If you’re scouring the globe for the best place to reunite with family or escape the holiday rush, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has a full selection of activities, packages and celebrations to choose from:


United States

In Boston, The Fairmont Copley Plaza offers a variety of packages to make the holiday season bright.  For a gift buying getaway, the city’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a premier shopping spot featuring over 125 shops and restaurants within three impeccably restored 19th century buildings. The Faneuil Hall Marketplace Holiday Shop & Stay Package is available from November 20 to December 30, 2010, and includes an elegant guestroom and a VIP welcome packet full of special incentives, offers and interactive experiences with the Faneuil Hall Marketplace merchants. Rates start at $219 USD per night.  For those who want to explore the city in a more leisurely way, the hotel also offers its Twelve Days of Christmas Package from December 14 to 30, 2010. The package includes an elegant guestroom, Sleigh Ride a traditional Holiday CD from the Boston POPS, and a late check-out of 4:00 p.m.  Guests can plan a full day of shopping, dining and enjoying the festive holiday season with rates starting from $209USD per night.


In California, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa has a wonderful holiday season in store for guests.  The Inn is once again pleased to offer authentically local Wine Country Winter holiday activities that promise to delight guests of all ages. A complete schedule of holiday events are planned including Victorian carolers, (seasonally-inspired) cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and S’mores by the outdoor fire-pit with special guest appearances.   With the Water and Wine package, revelers can enjoy organically sustainable wine, bath house passes to the resort’s famed geo-thermal bath house, daily docent-guided hikes and a Farm-to-Fork dinner for two at the Michelin-rated Santé dining room. Package is valid for stays until December 30, 2010 with rates starting from $449 USD per night.


Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is in the middle of the Windy City’s vaunted shopping scene, and the Great Avenues Holiday Shopping Package will have holiday gift buyers taking advantage of both Michigan Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue.  The Magnificent Mile has long been regarded as one of the great Avenues of the world and Saks Fifth Avenue is the benchmark for luxury shopping, making Chicago a great destination for gift purchasing.  Guests who book this package receive overnight accommodations for two, a $100 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card, complimentary parking, complimentary gift wrapping and shipping for items purchased at Saks.  Package is available November 21, 2010 to January 3, 2011, and rates start from $199 USD per night.


The Fairmont Orchid, on Hawaii’s Kohala Coast, is inviting guests to celebrate the holidays with a third night free and a fourth night free on any new booking during the holiday season. With sumptuous pre-fixe and buffet holiday menus, daily Hawaiian cultural activities, Santa’s arrival in a canoe, rejuvenation at the resort’s award-winning Spa Without Walls, and toasting to 2011 at the New Year’s Eve Beach Boy Bash, there will be plenty to do this holiday season. This special promotion is valid only on new reservations booked by December 20 for the holiday season (December 22, 2010 to January 2, 2011).  Rates from $599 USD per night. 


Holiday travelers who want to warm up this holiday season can go for a tropical vacation at Fairmont Turnberry Isle. This year promises to be the legendary Miami resort’s finest one yet with a calendar full of exciting festivities including programs for the littlest of elves. Guests can enjoy memorable experiences from a fried turkey class and holiday spice Cuban coffee demonstration to theme nights, cupcake decorating, a jazz brunch and more. The best gift of all is with the resort’s Holiday Savers promotion, where guests can save up to 33 percent on a Fairmont Room. Rates start at $399 per room from December 20, 2010 through January 4, 2011 with a three-night minimum and deposit required.


Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will be gussied up for the holidays this year with a 40-foot Christmas tree in the courtyard and a 6-foot gingerbread nutcracker in the lobby.  Whether visitors come for the Arizona-style Thanksgiving feast, the Menorah lighting in the lobby or simply stop in to enjoy Christmas carolers and family activities such as basketball tournaments, cookie, stocking & dreidel making, and cider & eggnog; there will be something for everyone at the resort.  For hungry revelers, special Christmas dinners will be available in all of the onsite restaurants including Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval, LV Bistro or at The Grill at the TPC Scottsdale. For guests who want to take full advantage of the season, the Sip, Savor & Soothe package is available now through January 27, 2010, starting at $239 USD per night with a $50 USD dining credit.  Also available are the All Wrapped Up and Hanukkah Family Traditions packages for families looking to celebrate the holidays.



With one stop, guests will find plenty of holiday cheer at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim. To help with resolutions, the Willow Stream Spa can offer a fitness analysis or training session while a manicure or facial is a welcome present for both sexes, and a massage is ideal for post-holiday stress.  Seasonal libations, created by a merry team of mixologists, will spice up the season in the Lobby Lounge, and a festive Afternoon Tea provides an oasis from the holiday rush and reveling.   For a holiday feast, Christmas Eve dinner in ORU restaurant offers a specially created four-course table d’hote repast with a variety of choices for $62 per person.  On Christmas Day, brunch is served in ORU for $65 per person, with a large dinner buffet available for $85 per person.  Guests can take advantage of the hotel’s special overnight rate starting from $159 CAD offered throughout December on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday (excluding New Year’s Eve).  

This holiday season step into the Canadian Rockies at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and discover why snow worshippers, nature lovers and polished travelers visit this area for some of the world’s best outdoor adventure. During the month of December, guests can experience specialty Christmas programming, from tree decorating to Santa’s workshop and delectable holiday meals. Visitors can explore this winter wonderland with unrivaled mountain terrain just minutes away at the Lake Louise ski area, or try snow shoeing and cross country skiing with a Mountain Heritage Guide. Guests can also sample a hot chocolate as they skate through an ice castle on Lake Louise. The Christmas Holiday Package includes accommodation, a Christmas welcome gift, a holiday sleigh ride for four people, breakfast daily and self parking. Rates begin at $329 CAD per night based on a two night minimum, available December 1, 2010 to January 5, 2011  


Every year in storybook Quebec City, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac offers a variety of delectable brunches, sumptuous dinners and gala dances to celebrate the holidays. On the weekends from November 1 to December 19, the hotel’s Start Christmas in November activities include majestic Christmas decorations, themed workshops, culinary demonstrations, a visit from Santa , special offers in the hotel’s boutiques, and more.  The A Royal Christmas Package is a two night package for arrival on December 24 that includes dinner at Le Champlain Restaurant on Christmas Eve, breakfast served in-room on Christmas Day, a Christmas Day Dinner-Dance and buffet breakfast at Le Café de la Terrasse on Boxing Day from $649 CAD per night, based on double occupancy.



The warm climate and festive atmosphere make Bermuda an ideal December getaway, not to mention the daily guest activities over the holiday season, most of which are complimentary, The Fairmont Southampton offers the perfect winter vacation for the entire family. From cookie making and sandcastle competitions to wine tasting and seasonal spa experiences, the hotel spreads its holiday cheer throughout the season, topping everything off with Santa’s grand arrival and New Year’s Eve festivities. The Family Package at the hotel is available through December 31, 2010 and includes a welcome amenity for kids and free access to the Fairmont’s Explorer’s Camp. Room rates start at $249 USD per night, with a second room for the children priced at 50% off the rate per night.



In the days leading up to Christmas, guests at Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico’s Riviera Maya will be able to participate in making tree decorations, baking gingerbread cookies and visiting with Old Saint Nick on the resort’s La Isla Lawn.  On December 24, a special tree lighting ceremony of the 50-foot-tall Christmas tree will make for a wonderful and truly festive experience.  Guests wanting to get the most of the final days of 2010 can enjoy a multitude of activities which include yoga and Pilates sessions, salsa lessons, wine tasting, movies under the stars and cooking classes featuring local flavors. For those wanting to master their swing, Fairmont Mayakoba will offer golf clinics on the manicured greens of El Camaleón course and at the new Jim McLean Golf School.  After Christmas, guests can ring in 2011 in style at the resort’s gala party offering live music, delectable cuisine, fireworks and more. New Year’s Day will feature an all-day brunch at Las Brisas and a Mayan purification ritual in the afternoon.  Bed and breakfast rates in a Deluxe Casita room start from $819 USD per room per night, plus tax and resort fee, based on double occupancy.



At Scotland’s Fairmont St Andrews, Christmas is a special treat.  The resort fills with festive cheer, traditional culinary treats and plenty of fun to go around. The Snow is Falling Package includes overnight accommodation, a full Scottish breakfast in The Squire restaurant and full use of the resort’s luxurious facilities.  If guests add a traditional Christmas Lunch to the package, they will be treated to a feast in The Squire with all of the trimmings.  Rates start at £139 per room per night, and the traditional Christmas lunch is an extra £55 per adult, £30 per child aged 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.  Available the 24, 25 and 26 of December 2010.


In Switzerland, Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is surrounded by merriment during the Christmas Season.  Montreux Noël runs from November 25 to December 24, 2010 and features the town’s bustling Christmas Market on the shores of Lake Geneva.  At one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe, visitors can peruse the wares of 150 artisans and merchants surrounded by chalets decorated and illuminated in the grand tradition of Christmas. For children, a visit to Santa Claus in his house perched at the top of the Rochers de Naye above Montreux at an altitude of 2,042 meters is not to be missed. With plenty of musical entertainment and tastings of local specialties to indulge in, visitors will be sure to have an unforgettable Christmas.   Holiday rates start at CHF 659 per night including buffet breakfast and a cocktail in Harry’s New York Bar.


All packages unless noted otherwise are subject to availability, priced per room, per night, exclude taxes and are based on double occupancy. Prices are quoted in local currency. For reservations, please visit, call 1-800-441-1414 or contact your local travel agent.



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