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Holiday Offerings at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

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Hot Chocolate & Toddies: Get cozy in the Lobby on Friday – Sunday, December 6 through December 29, 2pm – 5pm. Enjoy hot chocolate with the option to add liqueur along with a selection of garnishes. The cost is $6 and $9 with liqueur.

Holiday Afternoon Tea: Enjoy Holiday Afternoon Tea in the Lobby throughout December. Holiday Afternoon Tea includes a variety of seasonal loose leaf tea blends from Harney & Sons Teas and a selection of savory tea sandwiches, traditional confectionaries and holiday treats. Tea is served Wednesday – Sunday, December 4 through December 29, 1pm – 5pm (not available on Christmas). Harpist Mike Willis will be performing during this time. The cost is $32 for adults and $15 for children, ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and under (plus tax & gratuity). A champagne tea is available for $40 per person. Reservations are required at 704.248.4100.

Gingerbread Lane Professional & Amateur Competition: The Gingerbread Lane competition offers two independent categories for professional and amateur entries. The grand prize for the professional category is an overnight stay for two guests in the Presidential Suite and breakfast in Gallery Restaurant. The winner of the amateur category will receive an overnight stay for two in a Parlor Suite and breakfast in Gallery Restaurant. Entry forms are available at their website. Please contact Charlene Smith at 704.248.4017 or csmith@theballantynehotel.com for more information. Entry forms must be received by Monday, December 9th and gingerbread creations must be delivered by Wednesday, December 11. Judging will take place on Wednesday, December 11 at 5pm.

Gingerbread Lane: Visit The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations from Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December 29. Attendees may vote on their favorite entries with $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital, dedicated to caring for the physical and emotional needs of children and their families.

Christmas: The hotel will offer a special brunch on Wednesday, December 25, noon – 4pm. The elaborate buffet will include a variety of salads, an assortment of cheese and seafood displays, breakfast items with omelet station, carving station and indigenous desserts. There will be live holiday music. Cost is $65 per person, $32 for children, ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and under (pricing does not include tax or 23% service charge). Private dining rooms are available.

Gallery Restaurant will be open for dinner on Christmas Eve, 4pm – 9pm. The restaurant will feature its regular menu as well as offer a prime rib dinner special on Christmas. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call 704.248.4100.

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