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Watch Santa Saber Champagne at St. Regis

The St. Regis Atlanta announces its timeless holiday season events and experiences for guests and locals.

The St. Regis Atlanta, an unparalleled in-town resort located in the elegant enclave of Buckhead, is pleased to announce its timeless holiday season events and experiences for guests and locals.  Whether for an afternoon respite over tea following a holiday shopping excursion at Buckhead Atlanta, the city’s newest luxury shopping and dining destination, or a seasonal family outing at the charming and elegant Astor Holiday Ice Rink, The St. Regis Atlanta is a beloved holiday destination.  The St. Regis Atlanta commemorates the start of the holiday season with Santa performing the hotel’s signature champagne sabering ritual during a festive reception on Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, from 1 to 2 p.m. 

“In The St. Regis Atlanta tradition, an array of treasured holiday experiences awaits guests and local residents throughout the season,” said Senih Geray, general manager. “We are especially thrilled to invite shoppers to relax and unwind at the resort before and after they visit the luxurious shops at the new Buckhead Atlanta.  There is no better way to wrap up holiday shopping and fully engage in the spirit of the season than an overnight stay at The St. Regis Atlanta or perhaps Afternoon Tea at Astor Court to exchange gifts with friends and loved ones.” 

The St. Regis Atlanta is the only hotel within walking distance of the exciting new Buckhead Atlanta which features luxury retailers and indulgent dining options in a sophisticated atmosphere.  The St. Regis Atlanta has created an extraordinary shopping excursion ideal for the holiday season that includes luxurious overnight accommodations, Afternoon Tea for two at Astor Court, a $100 American Express Gift Card and complimentary valet parking.  A three-day advance reservation is required and rates start at $650.

In addition to enjoying exceptional holiday shopping, The St. Regis Atlanta guests will encounter magical moments with family and friends at Astor Holiday Ice Rink, now in its seventh season.  The outdoor rink has become a cherished holiday destination for community members and seasonal visitors with ice skating set within the hotel’s 40,000-square-foot Pool Piazza.  Protected from the elements by a billowing sheer tent, elegant white lights adorn the rink and illuminate skaters as they glide to the soft sounds of festive holiday tunes.  Adding to the celebratory atmosphere, The St. Regis Atlanta offers seasonal favorites like hot cocoa, s’mores and Coca-Cola in holiday-themed bottles, which guests can enjoy while sitting next to the Piazza’s cozy outdoor fireplace.  The Astor Holiday Ice Rink is open from November 21, 2015 through January 3, 2016, during the hours of noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.  December 19 through 24, ice rink hours are extended for skating 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, and Christmas Day skating is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Skating sessions will start every hour and be priced at $30 per hour for adults, $18 per hour for children 4-12 and Free 3 and under (exclusive of tax & service charge).  Reservations are highly encouraged.  The Astor Holiday Ice Rink also provides a perfect venue for private ice skating parties or group gatherings.  Children’s Skating Parties include one-hour rink admission and skate rentals.  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 food and beverage minimum charge for all ice skating group events.

To celebrate the season’s sweet delights, The St. Regis Atlanta’s acclaimed pastry chef, Michael Craig, will construct Atlanta’s largest gingerbread house to grace the hotel’s grand lobby entrance.  The handcrafted masterpiece will present a behind-the-scenes look at Santa’s patisserie and bake shop through an artful expression of classic gingerbread design blended with a modern interpretation of Santa’s confectionary workspace.

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 27 – 29, December 4 – 6, and December 11 – 24 daily with seating’s at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) includes an assortment of hand-selected teas served with handcrafted petite sandwiches and freshly baked pastries. The Holiday Tea is $65 per person or $75 for Celebration Tea at which adults can enjoy a glass of champagne.  The beloved Tea with Santa gives little ones the opportunity to enjoy a magical tea ritual complete with a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and is $52 per child 4 to 12 years; $10 per child 3 and under.

Gastronomic delights will add to the holiday spirit as Executive Chef Joseph Trevino and his team offer spectacular seasonal dining for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  The bountiful Thanksgiving Buffet in Astor Court is offered on November 26 with dishes such as Carved organic turkey, giblet gravy and orange cranberry sauce; imported and domestic caviar with traditional accompaniments; and Belgian waffles with chocolate sauce, bery compote, strawberries, banana bourbon caramel, vanilla whipped cream and Vermont maple syrup.  Theh  festive Christmas Day Buffet highlights include Carved Nueski spiral ham with bourbon molasses glaze; Peppercorn crusted prime ribeye, garlic-infused demi-glace, horseradish and freshly baked rolls; imported and domestic caviar with traditional accompaniments; and S’mores.  The Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Buffets will be served from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m with two seating’s on each holiday. The pricing for both events is $125 per person, $75 per child 8 to 12 years, and $59 per child 4 to 7 years.  Children three and under dine at no charge.

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 Monday, October 19, guests and locals can stop by the desk, located on the 6th level or contact the staff directly at 404-563-7797 or holiday.butler@stregis.com 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.  The Holiday Desk will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through November 20; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting November 21 through January 3, 2016; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Day, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day. 

Inspiration for 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.”  These ornate events included a winter holiday soiree featuring an ice skating rink in the grand ballroom of the flagship St. Regis New York.  For more information on The St. Regis Atlanta’s holiday traditions, please visit www.stregisatlanta.com.

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