colorado

the broadmoor hotel christmas  

The holidays are truly a magical time to visit The Broadmoor.  

Upon arrival, The Broadmoor brings a classic touch to Christmas with its incredible exterior decor, consisting of hundreds of thousands of lights, garlands and gigantic wreaths.  

From big holiday shows with headlining acts from Broadway, to festive dinner parties with indulgent holiday menus, and the annual gingerbread village – this luxury hotel surrounded by the Colorado mountains is perhaps the most perfect setting for a quick getaway, regardless of how you celebrate the holidays! 

3. Claridge’s: London, UK  

Claridge's Hotel London

Guests at Claridge’s are in for a special treat this holiday season.  

Each year, the hotel receives a magical Christmas makeover from celebrated designers around the world. Kim Jones, Artistic Director of the Dior men’s collections, was tasked with creating this year’s tree, named ‘The Celestial Snow Globe’, featuring holographic projections that radiate from the base, upwards and beyond the tree, creating magical visuals all around the atmospherically lit lobby.  

For a truly transporting Christmas experience, guests will also be treated to horse-drawn carriage rides and carol singing over the holidays, a truly magical experience for all.  

4. Bellagio: Las Vegas, Nevada  

The Bellagio Christmas

Las Vegas knows how to put on a show, and no hotel does Christmas quite like the Bellagio. 

Christmas is one of the most magical times to visit The Bellagio, specifically, the hotel’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The 14,000 square foot space completely transforms into an extravagant holiday display, featuring a 42-foot-tall fir tree sparkling with thousands of lights, a beautifully snowcapped mountain range, a cozy Swiss chalet and enormous ornamental balls that dangle from the glass dome roof. 

This hotel definitely knows how to capture the spirit of the season in the most brilliant and breathtaking way.  

5. The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel: New Orleans, Louisiana

Roosevelt Hotel  

The Roosevelt New Orleans is about as glamorous as it gets during the holiday season.  

The hotel’s lobby is completely transformed and covered with ornate decorations, a charming Christmas tradition dating back to the 1930s. 

It would appear as though The Roosevelt spends the whole year preparing for their Christmas festivities as the lobby completely transforms come December, with its 44 Christmas trees, 135,572 lights, 3,328 feet of winter branches, 2,200 glass ornaments and 698 hand-tied bows.  

The city may be famous for its Mardi Gras celebrations, but Christmas is a close second at this hotel and is 100% worth making a trip to go see.