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A magical time is upon us, when snow crunches underfoot, the city is decorated with Christmas lights and people are rushing around buying presents for their family and friends. This is a time when people make wishes and plans for next year and gather their family around the table to ring out the old year.

The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty is ready for this fantastic period and, throughout December, residents and guests of the city are welcomed into the amazing magical atmosphere the hotel creates every year on Christmas Eve and New Year. Starting from December 1, the Chocolate Shop on the 1st floor turns into a real realm of gifts, where guests can enjoy traditional Christmas and New Year treats such as gingerbread cookies, Christmas pudding, Yule log, Christmas cake and incredible original creations from the pastry chef. A gingerbread house or gift basket with all sorts of cakes, wonderful truffles, delicious chocolates and sparkling champagne can all become great presents, as well as gift certificates valid for all goods and amenities.

A dinner of Christmas turkey or duck always gets the family in the holiday spirit. The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty takes care of those who would like to organize a festive or themed dinner in December, offering the opportunity to order a crispy golden Christmas turkey or duck. In addition to the turkey or duck, the perfect gala dinner also includes: roasted baby potatoes, grilled broccoli with garlic and almond, cranberry sauce, popover bread (Yorkshire puddings), Christmas pudding and traditional gingerbread cookies.

In December, new Christmas dishes will appear on the LT Bar & Grill’s menu. “We deliberately tried to pick them in such a way to remind our guests of festive family traditions, tastes and flavors of childhood, when the holiday period was full of magic and miracles,” said hotel chef Esat Akyildiz.

Meanwhile, VISTA restaurant will delight guests with delicious Christmas dinner on December 24 and holiday brunches, which have already become a tradition, on December 25 and January 1 and 7. During Christmas dinner and brunch, guests can enjoy dishes such as tender baked rabbit with shallots and forest mushrooms, all kinds of meat dishes, delicious gazpacho with feta cheese, fresh salads and great soups. And also holiday desserts – pumpkin pie, chocolate mousse, clementine cake, traditional Christmas Stollen and festive cookies –will delight everyone!

On December 31, the last day of the year, guests in LT Bar & Grill can enjoy a delightful dinner including such amazing dishes as crab salad, lobster & foie gras risotto, Scottish salmon, caramelized cauliflower, golden raisins and hazelnut vinaigrette and other fish and meat dishes, as well as an incredible performance by the Miracle band and a warm ambience.

“It was a very busy year, full of interesting events and unforgettable experiences. The pre-holiday marathon is now beginning and, as is often the case, by December 31, most people dream of a cozy evening with those they love the most. We want to give our guests the opportunity to spend a magical evening without rushing, enjoy a delicious meal and a great view of the city, which will be brightly illuminated by the huge amount of fireworks across the southern capital during New Year’s Eve,” shared Ekaterina Sowa, Director of Marketing and Sales at The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty.