15 hotels that go all-out for Christmas
(CNN) — Twinkling lights, glitter and gourmet menus galore — without a single dish to wash or tree to trim.
Whether you stay for a week or drop in for tea, these 15 properties go to great lengths to offer something special for the holidays:
1. The Lygon Arms, Broadway, England
The Lygon Arms is hosting a three-night Christmas house party.
Courtesy The Lygon Arms
Champagne will be flowing this Christmas season at The Lygon Arms in the heart of the Cotswolds.
The property dates back to the 1300s and saw guests including Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I during the English Civil War in the mid-1600s. In 1963, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor stayed at the inn at the height of the scandal over their affair, and a whole host of other glamorous guests have laid their heads here.
The cost for the three-night Christmas house party, based on double occupancy of a Classic Room, is about $3,300.
2. Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, California
Montage Laguna Beach, a Forbes Five-Star property, offers Christmas festivities against a stunning Pacific Ocean backdrop.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, dining choices include multi-course holiday tasting menus and elegant buffets. Christmas week rates start at $545 for an Ocean King.
3. Hotel Sacher, Vienna, Austria
At Vienna’s Hotel Sacher — home of the famous torte — four-course Christmas Eve menus will be served in its Grüne Bar and Rote Bar restaurants ($210 per person). From midday on Christmas Day, three-, four- and five-course menus will be offered starting at $140 per person.
For a taste of Vienna at home, the hotel ships its signature chocolate tortes, layered with an apricot jam filling, globally. Rates for Christmas week start at about $715 for a superior room.
4. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York
Mohonk Mountain House in New York’s Hudson Valley has a full lineup of fun, family-friendly activities scheduled in December.
The 1869 Victorian castle resort is hosting its first-ever Ugly Sweater Weekends on the weekends of December 7 and 14. Cookie-decorating and cocktail tastings are capped off with an ugly sweater contest and dance party.
The Hudson Valley Gingerbread Competition will be hosted at Mohonk on December 9.
On Christmas Eve, breakfast with Santa, a yule log hunt and cookie-decorating are on the agenda, followed on Christmas Day by a lessons and carols service and a reindeer-tracking expedition.
Rates between December 21 and December 31 start at $730 per night, based on double occupancy. Three-night minimum stays required between December 23 and December 31.
5. The Ritz, London
The Ritz London is putting on exactly what you’d expect from the elegant property.
Gala dinners with dancing on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be hosted in the Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant (about $415 for adults, $190 for children). The restaurant, featuring ceiling frescoes, marble columns and an elaborate garland chandelier, was featured on beloved TV drama “Downton Abbey.”
Traditional Christmas afternoon tea, with Champagne, is available in the Palm Court from November 24 through December 30 (about $100 for adults, $65 for children). A pine tree grown in the Scottish Highlands towers in the lobby, dressed in traditional red and gold.
Rates for Christmas week start around $710.
6. Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
At the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, guests can experience northern Thailand’s famed culture and cuisine — but with plenty of Christmas trimmings.
Nestled in the mountains of Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim district, the resort is famous for its natural setting, with many of its guestrooms overlooking luscious green rice fields.
This scene is amplified with a splash of Christmas spirit from December 14, when the resort hosts a beautiful open-air Chiristmas tree lighting ceremony on the Cocktail Lawn, complete with carol singing, cocktails and Christmas treats whipped up at cooking stations.
On Christmas Eve, the Cocktail Lawn hosts an extravagant open-air holiday buffet featuring cuisine from around the world. And there will be plenty of entertainment for the kids, too.
The resort’s Rim Tai Kitchen hosts its annual Christmas Day lunch, which includes classic holiday dishes as well as international favorites. Entertainment includes Christmas carols and a visit from the big man himself — Santa.
Rates start around $1,100.
7. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, Arizona
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess rolls out a huge outdoor light display for the holidays.
Dean Stevenson/Courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Santa’s secret headquarters, an ice-skating rink, trains, holiday characters and more than 4.5 million lights: It’s safe to say that the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess doesn’t believe in overdoing it.
The resort’s Christmas at the Princess festival runs from November 20 through December 30 and is open to the public. Free for hotel guests, the entrance/parking fee for up to six non-guests is $55 for self-parking and includes many of the holiday attractions and events.
A “Sip, Savor & Celebrate” holiday package, starting from $309 per room, includes accommodation, a $75 daily resort credit and express access to some of the holiday attractions.
8. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana
Rustic luxury is offered year-round at Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana. Add twinkling lights, homespun holiday decor and a blanket of snow for the coziest of Christmases.
Christmas trees — live or artificial — are available upon request in every fire-lit cabin. Guests can decorate trees themselves or have them trimmed and ready upon arrival.
Stockings turn up in every cabin on Christmas Eve. The standard offering is filled with fruits, nuts and sweets, but guests can pre-order (for a small fee) Montana-made stockings filled with small gifts — ceramics, candles, ornaments and treats — from Montana craftsmen.
Winter activities include horseback riding, ice fishing, sledding, skijoring and skiing.
Year-round rates start at $1,050 per couple, per night, all-inclusive.
9. Claridge’s, London
The hotel unveiled its highly anticipated designer Christmas tree on November 28. Diane von Furstenberg created this year’s shimmering “Tree of Love.” The tree takes inspiration from the ancient traditions of the astrological world and is displayed against a celestial backdrop with zodiac signs.
More than 8,000 hand-painted, silver-leafed leaves; hand-blown glass spheres and hearts; and six animals representing various qualities and virtues adorn the nearly 20-foot tree.
10. Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
At Paris’ Four Seasons Hotel George V, dazzling decorations by hotel artistic director Jeff Leatham will appear in mid-November.
Rooms for Christmas week start at $1,300. For a true splurge, the Royal Suite is available for a cool $25,600.
11. The Cloister at Sea Island, Sea Island, Georgia
Christmas at The Cloister is an elegant affair.
Elf tuck-ins, ornament-decorating and gingerbread-house construction are among Sea Island’s many activities during the holiday period from December 21-26. These offerings are available for a fee, but there are also a range of complimentary events — from caroling to a family fun run.
A Southern buffet brunch will be served on Christmas Day at The Cloister in the Mizner Ballroom ($85 for adults, $30 for kids).
Rates start at $520 per night during Christmas week.
12. Willard InterContinental, Washington
Free holiday musical performances are held in December at Washington’s Willard InterContinental.
Courtesy The Willard Intercontinental
In the United States’ capital, the elegant Willard InterContinental’s lobby Christmas tree is decked out with the entire line of White House Christmas ornaments.
Afternoon tea — with finger sandwiches and pastries — is served almost daily in December ($65 for adults) in the hotel’s Peacock Alley.
Local choral and vocal ensembles give free performances in the lobby from 5:30-7:30 p.m. nightly from December 1 through December 23.
Right off the lobby, the historic Round Robin Bar will be serving up seasonal cocktails such as the Jingle Bell Julep and the After Eight.
Room rates start at $229 per night for Christmas week.
13. The Plaza, New York
Tea time and Christmastime coincide at The Plaza’s elegant Palm Court, where three holiday tea menus are served in November and December.
The New Yorker Holiday Tea ($95) features an array of sweets and savories, including eggnog tart and deviled egg salad, while the Champagne Tea ($125) adds some effervescence to the occasion.
The hotel’s most famous fictional resident, children’s book character Eloise, lends her name to the Eloise Holiday Tea, available for $60 per child aged 12 and under.
On Christmas Day, a grand buffet ($225 for adults, $75 for children aged 12 and under) will be served in the Palm Court.
Holiday rates start at $825.
14. The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida
At The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, Christmas decorations add sparkle to the elegant interiors.
Joel I Castaneda/Courtesy The Breakers
Founded by Standard Oil Co. magnate Henry Morrison Flagler, The Breakers Palm Beach carries its lavish traditions right through the holiday season.
The oceanfront Italian Renaissance-style resort dazzles with sparkling lights, and holiday tea is available at HMF on select days in late December for $55 per person.
There’s a Christmas dinner buffet in the Ponce de Leon ballroom ($175 for adults, $60 for children 11 and under).
Rooms have already been snapped up for Christmas week, but there’s availability leading up to the holiday, with rates starting at $675 between December 1 and December 23.
15. The Roosevelt, New Orleans, Louisiana
A Waldorf Astoria hotel, The Roosevelt is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2018. The hotel’s elegant lobby features 44 birch trees and glittering Christmas trees decked out for the season.
Rates start at $259.
This story has been updated with additional properties and 2018 hotel programs and pricing. CNN’s Karla Cripps contributed to this story.
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