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Holiday Happenings

Holiday Celebration Begins Here . . . REAL CHICAGO

As the Magnificent Mile comes aglow with the twinkly wonderment of the season, so do holiday celebrations at The Drake Hotel. Ever since the hotel’s opening party on New Year’s Eve in 1920, we have continued to be a holiday fixture celebrating over 100 Christmas seasons in Chicago. Decorating our historic hotel to the nines, with a grand foyer welcoming Christmas tree adorn with beautifully handcrafted decoration, Gingerbread Village constructed by our pastry team, holiday inspired floral installations, holiday carolers, harpist and over 150 colorful holiday themed flourishes throughout to warmly welcome you.

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Holiday Tea

Centurion Holiday Tea
A Tradition Steeped in History at The Drake Hotel


Sip quintessential tea experiencing Real Chicago tradition at The Drake Hotel as we celebrate our 100th Holiday Season.  Centurion Holiday Tea reservations are available in both Palm Court and on selected dates in Club International.  A live harpist and holiday carolers will be stationed to perform on select dates through Christmas.  A seating in Palm Court for holiday tea provides views of the Fountain adorned with holiday flora, located adjacent to the lobby.  Adjacent to Palm Court, Club International's décor evokes Real Chicago holiday tradition with a backdrop of rich color and copper hues, to ignite the spirit of the season overlooking the hustle & bustle of Michigan Avenue. 

Holiday Tea service in both Palm Court and in Club International will offer tiered selections including Roasted Turkey with pumpkin-sage cream cheese with cranberry relish on pumpernickel and smoked salmon with apple butter and pickled grain mustard on seeded rye.  Decadent treats of apple cider tea cakes and traditional scones with lemon curd, raspberry preserves and Devonshire cream.  Decadent sweets include beautifully adorned holiday yule log with chestnut cream and Centurion macarons.  Select from traditional and holiday blend French teas to steep and sip while embracing the spirit of the season. 


Centurion Holiday Tea Service - No Carolers Performing
November 3 - 19, 12noon-4:30pm, seating's every half hour
November 20-January 9, 11am-5pm, seating's every half hour

Centurion Holiday Tea Service with Carolers Performing
November 20, 21, 27, 28
December 4, 5, 11, 12
12 Days of Christmas from December 13-25

Adults $62  (non-caroler dates*)  |  Adults $69 (caroler dates*)  |  Children (ages 3-12) $29 ( all dates)
All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuities

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Coq d'Or

Holiday Season, Sunday Special


Through the holiday season, Coq d’Or will offer a Sunday Special to warm you up. The special will run on select holidays through the season, including prime rib, mashed potatoes, French green beans, Yorkshire pudding with a demi sauce and horseradish crème.

The Sunday Special is available on select Sundays between 5:00pm – 10:00pm.

$35 per person plus applicable tax and gratuity

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Merry Martinis

Join us in Coq d’Or for a Joyeux Noel executive martini celebration.

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Letters to Santa

Children visiting Chicago and staying at The Drake Hotel have a new way to get in touch with Santa Claus to secure their nice list status and to put in any last minute urgent requests from Santa and Elves ahead of his big trip around the globe on December 25th. Children only need to drop their letters into the Christmas- themed red mailbox located in front of the gingerbread village, located in the lobby. The hotel has a direct line to Santa Claus, and he said he’ll be sure to send a response to each child. Letters should include a return address along with the child’s name and age. Letters to Santa begin on November 19th and will run through December 19th to give Santa enough time to reply.

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Gingerbread Village

In the lobby of The Drake Hotel, St. Ignatius students will pull back the golden curtain to unveil their gingerbread masterpiece. The construction of the annual gingerbread village, a process that takes over 80 hours and incorporates 300 lbs. of powdered sugar, 20 lbs. of meringue mix, 150 lbs. of candies and 45 sheet pans of gingerbread. A wonderful and fragerant backdrop to photo-opts throughout the holiday season.