7 Texas Hotels Serving Up Heaps of Holiday Cheer This Season

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While some of us can’t wait to head to grandma’s house for the holidays, others are excited to use this time off for family fun away from home at happening hotels that celebrate the season in style. Here are our favorite festive hotels around Texas that have a variety of jolly ways to help you make magical memories with your family this holiday season.

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1. Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection (Fort Worth, Texas)

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  • Best for: families and foodies
  • Rates: starting at $375/night

Located in the iconic Fort Worth Stockyards, this hotel gets things started Thanksgiving weekend by partaking in the National Historic District’s highly anticipated tree lighting ceremony and Santa’s grand arrival parade. The Stockyards is also home to a rodeo rink that takes over the Livestock Exchange Building. The hotel itself has programming that includes photos with cowboy Santa, live reindeer on the property, and a trio of strolling Dickens carolers. This, of course, in addition to all of the seasonal foods and drinks at all of the property’s F&B offerings.

2. Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection (Austin, Texas)

Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection

  • Best for: design enthusiasts
  • Rates: starting at $700/night

There is something especially enchanting about this Gatsby-era mansion and estate that now is home to one of the hottest hotels in Austin. And one can only assume that during the magic of the holidays, its charm is amplified. A Mansion Party Tea is offered from November 20 through December 25, featuring holiday displays, roaming carolers, and even Santa himself. Chef Susana’s culinary treats are suitable for all ages and a great way to get the family together. Fifteen percent of the Mansion Tea Party sales will go to children’s nonprofit Baby2Baby in the spirit of giving.

3. Thompson + tommie Austin (Austin, Texas)

Thompson + tommie Austin

  • Best for: party people
  • Rates: starting at $289/night

It’s a fun month of celebrating the seasons at this fun hotel duo’s doorstep. The programming doesn’t stop from November 16 through January 1 with everything from a Tunes for Tots event to a Vintage Holiday Market. Want a Christmas Eve activity that you’ll never forget? Hit up the Noche Buena Pig Roast at The Grey Market. The "12 Days of Thompson” events culminate with a New Year’s Eve rager that includes cowboylesque dancers, a mechanical bull, and even a midnight toast sponsored by Chandon. If you’re spending your holiday season in Austin, let’s do it the Texas way, ya’ll.

4. La Cantera Resort and Spa (San Antonio, Texas)

La Canter Resort and Spa

  • Best for: family fun
  • Rates: starting at $229/night

San Antonio is calling all cool moms and dads who are in the mood to make memories with their kids in a gorgeous Hill Country setting. The programming this year centers around the Grinch, and it sounds like old fashioned fun. Think: meet and greets with the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and Santa himself. There will even be an opportunity to brunch with the big man himself at the “How the Grinch Stole Brunch” event on December 2. The menu includes fun riffs on the classic tail including diffendoofers, scrambled super-dee doope-dee-booper special de Luxe Omelets, and roast beast. Tickets are $48 for adults and $25 for kids between the ages of 6 to 12. Five dollars from each ticket is donated to the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas.

5. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (Dallas, Texas)

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

  • Best for: sports enthusiasts
  • Rates: starting at $650/night

Real talk: What most of the men in Dallas want for Christmas is for The Cowboys to win a Super Bowl. And while the chances of that are slim (just sayin’!), there is a way to guarantee that the football fan in your life is the happiest this holiday season by booking the AT&T Stadium Tour package add on from Rosewood Mansion this holiday season. This tour includes behind the seasons access to private suites and hospitality areas, the media press box and even the postgame interview room. Tour attendees can also see the locker rooms of both The Cowboys and the iconic Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. The tour ends with a professional photos taken in the stadium. Post tour, head home in a Lexus house car and cuddle up at the property decked out for the season by local design extraordinaire Todd Fiscus of Todd Events. Guests can also opt to have a Christmas tree put in their room to really get in to the season while visiting The Mansion.

6. The Adolphus Hotel (Dallas, Texas)

The Adolphus Hotel

  • Best for: ladies who lunch
  • Rates: starting at $499/night

Whether you are visiting Dallas for the holidays or you have lived here for your entire life, securing a reservation for this downtown Dallas’s most cherished holiday tradition is a must. The Holiday Tea happens in the French Room seven days a week and features two courses, two teas and a glass of Champagne. The loose-leaf teas are sourced locally from Zatki and is created especially for The Adolphus. Make your reservations for tea here.

7. Omni PGA Frisco Resort (Frisco, Texas)

Omni PGA Frisco Resort

  • Best for: golfers
  • Rates: starting at $265/night (includes resort fee) 

Experience the inaugural Home on the Range for the Holidays event at this hotel that is experiencing all of the magical holidays things for the very first time. Programming events include children’s crafts, visits with Santa, s’mores, holiday movies and more. Have any golfers’ n your family? There will be putting for presents along the 9-hole course. A portion of all holiday programming will be donated to local nonprofit organizations like Make-A-Wish- North Texas.

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Diana Oates is a freelance writer living in Dallas with her husband and three kids. When she’s not telling you about the best new restaurant in town or the hottest hotel to escape...