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WASHINGTON, D.C.  (November 2016) —Many have heard of the legend of Fashion Santa; the fit, strikingly handsome version of Kris Kringle. Now, the Washington, DC community has the chance to snap photos with Fashion Santa and share their luxe wishes as he makes his way to town on Thursday, December 1 to ring in the holiday season at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown.

Fashion Santa, portrayed by model/actor Paul Mason, has become quite famous since his debut in Montreal two years ago.  The international press has embraced the idea of a handsome Santa with a trim physique, tailored clothes, and a huge heart.  On December 1 from 7pm to 9pm, Fashion Santa will host a joyous reception at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown to benefit the new Humane Rescue Alliance, recently formed by The Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League.   Guests will have the opportunity to have their photo snapped with Fashion Santa for a donation of $20, and receive a gift bag of beauty treats from Saks Fifth Avenue.  Executive Chef Tyler Thaxton will offer seasonal hors d’oeuvres – including Smoked Trout Crostini, Porchetta Sliders and a selection of fresh oysters – and artisanal cocktails, such as the Political Gambler (Spice Infused DC Green Hat Gin, Lime Juice, Maple Syrup and Soda Water) and the Peruvian Hemingway (Pineapple Infused Pisco, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Luxardo Cherry), for the evening.

Nestled in the toney Georgetown neighborhood, The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown is the most historic boutique hotel in the area.  With its iconic smokestack, well-appointed guest rooms and sophisticated urban retreat of a lobby lounge – affectionately known as The Living Room – the hotel is a cozy haven for locals and world travelers alike.

The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown is also gearing up for the launch of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Georgetown in January, 2017. The Spa is an intimate, discreet luxury Spa in the heart of Georgetown. An urban escape ensconced in a world class hotel with an exclusive line of ESPA products & treatments, curated specifically for The Ritz-Carlton Spa. The new Spa will feature 5 treatment rooms, two couple’s rooms in addition to a re-designed relaxation area, steam room and sauna.

The 2016 holiday offerings include a little something for everyone including holiday cupcake decorating with DC’s most famous cupcake entrepreneurs, Sophie Kallinis and Katherine Kallinis Berman of Georgetown Cupcakes, Christmas caroling with hot chocolate and candy canes, and even a class to learn how to prepare impressive big batch cocktails to wow holiday guests. A full run-down of activities can be found below:

HAPPY HOUR, “UNWIND FIRESIDE”- Beat the traffic on your way home from the office and enjoy complimentary parking and a complimentary selection of fireside bites with any cocktail purchase.

HOLIDAY CUPCAKE DECORATING WITH GEORGETOWN CUPCAKES - Join sisters Sophie and Katherine from Georgetown Cupcake for a holiday cupcake decorating workshop. Enjoy holiday beverages while frosting and decorating cupcakes with handmade fondant decorations. For every dozen cupcakes decorated, the hotel will donate a meal to Georgetown Ministries. Sundays, December 4 and 11;
$75 per person.

SHAKE, SIP & SAVOR - Impress your holiday guests and learn how to make The Ritz-Carlton’s favorite big batch cocktails for all your holiday entertaining while sipping on seasonal cocktails. Followed by brunch in Degrees. Saturday, December 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m; $90 per adult.

CHRISTMAS EVE COOKIE DECORATING- Savor hot chocolate and brownies in The Living Room while decorating cookies for Santa with our culinary team. Saturday, December 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

HOLIDAY EVENTS IN THE CHIMNEY STACK - Host an unforgettable holiday event in one of the region's most unique dining rooms. Located at the base of the hotel's historic 130-foot chimney stack, the Chimney Stack room offers a breathtaking setting for an intimate holiday dinner for 6-12 people. Starting at $250 per person.

CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH - Start Christmas day on a delicious note by relaxing with friends and family over a leisurely Christmas Day Brunch.  Sunday, December 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m; $80 per adult, $40 per child, ages 12 and under.

RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH DEGREES - Toast to the end of 2016 and ring in the New Year with champagne and cocktails while a DJ spins an infectious playlist into the late hours.  Saturday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to close.

Reservations are required for all holiday dining events and early reservations are strongly recommended. All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Events are based on availability and are subject to change. Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card. Cancellation penalty applies within 72 hours of scheduled reservation. To make a reservation, please email peter.evers@ritzcarlton.com with a contact number and name of desired event.

The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown is located at 3100 South Street, NW Washington, DC 20007

For more information, exclusive photos and media requests, please contact Ashley Arias at TAA PR at Ashley@taapr.com or by phone at 202-846-1742.