Spirited Holiday Escapes
Winter evening in Central Park with snow covering bare tree branches and a bridge crossing glassy water

The magic of the holiday season is alive and well in these festive destinations, whether you’re hoping to celebrate in the city or find a restful retreat to ring in the New Year.

Christmas market on the Gendarmenmarkt Berlin Germany

The spirit of the season comes to life in Germany’s capital city as traditional open-air Christmas markets spring up and revelers swap out their steins of hefeweizen for warm mugs of mulled wine. At The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, the merriment continues in two exclusive Christmas Suites where guests are welcomed with hot chocolate, traditional holiday pastries and plush bathrobes, along with a selection of classic holiday movies, books and games, all overlooking the twinkling lights of Potsdamer Platz.

Central Park Ice Skating
New York City

The Big Apple hosts several world-renowned holiday events and shows — the tree-lighting at Rockefeller Center, the Rockettes in Radio City Music Hall, ice skating in Central Park — but you don’t have to battle throngs of tourists to experience the magic of Christmas in New York City. The world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade passes right by The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, heralding the start of the holiday season, and the artistic wonders of the Fifth Avenue holiday window displays are just steps away. A few miles away at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Nomad, festive décor (and festive treats) await in holiday suites.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR - Lobby Festive Decor

Celebrate the magic of the festive season on the sun-kissed shores of the Arabian Gulf as The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai plays host to a series of enchanting holiday experiences. From yule logs and stollen to fudge, panettone, Christmas pudding and mince pies, The Hamper Shop delights guests with an abundance of seasonal treats while the resort’s legendary Christmas Day Brunch delights guests of all ages with live entertainment, culinary stations featuring cuisine from around the world, and seasonal activities for the little ones provided by Ritz Kids. 

A Suite with holiday decorations.

Skyline views and seasonal touches invite you to make merry at The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad.

Fireworks light up the sky above a large harbor
Hong Kong

Take your New Year celebrations to new heights at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, where dinner and drinks are served 100 stories into the sky. The recipient of two Michelin stars, Tin Lung Heen serves refined Cantonese cuisine against a dramatic backdrop of Victoria Harbor and the Hong Kong skyline. Further up is Ozone, the highest rooftop bar in the world, and arguably the best seat in the city for enjoying Hong Kong’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

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Holiday shopping in Montreal is anything but a chore, thanks to stunning settings like the Marché Bonsecours, a bustling marketplace that showcases local artists, designers and artisans. Recognized as one of the 10 most beautiful heritage buildings in Canada, it was the city’s main agricultural market for over a century, and today is home to local boutiques, cafes and art exhibitions, making it the perfect place to source unique gifts for everyone on your list. Round out your day of indulgence with a festive dinner at Maison Boulud inside the Ritz-Carlton Montreal or a toast in the lobby’s Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar.

Garden at Spa Botánico
Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

For the weary traveler looking to buck holiday tradition, a wintertime escape to the serene coastline of Puerto Rico provides ample opportunity to relax and recharge for the year ahead. At Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, discover a natural haven designed to inspire wellbeing when you step inside Spa Botanico. The five-acre sanctuary pairs local Puerto Rican ingredients with soothing indigenous traditions and a selection of personalized offerings to enhance tranquility and revitalize. Set your intentions for the New Year in the shade of the spa’s 100-year-old ficus tree — it’s strength and beauty serve as inspiration for longevity, health and endurance.

A yacht moves through the ocean

The festive season finds The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection fleet sailing the impossibly blue waters of the Caribbean. Spend the holidays soaking up exotic birdsong in the rainforests of St. Kitts, the scent of frangipani in St. Barths, the swaying palms on the secluded sands of St. John and so much more. Back on board, reflect on the year ahead as you overlook the scene from the Marina Terrace and dine on cuisine inspired by the local spices and traditional dishes of this tantalizing region.

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