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Boston, Mass. – December 1, 2016 - It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston where the magic of the season celebrates delicious cuisine and decadent desserts, cherished company and life-long memories for young children and their parents.

The Ritz-Carlton, Boston is once again pleased to welcome the festive spirit of the holidays with time-honored traditions including themed Boston Ballet brunches for the entire family, hot cocoa festivities by the fireplace in Avery Bar and the always-popular overnight Nutcracker package with Teddy Bear tuck-in service for young children who will "nestle all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar-plums dance in their heads."

“Our Ladies and Gentlemen always look forward to this time of year with widespread anticipation,” shares Tim Terceira, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Boston. “We love the excitement and magic that fills the hotel from the moment you enter our front doors where giant Nutcrackers greet our guests.  This energy inspires all of us working here at The Ritz-Carlton - from the front desk all the way up to the kitchen - to create remarkable holiday experiences for all of our guests, regardless of their age. It truly is a magical time of the year.”

Holiday programming at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston for 2016 includes the following dining options and special events:

Enter a magical Nutcracker dreamland where guests mingle with costumed characters from Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Enjoy a buffet of delicious desserts, tea sandwiches, sing-alongs and interactive holiday crafts courtesy of Catching Joy.           

Saturdays, December 10 and 17 in the Washington Junior Ballroom
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$60 per adult, $42 per child


Sit by the fireplace and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa in Avery Bar. Top off your cocoa with a selection of candies, cookies and creams served table-side and enjoy a scrumptious holiday buffet of sweets and pastries. Our pastry chefs will assist children as they decorate their own gingerbread cookies.  And for adults, keep your hot cocoa “nice” or make it “naughty” by adding your favorite spirit.

Saturdays, December 10, 17, 24 in Avery Bar
3 to 5 p.m. (December 10, 17)
1 to 3 p.m. (December 24)
$39 per adult, $28 per child


Join us for an elegant breakfast buffet with Mrs. Claus and her friends from Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker for live musical entertainment, storytelling and interactive holiday activities.  Catching Joy, a local charitable organization, offers craft projects for the entire family.

Sundays, December 11 and 18 in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$72 per adult, $44 per child


If you are joining us for Breakfast with Mrs. Claus or Sugar Plum Fairy Tea, please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy for Catching Joy, our Community Footprints partner.  Catching Joy will donate all toys to children in need prior to the holidays.  For every toy you donate, you’ll be entered to win 4 tickets to see Boston Ballet’s production of Sleeping Beauty, backstage passes to meet principal dancers and dinner for 4 at Artisan Bistro.*

*Winner will be selected post hotel holiday programming.  Tickets to Boston Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty are based upon availability during the dates of April 28 to May 25, 2017. 


Saturday, December 24 in Avery Bar
1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It’s been a while since you’ve seen some friends and family. Reconnect and create new laughs and memories in Avery Bar on Christmas Eve as our talented mixologists pour some of the season’s most creative cocktails.

Saturday, December 24 in Artisan Bistro
5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

As the anticipation builds for Christmas Day, enjoy a casual dinner with the entire family or a quick bite before a movie next door.  Whatever the reason for your Christmas Eve visit to Artisan Bistro, kids will enjoy cookie decorating and hot cocoa to warm their spirit as they craft “thank you notes” for Santa Claus.


Celebrate Christmas Day in the award-winning Artisan Bistro. Savor fresh local and seasonal dishes with subtle bistro touches and traditional holiday menu specials.  Children’s menu also available.

Sunday, December 25
Brunch: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.


Experience the magic of The Nutcracker with our exclusive package including:                             

  • Overnight accommodations in a deluxe guest bedroom   
  • Teddy Bear tuck-in with milk and holiday pastries (and your photo taken with the Teddy Bear)                                                                                                           
  • Music from The Nutcracker welcomes you upon arrival
  • A Sugar Plum inspired bubble bath from the Land of the Sweets drawn by our Ritz-Carlton Bath Butler                                               
  • An enchanted bedtime story read by the Sugar Plum Fairy via the hotel’s ‘Storybook Hotline’
  • Overnight valet parking
  • Starting at $550 for a Deluxe Guestroom; $650 for an Executive Suite 

*The Nutcracker package is available Friday, November 25, 2016 - Friday,  December 30, 2016.  Rates are per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy, exclusive of taxes, gratuities, fees and other charges.  Not applicable to groups; cannot be combined with any other offer and is not applicable for Rewards redemption. Advance reservations are required. No refund or credit for unused portion.  Please note: Nutcracker tickets are not included in package.


Ring in 2017 in style at Boston’s Best Hotel Bar with live, festive music. Our Taste and Share menu is available for light fare.   Enjoy our signature beverages or something special from our New Year’s Eve Champagne Cocktail menu to celebrate and welcome the New Year ahead.

Saturday, December 31 in Avery Bar


Kick off your New Year’s Eve celebration with dinner in Artisan Bistro where the atmosphere is relaxed and festive.  The cuisine highlights fresh local and seasonal dishes with subtle bistro influences. Enhance the celebration with a handpicked selection of wine-pairings from our in-house sommelier. Then join us for New Year’s Day brunch and build your own Bloody Mary to kickoff 2017!      

Saturday, December 31 & Sunday, January 1 in Artisan Bistro


Let our pastry team sweeten your holidays.  Traditional holiday desserts - pies, cookies and cakes - are available for purchase and will lighten your to-do list this holiday season.  Call Artisan Bistro at 617-574-7176  to place your dessert order at least 48 hours in advance.

Please note: Reservations are required for all holiday dining events and early reservations are strongly recommended. All prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Events based on availability and subject to change. Children’s pricing is for guests 12 and under. Reservations of 8 or more require a credit card guarantee. Minimum 72 hours notice of cancellation is required or a 50% fee applies. Please call 617-574-7184 for reservations and additional information.