Check your list for what’s new in the winter wonderland at Holiday Inn Park Central.
An eye-catching gold-toned Nativity is a new feature among the festive scenes in this Port Arthur hotel’s lobby. A candy cane Christmas tree, laden with sugary-themed treats for the eyes is another addition to an already-amazing display that draws visitors as well as local fans.
Bring your camera to pose the family with oversized nutcracker soldiers party scenes and a vintage kitchen scene with characters baking up holiday fun.
A front desk agent said photos are being snapped “all day, every day” of the décor.
With a candy cane lane, cake-decorating seniors and a sneak into Mrs. Claus’ bedroom, hotelier Kathie Rachwal transforms the lobby into scenes of an old-fashioned holiday. Joe Schoolfield, manager, says families return yearly to take their family portraits.
Peacocks nest in a four-seasons Christmas tree, and the new Nativity scene shares a joyful message and those snappily-clad nutcrackers welcome guests at the door.
Rachwal owns the hotel and her staff works for weeks with her staff to bring on the sparkle. A festive party of nearly life-sized figures are set up to the left of the front desk while a vintage kitchen of grandparent-types are working to outdo each other with baked goods, icing and cookies. Over the years, Rachwal said she’s amazed that viewers offer to add little touches, such as their relative’s photos or period toys and serving ware, to the tableau. In another scene, Santa offers a present to his wife as she and her dogs cozy up in bed.
Port Arthur holiday visitors also catch up on famous folk in the notables gallery of Museum of the Gulf Coast .