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Celebrate the Holidays at
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

From seasonal treats and train rides to ice skating between the Georgia pines, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee provides guests with a variety of festive experiences to create memories that last a lifetime. Surprises are in store for both children and adults as the resort decks the halls, ensuring each moment is merry and bright. 

Celebrate the Holidays with a Lakeside Retreat 

Continue the holiday cheer with celebrations around resort taking in holiday décor and giant Gingerbread House in the Lobby. Magical seasonal surprises await families and couples alike.

Daily Activities in December

  • The Winter Forest: Step into The Winter Forest where adventures and memories await. Guests can glide across the 5,000 square-foot ice rink, holding hands and laughing as they take in views of Lake Oconee. Find respite in the Ice Lounge with plush sofas, creative drinks and twinkle lights. The Sand Bar, a retro trailer outfitted with holiday cheer, will be serving up warm classics such as hot cocoa, apple cider and hot toddies while creative cocktails make an appearance.  Stop by the Snow Globe Photo Booth to snap and share those magical #RCMemories.  The Winter Forest is open daily 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.
  • Giant Gingerbread Cottage in the Lobby: Pastry Chef Michael Gaddy and his team are turning a Christmas fantasy into reality by crafting a one-of-a-kind, life-sized Gingerbread Cottage in the resort’s main lobby.
  • Letters to the North Pole: Stop by the 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 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 17 and Friday, December 23, 2022 with seatings at 9 and 11 a.m.

Children of all ages will delight in our Breakfast with Santa, where your child's wish list can be shared with him personally. Young guests will enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring Fruit Smoothies, Fluffy Pancakes and Waffles with an array of toppings, Made-to-Order Omelets, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and other elf approved breakfast items.
Reservations required.  Priced at $65 per guest, $40 per children ages 4 to 12; complimentary for children three and under; exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Build a Buddy
Saturday, December 3, 10 and 17 and Friday, December 23, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Build your “beary” own holiday friend you will love for a lifetime. Traditional and festive bears available for all ages.
Priced at $25 per bear; exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Ornament Making
Saturday, December 3, 10 and 17 and Friday, December 23, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Craft the perfect piece to put the final touches on your tree and take as a memento to revisit the memories of the lake for years to come.
Open to all registered hotel guests. Priced at $20 per ornament; exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Elf Special Delivery
Saturday, December 3, 10 and 17 and Friday, December 23, 2022

3 to 5 p.m. – Create some magic while you are away, by having Santa’s Elves drop off a special surprise in your guestroom to be found upon your return. Children will receive a book from Santa, holiday trinkets, and assortment of sweet treats. 
Reservations required. Priced at $75 per guest; exclusive of tax and gratuity. 

6 to 8:30 p.m. – Receive a special visit from Santa’s Elves and hear a bedtime story from them as they deliver a personalized bag filled with hand selected items from Santa. Children will receive a book from Santa, holiday trinkets, and assortment of sweet treats.
Reservations required. Priced at $125 per guest; exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus
Saturday, December 17 and Friday, December 23, 2022 from 1 to 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 for resort guests.

Gingerbread Workshop
Saturday, December 17 and Friday, December 23, 2022 from 2 to 4 p.m. (reservations available from 2 to 3 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 apple cider.
Reservations required. Priced at $85 per house; exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Christmas time Dinner
Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25, 2022

Enjoy the Christmas holiday gathered around the table with friends and family at Linger Longer Steakhouse, Georgia’s or Gaby’s by the Lake. Special menu items will be available at each restaurant.
Reservations required.

Send off 2022 in Style 

As we count down to a New Year, join us for an unforgettable weekend that will be a perfect start to 2023. 

20th Anniversary Emerald New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
Saturday, December 31, 2022 from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Spend an exhilarating evening ringing in 2023 with the family as our twentieth year comes to a close. Countdown to midnight by dancing the night away, enjoying an array of delicious dishes, and sipping perfectly crafted cocktails while the children light up the night with a glow in the dark party.
Open to guests of all ages. Priced at $95 per adult and $45 per child ages 3-12, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservation required.

New Year’s Eve Black and White Party at Linger Longer Steakhouse
Saturday, December 31, 2022 from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Celebrate the clock striking twelve at an exclusive New Year’s Eve Black and White Party. This elegant event will be complete with a variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres, spectacular champagne, and live music. Dress in your finest formal attire and join us for an enchanting evening you will not want to miss.
Must be 21 years or older to attend. Priced at $180 per adult, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservation required.

New Year’s Eve Dining at the Lake
Saturday, December 31, 2022

Ring in the New Year with a dinner at Linger Longer Steakhouse, Georgia’s or Gaby’s by the Lake. Special menu items to follow. Reservations required.

The Winter Forest
Open daily until Monday, January 2, 2023

Step into The Winter Forest where adventures and memories await. Guests can glide across the 5,000 square-foot ice rink, holding hands and laughing as they take in views of Lake Oconee. Find respite in the Ice Lounge with plush sofas, creative drinks and twinkle lights. The Sand Bar, a retro trailer outfitted with holiday cheer, will be serving up warm classics such as hot cocoa, apple cider and hot toddies while creative cocktails make an appearance.  Stop by the Snow Globe Photo Booth to snap and share those magical #RCMemories. The Winter Forest will be open daily 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.  

Annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge
Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 8 a.m.

Start off the New Year with a cool, fresh dip at the resort’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge. Dip your toe or jump off the Floating Docks to welcome in 2023. Complimentary event for all resort guests.

Reservations will open one-month prior from date of event for registered overnight resort guests. To secure your reservation for Holiday Dining, please call our Restaurant Coordinator at 706.467.7059 and for additional information or reservations for holiday events, please contact our Resort Concierge at 706.467.7130.