Traditions Abound for Holiday Memories at Ritz Carlton

The Holiday Season has officially started at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island as S.S. Amelia has docked in the Lobby

Holiday Season in the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton

S.S. Amelia has docked in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island

Days of wonder and nights to remember are waiting at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Discover coastal holiday traditions including a Gingerbread Pirate Ship, the perfect backdrop for your holiday keepsake photo. There will be magic in the air with Santa tuck-ins, storybook teas, beach bonfires and holiday wagon rides down dune-lined paths.

The resort’s most popular holiday events include:

The S.S. Amelia Gingerbread Pirate Ship Arrived this afternoon, Wednesday  November 21
The S.S. Amelia, a spectacular gingerbread pirate ship, once again docks in The Lobby for the holiday season. Made from more than 1,200 pounds of sugar, 3,000 eggs and many other ingredients, the S.S. Amelia serves as a festive backdrop for countless holiday memories.

All are invited to see this Amelia Island holiday icon. Complimentary.

Also this afternoon we witnessed the Christmas Tree Lighting in the Courtyard when thousands of sparkling lights cast a beautiful glow on the lavishly decorated resort as Santa arrived followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

From here on the Holiday Season embraces the following festivities
THANKSGIVING
Family Thanksgiving Grand Feast

Thursday, November 22, 12:00 p.m. & 3 p.m. – The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom. Celebrate and give thanks with a traditional meal with all of the trimmings. The feast features live music, family entertainment plus a lavish buffet that includes shellfish, smoked salmon, sushi bar, steak and eggs station, local fish and carving station.

$99 per adult, $45 per child, ages 5 – 12, includes service charge.
Thanksgiving in Café 4750
Thursday, November 22, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
A delicious Thanksgiving buffet with all of your favorites.
$75 per adult, $28 per child, ages 5 – 12
Thanksgiving Salt Experience
Thursday, November 22, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Chef Rick Laughlin presents a four-course Thanksgiving menu with a contemporary and elegant twist, including citrus scallop carpaccio, butternut squash soup, organic turkey breast and chocolate soufflé.
$95 per adult, $140 paired with wines, $45 per child, ages 5 – 12

Santa’s Storybook Tea

Saturdays, November 24, December 1, 8, 15 and 22, 12:00 p.m. – Lobby Lounge
A Ritz-Carlton treasured tradition with a fireside holiday storybook read by Santa plus an afternoon tea, with a selection of finger sandwiches, pastries, candy and cake.
$49 per adult and children ages 6 and up, $10 per child ages 5 and under, includes service charge.
Create a Gingerbread House
Saturday, November 24, 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. – Plaza 1
Children will be thrilled working with our pastry chefs to create their own gingerbread masterpiece. Young chefs will receive a chef’s hat, apron and diploma to create a lasting memory.
$35 per child, ages 5 and up, includes service charge.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S EVE

Christmas Eve Dinner at Café 4750
Monday, December 24, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Choose from the day’s regionally inspired seasonal menu including local seafood and prime meats or a la carte menu of coastal favorites.
$59 per adult, $28 children 5 – 12
Christmas Eve Dinner in Salt
Monday, December 24, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Celebrate this special evening with a four-course holiday tasting with a contemporary and elegant twist prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Rick Laughlin.
$95 per adult, $140 with wine pairing, $45 per child, ages 5 –12
Café 4750 Christmas Brunch
Tuesday, December 25, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrate the day with a delectable selection of brunch favorites including fresh coastal seafood, prime meats, seared local fish, a bounty of hot selections and a mouth-watering dessert station.
$79 per adult, $25 children 3 – 12
Christmas Dinner in Café 4750
Tuesday, December 25, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Join our Café family for an exquisite Christmas three-course tasting menu. A la carte menu also available.
$72 per adult, $28 children 5 – 12
Salt Christmas Experience
Tuesday, December 25, 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Create an unforgettable memory this holiday at Salt. Chef de Cuisine Rick Laughlin presents a four-course Christmas menu that elegantly redefines traditional Christmas favorites. A la carte menu will also be available. $125 per adult, $155 paired with wines, $32 per child, ages 5 – 12
New Year’s Eve in Cafe 4750
Monday, December 31, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy a special New Year’s Eve three-course menu of fresh and regional favorites or coastal favorites from the a la carte menu.
$68 per adult, $28 children 5 – 12
New Year’s Eve in Salt
Monday, December 31, 6 p.m. – 12 Midnight
Celebrate this New Year’s Eve with unforgettable experiences and remarkable menu, party favors, fireworks and champagne toast at midnight.
Seating 1:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Including a four-course dinner
$125 per adult and $170 per adult, paired with wine
Seating 2:  9 p.m. – 12 Midnight
Including a five-course dinner. $185 per adult and $240 per adult, paired with wine

New Year’s Eve Black & White Masquerade Ball

Monday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. – The Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom

An evening of glamour and style reminiscent of Truman Capote’s infamous Black and White Ball of 1996.  Lavish food, live music, dancing, open bar and fireworks.  Black & White attire is encouraged. Masks will be provided and guests are welcome to bring their own. Make this New Year’s Eve a Night to Remember!  Must be 21 or older and provide valid ID at registration.
$195 per adult, includes service charge.
NEW YEAR’S DAY
New Year’s Day Brunch in Café 4750
Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Ease into 2013 with a scrumptious brunch with Eggs Benedict, fresh shrimp, local fish, prime meats and all of your breakfast favorites including a delectable array of specialty desserts.
$49 per person, $15 per child, ages 5 – 12
Reservations are required for holiday events and are available at (904) 277-1100.  For room and package reservations, please call (800) 241-3333, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland or contact your travel professional. Valet parking is complimentary for day events.

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