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World's Largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship Launches the Holiday Season at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

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ThumbnailDiscover coastal holiday traditions at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island near Fernandina Beach, Florida. Featuring a Gingerbread Pirate Ship, annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and unforgettable holiday dining events.LogoTracker

AMELIA ISLAND, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 10/30/12 -- 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 Amelia Island, Florida resort's most popular holiday events include:

The S.S. Amelia Gingerbread Pirate Ship Arrives
On Wednesday, November 21, the S.S. Amelia, a spectacular gingerbread pirate ship, docks in The Lobby for the holiday season. Made from more than 1,200 pounds of sugar, 3,000 eggs, the S.S. Amelia serves as a festive backdrop for countless holiday memories.
All are invited to see this Amelia Island holiday icon. Complimentary.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Wednesday, November 21 - 5:30 p.m. - Courtyard
Thousands of sparkling lights will cast a beautiful glow on the lavishly decorated Amelia Island resort during the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. The event includes holiday music and refreshments. The festivities conclude with Santa's arrival and a spectacular fireworks display.
Complimentary and open to the public.

Santa's Holiday Dinner
Wednesday, November 21 - 6:30 p.m. - Talbot Ballroom
Immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and reindeer will be present to share a dinner in a festive, magical atmosphere. Admission includes a photo souvenir with Santa. Buffet style dinner with all of the children's favorites, local seafood, braised beef short ribs, delectable desserts and candy station.
$49 per adult, $25 per child, ages 5 - 12, includes service charge.

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 luxury hotel in Florida hosts a Thanksgiving feast featuring 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.
Discover remarkable culinary experiences with fine dining at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. 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. For reservations call (904) 277-1100

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

Amelia Island restaurant and holiday event reservations are required, please contact (904) 277-1100. For more information about North Florida vacation packages or luxurious Amelia Island accommodations, please call (800) 241-3333, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/AmeliaIsland/Default.htm or contact your travel professional. Valet parking is complimentary for day events.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is Northeast Florida's premiere oceanfront resort. Known for its unique natural beauty and warm Southern charm, this luxury Amelia Island 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 Condé 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. For Amelia Island hotel reservations, please call The Ritz-Carlton toll-free at (800) 241-3333 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland. For information on The Ritz-Carlton Company visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, MD, currently operates 80 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR).



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