The Hilton Anatole is one of Dallas’ best conference hotels, but you might be surprised to know that it is ideal for a Holiday Staycation with the whole family. In the past, they have thrown a huge Christmas bash called Sparkle! complete with bounce houses and an ice skating rink. With construction underway for their upscale, resort-style pool complex (opening in summer 2016) well underway, the festivities were a bit different this year, but they were absolutely perfect for our family.
Christmas at the Hilton Anatole might just be your new favorite Christmas experience in Dallas. We loved that it checked everything off our Christmas list and it was right in our backyard! The best part was getting away from the hustle and bustle for the whole evening and spending time with our little family of three right before Christmas.
When you check in to the Hilton Anatole, you will be greeted by a giant Christmas tree right in the lobby.
Check-in was fast (which is helpful when you have a two-year-old who keeps asking to “see me Santa” every 30 seconds) and the staff was incredibly helpful arranging for a portable crib to be delivered to our room.
We didn’t even have time to see our room before our weekend got started with a Winter Wonderland Marionette show. In a tucked-away theater situated beneath the tower lobby, Le Theatre De Marionette puts on a show that reminds me of a production you would see in a little theater somewhere across Europe.
The puppets are intricately hand-carved in a wood shop in Denton, TX. I don’t want to ruin any of the surprise, but I will say the show kept my toddler’s attention and she saw several of her favorite characters!
After the marionette show, we went up to our room to take a nap. We were impressed at this well-appointed room and it was so fun to look out and see the city of Dallas!
Then we went down for dinner at the Media Bar + Grill, which was absolutely delicious, and enjoyed walking around the hotel looking at all the Christmas decorations.
We watched a Christmas movie in the Batik before swimming in the resort pool for a few minutes and headed to bed.
Our toddler could hardly wait to get started the next morning. As soon as she was dressed, she was at our hotel door saying “Santa!” We got on the glass elevator to see that the hotel was starting to wake up for Breakfast with Santa.
Breakfast with Santa was simply perfect. The breakfast buffet was full of eggs, bacon, a pancake and oatmeal bar, and more.
Just as we were finishing breakfast, Happy the Elf announced that Santa was on his way! Santa, Mrs. Clause, and Happy the Elf visited each table. They spent several minutes talking and interacting with our daughter before moving on to Story Time with Santa.
When Santa finished his story, they opened the slides we had heard about all morning (“Mama, slide please?”) and we started a Christmas Scavenger Hunt that included decorating gingerbread cookies, face painting, ornaments, Hot Chocolate, and more.
After the scavenger hunt, it was time for us to head back to reality, but not before getting a few pictures with the big man, himself!
We loved our stay at the Hilton Anatole – it is definitely at the top of our “Must See” list of things to do in Dallas for Christmas.
Have you been to Christmas at the Anatole? What was your family’s favorite part? I can’t wait to see what the Hilton Anatole has planned for next Christmas!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay and tickets for the purposes of providing this review. Click here for more information.