The St. Regis Atlanta, an unparalleled in-town resort located in the elegant enclave of Buckhead, is pleased to invite guests and locals to celebrate the holiday season with its timeless winter events and experiences. New this year, acclaimed local artist-in-residence Steve Penley has been commissioned to create a custom painting that will hang inside the life-size gingerbread house that will reside in the hotel’s elegant lobby. The gingerbread house will be unveiled on November 29, with Penley’s limited edition artwork displayed over the faux fireplace and framed in candy in keeping with traditional gingerbread house decor. The intricately crafted confectionary masterpiece will be embellished with festive holiday sweets and ornaments including lollipops, gummy bears and popcorn. The Penley painting will be part of a silent auction running throughout the holidays, with proceeds benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The St. Regis Atlanta is also thrilled to reawaken the Astor Holiday Ice Rink for its fifth annual season. The rink has become a cherished holiday destination for the community and seasonal visitors, offering the unique experience of skating in the magical outdoor setting of the hotel’s 40,000-square-foot Pool Piazza. Protected from the elements by a billowing sheer tent, the rink is charmingly adorned with a panoply of white lights as skaters glide to the soft sounds of festive holiday tunes. The Astor Holiday Rink will be open from November 27, 2013 through January 5, 2014.
“We are incredibly enthusiastic about expanding upon The St. Regis Atlanta’s popular holiday traditions this year,” said Senih Geray, general manager. “We feel especially privileged to have artist-in-residence Steve Penley create a special artwork for the gingerbread house. Guests will continue to be captivated by our compelling holiday offerings. The St. Regis Atlanta has become an extremely popular winter destination, and our goal is to continue to enhance that experience every holiday season for years to come.”
Inspiration for the holiday experiences at The St. Regis Atlanta dates back more than a century to the renowned Astor family, founders of the St. Regis, who hosted elaborate events for their illustrious friends, known as “The 400,” including a winter holiday soiree featuring an ice skating rink in the grand ballroom of the flagship St. Regis New York.
Adding to the festive atmosphere, The St. Regis Atlanta will offer seasonal favorites like hot cocoa, s’mores and Coca-Cola in holiday-themed bottles in the outdoor area surrounding the Astor Holiday Rink. Visitors can enjoy the treats while sitting next to the Piazza’s cozy outdoor fireplace. The rink will be open to all visitors from noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. Skating sessions will start every hour and be priced at $30 per hour for adults and $18 per hour for children under 16 (exclusive of tax). Reservations are highly encouraged.
The Astor Holiday Rink is also the perfect celebratory venue, with exclusive offerings for ice skating parties or group gatherings. Children’s Skating Parties include one-hour rink admission, skate rentals, and adult supervision on the ice. Exclusive use of the rink is available for parties of 20 or more, and can be booked on weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. for $40 per child. Bespoke birthday cakes and/or Santa Claus appearances are also available upon request. Group Outings for 20 or more are available for those who want exclusive use of the Astor Holiday Rink to enjoy with friends or to host a spirited office party. Private group experiences are available on weekdays from noon to 9 p.m. for $60 per adult, which includes admission for one hour and complimentary skate rental. There is a $500 food and beverage minimum for all ice skating events.
Visitors at The St. Regis Atlanta are encouraged to take part in the grand tradition of Afternoon Tea Rituals, enjoying the impeccable service of St. Regis Butlers in the elegant and festive holiday atmosphere of Astor Court. The Holiday Tea (November 30 – December 25; daily from 2 to 4:30 p.m.) includes an assortment of hand-selected teas served with handcrafted petite sandwiches and freshly baked pastries. The Signature Holiday Tea is $52, Holiday Celebration Tea is $58, and Children’s Holiday Tea is $38 (does not include a visit from Santa). The beloved Tea with Santa (November 29 and 30, December 1, 6 - 8 and 12 - 24; 2 to 5 p.m.; $42 per child) gives little ones the opportunity to enjoy a magical tea ritual complete with a special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Gastronomic delights will add to the holiday spirit as Executive Chef Joseph Trevino conceives of spectacular seasonal dining for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. A Thanksgiving Buffet in Astor Court will be offered on November 28, with brunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. ($125 per person or $59 per child 12 and under). Christmas celebrations begin with Christmas Eve Dinner on December 24 with four seatings (6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m.) featuring a special four-course prix fixe menu at $130 per person or $170 with wine pairings ($52 per child 12 and under). The following day, a Christmas Day Buffet is served at brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and for dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at $125 per person or $59 per child 12 and under. Finally, New Year’s Day Brunch on January 1 offers guests a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at $125 per person or $59 per child 12 and under.
Committed to providing unsurpassed bespoke service, the St. Regis Holiday Butlers and Holiday Desk return once again, ready to assist with gift giving and holiday reservations. Beginning October 21, guests and locals can stop by the desk located on the 6th level during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., or contact the staff directly at 404-563-7797 or firstname.lastname@example.org to plan visits for ice skating, holiday dining, or to purchase St. Regis Gift Cards. An ideal present for friends and family, St. Regis Gift Cards allow you to share these unparalleled experiences with others.
For more information on The St. Regis Atlanta’s holiday traditions, please visit www.stregisatlanta.com.