Some hotels go to great lengths to celebrate the holiday season. I remember during my days at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington D.C., the Christmas Tree Lighting was quite a ceremony accompanied by a full 18 piece band! The Hay – Adams staff would also happily place and decorate a Christmas tree in your suite; and these days guests can also enjoy decorating a gingerbread house with the chef amongst other luxuries… all parts of a five day package staring at US$8,800.  At The Gaylord Palm Resort in Orlando holiday bedtime stories are broadcast over in-room channels and for an additional fee Santa’s Elves will visit your room to tuck your little one in bed! At the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort holiday festivities start December 20th and include visits from Santa Claus and Christmas carolers. The Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee has gingerbread making classes as part of their Annual Country Christmas Celebrations and guests have a choice of decorating either a miniature gingerbread house ornament or a gingerbread man.

The beginning of the holiday season is always an exciting time…hotels light up and decorate their  Christmas trees in lobbies and other public spaces sometime in the first week of December. The main responsibilities usually rests with the Rooms Manager, with housekeeping and engineering playing a major role. All departments contribute equally towards decorating.  As the big day approaches, a staff member dressed up as Santa Claus strolls around the hotel handing out treats especially to our little guests.

For the last 21 years, the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver has been home to the Festival of Trees in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation! Located throughout the lobbies of the Four Seasons Hotel are over 50 beautifully decorated trees, each one trimmed in their own unique style. The Festival is open to everyone and people are invited to cast a ballot for their favorite tree. The Festival of Trees is a fund raising event that has become a holiday “must-see” tradition in Vancouver for thousands of people. For corporate and individual sponsors it is an excellent opportunity to show community support. Please click here to watch the 2007 Festival of trees.

We are expected to be jack of all trades…below is a short video that you just may find useful for the holiday season next year.

Merry Christmas to all of you and I hope 2009 brings you a lot of happiness and success!