Meet Me at The Ritz-Carlton for the Holidays!

Trish Muyco-Tobin at The Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis photo by Bryan Schraier

True, there’s no place like home for the holidays, but The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis comes pretty, pretty close!

The Ritz in Clayton’s Carondelet Plaza photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton

The 300-room luxury property opened in downtown Clayton in 1990. Since then, it has reigned as the crown jewel of Carondelet Plaza, the site of many a glamorous gala, as well as ladies’ luncheons, VIP meet-and-greets and other celebratory occasions over the years.

Tuna Poke photo by Bryan Schraier

And for the holidays, festivities are in full force beginning at Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Day. In the lobby, you’ll find a multi-tiered Gingerbread Tree with holiday scenes from all over the world. Of note is the garland adorning the tree: It’s made with individually personalized, edible gingerbread ornaments that can be purchased for $15 each, with all proceeds donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis. If you hang out at The Ritz often enough this time of year, you’ll also likely run in to Mr. and Mrs. Claus, as well as one of their reindeer friends.

S’mores Cake photo by Bryan Schraier

For holiday dining, executive chef Melissa Lee and Grill chef Darry Duger have created a fall/winter menu with highlights such as an exquisite Tuna Poke and Baked Brie Salad with Moscato Apricot Vinaigrette, Seared Halibut with Crispy Yellow Lentil & Sweet Potato Rice, and a decadent S’mores Cake for dessert.

There are also opportunities to brunch with your loved ones—and even have Santa look at your list—as well as have tea with Teddy, and welcome the New Year in your ritzy, glitzy best.


photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton

Teddy Bear Tea from Around the World

photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton

Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15*, 16*, 21, 22, 23  (Seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.)

$55 (adults), $45 (children 2 to 12 years old)

Storytelling, face-painting, caroling, hot cocoa, tea, mini-sandwiches, pastries and a teddy bear cookie decorating station—perfect quality time with your favorite little people! Guests are encouraged to bring a new teddy bear to donate to Friends of Kids with Cancer.


Brunch with Santa

Dec. 15 and 16* (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

$69 (adults), $34.50 (children 2 to 12 years old)

Feast on local meats and cheeses, sushi, seafood, fresh carvery selections and a dazzling array of desserts. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance, so have those lists ready!

*For Friday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 16, Santa has allowed the hotel to borrow Prancer from the North Pole, for a Special Reindeer Weekend. Visit the Front Drive to see Prancer on display with Santa’s sleigh. Official reindeer hours: Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Chef Dugger’s Seared Halibut photo by Bryan Schraier

Christmas Eve / Christmas Dinner in The Grill

Dec. 24 or Dec. 25 (Seatings at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.)

$99 (adults), $49.50 (children 5 to 12 years old); reservations required

Acclaimed Grill chef Darry Dugger creates a four-course, holiday-themed dinner featuring a selection of herb-crusted prime rib with asparagus, chicken roulade with chorizo and squash risotto, or marinated tofu with exotic vegetables and fried ginger-poached egg.


Christmas Day Brunch in The Restaurant

Dec. 25 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

$89 (adults), $44.50 (children 5 to 12 years old); reservations required

Extravagance is the name of the game when it comes to The Ritz’s Christmas Brunch Buffet, from halibut, chicken, short ribs and mushroom ravioli, to glazed ham with sweet potato soufflé, seared crab cakes, herb-marinated lamb loin and made-to-order omelets. Plus, there’s breakfast fare, sushi, seafood raw bar, holiday trimmings and an array of desserts.


photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton

New Year’s Eve Dinner in The Grill

Dec. 31 (5 to 9 p.m.)

$149 (adults), includes Champagne toast; reservations required

Ring in the New Year with five courses from Chef Dugger’s kitchen, including cold smoked shrimp, lamb naan, crisp Caesar salad, drawn lobster tail, strip steak au poivre and more. After dinner, step into The Lobby Lounge and dance the night away to live music.



Trish Muyco-Tobin

An award-winning journalist, Trish Muyco-Tobin has served as a news reporter, anchor, executive producer and editor for print and broadcast for more than 20 years. She has been recognized for her media leadership and for promoting diversity, and for her role as a dedicated community volunteer. She is currently the community editor of Gazelle Magazine, and the author of The Melting Pot, Meet Me and The Trish Set.

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