The luxury resorts in Amelia Island have several events scheduled for the holidays to help visitors get into the holiday spirit and to ring in the New Year.
Events at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
The World’s Largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship
Visit the lobby to see the world’s largest gingerbread pirate ship, helmed by an edible fondant pirate crew. The 17-foot gingerbread ship is created by a team of eight pastry chefs using more than 600 pieces of gingerbread.
Santa’s Storybook Tea
Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8 and 5
From noon to 1:30 p.m., celebrate the season with a storybook reading by Santa and afternoon tea in a magical space adorned with holiday decor and gingerbread. Delight with a buffet of pastries, candies, cakes, finger sandwiches and a keepsake photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cost is $55 per guest and $25 for ages 5 and under.
Nov. 24 and 30; Dec. 1,7,8,14,15,21 and 22
From 6 to 9:30 p.m., children will be thrilled by a tuck-in from Santa as he brings cookies and milk and reads a holiday story. Cost is $55 per child.
Family Beach Bonfire
Friday and Saturday evenings through Feb. 28
Bring the family to relax around a bonfire in the dunes. The crackling fire, the breaking surf and crisp night air creates the perfect atmosphere to sip hot chocolate and enjoy s’mores.
Build a Gingerbread House
Nov. 24, 2 p.m.; Dec. 8 and 15, 4 p.m.; Dec. 23, 2 p.m.
Enjoy a new family tradition as you craft a gingerbread house alongside Ritz-Carlton pastry chefs, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Nassau County. Cost is $175 per group of four guests.
Breakfast with Santa
Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15
Children whisper their holiday wishes to Santa at a lavish breakfast buffet adorned with magical gingerbread houses and holiday decorations in Salt restaurant. Parents will cherish a keepsake picture. The event will be held each day from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Cost is $40 per guest, $25 ages 5 and under.
Black and White Gala
Ring in the New Year in classic Ritz-Carlton style at Northern Florida’s most elegant and entertaining New Year’s Eve party. Enjoy an open bar, lavish buffet, dancing, live music and elaborate fireworks display with midnight champagne toast. This event will be held from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost is $275 per guest (VIP table seating available).
For more information on holiday events at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, visit
or call (904) 277-1100.
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Letters to Santa
Every Friday from 4-6 p.m., enjoy complimentary letter writing to Santa in the lobby of the resort.
Every Saturday in December
On every Saturday in December from 2 to 4 p.m., bring your creativity to the firepit outside of Seaglass on the pool deck. Prices vary.
From 2 to 4 p.m., enjoy a giant Jenga, cornhole, giant Connect Four and more.
Camp Amelia at Night
Drop the kids (ages 4-12) off for a fun New Year’s Eve party from 6 to 11 p.m. Cost is $90 per child (dinner included). Early drop-off is available for $20 per child.
Rockin’ New Year’s
From 7 p.m. to midnight, ring in 2019 with a fun, relaxing and complimentary celebration on the pool deck, featuring firepits for s’mores, an apple juice toast at 10 p.m. and midnight fireworks.
For more information on holiday events at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, visit or call (904) 261-6161.