10 Iconic Hotels Making the Holidays Merry (Happy) and Bright

Twinkling lights, towering trees, and even life-size gingerbread houses! Booking a stay at one of these iconic Pennsylvania hotels is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

1. The Hotel Hershey


The Hotel Hershey’s décor is simply stunning, especially during the holiday season. Decorated trees guide you to the hotel entrance ensuring you’re in full holiday spirit even before you step into the beautifully decorated and unique Fountain Lobby aglow with more than 13,500 holiday lights and 250 poinsettias to complete the look. The Snowflake Scavenger Hunt, S’more Roast, and Chocolate Bingo are just some of the fun activities that will delight the entire family, or treat yourself to a little pampering at The Spa.

2. Nemacolin


A gigantic “chandelier tree” ablaze with 25,000 lights, a life-size “toy shop” gingerbread house, and hundreds of pretty poinsettias ensure a holiday stay at Nemacolin in the Laurel Highlands is nothing short of spectacular. Treat your little ones to the resort’s signature Elf Tuck-in service and they just may have visions of sugar plums dancing in their dreams! Or enjoy a beautifully decorated tree right in your room.

3. Historic Hotel Bethlehem


What better place to experience the magic, charm, and wonder of the holiday season than with a stay at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem in the middle of downtown Christmas City! Decked to the nines with more than 35,000 twinkling lights, 7-foot toy soldiers, life-size Nutcrackers, a model of the hotel created completely out of gingerbread, and uniquely decorated Christmas trees and wreaths galore, the hotel is brimming with holiday joy. While there, you just might find the perfect gift for that special someone on your list at The Shoppe.

4. Skytop Lodge


With the glorious scent of gingerbread wafting through the hallways from the life-size gingerbread house and decorated trees and garland lining the halls, a stay at Skytop Lodge is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! For an extra magical treat, take a guided hike or a horse-drawn carriage ride through some of the lodge’s 5,500 acres of winter wonderland.

5. Great Wolf Lodge


As the temperature drops, escape to the warmth of Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge. If you love snow and classic holiday family fun, you’ll find plenty of it at our warm and cozy lodge. As you walk into the grand lobby, you’ll be greeted by Santa Claus, gingerbread houses, nightly snow showers, and holiday magic. Featured Snowland activities include, snowflake story time, a family dance party, and much more.

6. Ritz-Carlton


Looking for a truly elegant holiday experience with some modern merriment? Look no further than the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. Sample one (or more!) of their specialty hot chocolate beverages from the seasonal hot chocolate menu or gaze down upon the beautifully bedecked lobby from the Arden & Mellon Balcony during a classic holiday tea.

7. The Lodge at Glendorn


A 16-foot Christmas tree, 45 wood-burning fireplaces scattered throughout the main lodge and cabins, and traditional holiday decorations, wreaths and garlands make for a truly unforgettable holiday experience brimming with luxury at The Lodge at Glendorn.

8. Omni William Penn Hotel


The lobby of the Omni William Penn Hotel sparkles with classic elegance from the three stunning Maria Theresa Chandeliers illuminating the beautiful holiday decorations of this historic hotel. Enjoy a classic Victorian Tea or treat the kiddos to a Mad Hatter tea, complete with hot chocolate and pinwheel sandwiches.

9. Omni Bedford Springs Resort


Take a step back in time (but with all the modern conveniences and luxuries) at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, which started welcoming guests more than 200 years ago. A towering tree all aglow with holiday lights sets the stage for all the holiday decorations that await inside. Create your own gingerbread house masterpiece with tips from the resort’s expert culinary team.

10. Gateway Lodge


Want to get away for just a little while from all the holiday hustle and bustle? Treat yourself to a Winter In The Woods Weekend at the Gateway Lodge. Sip wine by a crackling fire or totally relax in a fireside jacuzzi after adventuring through the towering pines of Cook Forest.

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