How To... Decorate for the holidays 

No matter what holiday you celebrate, Amber Lanwermeyer, social media director at St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, can show you how to decorate for the season in style. | By Alison Cavatore | December 6, 2022

Ready, set… decorate!

‘Tis the season! Get in the holiday spirit and make your space shine – no matter how large or small – with these expert decorating tips.

Perfectly wrapped gifts, sparkling lights and lush garlands — the holiday season is upon us. The best part? Decorating, of course! Evoking fond memories of childhood and time spent with loved ones, the magic of the holidays is often intertwined with getting your home ready to experience the celebrations of the season. Fortunately for us (and our future holiday-scapes), we have Amber Lanwermeyer, social media director at St. Louis Union Station, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Lanwermeyer is part of the team that curates the stunning holiday display at the iconic St. Louis property, which still retains the grandeur and elegance of its days as the city’s central train station. Nowadays, the hotel is a favorite with locals and visitors seeking a magical stay complete with 3D light shows, fire displays and a one-of-a-kind Polar Express train ride experience.

Feeling intimidated? Don’t be! According to Lanwermeyer any canvas — big or small — can be beautifully transformed with a few simple steps.

Says Lanwermeyer, “The most important part of holiday decorating is that your decorations make you happy! When I walk into my home for the holidays — or St. Louis Union Station — I want to look around and smile. Our signature tree in the Grand Hall does just that and we want our guests to feel the same when [they stay with us]. We want memories built here during the holidays.”

Her number one tip: Pull from your environment. By allowing your space to set the tone for your holiday decorating, you’ll simplify the process and create a more authentic feel — inspiring memories that will last a lifetime.

So, grab your garlands, candles and bows — it's decorating time!

How to decorate for the holidays:

Step 1: Find your light. Twinkle lights are the easiest way to add instant sparkle to your holiday decor.

Step 2: Go green. Customizable for any space, greenery — be it a wreath, tree or garland — works for any color scheme.

Step 3: Add music. Let the cheerful sounds of the holiday season fill your home.

Step 4: Warm it up! Candles are a great way to give your holiday-scape a cozy look and feel — and are the perfect addition to every centerpiece.

Step 5: Dress to impress. Make a big impact with minimal effort by focusing your decor on key areas of your space, such as a mantle or dining table.

Alison Cavatore is the assistant editor for the content marketing team at Hilton. She has written and copyedited for numerous print and digital publications in the U.S. and abroad. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Alison has lived in Miami, Scottsdale, Holland, France, Switzerland and Canada. She currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area.