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The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and their holiday activities

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
Mark Wieland

Holiday Tree Unveiling: Available for viewing now through December 20. The hotel’s eight-foot French macaron holiday tree will be ready to experience in the Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, with further holiday sights to include a four-foot sleigh made all of sugar, pulled by a crew of delectable chocolate reindeer. The tree will remain in the Lobby through December 29, 2013.

November 28 Thanksgiving Hours for BLT Steak: 3- 6pm. Thanksgiving dining will feature a $68 prix fixe menu, as well as a children’s menu priced at $12.95.

November 30 Holiday Afternoon Tea: 10:30 am to 4pm: A treasured tradition among Charlotteans, this beloved seasonal event is presented in the hotel’s beautiful Urban Sip, complete with panoramic views of the city. The occasion includes special holiday sweets as well as connoisseur teas, savory finger sandwiches, delicate Ritz-Carlton scones and an array of treats from Bar Cocoa. A special children’s menu is also available. $32 per adult, $12 per child 11 under, reserve at 704-547-2244.

December 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21 and 22 Holiday Afternoon Tea: A treasured tradition among Charlotteans, this beloved seasonal event is presented in the hotel’s beautiful Urban Sip, complete with panoramic views of the city. The occasion includes special holiday sweets as well as connoisseur teas, savory finger sandwiches, delicate Ritz-Carlton scones and an array of treats from Bar Cocoa. A special children’s menu is also available. 10:30 am to 4pm, $32 per adult, $12 per child 11 and under, reserve at 704-547-2244.

December 7, 8, 14, 15 and 21 A Special Cocoa Lab Cooking Class, Holiday Cookies: This extended holiday class will allow Cocoa Lab students to prepare an array of holiday cookies -- and to take home several dozen freshly-baked cookies especially for the holidays. This five-hour culinary experience allows guests to work alongside one of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte's award-winning Bar Cocoa chefs to create sweet holiday cookies and to enjoy a fun box lunch with classmates. Priced at $125 per person including parking, light lunch, a keepsake apron and 180 cookies to take home, the class will offer instruction on the following cookie recipes: Linzer, Shortbread, White Chocolate with Orange and Pecans, Gingerbread, Sugar and Coconut Macaroon. 9am to 2pm.

December 24 BLT Steak Christmas Eve Dining: 5pm to 9pm the restaurant will offer its regular dinner menu as well as Blackboard Specials.

December 25 Christmas Dining at BLT Steak: Noon to 6pm the restaurant will offer its dinner menu and Blackboard Specials throughout the afternoon.

December 31 New Year’s Eve in The Ritz-Carlton Lobby Lounge: The Lobby Lounge will play host to a complimentary New Year’s Eve party, featuring DJ Nolan Walker and live music from Skate Rink Jukebox. Guests are warmly invited to ring in 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Lobby Lounge. 9pm to 1am.

December 31 New Year’s Eve Dinner at BLT Steak: 5pm to midnight the restaurant will offer its dinner menu and Blackboard Specials.

Throughout December Holiday Tree Viewing: The hotel’s eight-foot French macaron holiday tree will be available for viewing in the Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, with further holiday sights to include a four-foot sleigh made all of sugar, pulled by a crew of delectable chocolate reindeer. The tree will remain in the Lobby through December 29.

Throughout December Bar Cocoa Holiday Selections: Bar Cocoa will offer a special Gingerbread Macaron and Peppermint Chocolate Cupcake for December, as well as an array of sweet stocking stuffers, Coconut Snowman macaroons and Linzer and Gingerbread Man holiday cookies. Bûche de Noël Specialty Cakes will also be available for purchase between December 1 and December 25.

Throughout December Norman Love Confections at Bar Cocoa: Holiday Confections from Norman Love will be available in festive holiday packaging, featuring flavors of Candy Cane, Christmas Cookie, Java Jingle, White Christmas, and S ’Mores.

Throughout December Saturday and Sunday Chocolate Afternoon Tea in The Lobby Lounge: A uniquely Ritz-Carlton experience, this contemporary tea is presented daily amidst the sights and aromas of Bar Cocoa dessert boutique and the warming fireplace of The Lobby Lounge. Highlights include holiday flavors from Bar Cocoa, along with finger sandwiches, traditional scones and an array of specialty teas. 11am to 3pm.

Throughout December Seasonal Cocktails in The Lobby Lounge: Cinnamon Orchard - Apple and Cinnamon-Infused Bacardi Rum, Brown Sugar Simple Syrup, Apple Cider, Soda. Pumpkin Spice - Pumpkin-Infused Gentlemen Jack, Butterscotch Schnapps, Cream, Cinnamon.

For further details on holiday tastes and special events at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, visit the hotel website. Hotel dining events and spa appointments are available to the public as well as overnight guests, with complimentary valet parking provided for those purchasing cooking classes, Holiday Teas or spa treatments. The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and Bar Cocoa are located at 201 East Trade Street, at the corner of College and Trade Streets, in Charlotte, NC 28202. Event and purchase prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity.

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