The Amelia Island Wellness Festival
November 9-12, 2017
The 2017 Amelia Island Wellness Festival offers a weekend of holistic programming designed to inspire and renew. Hosted exclusively at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, the festival features workshops led by wellness masters including Heidi Powell, Laura Sykora, MC Yogi, MNDFL Meditation and DanceBody fitness.
S.S. Amelia Gingerbread Pirate Ship Arrives
Wednesday, November 22
The Gingerbread Pirate Ship returns to the resort lobby with pirate characters sculpted from chocolate. A holiday icon, the Gingerbread Pirate Ship provides the perfect backdrop for your holiday picture and is a highly anticipated tradition.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony November 22 | 5:30 p.m.
Thousands of sparkling lights brighten the night as visitors and islanders gather for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Enjoy refreshments and entertainment from The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Brass Quintet. Festivities conclude with Santa’s arrival and fireworks.
Santa’s Magical Dinner Wednesday, November 22 | 6:30 p.m.
Join Santa Claus along with his elves after the tree lighting ceremony for a new holiday wonderland experience, including appearances from Santa’s special guests. Santa’s Magical Dinner menu includes citrus shrimp, honey glazed ham, flank steak, chicken and a children’s buffet. Also included is a picture with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Reservations requested.
Price: $59 per adult and $29 for children age 5-12, including service charge
Thanksgiving Grand Feast
Thursday, November 23 | 12 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with an elaborate culinary presentation of traditional Thanksgiving favorites accompanied by live jazz music. The scrumptious buffet includes citrus poached shrimp, shrimp and grits, roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, beef medallions and a mouthwatering array of desserts. Children will enjoy cookie decorating and holiday-inspired crafts and games. Reservations requested.
Price: $110 per adult and $45 for children age 5-12, including service charge
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, November 25, December 2, 9 and 16 | 8:30 a.m.
Join us for a beloved holiday tradition: Breakfast with Santa. Children delight in whispering their holiday wishes to Santa and parents can cherish their keepsake picture. Young and old will feast on breakfast favorites including a pancake station with fun toppings, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast breads, ham and cheese croissants, an array of delectable breakfast pastries and a holiday cookie station. Reservations requested.
Price: $42 per adult and child ages 6 and up and $25 children ages 3-5
Santa’s Storybook Tea
Saturday, November 25, December 2, 9 and 16 | 12 p.m.
This Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island tradition includes a fireside holiday storybook read by Santa plus an afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, pastries, candy and cakes. Reservations requested.
Price: $55 per adult and child ages 6 and up and $25 for children ages 3-5
Gingerbread House Class
Friday, December 1, 8, 15, 22 | Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 17 | Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Join The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island pastry team in Coast restaurant to create your own gingerbread masterpiece. Savor a festive holiday experience with loved ones as you don aprons and chef’s hats while enjoying holiday treats and beverages. Guests are provided with a personal wood display board, large gingerbread house panels, royal icing, delicious candies and edible details to personalize their scrumptious creations with a pastry chef. The chef will also assist in safely packaging your decorated gingerbread house for you to bring home and display proudly.
Location: Coast restaurant
Price: $150 per gingerbread house, limited to 5 houses per class. Limited space, reservations required
Fridays and Saturday beginning November 24 until December 23 | 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Children will thrill to experience an exciting visit from Santa as he brings cookies and milk, reads a holiday story and presents a gift for the child. Reservations required.
Price: $50 for the first child and $35 for each additional child
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve Black & White Gala
Saturday, December 31 | 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Welcome the New Year in style as The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island celebrates the Sixth Annual New Year’s Black & White Gala with luxurious food buffets including a seafood ice bar, sushi station, living salad station, antipasti and appetizers. This is Northern Florida’s most elegant and entertaining New Year’s Eve Party. You’ll enjoy cooking stations serving seared scallops, lobster, lamb loin, braised short ribs and a scrumptious display of desserts. Dance all night with live music from Papa Sol and enjoy an open bar and fireworks with a champagne toast. Black & White attire is encouraged. Masks are provided or you can bring your own. Reservations required.
Price: $225 per adult, if tickets are purchased before November 30. After November 30, ticket price will be $250. Price includes service charge.
Call (904) 277-1100 for information and reservations