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Bring the Kids: Marriott Properties Go All Out for the Holidays

by Mary Melnick

Dec 6, 2022

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This holiday season, give the gift of family travel! According to a recent consumer survey by Marriott Bonvoy, families traveling through the end of the year noted local attractions, food and beverage, and hotel amenities are the most important when looking for hotels.


Marriott properties around the United States go all out for the holiday season with Candyland-themed rooms, the world’s largest gingerbread pirate ship, festive afternoon tea and more.


For Foodies

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida

This holiday season, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is pulling out all the stops for guests. Make sure to check out the world’s largest gingerbread pirate ship, the SS Amelia. Enjoy fireside holiday stories with delicious teas, pastries and other desserts at Santa’s Storybook Tea; Santa’s Magical dinner offers a buffet-style meal and each family can take home a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus to help cherish memories forever.


For the Instagram-Obsessed

Bellyard, West Midtown Atlanta, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

Returning for the 2022 holiday season, Bellyard offers its festive-themed holiday rooms. The property decorated a queen room into a Candyland wonderland. The hotel also offers pet photos with Santa, a Sip & Shop Holiday Market and a Holiday Floral Workshop.


For Teens and Toddlers

Gaylord Hotels

This year, the fan favorite ICE! Experience returns to Gaylord properties nationwide, each with a different, unique and family-friendly theme. All properties will be decked out with holiday decor, ice slides, ice skating, ice sculptures and more.


Orlando World Center Marriott

Located near all of Orlando’s best theme parks and activities, Orlando World Center Marriott is hosting 12 Days of Holiday Fun, Dec. 21–Jan. 1. This year, activities include poolside DJs, dive-in movies, teen table tennis tournaments, cookie decorating, wrapping challenges, Kwanzaa necklace crafts and a Hanukkah Scavenger Hunt.


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