Our friends at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX hosted our family for this Christmas at the Anatole review.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, no for real. I am THAT person who absolutely loves Christmas. One of the main reasons I love this holiday season is watching our kids embrace a love for all things Christmas, just like their mama. Each year, we write up a bucket list of things we want to do to celebrate the season. While it can be a whirlwind – enjoying this time and these things with family is priceless. We have 4 kids – ranging in age 6 to 14-years-old. I know that the years are short and before we know it, things will change. But until then, Christmas is our favorite.
Christmas at the Hilton Anatole Review
The last few years we have had the privilege of attending Christmas at the Anatole. Each year we walk away with amazing memories and a wonderful time – this year, was no exception. The Anatole changed a few things up, and somehow we managed to have even more fun this year than last.
One thing that always impresses me with the Anatole is that it is family friendly.
When our 4 kids go with us anywhere, as much as we try to keep them in line and on their best behavior – at the end of the day, they are kids. The Anatole embraces the kids’ spirit and the staff in every area are always over accommodating to make sure that the kids are just as welcome as the adults.
If you haven’t stayed at the Anatole, don’t miss out on the hotel’s amazing art, plus the Christmas decor is absolutely stunning through-out the hotel.
A new feature this year at Christmas at the Anatole is Peppermint Park. The beautiful courtyard between the hotel and Jade Waters water park has been transformed into a winter wonderland. From twinkling lights to the beautiful sound of Christmas music – Peppermint Park is a holiday memory dream come true.
Peppermint Park has free entry, but in order to participate in the various shows, games, and activities you will need to buy a pass or coupons. Learn more here.
A few things to note: Peppermint Park is open on select days from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Here are the dates for 2017:
November 24-26, 2017
December 1-3, 2017
December 8-10, 2017
December 15-23, 2017
December 26-30, 2017
Make sure to dress weather appropriate as this is an outdoor activity!
Here is a taste of the things to do while at Peppermint Park at the Hilton Anatole:
Some of the features that our kids’ love were the darling elf houses, each featuring a fun activity for the kids to do. We painted ornaments, decorated cookies, and even wrote a letter to Santa. Each house is manned by an elf!
Photos with Santa Claus
In front of the huge, gorgeous Christmas tree at Peppermint Park – sits Santa. Go and visit Old St. Nick and get your photo taken with him.
Another fun Christmas feature was the outdoor arcade. This was unlike any arcade I had ever been to – it was old school fun! Remember all those fun carnival games you use to play as a child before technology?
That’s what the games are like at Peppermint Park! Each game, ran by an elf – of course, is old school fun. We threw “snowballs’ and did some bowling, played a spin game and more. With each game, you had the chance to win a wooden token. The wooden tokens are redeemed for toys.
In addition to the sparkling lights, elf houses and games are a host of outdoor shows to watch. From a talking Christmas tree to a penguin show, the kids enjoyed each.
If all of that wasn’t enough – there are various activities to do as well.
There is a Reindeer Dance Party, a holiday train to ride thru-out the park, storytime with Mrs. Claus, Christmas cookie decorating and more.
We were hosted for the night for Christmas at the Anatole. As always, the rooms were amazing.If you have multiple kids like us, ask about family options.
Our room was configured perfectly for a family with children. We each had our space but we had easy access to one another.
Movie Night – Polar Express
The Anatole offers a Holiday Experience package. Learn more here. Part of the fun at Christmas at the Anatole is the movie night!
That’s right, you can visit a ballroom if you stay on a holiday weekend and enjoy a Christmas movie. We watched Polar Express. The Anatole staff goes all out, offering pillows to lay on while watching the show.
Media Grill Review
For dinner and lunch, we dined at Media Grill in the Anatole. It’s a great restaurant that offers a variety of food types, an awesome beer menu and a cheese plate that is to die for.
I have actually tried to replicate it since we’ve been home – I failed, guess we need to go back!
Breakfast with Santa
Peppermint Park was amazing. We loved the hotel room and the wonderful food. But guys, Christmas isn’t Christmas without Christ – and Santa. I had to say Christ – but you know SANTA – he kind of is a big deal.
Breakfast with Santa at the Hilton Anatole is the best. No seriously. The Anatole goes ALL out for breakfast. The food is amazing and TOTALLY KID FRIENDLY. From Grinch casserole to a pancake bar to an amazing assortment of eggs, bacon and what have you. I drool just thinking of all of the yum on that breakfast buffet. I can’t forget to mention unlimited chocolate milk.
Santa walks from table to table greeting each of the children. It’s so sweet as it’s the same Santa we’ve seen there the last several years. Our third kid was asked by Santa if he has been good. This kid is too honest – so he told Santa that he is smart. He didn’t dare tell Santa that he might not have been on his best behavior this year!
Breakfast with Santa at Christmas at the Anatole concludes with storytime with Santa. All of the kids circle around Santa’s chair and he reads them the Night Before Christmas. My very busy, can’t-sit-still-child – sat and listened attentively. Talk about Christmas miracle!
Our wonderful Christmas Staycation at the Anatole itinerary ended with a fabulous puppet show at Geppetto’s Marionette Theater. Geppetto’s is located in the Hilton Anatole. This puppet theater is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. From walking downstairs to this darling quaint theater, you instantly know something special is about to happen.
This Christmas’ puppet show is called Winter Wonderland. It’s a fun collection of holiday songs featuring various puppets. The show ends with a backstage tour. Totally fun and this is something you can buy tickets for without doing the entire Christmas at the Anatole event (but the whole Christmas at the Anatole event is so worth it.)
Take a whirlwind journey to the North Pole in Geppetto’s Marionette Theater’s holiday show, featuring a cast of over 60 hand-carved marionettes. Children will delight as they meet the Winter Wizard, the North Pole dancing elves, the magic toys of Santa’s workshop and a whole host of other holiday favorites, including Rudolph and Frosty.
Looking for DIY Christmas Ornaments you can make with your kids? Look no further! Get ready to get glittery!
Next week all 4 kids will be home. If everything works out as planned, I’ll have the majority of the week off and we can get crafting. We have had our Christmas tree up for a while, but just now got our ornaments down. By far, my favorite Christmas ornaments are the handmade ones.
10 Kid Friendly DIY Christmas Ornaments
Crack out the glue and glitter and let’s DIY with the kids. Here are 10 different kid DIY Christmas ornaments for you and your littles to make.
Mom Tip: Before making Christmas ornaments with the kids – or any other craft, put down a cheap plastic tablecloth. I stock up on these every time we go to the Dollar Tree. This helps make clean-up easy and simple, just gather up the plastic tablecloth and throw away! This especially is helpful if glitter is involved. Now the floor? I guess you could cover the floors in plastic tablecloths as well, but other than that, you are on your own for advice on that mess!
Lego Christmas Tree Ornament (1)
What kid doesn’t LOVE Legos? This adorable DIY Lego Christmas ornament is sure to be a kid fave! You will need
We made these snow globe Christmas ornaments with the kids when they were toddlers. They absolutely loved it. I found one of them this year in the bottom of our ornament box, smushed. Maybe it’s time to make a new set!
It’s that time again, start planning your family Christmas schedule because November is here and Christmas is RIGHT around the corner. We are based in the North Texas, Dallas area so will be sharing family Christmas activities in Dallas all month long.
Photo credit: IBWC 2016 National Tour Company. Jeremy Daniel Photography, 2016.
One holiday event that we love to do every year is a musical. Last year, we saw Elf the Musical – and this year, we are excited to be guests at the Dallas Summer Musicals to see White Christmas. White Christmas will be in both Dallas and Fort Worth.
White Christmas – Fort Worth, TX
November 14-19. 2017
Bass Performance Hall
White Christmas – Dallas, TX
December 5-10, 2017
Music Hall at Fair Park
Make sure to follow us on social, we will be featuring photos from opening night, on December 5th!
Here are all the detail:
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family!
Photo credit: IBWC 2016 National Tour Company. Jeremy Daniel Photography, 2016.
The New York Times exclaims “this cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list.” And, the New York Daily News hailed the show as “a holiday card come to life.
Tony Award-winning actress Karen Ziemba, currently on Broadway in PRINCE OF BROADWAY, has been cast in the role of Martha Watson. She will be joined by Sean Montgomery as Bob Wallace, Jeremy Benton as Phil Davis, Kerry Conte as Betty Haynes and Kelly Sheehan as Judy Haynes.
The cast also includes Conrad John Schuck as General Waverly, Gil Brady as Ralph Sheldrake, Aaron Galligan-Stierle as Mike Nulty, Cliff Bemis as Ezekiel Foster, and Makayla JoyConnolly and Bella Yantis as Susan Waverly.
The ensemble includes Arlington, Texas native Sarah Fagan, along with Kelly Black, Stephanie Brooks, Darien Crago, Laurie DiFilippo, Drew Humphrey, Bryan Thomas Hunt, Matthew J. Kilgore, Brianna Latrash, Ann-Ngaire Martin, Danny McHugh, Chris McNiff, Bryan Charles Moore, Kristyn Pope, Sean Quinn and Chelsea Williams.
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.
This production of IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS is produced by Work Light Productions. The creative team includes direction and choreography by Randy Skinner, scenic design by Anna Louizos, scenic supervision and adaptation by Kenneth Foy, lighting design by Ken Billington, and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald and Erich Bechtel. The tour is produced by agreement with R&H Theatricals, an Imagem Company.
Single tickets for the Fort Worth engagement start at $44 (pricing subject to change) and are now on sale. To charge tickets by phone, call 817-212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at www.basshall.com. Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. For group sales, call 817-212-4248.
Single tickets for the Dallas engagement, starting at $20 (pricing subject to change) are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Single tickets can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park box office Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Groups for the Dallas engagement of 10+ receive a 15% discount and groups of 35+ receive a 20% discount. Group orders placed before tickets go on sale to the general public get priority seating, a 15% discount to M Dining for groups of 15+, and many other great perks. For more information or to purchase tickets please call 214- 426-4768 or e-mail [email protected]
About Dallas Summer Musicals
Since 1941, the non-profit Dallas Summer Musicals Inc. (DSM) has presented the Best of Broadway to North Texas audiences. Located in the historic Music Hall at Fair Park, DSM promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to offer affordable ticket prices, preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and develop impactful community programs.
DSM gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors, annual fund donors and corporate partners American Airlines, Texas Instruments, The Dallas Morning News, and WFAA TV Channel 8. For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.
About Performing Arts Fort Worth
The mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is to serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premiere venue for other attractions so as to enhance the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; to promulgate arts education; and to contribute to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region.
Built entirely with private funds, Bass Performance Hall is permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Cliburn. Each resident company operates independently from Performing Arts Fort Worth and manages its own programming schedule at Bass Hall.
Performing Arts Fort Worth, the nonprofit organization that oversees management of the Hall, also presents national Touring Broadway product under the Broadway at the Bass banner, as well as programming that includes Family Series at the Bass, and the BNSF Popular Entertainment Series.
The 2,042-seat multipurpose Hall is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. An 80-foot diameter Great Dome tops the Founders Concert Theater while two 48-foot tall angels grace the Grand Facade. Since the Hall opened in May 1998, the angels have become preeminent cultural icons of the Dallas-Fort Worth community.
One of my favorite trends at Christmas is the ugly Christmas sweater. You know the sweaters that I’m talking about – all glitz, glam and gaudy.
A few years back, several of my previous co-workers decided to have an ugly Christmas sweater party for our group. We all came decked out in the ugliest thing we could find. The party was only for our team at work. One of my co-workers may have complimented an older lady’s ugly Christmas sweater – when the said Christmas sweater was actually just from her wardrobe – WHOOPS!
In previous years, finding one of these gems meant having to scour thrift stores. This year, you don’t have to do anything of the such! Just head down to Target and check out their line of Ugly Christmas Sweaters in the men’s department or on Amazon.
Christmas at the Hilton Anatole Dallas is an annual Christmas tradition for our family. With 4 kids, finding somewhere with something for everyone can be a challenge. Our kids are now 5, 6, 11 and 13-years old. Each has an opinion (imagine that.) But one thing we can all agree on is that we love the Anatole, especially at Christmas.
Christmas at the Hilton Anatole Dallas
From the time you walk into the Hilton Anatole in downtown Dallas, you immediately are greeting with CHRISTMAS. The foyers are decked to the nines. The decor throughout the resort is all prettied for the season. It just has that Christmas vibe that says “let’s celebrate.”
Animated reindeer at the Hilton Anatole
Family Christmas Activities
The Hilton Anatole offers a plethora of fun family Christmas activities, such as:
Breakfast with Santa
Lights in the Park
Kids Popcorn Bar
Rudolphs Reindeer Barn
Photos with Santa
Geppettos Marionette Theater Holiday Shows
…and much more!
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In Dallas for the holidays or need a staycation? Book a Breakfast with Santa package!
Breakfast With Santa for up to two adults & two kids at 9 AM
Christmas At The Anatole Weekend Activities
Holiday movie night at 7:30pm on day of arrival with kids popcorn bar
Gift bag per child given at breakfast with Santa
Breakfast With Santa Experience (Activities Include: breakfast with Santa, holiday scavenger hunt, face painting, Gingerbread Bakeshop cookie-making, stories at Rudolph’s Reindeer Barn, Snapshack photo ops, letters to Santa and more!)
*Photos with Santa are available from 11am – 1pm. Photo packages start from $25 and can be paid for directly to the photographer.
Remaining dates available for Breakfast With Santa are December 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, and 23.