World’s Largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship Arrives on Amelia
The World’s largets gingerbread pirate ship arrives at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island.

Imagine a 17 foot Gingerbread Pirate Ship with pirate characters sculpted from chocolate standing before you. Festive garland hangs from the elegant molding as if to encase the ship and the sounds of holiday songs play gently through the lobby of this dynamic hotel. Your eyes are drawn into the Courtyard where hundreds of gleaming lights twinkle on a 40 foot Christmas tree. Spellbound, you are captivated by the essence of tradition.

“Holiday tradition,” says, General Manager, James E. McManemon, “is what grandparents and parents want a child to experience and every child remembers their first Ritz-Carlton Santa’s Storybook Tea or the desserts at Santa’s Holiday Dinner and taking family pictures in front of the pirate ship,” continues McManemon.

The festivities start on Wednesday, November 27 at 8:00 a.m. when the Gingerbread Pirate Ship is unveiled. The ship is a tribute to the famed privateer Louis Aury who held the island captive for three days in 1817.

Later in the evening, guests and the public will line the Courtyard sipping hot chocolate and eating cookies from the pastry kitchen to attend the 17th Annual Tree Lighting to benefit the YMCA Scholarship Program for families in need. The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Brass Quintet plays holiday music accompanied by local students who sprinkle fairy dust on the tree moments before Santa and Mrs. Claus light the tree to start the holidays on Amelia Island.

Santa’s Storybook Tea
A Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island tradition; a fireside holiday storybook read by Santa plus an afternoon tea, with finger sandwiches, pastries, candy, cakes and a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Join us in the Lobby Lounge on Saturdays, November 30, December 7, 14 and 21 at 12 Noon. Price is $49.00 per adult and children ages 6 and up. $10.00 for children 5 and under, includes service charge.

Santa Tuck In
Children will enjoy a visit from Santa as he brings cookies and milk, reads a holiday story and presents a gift for the child every Saturday, November 30, December 7, 14, and 21 for $25.00 per child. Reservations recommended.

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