Gingerbread Lane Professional, Amateur and Child Competition
The Gingerbread Lane competition offers three independent categories, including professional, amateur and child (ages 12 and under) for entry. The competition will feature enticing prizes for each category.The competition is free to participate. Entry forms must be received via email by Tuesday, November 29. Gingerbread creations must be delivered to the hotel between Saturday, December 3 at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. Judging will take place on Wednesday, December 7 at 4 p.m. Please contact the Concierge at 704-248-4055 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 2016 Competition Guidelines | 2016 Competition Entry Form | Gingerbread Recipe for Creations & Houses
Enjoy Holiday Tea in the lobby throughout December. Holiday Afternoon Tea includes a variety of seasonal loose leaf tea blends and a selection of savory tea sandwiches, traditional confectioneries and holiday treats as well as live entertainment with the option to add Champagne for $10. Tea is served Wednesday – Sunday, November 30 through December 31, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (not available on Christmas Day). The cost is $49 for adults and $29 for junior patrons (plus tax & gratuity). Reservations are required at (704) 248-4100. Holiday Tea Menu
Live Music at Gallery Bar
Enjoy live music at Gallery Bar.
12/3 Scott Smith 9 pm – midnight
12/10 Groove Masters 9 pm – midnight
12/17 Groove Masters 9 pm – midnight
Journey of Culture & Culinary Excellence
Each Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. hotel guests can experience a Journey of Culture & Culinary Excellence presented by The Concierge featuring a guided tour of exclusive artwork and The Ballantyne history followed by a tasting of flavorful culinary samples. Sign up at the Concierge Desk.
Enjoy a delicious brunch menu available in Gallery Restaurant Saturday and Sundays, 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations from Thursday, December 8 through Wednesday, December 28. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public, anytime throughout the dates offered. Attendees may vote on their favorite entries with $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH), dedicated to caring for the physical and emotional needs of children and their families. Bissell, The Ballantyne’s parent company, has played an integral role in fundraising for LCH even before its inception.
Also, Santa Claus will make periodic visits to Gingerbread Lane throughout the holiday season.
Hot Chocolate, Cider & Toddies
Get cozy this holiday season at The Ballantyne from Friday, December 9 through Wednesday, December 28, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Enjoy hot chocolate with the option to add liqueur along with a selection of garnishes, cider or spiced wine at the Veranda and Gallery Bar. The cost is $7 for hot chocolate and cider and $10 for alcoholic beverages.
Gingerbread House Decorating Class
On Saturday, December 10 and Saturday, December 17, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., create a new family tradition by decorating a gingerbread house together. Executive Pastry Chef Ben Kallenbach and his team will offer some helpful tips at this family-friendly event. The cost is $50 per group (pricing is for up to four people and does not include tax or 23% service charge). Space is limited so make reservations early by calling 704-248-4100; advance payment is required.
The hotel will offer Christmas Brunch on December 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The elaborate buffet will include a variety of salads, an assortment of cheese and seafood displays, breakfast items, an omelet station, carving station and indigenous desserts. There will be live holiday music. Cost is $75 per person, $35 for children, ages 5-13, and complimentary for children ages 4 and under (pricing does not include tax or 23% service charge). Private dining rooms are available. Christmas Buffet Menu
Gallery Restaurant will be open for dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. The restaurant will feature its regular menu as well as offer a prime rib dinner special.
Christmas Eve Prix Fixe Lunch and Dinner Menu | Christmas Eve Menu | Christmas Day Menu | Christmas Day Prix Fixe Lunch and Dinner Menu
Reservations are required for dining on Christmas Eve and Christmas. To make a reservation, please call (704) 248-4100
New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day
New Year’s Eve Dinner Package
Ring in 2017 in style with an overnight stay at The Ballantyne. Enjoy an elegant room, New Year’s Eve dinner for two in Gallery Restaurant, admission to the New Year’s Eve party, 4 p.m. late check-out, valet parking and internet access. Pricing from $459 plus tax for two and has a 48-hour cancellation and deposit policy. Dressy attire is recommended. New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Dinner Menu
*Reserve no later than December 21, 2016, package allotments are filling quickly
To make a reservation or for information on additional room packages, call (888) 627-8048. Packages are subject to availability.
New Year’s Eve Party for Hotel Guests
Celebrate the New Year with The Ballantyne beginning at 8 p.m. by Gallery Restaurant. Enjoy a DJ and dancing in the Carolina Room, drink specials, party favors, Champagne toast and live coverage of the New Year’s Eve Times Square countdown. This event is complimentary to hotel guests. Ages 21 and over required for admission.
New Year’s Day
In addition to a plated brunch menu, Gallery Restaurant will feature traditional New Year’s Day fare and cocktail specials.
Enjoy 15% off hotel rooms on Friday & Saturdays with the Winter Weekends offer available through February 19, 2017 (888) 627-8048 Reserve.
Winter Weekend Events
Experience culinary samplings throughout the season ideal for a couple’s date night stop or as an enhancement to your weekend getaway. Cost is $28 per couple plus tax and gratuity and includes one beverage per person and a shared delicacy. Additional items can be purchased a la carte.
6-7 Sake & Sushi
13-14 Champagne & Cheese
20-21 Cider & Salty/Spicy Treats
27-28 Classic Cocktails & Cigars
Dessert Bar & Champagne Bar every Friday & Saturday in February
Enjoy a selection of tea sandwiches and pastries accompanied by your choice of loose leaf tea in the main lobby. Tea is served Wednesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. The cost is $36 for adults and $18 for junior patrons (excluding tax & gratuity). Reservations are required: (704) 248-4100.