Holiday Festivals & Lights

Holiday Festivals & Lights near Drury Hotels

Bundle up and get ready for some holiday fun! From European-style Christmas markets to dazzling, theme park festivities, we’ve gathered nine of the best holiday destinations in the country for you to pair with a Drury Hotel for a fun getaway. 


Photo courtesy of Carmel Christkindlmarket.


Carmel Christkindlmarket

Carmel, Indiana

This annual event features a blend of traditional German foods, drinks and gifts that are sold from small wooden huts, and a beautiful outdoor ice skating rink as the center of the market. Don’t miss the Gluhwein Pyramid, the first in the US, which stands 33 feet tall with more than 3,000 lights. 

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Photo Courtesy of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden/Tom Hennessy.


Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights 

Richmond, Virginia - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Explore this magical setting with more than a half-million lights and imaginative displays that line the garden paths and twinkle in the trees under the night sky. The Kelleher Warming Fire in the Children’s Garden is a great spot to warm up, drink hot chocolate, and roast s’mores.

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Photo Courtesy of SeaWorld San Antonio.


SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

San Antonio, Texas

Celebrate the season with the biggest Christmas event in Texas as SeaWorld is transformed into a holiday wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, holiday music, festivities, and scrumptious holiday treats. Along with returning favorites, enjoy the brand-new “O Wondrous Night”, an exciting, live-action musical.

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Photo courtesy of Saint Louis Zoo/Kari Frey.


U.S. Bank Wild Lights at Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis, Missouri

You’ll be dazzled by the 40-foot, walk-through lighted tree, a Meet Me in St. Louie light display, and more brand-new displays for 2022. Many of the animals will be out so be sure to visit Penguin & Puffin Coast and the Insectarium. 

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Photo Courtesy of Denver Christkindlmarket.


Denver Christkindlmarket

Denver, Colorado

Experience the warmth and charm of an authentic German Holiday Market in the heart of Denver. Stroll through alleys lined with cozy wooden huts and shop for unique, finely crafted artisan gifts and tasty treats. Cheerful, live holiday music will fill the air, as you savor the season with German biers, and traditional holiday fare from across Europe.

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Photo Courtesy of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.


Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Colorado Springs, Colorado

See over 80 one-of-a-kind light sculptures while celebrating the season with live animal displays. Take photos that you’ll remember for a lifetime with the larger-than-life illuminated, inflatable animals. Voted one of the ten best Zoo Lights in the U.S., by USA TODAY. 

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Austin Trail of Lights

Austin, Texas

This annual event, winding through Zilker Park, is a beloved holiday tradition in the Texas state capital city. The festive trail features more than 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees, 70 more holiday displays and lighted tunnels.

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Photo Courtesy of New Orleans City Park.


Celebration in the Oaks

New Orleans, Louisiana

Enjoy over a million twinkling lights cascading from the live oak trees in City Park with the 2.25-mile driving tour. Or stroll through the park on the reimagined walking tour, featuring unlimited amusement park rides as well as access to the elegant Botanical Garden. New this year is Toy Land, a 12-foot Dandelion Meadow Display and Winter Wonderland. 

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Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden

Phoenix, Arizona

Enter a desert wonderland filled with sparkling luminarias and twinkling holiday lights. Musical performances, entertainment and holiday delights line the Garden’s iconic trails for a picture-perfect night. New this holiday season are bold, large-scale sculptures interwoven gracefully with the glow of the luminaria bags. 

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