Don't Miss Seeing The Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton's 17-Foot Gingerbread Pirate Ship!
During Christmastime 2011, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island hosts special dining experiences followed by New Year’s Eve celebrations (including a “Black & White Masquerade Ball”), to welcome 2012 at this oceanfront resort. Overnight guests (and those desiring to attend a particular day event without overnight accommodations) need advance reservations for these holiday activities, call the Ritz at (904) 277-1100. (Valet parking is complimentary for visitors attending a day event.)
See Ritz-Carlton’s special December dining calendar and pricing further below. In addition to dining, other December events include Santa Tuck-ins for the kids (reservations required) and Santa’s Storybook Tea (call Ritz for further info).
Beach bonfires, s'mores, hot chocolate, telescopes for star gazing can be enjoyed at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island in Northeast Florida.
Looking for some holiday romance? Imagine yourself relaxing by the sand dunes in Adirondack chairs, cozy with blankets, in front of a glowing beach fire. The Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton offers couples this romantic scene on Friday and Saturday evenings, 6 p.m – 10 p.m. with s’mores, hot chocolate, plus telescope to explore a starry night sky if the weather is clear (star gazer map provided).
Also read related article describing the magical holiday ambiance at Amelia Island’s Ritz-Carlton, ”Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton Casts Holiday Spell With Spice and Sparkle,” covering their fabulous 17-foot gingerbread pirate ship, Thanksgiving events, and the towering 40-foot Christmas tree by the sand dunes.
Spice, sparkle, and the seaside setting make the Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton hotel a top island venue to experience every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Like casting a spell, the busy elves at the Ritz create a magical ambiance that puts one in the spirit of the season — an atmosphere that’s hard to beat in northeast Florida. The hotel puts forth great effort to ensure guests go home with suitcases packed, bursting at the seams with a treasure of wonderful holiday memories, not soon to be forgotten.
Majestic and sparkling, the Christmas tree is just steps from the beach, aglow with thousands of lights twinkling against the backdrop of the ocean. The palm trees around the property also twinkle with lights — in sum, over 200,000 lights glitter by the seashore. An outdoor fire pit burns on the Ritz’s rear patio overlooking the courtyard and tree, an ideal spot to sit by the cozy fire and take in the holiday scene. Not to worry — if the evening sea breeze is chilly, you can be sure flames will be glowing in other indoor fireplaces. Sip hot chocolate or a chocolate martini, choose from a menu of other tasty holiday cocktails in the Ritz lobby, and toast the season with the special people in your life.
(Quote from Amelia Island Living’s article dated Nov. 7, 2011, read full article here.)
Here’s the Ritz’s 2011 Christmas dinner schedule and New Year’s events:
Christmas Eve Dinner at Café 4750 Saturday, December 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Special three-course menu prepared by Garratt Gooch. $59 per person for three-course menu. $28 per child, plus gratuity.
Christmas Eve Dinner in Salt Saturday, December 24, 6 pm – 10 pm
Celebrate Christmas Eve at Salt with a festive, contemporary American, four-course menu with duck prosciutto, brioche crusted cod, braised bison short ribs and gingerbread soufflé. Salt’s seasonal a la carte menu is also available. $95 per adult, $140 with wine pairing, $45 per child, ages 5 –12, plus gratuity.
Café 4750 Champagne Christmas Brunch Sunday, December 25, 12 pm – 3 pm
Celebrate Christmas with a delectable array of fresh coastal seafood, herb-crusted prime rib, seared local fish, bountiful hot selections and mouth-watering dessert bar. $69 per adult, $25 children 3 – 12, plus tax and gratuity.
Christmas Dinner in Café 4750 Sunday, December 25, 5:30 pm – 9 pm The Café presents a special coastal-inspired menu prepared for the day or the delicious a la carte menu with regional favorites.
Christmas in Salt Sunday, December 25, 6 pm – 10 pm
Classic four-course Christmas menu including, four-course menu, with duck prosciutto, brioche crusted cod, braised bison short ribs and gingerbread soufflé. A la carte also available. $95 per adult, $140 paired with wines, $45 per child, ages 5 – 12, plus gratuity.
New Year’s Eve in Cafe 4750 Saturday, December 31, 5:30 pm – 10 pm
Enjoy a three-course menu of fresh and regional favorites or coastal favorites from the a la carte menu. $68 per adult, $28 children 5 – 12, plus tax and gratuity.
New Year’s Eve in Salt Saturday, December 31, 6 pm – 9 pm
Celebrate this New Year’s Eve with a memorable four-course culinary experience featuring the best local seafood, prime meats and game. Seating 1: 6 pm – 9 pm $125 per adult and $170 per adult, paired with wine, plus gratuity. Seating 2: 9 pm – Midnight
Count down to the New Year with a five-course menu, party favors, fireworks and a champagne toast at midnight. $185 per adult and $240 per adult, paired with wine, plus gratuity.
New Year’s Eve Black & White Masquerade Ball Saturday, December 31, 9 pm – 1 am, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom
An evening of glamour and style reminiscent of Truman Capote’s infamous Black and White Ball of 1966. 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. $185 per adult, inclusive of gratuity.
NEW YEAR’S DAY
New Year’s Day Brunch Sunday, January 1, 2012, 2 pm – 3pm
Ease into 2012 with a Bloody Mary bar and a scrumptious brunch with slow roasted prime rib, Eggs Benedict, fresh shrimp, local fish and all of your breakfast favorites including a delectable array of specialty desserts. $49 per person, $15 per child, ages 5 – 12.
As noted above, reservations are required for holiday events, arrange by calling the Ritz at (904) 277-1100. For room and package reservations, call (800) 241-3333, or visit The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
About The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island: Known for its unique natural beauty and warm Southern charm, this luxury resort is home to the award-winning restaurant, Salt, and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island, named one of the top spas in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Featured amenities include three pools, on-site golf, fitness center, tennis, children’s recreation programs, and 444 guest rooms with private balcony and a view of the Atlantic coastline.
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With a background in publishing, financial services, and real estate, Wendy is Amelia Island Living & Travel's digital content editor (including photography and social media channels). A nature lover, birding and biking enthusiast, she has lived on Amelia Island 20 years (a transplant from NY). eMail: contact@AmeliaIslandLiving.com. 904-206-7280.