~Experience a Winter Wonderland in the Heart of the Hudson Valley with Festive Fun, Pampering, Live Music and More~
NEW YORK (November 29, 2017) – The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester prepares for the festive season with a roster of new holiday and winter experiences to delight guests looking for a quintessential cold weather getaway. Located in the heart of Westchester County, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester is in close proximity to a variety of prime Hudson Valley winter activities including the spectacular Dicken’s ‘Christmas Carol’ in Tarrytown, White Plain’s official New Year’s Eve Celebration, spectacular holiday lights, sledding in nearby Croton Gorge Park and much more. For those looking to stay cozy indoors, the iconic property’s onsite activities range from gingerbread workshops and breakfast with Santa to winter-inspired spa treatments, live music, afternoon tea and more.
Gingerbread Workshop – Sunday, December 3, 2017
For families looking to get into the holiday spirit, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester will be offering a special gingerbread workshop for guests where they will have the opportunity to creatively decorate gingerbread houses with sweet treats while dressed in festive gingerbread aprons. Guests can choose between two sessions (10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.) The cost is $65 per house (includes two adults and two children) with a $15 charge for any additional guest, excluding tax and service charge. Advanced reservations are required. To book, email RCWestchesterEvents@ritzcarlton.com or call 914-467-5826. In addition to the gingerbread workshop, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester’s talented pastry team will be creating a giant gingerbread replica of the hotel and residence towers in honor of their 10 year anniversary. The replica will be on display beginning Wednesday, November 22 through the New Year.
Breakfast with Santa – Sunday, December 10, 2017
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester invites families to join Santa for a delicious breakfast buffet and a range of fun activities for the kids including face painting, balloon artists, cookie decorating, holiday movie showing and visits with Santa. While the children play, adults will be treated to a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar. Guests are also encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys to be donated to Toys for Tots. Breakfast with Santa will be from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Pricing is $99 per adult and $49 per child plus tax and service charge. Advanced reservations are required. To book, email RCWestchesterEvents@ritzcarlton.com or call 914-467-5826.
Letters to Santa – November 24 – December 23, 2017
Children with a Christmas wish list will delight in the opportunity to write letters to Santa in the hotel’s lobby under a dazzling Christmas tree, with letters to be mailed directly to Santa. The children are provided with special holiday stationary and crayons and once they finish their letters, they can drop them in a dedicated mailbox located in the Lobby.
Live Music in the Lobby Lounge
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester’s partnership with the Music Conservatory of Westchester continues this winter to bring guests a Live Music Series in the hotels’ Lobby Lounge with select concert dates throughout the remainder of the year. Guests are invited to sit back, relax and enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz while warming by the fireplace with a refreshing cocktail or light fare from the Lobby Lounge menu. The live music series takes place on select Thursday and Friday evenings in November and December from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m including:
Thursday, November 9
Thursday, November 30
Friday, December 8
Friday, December 22
Seating is first come, first served and no reservations are required. This is offered complimentary for both guests and locals in the neighborhood looking for evening entertainment.
Winter-Inspired Spa Treatments
Winter Solstice Spa Treatment, 90 Minutes, $260
For visitors looking for pampering and relaxation in the heart of a winter wonderland, the 10,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester Spa captures the essence of winter with their Winter Solstice treatment. The 90-minute treatment, designed to restore and reclaim balance, is rich in vitamins and antioxidants and will leave the skin looking firm and smooth with a subtle shimmering glow. The treatment includes a sugar scrub, massage and shimmer moisturizer.
Apart from the seasonal treatment, guests can opt for a variety of signature therapies including massages, body treatments, facials, men’s treatments and other beauty services. For those that want to give the gift of spa, Ritz-Carlton gift cards are available as well as a range of beauty products, clothing and more in the spa boutique.
Holiday Parties Packages in the Ballroom
Geared towards event planners looking to plan their holiday celebrations outside of New York City, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester offers several holiday party packages for catering events in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom. Options include the following:
A Taste of the Season
The starting level of holiday events, A Taste of the Season is a two-hour cocktail party which includes a two-hour open bar and a Holly Berry cocktail passed upon arrival as well as a selection of eight passed hors d’oeuvres with festive items such as Spiced Goat Cheese and Cranberry Chutney on Crostini, Duck on Walnut Toast with Minted Crème Fraiche and Dried Cherries, Gingered Clementine Pomegranate Shrimp and New Zealand Grilled Lamb Chop with Rosemary Jus. Guests will also be treated to a decadent selection of desserts from the pastry team including Mini Pecan Pie Triangles, Crème Brulee in Porcelain Spoon and Spiced Chocolate Macaroons. Rates start at $95.00 per person
A Joyful Celebration
For a slightly longer affair, A Joyful Celebration is a three-hour cocktail party which in addition to a three-hour open wine, beer and soda bar, as well as the passed Holly Berry Cocktail, includes a Farmer’s Market selection of artisanal cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, house seasoned nuts, homemade jam and fresh seasonal vegetables with assorted dip. There is also a roasted turkey carving station, a selection of pastas and the pastry chef’s selection of desserts. Rates start at $110.00 per person.
A Winter Wonderful
A Winter Wonderland holiday event package takes the food and beverage offerings a step further with a three-hour heavy reception including three-hour open bar on select brands, six passed hors d’oeuvres, a turkey carving station and a risotto station with creative selections such as the Risotto Milanese with Barolo Braised Short Ribs and the Winter Black Truffle & Wild Mushroom Risotto. Dessert choices include decadent items such as the Triple Chocolate Raspberry Trifle, Gingerbread Cheesecake and Orange Spice Cake with Crème Fraiche Icing. Rates start at $140 per person.
The Holiday Spectacular
The most extravagant of the holiday event packages, in addition to a choice of six passed hors d’oeuvres, The Holiday Spectacular also includes a three-hour dinner buffet. Guests have a choice of assorted flatbreads, salads including the Watercress Salad with Fresh Endive, Roasted Almonds and Herb Vinagrette and the Kale and Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans; entrees including Roasted Tenderloin of Beef and Salmon en Croute stuffed with spinach and roasted vegetables; and a selection of sides such as Glazed Carrots, Green Beans Almandine and Yukon Gold Whipped Potatoes. Dessert options include Warm Gingerbread Pudding with Vanilla Crème Anglaise, Pear Upside Down Cake with Eggnog Mousse and Vanilla and Chocolate Bǔche de Noël. Rates start at $160.00 per person
“Westchester County turns into a winter paradise, complete with sparkling lights and holiday joy. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester is right in the heart of it all,” said General Manager William Yahr. “We encourage our guests to get outside and experience all of the festive happenings in the surrounding area or stay warm and cozy indoors and enjoy our interactive and engaging programming. Located right outside Manhattan, our guests can also easily access the iconic holiday attractions of the city.”