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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! 

Holiday Christmas tree Skytop Lodge
Skytop Lodge

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 Woodlands Resort

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 Woodlands Resort 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, join Santa for breakfast and then on a horse-drawn carriage ride through some of the lodge’s 5,500 acres of winter wonderland.

5. Great Wolf Lodge

Santa Claus, gingerbread houses, and nightly snow showers in the grand lobby —holiday magic abounds at Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park in the Pocono Mountains! Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner inside the life-size Snowland Gingerbread House for a truly one-of-a-kind holiday dining experience (where – in keeping with the true spirit of the season – fees from every meal benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities). 

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. Try your hand at a complimentary wreath-making class using fresh evergreens to bring home a special keepsake of your stay.

8. Omni William Penn Hotel

The lobby of the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh literally 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

What 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 in Cooksburg. Sip wine by a crackling fire or totally relax in a fireside jacuzzi after your Winter Riverside Carriage Ride through the towering pines of Cook Forest. 

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