Published Date:  Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Just steps from the world-famous Galleria shopping and entertainment complex, as well as many of Houston’s premier boutiques along Post Oak Blvd. – and minutes from an array of special seasonal happenings – Royal Sonesta Houston’s premier location at the gateway to Uptown puts guests at the center of celebration during the holidays. For those looking for a night out with friends, an evening of family fun, a welcoming home for visiting relatives, or just some “me” time, there is something festive for everyone to enjoy.


The centerpiece of Royal Sonesta Houston’s holiday offerings is the new Shop 'Til You Drop Package. What better reason than holiday shopping or a fun girls’ getaway to take advantage of deluxe overnight accommodations for two starting from $155 a night, with complimentary parking for one car, a $30 food and beverage credit at Launch to get the morning started or to perk up after a long day at the mall, plus receive an exclusive Galleria Savings Passport with more than 70 special offers, ranging from savings up to 30% to complimentary engraving and gifts with purchase. Visit to check availability.


Savor the flavors of the season at the hotel’s acclaimed ARA restaurant, led by Executive Chef Robert Graham, and stylish Axis Lounge; known for its extensive bourbon and whiskey offerings and creative cocktails.

  • On December 12th National Cocoa Day, guests will be offered a complimentary hot chocolate station and gingerbread cookies in the lobby.
  • On December 24th Christmas Eve, complimentary warm apple cider will be served in the lobby throughout the day. Settle in at ARA or Axis for a Prime Rib special dinner featuring Yukon Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Vegetables and Natural Jus for just $32.
  • On December 25th Christmas Day, complimentary cider will be served in the lobby, and ARA and Axis will spotlight Tournedos Rossini with Brioche, Seared Foie Gras and Perigourdine Sauce for $45.
  • On December 31st New Year’s Eve, ring in 2018 while leisurely dining a la carte at ARA during normal hours in both the restaurant and bar. Reservations can be made on


Make the most of your visit with nearby attractions and happenings including:

  • Ice skating. Hit the rink inside The Galleria, where a massive Christmas tree serves as a focal point and perfect backdrop for a photo op.
  • At nearby A.D. Players Theater, holiday programming includes “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” with runs from December 1 through 23 and “Rock Nativity” from December 6 to 23.
  • Just a short drive down Westheimer at River Oaks Blvd. is the entrance to River Oaks, one of the county’s wealthiest neighborhoods and a showcase for some of the city’s most spectacular holiday lights.
  • On the edge of Memorial Park, Christmas Village at Bayou Bend offers an enchanting experience with carolers, a faux-snowball play area, a handcrafted model train and trail of lights spread over 14 acres. The attraction is open every evening from December 15 through January 6 with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
  • Just across Loop 610 at the ritzy River Oaks District, visitors can take complimentary horse and carriage rides around the stunning retail center, brimming with world-class stores and shimmering with lights. The service runs through Christmas Eve and is available every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 4 pm until 7 pm and Sundays from 3 pm to 6 pm.