While there’s certainly no place like home for the holidays, there are a collection of hotels in Florida that provide some steep competition. Boasting meet and greets with Santa, winter-themed activities and live entertainment, these holiday havens offer the perfect place to soak up the festive atmosphere, adorned with showstopping decorations, towering Christmas trees, and dazzling light displays. Read on to discover the top hotels in Florida that go all out for Christmas.
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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Orlando (Prices & Photos)
One of the most decorated properties on Disney during Christmas, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando offers an elegant take on the holidays. Boasting an elegant Victorian charm, the highlight of the decorations is undoubtedly the life-sized gingerbread house, made from real ingredients. Doubling as a refreshment stand, you can order gingerbread shingles and other holiday treats. Of course, you can’t miss the beautiful 40-foot tall Christmas tree in the lobby.
Boca Raton Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Boca Raton (Prices & Photos)
Celebrate the holiday with a little sunshine at the Boca Raton Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. You’ll find festive decorations and a beautifully lit tree in its Front Courtyard, and on Christmas Day you can attend the Family Beach Bonfire and sit by the fire and enjoy complimentary s’mores, hot chocolate and apple cider while listening to live music. A Grand Buffet is held in the ballroom, where a craft corner boasts face painting and activities for the kids.
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee (Prices & Photos)
Famous for their annual ICE! event with two million pounds of hand-carved ice, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee is where to take the kids to see elaborate ice sculpting displays and go snow tubing. There’s an acrobatic Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show, a choreographed lighting show set around the resort’s six-story-high Christmas tree, photos with Santa and a chance to participate in the attempt to set the Guinness World Record for “most couples kissing under the mistletoe in one location”.
The Breakers, Palm Beach (Prices & Photos)
If you like your Christmas holiday with a little luxury, head to The Breakers in Palm Beach to spend your days seaside at this upscale resort. There are festive buffets to keep you refueled, while an array of festive events are designed with families in mind, as the Holiday Festival features gingerbread house making crafts, visits with Santa and a Winter Carnival with games. There’s also a wreath-making class, toy shop event and a Merry & Bright Bingo.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (Prices & Photos)
The Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island offers you plenty of face time with Santa, as it hosts a Breakfast with Santa event with a pancake station and holiday cookie station, while the Santa Tuck-ins is where the big guy himself brings cookies and milk and reads a holiday story. Attend the Santa’s Storybook Tea for an Amelia Island tradition, where a fireside holiday storybook read by Santa is paired with afternoon tea and finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries.
The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota (Prices & Photos)
Get excited about the upcoming holiday at The Ritz Carlton in Sarasota, where both kids and adults alike will enjoy the gingerbread cookie decorating guided by the Ritz Carlton’s pastry team. Pair an afternoon tea with characters from the Nutcracker, where Clara and the Rat King will greet and take photos with your family, or indulge in hot chocolate and s’mores aboard their version of The Polar Express. On Christmas, you can wake up to breakfast with Santa and participate in kid-friendly activities.
Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando (Prices & Photos)
There are a lot of Christmas events happening at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando in December, as the hotel’s scenic rose garden is aglow with spectacular lighting and impressive holiday decor. The Winter Wonderland event invites guests to take a ride on the Shingle Creek Express, while the kids will delight in the face painters, elves, photo booth and karaoke. There’s plenty of lobby presentations, from hand-crafted chocolate delights to local school and church performances and a Nutcracker performance.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando Walt Disney World, Orlando (Prices & Photos)
The Four Seasons Resort Orlando Walt Disney World in Orlando has a variety of special holiday activities planned. With holiday-inspired floral arrangements and decadent gingerbread displays, guests can enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cider daily, while there will be a cookie decorating event, poolside views of holiday classics and character dining. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy peppermint s’mores at the on-site PB&G restaurant and holiday gelato flavors at Lickety Split.
Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando (Prices & Photos)
Christmas is a magical time at Orlando World Center Marriott, as they feature light displays, music and themed events that the entire family can enjoy. Some of the holiday activities in this hotel include letters to Santa, individual-sized gingerbread house decorating with elf delivery, a meet and greet with Santa and his elves, and poolside movies. If that’s not enough, there’s also a holiday-themed laser light show, Christmas carolers and a 38-foot chocolate train display to enjoy.
Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande (Prices & Photos)
Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande is popular for their annual Twelve Days of Christmas program, where you’ll find festive decorations, cheery music and holiday treats. From a cookie decorating event to caroling, classic holiday movies and gingerbread house decorating, you’ll be full to the brim with festivities. You can squeeze in an afternoon of kayaking or cycling, then return to the hotel for an evening of milk and cookies in the living room and movies in the Pelican Room.
La Playa Beach & Golf Resort, A Noble House Resort, Naples (Prices & Photos)
La Playa Beach & Golf Resort in Naples hosts lots of fun activities for the kids for Christmas. Unwind with a poolside showing of The Polar Express, visit Santa’s workshop at the North Pole with a chance to decorate your own stocking or see what Santa is up to on Christmas Eve at the Santa in a Cabana event. There will also be holiday stories in the lobby with cider and cookies, and a chance to spot the Elf on the Shelf throughout the property.
Waldorf Astoria, Orlando (Prices & Photos)
A great place to create memories with the entire family, Waldorf Astoria in Orlando offers a range of exciting activities, from special dinner menus to caroling in the lobby. Have s’mores by the fire pits, watch the nightly live entertainment, write a letter to Santa, and you can even have an artificial Christmas tree delivered straight to your room. Little ones will delight in Story Time with Mrs. Claus, while adults can pamper themselves at the Bar du Chocolat & Champagne event.