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San Diego Hotels with Holiday Decorations

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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, every where you go…” croons Bing Crosby each year around this time. These words are especially pertinent at several San Diego hotels who rhapsodize the holiday season in a wonderful jumble of glitter, gold, sparkle and shine. “Tis the season to be jolly…”; a visit to one of the following hotels will bring out the “fa la la la la, la la la la” in all.

The Grand Del Mar5300 Grand Del Mar CourtSan Diego, CA 92130(858) 314-2000
“Grand” does not begin to convey the whimsical and exquisite decorations at this triple Five Star luxury resort. The Porte Cochere’s 200 feet of garland bejeweled in twinkling white lights is a precursor of what’s inside. Step through the threshold into a quintessential holiday wonderland. A Noble Fir festooned with 400 ornaments, 9,600 lights, and dripping 75 feet of ribbon and bows takes your breath away. Surprises are hidden around every corner as you meander throughout the property. A chocolate elf village, evergreen draped mantles with satin angels and colorful nutcrackers, and an 18 foot Christmas tree clothed in holiday décor majestically standing watch over the Aria Lawn. Words cannot do justice to the 12 person design teams masterpiece. The above video shows the beauty. Stop by for holiday tea, German imported Gingerbread, or the children’s Jingle Bell Pony Rides and celebrate at The Grand.(Room rates start at $365 per night.)
San Diego Mission Valley Hilton901 Camino del Rio SouthSan Diego, CA 92108(619) 543-9000
In 1989 the Hilton’s Assistant General Manager at the time blocked off 86 guestrooms, placed lamps in the windows, opened the sheer curtains and illuminated the word JOY on the hotel’s façade. While the employee has moved on, the tradition still remains. For two weeks every year passing cars on Interstate 8 and 163 get a little treat; a reminder of the season. Phone calls flood the reception desk operator with people saying “awesome,” “it makes my holiday,” “how do you do that??” Last year one resident stated “thank you for doing JOY. In a horrible recession it really does make the holidays.” Yet another example of how one small gesture can touch so many lives.(Room rates start at $96 per night.)
Hotel Del Coronado1500 Orange AvenueCoronado, CA 92118(800) 468-3533 An all-enveloping holiday experience can be had at this seaside landmark. Lush Windsor Lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean is transformed into an outdoor ice-skating rink. Triple axel and camel spin until your heart’s content with day and evening hours through January 1st. Warm up by the lobby tree decorated in a “Silver Bells” theme. Victorian Tea service accompanied by a harpist is a special holiday treat, as is the production of An American Christmas performed by 30 actors in the hotel Ballroom. Don’t forget to pick up one of the Del’s 19th annual ornaments. A limited inventory always sells out, making it a collectors item on eBay.(Room rates start at $289 per night.)
Manchester Grand HyattOne Market PlaceSan Diego, CA 92101(619) 232-1234
Launch explorations through the Hyatt’s candy studded Toys For Tots Gingerbread Village. Molasses, butter and spices blended together by Chef Brent Martin culminated in three foot replicas of the Manchester hotel. Surrounding the gum drop bathed towers are dozens of small houses decorated by 195 local elementary, inner-city students. The public is invited to vote for their favorite sugary abode, with a cash donation from Hyatt going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the winning students name. Visitors are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for the Toys For Tot bin, making this event a twofold giving opportunity.(Room rates start at $119 per night.)
Holiday Inn On The Bay1355 North Harbor DriveSan Diego, CA 92101(619) 232-3861
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a 40 year tradition. The event has blossomed from a few boats clad with a string or two of Christmas lights to 80 vessels lavishly decorated drawing more than 100,000 spectators. The 2011 theme is “Back To The Future.“ A fireworks display kicks off the event on December 11th and 18th at 5:30 p.m. Observers line the shore of the parade route, but one of the best views is from a cozy Holiday Inn guestroom overlooking the two hour nautical procession. Awards are bestowed upon a few “best ofs.” This years judges are committee members who organized the first Parade Of Lights.(Room rates start at $115 per night.)