A Time to Celebrate

The Hotel: Hotel del Coronado

The City: Coronado, CA

The Dates: November 21, 2012 to January 5, 2013

If You Do One Thing: Experience "Skating by the Sea", a super-cool outdoor ice-skating rink right on the beach.

Other Highlights:

• Expect an extra-festive setting this year to kick off the resort's 125th anniversary in 2013 -- in the form of 100,000 glittering lights, holiday timepieces, gold and silver accents and vintage Santas.

• Elf Tuck-Ins, where Santa's elves come to your guestroom with a stocking treat for the little ones ... and a bedtime story (ages 1-12). Available December 15-25 from 7pm-10pm (every half hour). Advanced reservations required.