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Phone: (704) 547-2244

Also to be Unveiled on November 22 -- The World’s Largest Cream Puff Tree, Two Added All-Macaron Trees and a 17-Foot Sustainable Tree Crafted of 789 Recycled Plastic Bottles

CHARLOTTE, NC. – September 29, 2016 – An edible, larger-than-life holiday décor presentation will soon dazzle at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, as this year’s version of the hotel’s walkable winter wonderland is set for unveiling on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

The famed viewing experience will be open to the public for a six-week run and again will feature the world’s largest croquembouche pastry tree standing more than eight feet in height, along with a larger-than-life holiday tree crafted of several thousand hand-made macarons plus two added all-macaron trees; a whimsical 10-foot tall gingerbread house; two glistening, eight-foot-tall upside-down trees suspended from the Lobby ceiling; and the pièce de résistance --  a 17-foot sustainable holiday tree constructed completely of recycled green plastic soft drink bottles:  789 of them, to be exact.

Guests are invited to bring their cameras and share the following visual #RC Memories @RitzCarlton #Charlotte beginning November 22, 2016:

  • A giant holiday tree made of 8,000 macarons – each of them a hand-crafted culinary temptation with a sweet surprise inside. The towering 12-foot tree will require a 170-hour assembly marathon by the hotel’s pastry team. Two added all-macaron trees, each eight feet in size, will also adorn this Lobby wonderland, which will feature a special drop-off point for guests wishing to leave teddy bears to be donated to the city’s Levine Children’s Hospital.
  • A picturesque, life-size Gingerbread House, featuring a charming cottage design, 12 feet in width, with its own 10-foot-high clock tower, electric train and adjoining cottage garden populated by elves.
  • Two sparkling tinsel trees, eight feet high, decorated in vibrant purple and rose gold and suspended upside down from the Lobby ceiling, creating a light show directly around and beneath them.
  • The world’s largest croquembouche tree, eight feet in height and featuring 1,700 French profiteroles as its delectable building blocks. The European-inspired croquembouche is made with choux pastry balls shaped into a tree formation and then ringed with sweet caramel. The

Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte holiday croquembouche is noteworthy not only for its record-setting size, but also for the gingerbread and pastillage ornaments and crystal sugar beads garnishing its fragrant exterior.

  • Upon departure from the Lobby, guests will marvel at the ultimate tribute to sustainability, located directly outside Bar Cocoa dessert boutique. Here, an environmentally-friendly holiday tree will soar 17 feet toward the sky, constructed of 789 recycled green plastic bottles. The LEED® Gold-certified Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is the city’s first such eco-designated property, and the recycled bottle tree represents both a fond farewell to those enjoying the hotel’s holiday viewing experience and a sincere salute to the treasured surrounding environment.

Access to The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte holiday décor extravaganza will be offered via the hotel Lobby front entrance, located at 201 East Trade Street. Guests will complete their tour via the side doors on College Street, as they enter onto the impressive outdoor site of the recycled bottle holiday tree. The complimentary public visits will be offered between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily, continuing through December 27, 2016.

The AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is located at 201 East Trade Street, at the corner of Trade and College Streets, in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. For further information, visit or call the hotel directly at 704-547-2244. For room reservations, visit the hotel website, call 1-800-241-3333, or contact a travel professional.