Giant nutcrackers, a grandfather clock of gingerbread and a sparkling tree add to the Christmassy atmosphere at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta this year. As does the festive fare. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, you can dine on stout-braised lamb shank, roasted elk or pan-seared Chilean sea bass in the sophisticated Café & Bar; while groups of up to 18 can order MOtoGo – turkey, ham and all the trimmings – for Christmas dinner. Little ones get their treat earlier, on Sunday 15 December, with Hot Cocoa with Santa: an afternoon of face painting, hot chocolate and cookies, in the presence of the fabled man himself, no less. On New Year’s Eve, the partying reaches its climax, in the chic Taipan lounge, from 9pm, where delicious nibbles and champagne is served, up to the stroke of midnight and beyond. Book the Festive Celebrations package this month and receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, valet parking, breakfast, spa credit and more. And don’t worry if you’ve forgotten a loved one’s present – what could be better than a gift of soothing candles or oils from The Spa, or a Holiday Pamper day with blissful treatments such as Peaches and Cream?