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Celebrate the holidays with a lakeside retreat

Celebrate the most magical time of year at our Lake Oconee resort. Continue the holiday cheer as you explore the resort with the holiday décor and giant Gingerbread House in our main lobby. Seasonal surprises await families and couples alike. Elevate your stay with one of our Holiday Packages.

Daily Activities in December

  • Ice Skating Rink- Ice Skating Rink- Our beautiful 6,000-square-foot Ice Rink in The Forest will open Wednesday, November 22 at 4 p.m. Invigorating exercise and fun are topped off with hot cocoa or hot apple cider. Skating will be available daily through January 8, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Ice Skating is complimentary for all Hotel guests within the Resort Fee.
  • The Gingerbread House in the Lobby- Pastry Chef David Campbell, and his team of culinary professionals are turning a Christmas fantasy into reality by crafting a one-of-a-kind, life-sized Gingerbread House in the hotel’s main lobby.
  • Letters to the North Pole- Stop by the Ritz Kids Concierge to write and drop off your note for Santa Claus.  Our helpful elves will put it on the first sleigh back to the North Pole for you.
  • Caroling on the Linger Longer Express- Just in time for the holiday season, straight from the North Pole; the Linger Longer Express is all decked out and ready for carolers of all ages to hop aboard and sing along to a few Christmas classics.  Caroling rides depart from the front drive daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Children of all ages will delight in attending Breakfast with Santa where your child's wish list can be shared with him personally.  Young guests will enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring miniature pancakes, muffins, waffles and other pint-sized breakfast items.  Families will also receive one complimentary 5x7” photo with Santa.  Reservations are required and priced $48 per adult and $28 per child, ages 4 to 12.  Children under the age of 3 are complimentary.  Please call our Restaurant Coordinator at 706.467.7059 to secure your reservation.

Crafting Christmas

Saturday, December 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Join our talented artist for a morning to paint holiday cards and ornaments with loved ones. This experience is by reservation only, so please dial 706.467.7130 for reservations. The cost is $25 per guest.

Reindeer Games

Saturday, December 2, 9, 23 and 30, 2017

A holiday favorite, this game room will feature fun that even Rudolph would enjoy.  Time and location may vary.

Gingerbread Workshop

Saturday, December 2, 9, 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join Mrs. Claus and her elves in building a Gingerbread house.  She will supply guests the pre-built house, candy, icing, and a box in which to take your creation home.  Guests will also enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and cider. Each station is designed for one to two people to decorate.  The Gingerbread Workshop priced at $65 per house.  Please call our Restaurant Coordinator at 706.467.7059 to secure your reservation.

Winter Wreath Decorating

Saturday, December 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2017 at 12 p.m.

Customize each wreath with holiday flare, and enjoy the smell of the fresh pine for weeks to come. This experience is by reservation only, so please dial 706.467.7130 for reservations. The cost is $25 per person.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus
Saturday, December 2, 9, 16 and Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 1 p.m.

The most lovable lady of the season will charm little ones with classic Christmas tales throughout the holidays. Santa’s Helpers will also deliver holiday surprises. This experience is complimentary to all hotel guests.

Ritz Kids Night Out - Elves in Training

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15-23 at 6 p.m.

Gather with The Ritz-Carlton elves for an evening filled with Christmas games, festive dinner, holiday snacks and a special toy created by our elves. Space is limited and reservations are required, so please dial 706.467.7130 to secure your reservation. The cost is $75 per child and includes dinner.

Elf Tuck-ins with Special Treats

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 and 30 and 31 at 7 p.m.

Children will be treated to a holiday book reading in their guestrooms at bedtime and receive a copy of a Santa-autographed copy of either T’was the Night Before Christmas or Dooley’s Crew favorite holiday book, How to Catch an Elf. Milk and cookies will complete the evening before they’re snuggled into their beds for a good night’s sleep. Space is limited and reservations are required; please dial 706.467.7130. The cost is $45 per guestroom.