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Christmas Around the World in the Swissotel Santa Suite

We may live in Colorado now, but we absolutely had to migrate back to Chicago for our third annual visit to the Swissotel Santa Suite. It’s become such a holiday tradition for us (here’s our visit from last year) that we wouldn’t miss it. It was a blast and we were completely blown away by the decor and all the fun activities for Zelda. If you’re in the Chicago area, you can visit the Swissotel Santa Suite too! I’ve got all the details and information below, but just know, you don’t want to miss this. It’s so festive and fun!

Zelda entered the Swissotel Santa Suite. Zelda sits in Santa's Chair at the Swissotel.Zelda chats with Santa in the Swissotel Santa Suite.A child chats with Santa on Christmas. Zelda opens presents from Santa at the Swissotel Santa Suite.A little girl gets a special visit from Santa at the Swissotel Santa Suite. Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles opens gifts with Santa. Zelda and Corri get their faces painted at the Swissotel Santa Suite.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles gets her face painted.Make to Celebrate sets up at the Swissotel Santa Suite. Zelda makes crafts in the Santa Suite at the Swissotel. Corri McFadden helps her daughter Zelda write a letter to Santa. Zelda works on Make to Celebrate crafts.Zelda writes a special letter to Santa in the Swissotel Santa Suite.

If you’re not sure what the Swissotel is, it’s an amazing hotel in Chicago that holds a very special place in our hearts because we’ve had so many events there. Really, we’ve had birthdays, holidays parties – everything! They have a massive presidential suite, which is where we had Zelda’s 4th birthday party this year, and every year for the last five years, they’ve turned it into a magical Swissotel Santa Suite for the month of December.

Corri McFadden and her family visit the Swissotel Santa Suite. Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles works on Make to Celebrate crafts.Zelda enjoys a Christmas Cookie in the Swissotel Santa Suite. Santa sits in his chair surrounded by children.Zelda dances with Santa.Zelda, Santa and friends visit the Swissotel Santa Suite on Glitter and Bubbles. Zelda and Corri hang out in Santa's chair.Zelda and Corri of Glitter and Bubbles play at the Swissotel's Santa Suite.Corri McFadden cuts the Christmas cake.The Christmas cake is eaten at the Swissotel Santa Suite.Zelda looks at the Gingerbread House in the Swissotel Santa Suite.Corri and Zelda look at the Gingerbread House for Christmas.

The team at the Swissotel transforms the suite every year for a different theme and this year it is “Christmas Around the World”. The Swissotel Santa Suite is filled with traditional holiday decor from countries all around the world including Germany, France, Switzerland, the Philippines, Kenya, Peru and more! Zelda was very into all the different trees and we absolutely loved the exposure to the ways other cultures celebrate Christmas.

Corri McFadden stands by a Christmas Tree.The dining room at the Swissotel Santa Suite.A gingerbread house in the Swissotel Santa Suite.A Greek Christmas tree at the Swissotel Santa Suite.A Greek themed Christmas tree. The Santa Suite office.The Swissotel Santa Suite bedroom.Christmas trees at the Swissotel.Christmas morning in the Santa Suite at the Swissotel.

Activities include:

Elf guided tour of the suite

Visit with Santa

Face painting by Wendee Goles

Make your own Luggage Tag, art & craft With Make To Celebrate

Letter writing station

Enjoy holiday treat – cookies, cotton candy, holiday bark

Hot Cocoa Bar

Cash Bar

To go, all you have to do is purchase tickets. Starting Saturday, December 1, and going until Sunday, December 23, you can book tickets for any weekend to visit the suite. Santa will be there every Saturday and Sunday in December on the 41st floor in the presidential suite. Saturdays are open 11 am to 6 pm and Sundays 11 am to 4 pm. Santa takes a quick break from 12 to 12:30 though so if you’re there to see him, book around that time!

You can purchase tickets here for $40 for four or $15 each. But if you want to kick your experience up a notch, you can opt for one of the Swissotel’s package deals (I’ll list below). We did the Santa’s Pad Package and WOW. We were actually there during my birthday, so it was fun to celebrate in the Santa Suite – the exact same place we celebrated Zelda’s birthday this summer.

Waking up on Christmas morning.Christmas morning decor at the Swissotel.

Here are all the packages available:

Packages will be available starting November 30th until January 1, 2019. We are offering three holiday packages. For more information on packages, visit: https://www.swissotel.com/hotels/chicago/promotions/  

Holiday Treats Package

Rates starting at $209/night

Overnight accommodations in a standard room, holiday treats, welcome amenity & access to the Santa Suite (up to 4 people)

*holiday treat amenity include assorted holiday cookies & milk

Promotion Page – https://www.swissotel.com/hotels/chicago/promotions/signature/holiday-treats/  

Bookable online

Booking Link: http://www.swissotel.com/reservations/check-availability/?pc=PHLY&hc=SCH

Promo Code: PHLY

Zelda gets ready to eat breakfast in bed at the Swissotel. Zelda counts donuts while laying in bed at the Swissotel Santa suite.

Breakfast in bed at the Swissotel Santa Suite.A bed full of desserts at the Swissotel Santa Suite for Christmas morning.Corri McFadden has breakfast in bed at the Swissotel Santa Suite.

Elf Decorated Room Package

Rates starting at $349/night

Overnight accommodations in a holiday decorated room, holiday treats amenity & access to the Swissotel Santa Suite (up to 4 people)

*holiday treat amenity include assorted holiday cookies & milk

Promotion Page – https://www.swissotel.com/hotels/chicago/promotions/signature/elf-decorated-holiday-room/

Bookable online:

Booking Link: https://www.swissotel.com/reservations/check-availability/?hc=SCH&pc=%20PHLD

Promo Code: PHLD

A hot chocolate bar at the Swissotel. Corri McFadden makes hot chocolate at the Swissotel.Corri McFadden builds a hot chocolate. Breakfast is served with Santa at the Swissotel.Chocolate waffles at the Swissotel. Mimosas for breakfast at the Swissotel.

Santa’s Pad Package

Rates starting at $2,500

Overnight accommodations in the Swissotel Santa Suite, welcome reception

*Welcome reception includes complimentary champagne toast, hot chocolate bar & holiday cookies

A one night prepaid, non-refundable deposit is required. Only available for booking Monday – Wednesday in December starting Dec 3rd.

Booking Package:

This package is not bookable online

Email: sch.social@swissotel.com

Phone: 312-268-8110

No Packages can be combined with any other offer or discount. Packages are based on availability. Please direct all package inquires to Brittany Robbins or Obeddie Hawkins.

Zelda sits in Santa's chair on Christmas morning in the Swissotel. Santa's chair at the Swissotel.The top of the gingerbread house with Santa.

Private Events

Private events are available for groups up to 100 people on flow. Please pass all event inquiries to Brittany Robbins and Lauren Aydt.

Your Newest Holiday Tradition Package

Package starting at $750

90min private event in the Santa Suite, up to 12 people includes champagne, hot cocoa bar & holiday treats. Upgrades for package includes:

Santa visit starting at $200

Upgraded food and beverage offerings

Zelda stands by the Christmas tree in the Santa Suite at the Swissotel.

Engagement Package

Package starting at $500

60min in Suite includes bottle of champagne. Upgrades for package includes:

Santa visit starting at $200

Upgraded Food and Beverage offerings

I also want to note that a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, which makes this event even more special.

Corri and Zelda celebrate Christmas with Santa.There is a donut wall in the Swissotel.

The Swissotel is such an exceptional place and very important to our family. And being able to go back to Chicago for the first time since moving to have this experience is something I’ll never forget. I hope you and your family get to experience the magic of the Swissotel Santa Suite this holiday season!

Photos by Hallie Duesenberg

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