How to Enjoy the Holidays at Lake Oconee

November 8, 2018

Maybe what you need most this season, is to enjoy the season. Lake Oconee provides the perfect retreat to help you recapture the magic of the holidays.

Join us for a small town holiday celebration in downtown Greensboro on November 30th from 6-8pm, as we flip the switch on “the big tree” on the Courthouse Lawn. Hundreds of twinkling lights decorate the streets as downtown shops stay open late to help visitors get started with their holiday shopping. There will be live performances form area choirs, yummy food, activities for the kids, and a visit from the big guy in red! The official Tree Lighting will take place after 6pm.

There is no shortage of cheer at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee! As you enter the lobby you are immediately met by a giant Gingerbread House and the fun continues from there.

Letters to the North Pole– Stop by the Ritz Kids Concierge to write and drop off your note for Santa Claus. Their helpful elves will put it on the first sleigh back to the North Pole for you.

Caroling on the Linger Longer Express– Just in time for the holiday season, straight from the North Pole; the Linger Longer Express is all decked out and ready for carolers of all ages to hop aboard and sing along to a few Christmas classics.  Caroling rides depart from the front drive daily at 10am and 3pm.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 8, 15, 22 and Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Children of all ages will delight in attending Breakfast with Santa where your child’s wish list can be shared with him personally. Young guests will enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring miniature pancakes, muffins, waffles and other pint-sized breakfast items. Reservations are required and priced $55 per adult and $35 per child, ages 4 to 12. Children under the age of 3 are complimentary. Please call  706.467.7059 to secure your reservation.

Reindeer Games
Saturday, December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 30, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A holiday favorite, this game room will feature fun that even Rudolph would enjoy.

Holiday Movie Room
Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 and 29, 2018 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy your favorite holiday classics.

Gingerbread Workshop
Saturday, December 8, 15 and 22 and Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Join Mrs. Claus and her elves in building a Gingerbread house. She will supply guests the pre-built house, candy, icing, and a box in which to take your creation home. Guests will also enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and cider. Each station is designed for one to two people to decorate. The Gingerbread Workshop priced at $80 per house.  Please call  706.467.7059 to secure your reservation.

Winter Wreath Decorating
Saturday, December 8, 15 and 22, 2018 at 12 p.m.

Customize a wreath with holiday flare to be enjoyed all season long at home. This experience is by reservation only, so please dial 706-467-7130 for reservations. The cost is $25 per person.

Build a Buddy
Saturday, December 8, 15, 22, 29 and Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 11 a.m

Build your “beary” own holiday friend you will love for a lifetime. Traditional and festive bears available for all ages. This experience is by reservation only, so please dial 706-467-7130 for reservations. The cost is $25 per guest.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus
Saturday, December 8, 15, 22 and Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 2 p.m.

The most lovable lady of the season will charm little ones with classic Christmas tales throughout the holidays. Santa’s Helpers will also deliver holiday surprises. This experience is complimentary to all resort guests.

Ritz Kids Night Out – Elves in Training
December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 21-23, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Gather with The Ritz-Carlton elves for an evening filled with Christmas games, holiday snacks and a special toy created by our elves. Space is limited and reservations are required, so please dial 706.467.7130 to secure your reservation. The cost is $85 per child and includes dinner.

Elf Tuck-ins with Special Treats
December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16 and 21-24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Children will be treated to a holiday book reading in their guestrooms at bedtime and receive a copy of a Santa-autographed copy of either T’was the Night Before Christmas. Milk and cookies will complete the evening before they’re snuggled into their beds for a good night’s sleep.  Space is limited and reservations are required; please dial 706.467.7130. The cost is $50 per guestroom.


Ice Skating at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee Their beautiful 6,000-square-foot Ice Rink in The Forest will open Wednesday, November 21 at 6pm. Invigorating exercise and fun are topped off with hot cocoa or hot apple cider. Skating will be available daily through January 6, 2019 from 10am to 2pm and 4 to 8pm. Ice Skating is complimentary for all resort guests within the Resort Fee.

OPAS is bringing Holiday Pops to Festival Hall! Celebrate the Holidays with Disney and Broadway star, Ashley Brown and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra on December 5th at ‎7‎:‎30‎pm.

Ring in the New Year at Highgate Estate with live music featuring the K-tells, a super-fun band playing high-energy party hits from the Golden Age of rock, soul, and pop. Veteran Rock & Rollers with a repertoire of a “ka-zillion” songs, this versatile and zany trio will have you movin’ & groovin’ all night long!

A buffet dinner will begin at 9pm. There will be a full cash bar, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are $100.