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Resort Offers Family Movie Nights, Elaborate Holiday Feasts and Festive Workshops

NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – October 25, 2016 – The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, a Northern California mountain retreat unlike any other, is thrilled to welcome visitors with special amenities and festive events this holiday season, making them feel right at home. With a variety of creative workshops and activities, the whole family will enjoy decadent holiday meals and more. The holiday season is sure to be nothing short of enchanting for both guests and locals visiting the resort.

This year, resort guests and locals are invited to enjoy the following amenities and events:

Nightly at The Fire Pit: 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join The Ritz-Carlton Marshmologist at the fire pit to learn about the history of the marshmallow and traditional ingredients while enjoying complimentary s’mores with holiday themed marshmallows.

The Après-Ski Experience
Daily at The Backyard: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join us outside near the resort fire pit  – snow pants and all – for a lively après-ski experience including champagne and raw bar of chef favorites to include chilled shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell and ceviche. À la carte pricing

Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop
December 18 and December 20: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Kids and kids at heart are invited to work alongside a Ritz-Carlton pastry chef in this one-of-a-kind workshop where you will work together with your family to build a personalized gingerbread house fit for the North Pole. Holiday beverages included! Reservations are required at least 48-hours in advance by contacting Restaurant Reservations at 530-562-3051. Cancellation policy applies. $195 per family of four

Skier’s Lunch Buffet
Daily in Manzanita December 17 through January 8: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A skier’s lunch buffet featuring soups, salads, popular lunch entrees, seasonal vegetables and a children’s station will be offered during the holidays. Advanced reservations are recommended by contacting Manzanita at 530-562-3050. $39 adults and $20 children (ages 3 to 12)

Holiday Dinner
December 24 and December 25: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Join us in Manzanita, featuring holiday-inspired specials designed by the chef de cuisine. Advance reservations are required by contacting Restaurant Reservations at 530-562-3051. À la carte pricing

Holiday Buffet
December 25: Seatings from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate a traditional holiday dinner in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom over an extravagant buffet of seasonal, culinary delights with sumptuous favorites for the entire family. Advance reservations are required by contacting Restaurant Reservations at 530-562-3051. $110 Adults, $48 Children (ages 3 to 12)

New Year’s Eve Celebration
The Living Room, December 31: 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Cherish the memories of the previous year and create new ones with friends and family while enjoying champagne, desserts, live music and dancing. À la carte pricing

Holiday Fitness Classes
December 16 through January 1: Times vary

Ring the New Year with a selection of seasonal, holiday fitness classes including:

  • Yuletide Yoga - Take a breath from holiday hustle and bustle with this class targeting breath control and muscle rejuvenation.
  • Holiday HIIT - Warm up from the slopes with an invigorating seasonal circuit.  Whether you are speeding down the slopes or need to warm up from the winter chill, this will get your heart racing.
  • Winter Conditioning - Increase performance on the slopes by targeting power, agility and dynamic stability with functionally directed explosive and reactive moves.
  • Après Yoga & Stretch - Unwind after an invigorating day on the slopes with gentle movements designed to rejuvenate tired muscles.

$30 per person, per class plus 20% gratuity


Holiday Waxed Ornaments
December 17:  12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
During this workshop, you learn how to color and design your own Tahoe holiday themed ornaments. Learn how to preserve the delicate mulberry paper keepsakes by dipping into encaustic wax! 
$20 per person

Holiday Wrapping Paper
December 22:  2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Get crafty with Atelier Truckee just in time for the holidays. Design and hand stamp your very own wrapping paper in the Living Room. 
$20 per person

Pine Cone Fire Starters
December 23:  2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This 10-15 minute drop-in workshop will feature pinecones from the area to make waxed fire starters. After dipping the cones in natural pine and vanilla scented soy wax, you will choose a salt to roll it in. The different salts produce different flame colors. These can be used in your next campfire or in your home as a keepsake. $25 per person, including three pinecones each


December 16 through January 1: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Join us in The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe this season and enjoy a cup of seasonal tea and holiday treats while shopping for that unique and special gift for your party hostess, friend or love one. Give the gift of relaxation with a gift card to the spa for a massage or facial.

Winter Stargazing Snowshoe Tour
December 21, December 28: 5:00 p.m.

Take advantage of the dark skies above Northstar on a snowshoe tour and telescopic viewing with star guide and poet Tony Berendsen. The guided tour begins at the Cross Country Ski, Telemark and Snowshoe Center and meanders through the serene forest while observing the starry sky above.  At the end for your mountain adventure, enjoy an educational presentation that includes a laser tour of the constellations, telescopic viewing, a fun space quiz with prizes, poetry reading and more on the back terrace of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Additional information is available with the Hotel Concierge at 530-562-3046. $63 for guests ages 13+, and $45 for kids (ages 10-12). Snowshoe rentals are available for $21 per person.

Santa and Ms. Claus Appearances
Special appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled as the Christmas holiday nears.

  • Holiday Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus
    December 23: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Story Time with Mrs. Claus
    December 23: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Ritz Kids Holiday Crafts with the Claus’
    December 20 through December 22: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ritz Kids. $100 per child (ages 5 to 12)

A 50% discount will be applied to one additional child per family.  Advance reservations are required and must be made a minimum of 72 hours in advance with the Hotel Concierge at 530-562-3046

Salon D’Art Exhibits
December 26 through December 30
Stroll the hallway from Manzanita’s entrance to the Highlands Gondola to enjoy a silent auction of artwork. Additional information is available through the Hotel Concierge at 530-562-3046.

To confirm hotel reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, please contact your travel professional, visit or call reservations toll-free at 800-241-3333.  All holiday dining reservations and events are limited and require advance reservations with Restaurant Reservations at 530-562-3051.