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The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale Is Offering The Ultimate Christmas Experience

No need to deck your halls with boughs of holly—just book a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale if you want to go all out for Christmas (and take a year off from planning and hosting the festivities).

One lucky family of four has the opportunity to book the ultimate Christmas experience this year: the Fully Wrapped: The Ultimate Christmas Experience package is available on just one set of dates, Dec. 24 through 26, and it is the first-ever offer of its kind. The stay will set you back a cool $13,000 (plus tax), but guarantees two nights of over-the-top, no-holds-barred Christmas fun. 

The festivities begin at the North Pole on Christmas Eve: Kids will be delighted by Santa snacks, Santa cookies and an in-room holiday movie. Parents can choose Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to enjoy a private dinner for four in Burlock Coast’s Rum Room.

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After spending the night in an oceanfront three-bedroom suite, the family will awake on Christmas morning and head to the lobby, where a 200-square-foot life-size gingerbread house awaits with a decadent Christmas breakfast spread and presents from Santa. (Yes, not to worry, Santa will know where to find you!) The gingerbread castle is made up of 3,000 pieces of real gingerbread bricks and royal icing. 

Santa himself will pay a visit to the Christmas breakfast, bearing gifts for the whole family. How many kids get the chance to receive their gifts hand-delivered by Santa or unwrap their presents in front of him? His elves report that he’s wrapped personalized goodies like a custom pair of Adidas Sneakers and an American Girl doll for the little ones, a Pandora bracelet and charm for Mom and a bottle of Island Company rum with a voucher for a private rum room experience with Burlock Coast’s mixologist for Dad. For gifts other than what Santa has packed in his sack, the family is also provided with gift wrapping services.

Best of all, a photographer from the hotel’s Photography Concierge will be in attendance to capture the entire experience. A selection of the 100 to 200 professionally shot and edited photographs from the two-hour soirée will be gifted to the family in a keepsake 8-by-10-inch hardback photo album, shipped to the family’s home to ensure the Christmas celebration is one the family will remember forever. Other perks include a custom mobile app that will hold the photos, a custom video slideshow of the event and a $395 credit for prints, available via the Photography Concierge.

After the memorable Christmas morning celebration, the family will be provided with a pool cabana to enjoy for the day, complete with stylish cabana attire provided by Island Company. The cabana package provides all the perfect ingredients to relax poolside in the Florida winter sun before spending another night in the Christmas-bedecked Ritz-Carlton suite. 

Just don’t neglect to set aside time for the full-day spa package, also included with the Christmas stay. To wind down after the Christmas hoopla, Mom or Dad can treat themselves to a stress relief massage, custom facial, manicure and pedicure, wash and blow dry, choice of one complimentary enhancement and complimentary Champagne. Cheers!

If you want to dine in the (edible) gingerbread castle but already have Christmas plans, Holly Jolly: A Gingerbread Dining Experience is available to book on December 23. Breakfast or brunch costs $899 while dinner is $999, for a maximum of 6 guests.

N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale; 954-465-2300; ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/florida/fort-lauderdale

Images courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

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