Want to be surrounded by the magic of the holidays in a home-away-from-home? Then pack your bags. Hilton and Hallmark Channel are teaming up to give travelers, fans, and viewers the chance to immerse themselves in a festive dreamscape inspired by Hallmark’s beloved “Countdown to Christmas” movies, at select Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties in New York, Houston and Chicago.
Does it sound fabulous? Well, does Rudolph have a red nose? The over-the-top, dazzling decorations, I’m sure, will wow you into Wonderland and knock the elf off his shelf.
Holiday movie enthusiasts can book their stay in the limited-time, custom-designed Hallmark Channel “Countdown to Christmas” Holiday Suites by Hilton at three Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties across the United States. From “Hallmark’s Holiday Sweetest Suite” at Hilton New York Times Square, to the “Haul Out the Holly” suite at Hilton Americas-Houston to a “Santa Summit” suite at Hilton Chicago, the specialty suites will deliver Hilton’s unparalleled hospitality while bringing the warmth and charm of Hallmark’s beloved holiday stories to life for a season of holiday cheer. Each guest room has been lovingly crafted to transport guests into a world of cozy firesides, twinkle-lit trees and the timeless spirit of holiday joy.
Each of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Hallmark Channel suites will feature festive decor that is reflective of the property’s locale, as well as symbols from “Countdown to Christmas” movies.
Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate holidays, seasons, and life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel is home to a host of annual programming events, including the highly successful Countdown to Christmas, which has become a pop- culture phenomenon and a beloved holiday tradition for millions of viewers.
So get ready for sweet treats, glorious gifts and just about everything else Santa can tote in his sled.
· Hallmark’s Holiday Sweetest Suite – There’s nothing sweeter than treating yourself to a Hallmark Channel Christmas in New York City! The suite at Hilton New York Times Square is designed to bring the sweetness of this year’s “Countdown to Christmas” season to life. Together, Hilton and Hallmark will deck the halls with special scratch-and-sniff wall decals to smell the joyous aroma of the season at every turn, captivating candy cane-inspired props, and delightful décor for the ultimate holiday photo ops, and an in-room custom Hallmark Channel candy store to enjoy while cozying up to this season’s newest holiday films. The room will also feature a curated Christmas Tree with candy garland and DIY candy ornaments to create with friends and family. Those traveling to New York this holiday season can indulge their sweet tooth and truly immerse themselves in all the sights, smells, and sweet treats a Hallmark Channel Christmas can bring.
· Haul out the Holly – It’s all coming up merry and bright at Hilton Americas-Houston. Inspired by the all-new original Hallmark holiday movie premiere of Haul Out The Holly: Lit Up, this festive suite will feature jaw-dropping holiday designs and light treatments throughout, including enchanting light pillows, a light-up holiday village that will dazzle the world’s biggest Christmas enthusiasts, a custom holiday light decorating station, a gingerbread bar, and more. Fans can expect special surprise-and-delight moments like a festive oversized game, a custom Hallmark Channel light-up marquee, and even a twinkling Christmas light ceiling. This exceptional stay will allow guests to embrace the essence of the sequel film, which stars beloved Hallmark star Lacey Chabert and centers on the iconic residents and ongoing HOA decorating competitions – and infamous citations – of the ever-festive Evergreen Lane. Amidst the bright lights, travelers can sleep soundly in this holiday paradise.
· Santa Summit – This year, the holiday suite at Hilton Chicago is fit for the man of the hour himself! The merry guest room will offer festivities that inspire the spirit of friendship and adventure, featuring vintage Santa décor, life-sized reindeer, a Santa-themed bed and cookie kit, a heartwarming wall installation for Letters to Santa, and much more.
What’s more, the room was created to bring to life the all-new original Hallmark Channel holiday movie premiere, The Santa Summit, which centers on the bonds of friendship that bring true meaning to the holidays. As a special surprise for travelers slumbering in the Santa Summit suite, Mr. Claus has even guaranteed a spot on the nice list following each stay. In the hotel lobby, guests staying at this historic hotel will be transported into the ultimate holiday stay with a 24-foot Christmas tree decorated with nearly 2,000 inches of garland, and a gingerbread replica of Hilton Chicago, complete with Chicago’s iconic skyline. Guests and Hallmark fans alike can even take part in finding Santa’s Missing Buttons, expertly hidden throughout the hotel, to receive a treat from the Hallmark Holiday Cart.
“Our partnership with Hilton is the perfect holiday pairing. These festive, showstopping stays are the ultimate ‘suite’ treat that will deliver on our fans’ growing desire to immerse themselves in the Hallmark brand and the wonderful world of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies,” said Lara Richardson, chief marketing officer, Hallmark Media.
Each guest room will include a custom-decorated Christmas tree and complimentary hot cocoa station. To keep the holiday cheer going all season long, each guest suite will also include Hallmark Channel-branded takeaways guests can enjoy with their loved ones during or after their holiday stay. Items include Hallmark Channel Wine, Bissinger’s cocoa mix and hot cocoa bombs, Republic of Tea products, wine glasses, mugs, and more.
This year, guests at all three properties can get into the holiday spirit by sipping the Hallmark Holiday Cosmopolitan, a unique cocktail offering crafted by Hilton’s expert mixologists and uniquely designed to invoke every Hallmark lover’s small-town holiday dreams while staying in the big city. The festive cocktail will be served alongside a zero-proof cocktail for all cheerful travelers to enjoy throughout the season.
Stays go until Jan. 2, 2024 at Hilton New York Times Square; to Jan. 1, 2024 at Hilton Americas-Houston; and Dec. 30, 2023 at Hilton Chicago.
Right now, I can almost smell the gingerbread!
To book a stay, visit Hilton.com/Hallmark. To learn more about Hilton Hotels & Resorts, visit stories.hilton.com.
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