Notable Hotel Holiday Concepts Across the U.S.

TWA Hotel Runway Chalet at the pool bar JFK nyc
Credit: TWA Hotel

As we swiftly approach the holidays, we have put together a list of some of the best holiday pop ups and concepts across the USA. Our list includes a selection of our favorite hotels from the Sunshine State to Music City.

Runway Chalet at the TWA Hotel Pool Bar

New York

The TWA Hotel’s rooftop Pool Bar has been transformed into a heated and tented 60’s après ski experience. The Runway Chalet’s menu includes classics like hamburgers and Caesar salad. These are served alongside wine, beer, and cocktails, including the seasonal “Altitude Adjustment”. This cocktail is made with Spiced Rum, Hot Apple Cider and Cinnamon Stick.

The alpine-themed restaurant and bar is open every day from 4-10pm for hotel guests only. Guests can also use the observation deck and rooftop pool-cuzzi.

Frosty’s Pop Up at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel


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Credit: Radisson Blu Hotel

Celebrate Christmas at Chicago’s first-ever holiday hotel, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.

The experience features select guest rooms completely decked out and decorated with holiday cheer. Guests who book the package can enjoy signature Frosty cocktails, order a Holiday dinner from the FireLake Chicago, and savor a cozy night of watching Christmas classics from the comfort and privacy of their holiday hotel room.

Add-ons include themed holiday cocktails such as the “Prancer’s Peppermint” and “Santa’s Flask”, tickets to Jack Frost Winter Walk Pop-Up & Christmas Tree Farm, and more.

Please note that only registered guests are allowed access to the holiday hotel. Social distancing measures will be in place.

Christmas Themed Afternoon Teas at The Chesterfield Palm Beach

Palm Beach

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Leopard Lounge. Credit: Chesterfield Palm Beach

The Chesterfield is getting into the holiday spirit with Christmas themed afternoon teas, dinner menus and drink specials. Surrounded by palm-lined boulevards, the historic hotel is just moments from Worth Avenue and white sandy beaches.

Experience delicious cuisine, creative cocktails and live music in our legendary Leopard Lounge or indulge in traditional afternoon tea.

Until December 30th, get into the Christmas spirit London-style with delectable pastries, such as Spiced Cake with cream cheese frosting, Mini Pecan Pies and Peppermint Crumble Chocolate Brownies. There are traditional British tea sandwiches and scones with jam and Devonshire cream. You can also add on a Holiday Mimosa made with Sparkling Wine with Pomegranate Liqueur, Cranberry Juice, and garnish with Fresh Cranberries.

The Joseph Celebrates their Inaugural Holiday Season


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The Joseph’s Denim Winter Warmers. Credit: The Joseph

Celebrate The Joseph’s inaugural holiday season with an array of festivities. These include Feast of the Seven Fishes at Yolan, the hotel’s signature Italian restaurant; cheerful winter cocktails at Denim, the sophisticated rooftop lounge.

On Fridays, celebrate The Art of Tea. Explore customs from the South and around the globe. The Joseph’s weekly tea offering include a holiday twist on custom-curated concoctions, such as Tipsy Tea, Winter Wonders, and a Sparkling New Year’s Tea.

Guests can sip and savor a selection of Winter Warmer cocktails while overlooking the holiday lights of the city below. Winter Warmers include:

  • Toasted with rye whiskey, crème de cacao, hot chocolate, peppermint and toasted marshmallows
  • Snow Day with Amaretto, rye whiskey, coffee, and Luxardo cherry-infused whipped cream
  • Siempre Invierno with mezcal, apple cider, honey, lemon, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch-infused whipped cream

Christmas at the Princess at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess


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Credit: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Rekindle the joy of Christmas during Christmas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona. Every year, the resort is transformed into an enchanting holiday wonderland with festive decorations and over 5 million sparkling LED lights.

Go ice skating and watch colorful light shows in the Enchanted Plaza. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores together.

In addition, enjoy the ultimate experience at the Desert Ice Skating Rink, complete with luxury rink-side fire pit tables with s’mores and blankets.

Children will delight in Mrs. Claus’ cookies. Festive flavors include sugar ‘n’ spice, chocolate chip, gingerbread and more. Then, stop by one their beverage concession stands for a Kringle’s Kup. Hot chocolate, cider, coffee, wine, and much more.

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Vanessa Gordon
Vanessa Gordon is the Owner and Publisher of East End Taste Magazine. Vanessa is regularly called on as a family travel, personal finance, and Hamptons lifestyle expert. She has been featured in Reader's Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times, New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Daily News, and many other publications. Vanessa is also the Founder of the annual Hamptons summer event, the Hamptons Interactive Brunch.