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Here are the Best Places to Stay on Christmas Day in Atlanta

Whether you’re visiting family or planning a holiday staycation, choosing a hotel that is doing a little extra for Christmas can make your visit all the more magical. Here are the best places to stay on Christmas Day in Atlanta. 

Bellyard Hotel

The Sweet Escape Holiday Room at Bellyard will bring you comfort and joy. (📷: @whereaubreegoes)

Bellyard Hotel in Atlanta’s Midtown offers stylish, comfortable lodging in one of Atlanta’s trendiest neighborhoods. For the holidays, book a stay in the Sweet Escape Holiday Room for a fun and unique holiday experience or celebrate early with the Holiday Shopping Package including lodging, tote and plenty of coupons. This award-winning hotel offers more than chic rooms though. Don’t miss Drawbar and the selection of holiday cocktails in addition to a schedule of unique workshops and events. 

Hotel Colee

Save on tickets to “Nutcracker” with a stay at Hotel Colee.

This boutique hotel in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood is the perfect place to spend a festive holiday. The colorful and trendy hotel is offering a holiday special along with 20% off of Atlanta Ballet tickets to select “Nutcracker” performances along with 20% off of room stays (including sweet holiday treats).

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

The Four Seasons Atlanta offers unique experiences for the entire family. (📷: Don Riddle, Four Seasons)

The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is a luxurious spot to enjoy a staycation or visit for a comfortable holiday. Enjoy a magical Christmas brunch with elevated classics from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 25. In addition, contact the concierge for assistance curating the perfect winter escape with experiences and visits to some of Atlanta’s top winter attractions.


Spend the holidays at the Ritz. (📷: Kateryna Hliznitsova)

Decked out with gorgeous decorations, the Ritz-Carlton offers a vast array of festive ways to celebrate the season – from Christmas teas and Santa tuck-in for little ones to Christmas Eve dinner at the AG restaurant or a Christmas feast on Christmas Day in the Plaza Ballroom, which includes a family-style meal, champagne, entertainment and visits with Santa.

St. Regis Atlanta

The St. Regis has long been known as one of the favorite hotels in the Atlanta Buckhead area. It provides classic fun and unique Christmas traditions for visitors of all ages from an afternoon tea (cocoa) with Santa to the Polar Express Christmas Brunch. Visit the holiday pop-up shop by Lucy’s located in the lobby along with a 45-foot Christmas tree decorated by designer Susan Bozeman.

Festive Local Getaways

Barnsley Resort

Barnsley Resort is both festive and romantic. (📷: Barnsley Resort)

While not located in metro Atlanta, the Barnsley Resort is just over an hour from Atlanta and would make for a festive holiday getaway. Book the Light Up the Holidays package to enjoy luxurious accommodations, $50 credit for spa or activities and an exclusive candle. Barnsley Resort will be resplendent with more than one million twinkling holiday lights and festive decor. The resort spans over 3,000 acres and provides a number of activities such as golf and horseback riding in addition to shopping, classes and dining.

Legacy Lodge at Lanier

Elf tuck-ins are unique and memorable at Legacy Lodge.

Have a fun-tastic daily “staycation” over Christmas at Lanier Islands’ Legacy Lodge. The resort offers a variety of winter offerings with extras like Santa packages, Elf tuck-ins and snow play days at Snow Island. Legacy Lodge offers amenities including pool, gaming area, fitness center and pet-friendly rooms so even Fido can have a Christmas vacation.

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Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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