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Thanksgiving on Lake Oconee

The stage is set as we launch this holiday season in style with our annual Lighting at the Lake Celebration, the opening of our Ice Skating rink in The Forest and our famous Thanksgiving Brunch. 

Turkey Trot 5k
Monday, November 19 at 8 a.m.  

Join us as we race around Lake Oconee on November 19 in support of our Community Footprint's cause, the Hancock Elementary Playground Project. A gentle 5k will take runners over rolling hills with scenic views of the Oconee golf course. All proceeds from the race will fund the resort's efforts to build a playground for a local elementary.

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Annual Lighting at the Lake and Live Entertainment Featuring John Hopkins
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 starting at 6 p.m.

Join us as we officially launch the holiday season with the resort’s annual “Lighting at the Lake” along with an evening of entertainment featuring John Hopkins. Guitarist for the Zac Brown Band, Hopkins will perform holiday favorites while adding a little country flare. Combined with the resorts gorgeous holiday setting, it promises to be a relaxed and fun evening for everyone. We are grateful for our returning guests and look forward to meeting those of you joining us for the first time.

Thanksgiving Brunch
Thursday, November 22, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday together with your family with Thanksgiving favorites. Reservations are available the first seating 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the second at seating 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and is priced at $92 per adult and $48 per child, ages 4-12. Children under the age of 3 are complimentary. Please call our Restaurant Coordinator at 706.467.7059 to secure your reservation.

Ice Skating Rink

Our beautiful 6,000-square-foot Ice Rink in The Forest will open Wednesday, November 21 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 6, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Ice Skating is complimentary for all registered resort guests within the Resort Fee. 

Ritz Kids Night Out - Elves in Training
Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24, 2018 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 $85 per child and includes dinner.

Elf Tuck-ins with Special Treats
Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 6:30 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 T’was the Night Before Christmas. 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 $50 per guestroom.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus
Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 2 p.m.

The most lovable lady of the season will charm little ones with classic Christmas tales throughout the holidays. This experience is complimentary to all resort guests.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, November 24, 2018 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. Reservations are required and priced $55 per adult and $35 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.

Gingerbread Workshop
Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 1 to 4 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 $80 per house.  Please call our Restaurant Coordinator at 706.467.7059 to secure your reservation. 

Build a Buddy
Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Build your “beary” own holiday friend you will love for a lifetime! Traditional and festive bears available for all ages. The cost is $25 per bear.

Holiday Game Room
Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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

Holiday Movie Room
Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy your favorite holiday classics.

Reservations will open on October 1 for registered resort guests and November 5 for Reynolds Members and local guests.

For additional information about any of holiday events, please contact our Resort Concierge at 706.467.7130.