It's not often that you run across a hotel getting into the Christmas spirit.
However, the spirit of holiday giving is in full swing at the Eagles Nest Hotel, located at South Third and York Streets in Quincy.
The hotel, formerly known as America's Best Value Inn, kicked off its '45 Days of Christmas' campaign back in November. The program highlights ten local charities in designated rooms inside the hotel. Most charities decorated a tree inside its assigned room. When each of the rooms is occupied, the non-profit organization receives 20 percent of the nightly revenue.
Each charity has a designated room with a decorated Christmas tree, which features the organization's theme or mission.
For example, the Lions Club room features a blue and gold tree decorated with eye glasses.
"We just wanted to show the true magic of Christmas and what it could mean to local people," said Jack Bishop, General Manager of the Eagles Nest Hotel in Quincy.
The crowning jewel here is this giant Christmas tree, created entirely from stuffed animals and toys. It started out as a simple idea...to get presents to charities, which do not benefit from other local toy drives. Then the donations came flooding in. It's called the 'Tree that Keeps on Giving." Click here to watch more from KHQA This Morning.
"We had guests come in and were staying for the weekend and noticed what we were doing and supporting local charities and they would go out and buy stuffed animals to put them on our tree," said Bishop.
Five hundred plus toys later, this tree reaches the ceiling. Click here to watch more about the giant tree.
"This was the inspiration piece that we set the whole 45 days of Christmas campaign around," said Bishop.
Nonprofits involved include the Lions Club of Quincy, Horizons Food Kitchen, Salvation Army, United Way, Red Cross, Quincy Humane Society, Quanada, Madonna House, Quincy Catholic Charities and GPS Ministries. Click here to watch more about those charity trees from KHQA This Morning.
The fundraiser runs through December 25.
There are also Christmas trees donated by local businesses ion display and up for auction this Friday. Click here to get a look at those trees.
The hotel is also offering a "Night Out at the North Pole." The family event will be held on Friday, December 13th at the Eagles Nest Hotel & Conference Center.
It's a fun filled evening of Reindeer Games with Rudolph, photos with Santa Claus, a penguin pool party, kids karaoke, Santa cinema featuring Christmas movies, hot chocolate and homemade cookies, and popcorn, make it and take it crafts, free pizza from our friends at Pops Pizza, breakfast with the beautiful Mrs. Claus and face painting.
Parents can also enjoy a special Parent Pampering room. The price for the night is $99, which includes a room for up to 2 adults and 3 kids.
Click here to watch more about the "Night Out at the North Pole" from KHQA This Morning.
Reach the Eagles Nest Hotel 217-224-7733.