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Plan Your Holidays at The Ranch
November 29 - January 1
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Plan Your Holidays at The Ranch
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Holiday
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November 29 - January 1
Enjoy a season of festive meals, holiday crafting workshops, candle lighting, caroling, hot cider & holiday cookies, seasonal treats at The Market, and all your favorite Ranch traditions and celebrations.

 

DO-IT-YOURSELF HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIRE

Fri., Nov. 29; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Redwood Room

Join us for our annual day-after-Thanksgiving tradition of gift making and holiday crafting in the Redwood Room. Learn how to create unique, personalized presents and seasonal decorations—from candles to snow globes to goat-milk soap—while enjoying together-time with family and friends. We’ll fuel your creativity with complimentary hot cider, cookies, and popcorn. A cash bar for adult crafters adds extra holiday cheer, and a free gift-wrapping station ties it all up in a bow!

$15 PER ADULT; $10 FOR CHILDREN 12 & UNDER; $20 PER CRAFT;
EARLY-BIRD PRICE $15 PER CRAFT IF PURCHASED BY OCTOBER 7.
PURCHASE ADMISSION & CRAFT TICKETS.


LODGE OAK TREE LIGHTING

Sat., Nov. 30; 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us as we welcome winter by lighting the majestic oak tree that reigns supreme in front of the lodge. Stop by for hot cocoa, peppermint marshmallows, candy canes, stocking decorating, and your favorite holiday tunes. Bring your phone to snap a selfie with our special guest Santa. Kids can even drop their letters in Santa’s mailbox in the lobby to receive a response from St. Nick at home! And for adult cheer, enjoy a toasty cocktail at the bar on the Oak Terrace.

COMPLIMENTARY; NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY.


BEESWAX CANDLES & BATH TEAS

Activity Cottage at River Ranch;
Visit Activity Calendar for days and times.

Create the ingredients for a soothing, fragrant, candlelit bath experience. Combine your choice of essential oils, such as lavender oil distilled from our own plants, with herbs and dried flowers from the Organic Garden, to make a custom candle out of hot wax. Then “brew” your own bath tea for the perfect soak. Space is limited. Please register at least two hours in advance.

60 MINUTES; $65 PER PERSON; AGES 12 & UNDER WITH ADULT; RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 6+
PLEASE CALL 831.626.2577 FOR RESERVATIONS.


GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING WORKSHOP

Activity Cottage at River Ranch; 
Visit Activity Calendar for days and times.

Come get your hands sticky in this sweet, enchanting activity for the whole family. We provide the gingerbread, frosting, and candy - you provide the creativity and perseverance. 

60 MINUTES; $50 PER GINGERBREAD HOUSE; AGES 12 & UNDER WITH ADULT; RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 6+
PLEASE CALL 831.626.2577 FOR RESERVATIONS.


WINTER WONDERLAND BATH & BODY WORKSHOP

Activity Cottage at River Ranch; 
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Delight the skin and the senses! Learn how to create the perfect skin products for cold weather—goat-milk soap mixed with herbs and dried flowers from our Organic Garden and an exfoliating body scrub. Choose from a variety of fragrances, from peppermint to pine, to add a wintry touch to your handiwork!

60 MINUTES; $65 PER GUEST; AGES 12 & UNDER WITH ADULT; RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 6+
PLEASE CALL 831.626.2577 FOR RESERVATIONS.


KID'S NIGHT OUT

Activity Cottage at River Ranch; 
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Bring your holiday cheer and your favorite pajamas to the Activities Cottage for a night full of friends and winter festivities! We’ll have winter-themed crafts, such as ornament making, cookie decorating, and creating mini-wreaths to hang in your home. Then, once our holiday workshop closes for the evening, we’ll enjoy a holiday-themed movie and dinner while snuggled up in our PJs! 

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; AGES 2-12; $70, INCLUDING DINNER
PLEASE CALL 831.626.2577 FOR RESERVATIONS.


RANCH HANDS KIDS' CAMP

Activity Cottage at River Ranch; 
Visit Activity Calendar for days and times.

The perfect blend of activities for your young explorer (ages 6-12). Our campers will take trips to the Organic Garden, have swim time in our heated saltwater pool, decorate cookies, and create seasonal themed crafts including ornaments, mini-wreaths, and even our own play snow! There will be special appearances from our tennis pro and beekeepers, plus the chance to become a Carmel Valley Ranch Junior Naturalist!

9 AM - 5 PM; AGES 6-12; $125; HALF DAY 9 AM - 2 PM, $105
PLEASE CALL 831.626.2577 FOR RESERVATIONS.


HOLIDAY S’MORES HOUR

Fri. & Sat. in December, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Joins us for a fireside experience that warms your hands and soul with peppermint s’mores, candy canes, and hot cocoa or a glass of wine from The Market.

S’MORES COMPLIMENTARY; NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY.


12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES

Each day leading up to December 25, we’ll serve holiday cookies and hot apple cider in the lobby from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

COMPLIMENTARY


NIGHTLY HANUKKAH MENORAH LIGHTING

Sun., Dec. 22 – Mon., Dec. 30, 5:00 pm
Lodge Lobby

Help us celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah. Each night, we’ll light our beautiful menorah in the Lodge lobby. Dreidels welcome!

COMPLIMENTARY; NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY.


HANUKKAH PARTY

Sun., Dec. 29, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Golf Clubhouse

Come down to the Clubhouse for our annual celebration of the Festival of Lights. Enjoy games, crafts, storytelling, and—of course—latkes and other traditional noshes. Guests of all faiths are welcome.

COMPLIMENTARY; NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY.


ANNUAL NUTCRACKER HOLIDAY TEA

Sat., Dec. 21, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Redwood & Oak Ballrooms

Meet the stars of Dance Kids of Monterey’s The Nutcracker and learn a scene from the famous ballet. This unique annual event combines performance, participation, storytelling, and even sword fighting! Afternoon tea and savories will be served, along with sparkling wine for adults. Proceeds benefit Dance Kids of Monterey County, a nonprofit organization giving dance and theater arts opportunities to local youth.

$65 ADULTS, $50 CHILDREN 12 & UNDER

FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL 831.626.2577 OR CLICK TO BOOK TICKETS


HOLIDAY HOUNDS HAPPY HOUR

Mon., Dec. 23, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Golf Clubhouse Terrace

Here’s a toast to our four-legged guests! Bring your furry friend down to our Holiday Hounds Happy Hour on the Clubhouse Terrace and enjoy great food, special cocktails, and 50% off if you bring your pet dressed in a holiday costume!

NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY


“TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS”

Tue., Dec. 24, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Lodge Lobby

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through The Ranch … every creature was stirring, because there was so much to do! Gather round the Lobby hearth for a very toasty tradition—the reading of the classic tale of magic and wonder, followed by our festive Christmas Carolers singing all your favorites yuletide tunes.

COMPLIMENTARY; NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY.


FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

Tue., Dec. 31, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm 
Redwood & Oak Ballrooms

Enjoy a progressive buffet experience featuring natural prime rib of beef, ocean-fresh shellfish, locally grown vegetables, and many more delectable dishes. Bring your dancing shoes as our DJ kicks off the party for the young and the young at heart. Includes a sparkling-wine or apple-cider toast at 9:00 pm for an East Coast Countdown to 2020.

$95++ ADULTS, $40++ CHILDREN AGES 6-12, AGES 5 & UNDER COMPLIMENTARY; FOR RESERVATIONS PLEASE CALL 831.626.2599.


CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE AT VALLEY KITCHEN

Tue., Dec. 31
Live guitar 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Jazz Band 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Enjoy Chef Wood’s festive a la carte creations of roasted holiday chestnut soup, vegetarian hazelnut chimi churri (GF), oysters & caviar from Morro Bay Oyster Company, wild prawns & black-truffle gnocchi, prime NY steak & lobster with Monterey red abalone sauce, and sprouted parsley salad. Includes a sparkling-wine toast at midnight to ring in 2020.

A LA CART PRICING; FOR RESERVATIONS PLEASE CALL 831.626.2599.

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