Hotels Capture the Holiday Spirit with Fun Activities, Black Friday Deals

Editor’s Note: Updated on 11/26/2019.

A beautiful part of the holiday season is that many festivities are united by a common theme. From department store music to decorations and public lights, Kringle magic is in the air.

Hotels join in the fun, often going beyond stunning decorations to feature joyful additions, as well as special offerings on stays and experiences. In the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting that celebratory spirit, along with deals you need to know about.

Hotels Getting in the Spirit: Chicago and New York City

The Peninsula Chicago turns to the holiday season on Nov. 23 with its beloved Sky Rink, where guests can carve the ice against the city skyline in a wintry land of glimmering pine trees and the crooning of holiday classics. At the same hotel, don your merry threads for the Ugly Sweater Party in Z Bar on Dec. 13.

At The Peninsula New York, Holiday Afternoon Tea in Gotham Lounge is the spot to warm up with tea, coffee and holiday-themed treats. Later, transport yourself to the Swiss Alps without leaving Manhattan at Chalet de Ning, a cozy rooftop under chalet-inspired domes, with specialty fare and drinks inspired by the Engadine region of Switzerland.

If you’re in the neighborhood on Dec. 9, don’t miss the Peninsula New York’s Tree Lighting, with complimentary refreshments as you’re soothed by holiday favorites sung by National Children’s Chorus.

Special Offer for 2 in Columbus, Ohio

The Holiday Lights Package at Hotel LeVeque is a getaway bundle for two that includes a tour of twinkling lights downtown, accommodations, plus breakfast and festive cocktails at the hotel’s acclaimed The Keep Restaurant & Bar.

Holiday Office Parties in Scottsdale, Arizona

Christmas at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess transforms the resort with thousands of brilliant lights, entertainment and of course, delectable festive eats and drinks. Visit its Winterland for mistletoe photo ops, hot and cold drinks at the ice bar, and live holiday musical performances. The resort has also rolled out the Biggest Little Office Party Offer, featuring the chef’s holiday menu and specialty cocktails—an easy way to keep humbug out of your party planning.

Package Deal in San Francisco

Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco unveil their Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay package, combining accommodation with three ice skating tickets at Union Square rink, plus bonus specials for making headway on your Christmas list at Bloomingdale’s.

Giant Gingerbread Village and Room-Rate Reduction in Seattle

If you’re staying in Seattle anytime from Nov. 22 to Jan. 1, enjoy 20 percent off retail rates on a minimum of two-night stays at Sheraton Grand Seattle. During those same dates, you can treat your inner kid in the lobby at the 27th annual Gingerbread Village. It took Sheraton chefs more than 2,000 hours and 1,850 pounds of gingerbread to create the cookie town with this year’s #elflife theme, benefitting the Northwest Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. No nibbling on the door frame, please. Santa is watching.

Super Deal in Denver

The Curtis is offering the Black Friday Meets the Mile High super deal—$52.80 per night for stays in December, January and February (available for booking from Black Friday to Cyber Monday). That’s more than 75 percent off average rates for a sleepover on one of its 13 fun, pop-art themed floors.

Seasons and Savings at Omni Hotels

Omni hotels’ quarterly menu curation, Season of Spice, will be available Nov. 22 through Jan. 4. Chefs across the properties will debut fresh recipes and incorporate twists that make use of those warming spices that give us holiday fuzzies. Savor wintry flavors with creations such as Morita Spice Churros with Spanish Hot Chocolate, Apple Spice Pork Belly Sliders and Spiced Old Fashioned.

Omni Houston Hotel at Westside also is extending the Fall Back Into Savings Group Promotion for meeting planners, which includes choosing four enhancements for planned events taking place until Dec. 30. Check it out here.

Also from Omni Hotels is Season of Savings—book by Dec. 3 for stays until Feb. 15, with rates starting at $119 in its properties across the states.

Viceroy Hotel Bargains in San Francisco and Colorado

 At Hotel Zetta, Hotel Zelos and Hotel Zeppelin—all Viceroy properties—take advantage of Rock the Holidays by getting up to 25 percent off stays that are a minimum of two nights, plus a $25 food and beverage credit for bookings until Jan. 5.

At Viceroy Snowmass in Colorado, Complimentary Winter Nights offers a third night free for arrivals between Nov. 27 to Dec. 10, and March 29 to April 15.

Viceroy also whipped up a Black Friday post-Turkey Day special—use code CYBER2019 on Nov. 29 for 40 percent savings.