Christmas at the Anatole is a sweet Dallas tradition for your holiday bucket list. Get whisked away to Peppermint Park for memories that will last them (and you) a lifetime.
Thank you to the Hilton Anatole for allowing us to experience the Christmas at the Anatole and this sponsored post.
The Hilton Anatole has long been a place for our family to create memories.
Taylor’s Birthday at Jade Waters, our first family “fancy” dinner at SER, and many Christmases with Santa and Mrs. Claus. So rolling in through with revolving doors this year, with an 11-year-old and an 8-year-old, I thought this year, might be our last.
Had the magic of waking up for breakfast with Santa or the sparkle of sipping hot chocolate outside as we strolled around a few holiday-themed booths?
However, as we walked through the entryway of Peppermint Park, I could see the sparkle in both of their eyes. And by the end of the trip of our quick escape to the Hilton Anatole they both had already begun making plans for next year when we come.
That’s why this sweet Dallas tradition is a must for your holiday bucket list.
What to Expect at Peppermint Park
Upon check-in we begun our stay with a special cookies and cocoa reception including meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Then we headed outside directly to Peppermint Park to check out the activities. Immediately as we were greeted by the crackling fire and carolers, I could see and feel all the warm and fuzzies, especially as walked into this precious, pint-sized “Christkindl” holiday market under the stars. Next we spent more than three hours outside having a ball as we sang, played games, made crafts, took TONS of photos, and laughed a lot. And we didn’t even do everything there… the night we went, there were no lines and we just went from one activity to another enjoying ourselves all night.
Peppermint Park Activities
- Christmas Tree Lighting
- Sweet Treats – Funnel Cake, Cookies, S’mores, and much more
- Selfie Station
- North Pole Miniature Golf
- Holiday Train Ride – Roll around the Park in this miniature train
- Cookie Decorating
- Teddy Bear Factory
- Santa Letter Writing at the Elf Post Office
- Face Painting
- Snow Globe Photo
- S’mores around the fire with caroling
- Holiday Marionette Show
- Mini Escape Room – 12 minutes of perfect-timed fun
- Multiple Singing and dancing stations
- and more.
For dinner we voted for room service was the best option for us so we could eat in the bed (not to mention who doesn’t love good room service like they have here (the food is rather extraordinary!) However, while we waited, my son and I spent some time together walking around, taking a selfie next to one the many photo experiences and headed to the CounterOffer, the 24-hour grab and go. With coffee, wine, salads, soups, pizza, sushi and some of the best sweet confections, we loaded up on a carefully created Yuletide Log and a gigantic Christmas tree cupcake and headed back to the room to eat. Later once we had full bellies, we put on our jammies to enjoy the Christmas movie theatre for holiday shows, popcorn and concessions made just for families and quickly afterwards to our room to get some shut eye before breakfast with the big guy.
The next morning we woke up, donning our holiday pjs (attire is up to you) for breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. I’m glad we had elastic pants because the buffet was spectacular. There was a pancake station, made-to-order Chilaquiles, egg casserole, oatmeal station, cinnamon rolls and a hot chocolate, coffee and juice bar…it was so good. But honestly still the best part was Santa and Mrs. Claus came to the table to say hello and snap that holiday shot! As we stuffed ourselves, Santa took his chair and began to read a story to all the kids (little and big.)
But as we started to get our belongings together, including our new holiday bears we built at Peppermint Park and the loads of goodies we made that night so we could head back home the kids asked if they could please, please, please come back next year.
Holiday bucket list moment achieved.
If you’re heading to the Hilton Anatole for Christmas at the Anatole, here are a few tips to make it the best moments.
Best Tips for Christmas at the Anatole
Go with the VIP Package – it makes it easy to enjoy everything!
VIP Holiday Package Include:
- One Standard Guest Room, late check-out 3 pm
- Valet parking for one vehicle
- Meet & Greet Reception with Santa and Mrs. Claus on day of arrival with one complimentary 5×7 photo with Santa and Cookies and Refreshments
- Complimentary Entrance into Peppermint Park (December 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22)
- Christmas Tree Lighting
- Holiday Marionette Show, Penguin Show, Tinsel the Talking Christmas Tree Show, Jack Frost’s North Pole Weather Station Show, Be a WRAP Star Competition, Name that Holiday Tune & Trivia, North Pole Adventure, Giant Snow Globe Photo Op, Holiday Movie Night and more!
- Guests receive $20 off Peppermint Park Activity Passes!
- Breakfast with Santa for up to 2 adults and 2 kids on day of departure
Be Wardrobe Ready
Between meeting Santa, going outdoors for Peppermint Park, holiday movies, and breakfast with Santa, there were several things to be prepared for (especially if you’re planning to take photos of it.) Make sure to pack what you need for those moments, both indoors and out. However, Peppermint Park does have jackets, sweaters, hats, and other great gifts if you happen to forget!
Don’t Just Watch, Do
This is where I think we all need a reminder as parents. We’re so used to taking our kids to events and being spectators. However, at Peppermint Park you can have fun with them! Play the golf, peek in the Escape Room scuttle hole, sing the carols – it’s all about making memories with your children.
Know How to Dine
There are multiple options for dining at the Hilton Anatole, so there are several options that can work for whatever experience you’re looking for with your family.
Don’t Forget the Unschedule Activities
There are plenty of opportunities to make your own holiday memories that aren’t on the schedule at Christmas at the Anatole. Walk around and take photos throughout the hotel, take time to talk at dinner, wear the PJs, and sing the songs!
Visit the official Hilton Anatole website for more information about Christmas at the Anatole.