Deck The Palms! Four Seasons Resort Orlando At Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates The Festive Season

This holiday season, trade in ski slopes and snow boots for palm trees and infinity pools at the lakeside Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Central Florida’s only AAA Five Diamond Award rated property. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and enjoy elegant holiday décor throughout Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Dive-In holiday movies at the family pool, decadent holiday dinners, and much more.ORL_663_aspect16x9

Deck The Palms

From the royal palm-lined pathway lined with twinkling lights to the holiday-inspired floral arrangements and decadent gingerbread display in the lobby, Four Seasons glows with festive spirit that is sure to delight anyone who walks through the door. The lobby will be ornamented with elegant colours of plum and gold, complete with a grand 12-foot-tall (3.7 metre) Christmas tree, wreaths and columns wrapped with garland, and more. Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber’s gingerbread creation will be a fun conversation starter, and Resort guests will enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cider daily. The holiday décor will be in place from December 1, 2017 through January 3, 2018. Plus, a separate gingerbread creation by Chef Saber will be on display at the Festival of Trees event at The Orlando Museum of Art from November 11 to 19, 2017.The Four Seasons Orlando

Suite Celebration

Multi-generational travel is becoming more and more popular, and Four Seasons Resort Orlando is perfectly situated to welcome families of all ages. With a variety of connecting rooms and suite options, families are able to celebrate in style and enjoy the space and comfort associated with suites and connecting rooms. Each of the Resort’s guest rooms includes a spacious furnished terrace, and Park View rooms offer views of the nightly fireworks. A stay in the Resort’s top suites, including the Royal, Presidential and Grand suites, makes celebrating the holidays even more special.ORL_541_aspect16x9

  • Royal Suite: The 3,300 square-foot (300 square metre) suite includes a vaulted great room, a master bedroom, a media room, a private office and a pantry kitchen, perfect for entertaining. Connecting up to as many as nine bedrooms, and with a wrap-around terrace featuring views of the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks, it is the perfect suite for families to celebrate the festive season in the grandest way possible.
  • Presidential Suite: Designed to evoke a Mediterranean villa, the spacious 2,750 square-foot (255 square metre) Presidential Suite includes a great room, master bedroom, master bathroom, private office and pantry kitchen.  Two additional coordinating bedroom units and one guest room suite enable the Presidential Suite to expand to a four bedroom residence, ideal for family and friends to celebrate the holiday season.
  • Grand Suite: A Grand Suite is a beautiful suite to celebrate the holidays, with a spacious living room and sectional sofa and wet bar area perfect for entertaining, plus a dining area to seat eight. Available to connect up to two or more bedrooms, the Grand Suite also features a large terrace and views of the nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park.

For guests of the Royal and Presidential suites, eight hours of butler service per day is included on the day of arrival and the day of departure. Additional hours, including round-the-clock service, are available for an added fee. Guests can take advantage of the butler’s assistance to gift wrap presents, dazzle the suite with holiday decor, create a memorable in-suite holiday dinner party, arrange for a holiday movie with cookies and cocoa, and much more.The Four Seasons Orlando

Holiday Treats

From peppermint s’mores at PB&G to holiday gelato flavours of chocolate cinnamon, gingerbread, and crushed candy cane at Lickety Split, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge. Lickety Split will also offer an array of holiday treats, such as pistachio and cranberry bark, pecan toffee, mini mint chocolate cookies and more to satisfy a sweet tooth. The whole family will enjoy complimentary cookie decorating with Chef Saber, offered to Resort guests on select dates.

 

Toast To 2018 At The Peninsula New York’s Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala At Salon De Ning

Grab a glass of champagne and toast to 2018 high above the city lights of Fifth Avenue at The Peninsula New York’s first Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala, taking place at Salon de Ning rooftop bar and terrace. This glamorous event will see the property’s Salon de Ning transformed into a chic sky-lit penthouse complete with live music, delicious eats, entertainment and dancing, as both the East and West Terraces are enclosed and heated under translucent marquees.1510073027-925c0c2051589fd218c3816db3509a6f

A Manhattan favorite, Salon de Ning is inspired by the fictitious tale of Madame Ning, a celebrated Shanghai socialite, avid world traveler and international hostess who presided over “salons” in her stylish and eclectic residences around the world, making her friends and guests feel at home in a warm and welcoming environment. Boasting the most spectacular views of the glittering New York skyline and its streets below, Salon de Ning makes for the ideal rooftop venue to ring in 2018 beneath the city lights.

Following a red-carpet arrival through a private entrance leading directly to Salon de Ning, guests will be greeted with Champagne and be given an exclusive key with a hashtag for entry, as they then pass through an iridescent photo tunnel which will send a text directly to a guest’s phone with the image. From there, guests will enter an express elevator up to Salon de Ning.

Upon entry and resembling a luxe speakeasy, the West Terrace will welcome guests with crisp couches, vast velvet curtains, dancing and live music from the imaginative French duo Jul & Co, performing their signature mix of multi-instrumental DJ skills to set a unique and eclectic vibe. An exclusive VIP section for 20 people is available for purchase for $20,000, which includes five bottles of Cristal champagne, a lavish caviar setup, a rare bottle of the Balvenie 30-Year-Old Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky and all-night bottle service to ring in not just New Year’s Eve, but mark the start of the hotel’s 30th Anniversary year, taking place in 2018.

On the East Terrace, two full-service bars and a range of dining stations and passed plates will excite guests, along with a performance by The Chip Shop Boys, regarded as the UK’s best rock and pop cover band to dance the night away. Behind them, a video wall with a live feed of New York City’s iconic Times Square ball drop will be broadcast at the stroke of midnight, kicking off 2018 along with a confetti drop, more dancing, drinks and posh late-night bites.

The two atmospheres will meet in Salon de Ning’s interior bar, which will host a decadent tequila-pairing bar complemented with a live sushi station and raw bar for guests to enjoy, as a range of curious performers dazzles through the space. Additional eats include an Asian street food station, taco bar, and post-midnight dessert graffiti station.

The Salon de Ning Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala will take place from 9:00pm to 2:00am and is priced at $725, not including tax and gratuity. Attire is black tie optional. For reservations, please call 212-903-3051 or email holidaypny@peninsula.com.

Holiday 2017: Festive Family Fun At The Peninsula New York

With the 2017 holiday almost upon us, families and children of all ages can experience the joy of New York during the holidays in the heart of the city at The Peninsula New York. As the temperatures begin to drop and the holiday spirit starts to rise, families and children of all ages can celebrate the season with a variety of hotel packages and themed events taking place this winter, guaranteed to create lasting memories for all.

Luxury hotel announces family-friendly rooms packages and events to celebrate the season.

Luxury hotel announces family-friendly rooms packages and events to celebrate the season. Holiday package includes an in-room gingerbread playhouse.

Boys and girls of all ages can journey to the Big Apple with their families and experience the Nights Before Christmas Package, offering holiday fun for the whole family. Children on the nice list will be rewarded with an in-room gingerbread playhouse, Elf on the Shelf candy cane scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating kit, exclusive access to The Peninsula Sweet Shoppe, Christmas movie library complete with classic films and more.

Guests who book this package will also receive:

  • In-room Gingerbread Playhouse set-up
  • Elf on the Shelf candy cane in-room scavenger hunt
  • Exclusive access to the Peninsula Sweet Shoppe
  • Gingerbread cookie decorating kit
  • Holiday-themed turndown amenity
  • Christmas movie library
  • Peninsula Snowpage Snowglobe gift
  • Complimentary dining for children 10 years and under
  • Daily American breakfast for two adults

With room rates starting at $1,145 per night, this package is available for booking from November 24 to December 30, 2017 and can be reserved by calling or emailing Reservations can be made directly online at www.peninsula.com/newyork, by calling (212) 956 2888 or e-mail pny@peninsula.com.

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LUXURY HOTEL ANNOUNCES FAMILY-FRIENDLY ROOMS PACKAGES AND EVENTS TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON 2

Luxury hotel announces family-friendly rooms packages and events to celebrate the season. Special activities include a Gingerbread House Decorating Class.

Children of all ages are invited to journey to the North Pole this holiday season with the Polar Express Children’s Holiday Tea. Taking place in the hotel’s Gotham Lounge on December 17, children can attend dressed in their favorite pajamas and enjoy a book reading alongside the conductor, tea, cookies and more.

Date: December 9

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Price: $85 per person (includes one holiday cocktail per adult)

A holiday favorite for families, join The Peninsula New York’s Executive Pastry team through a Gingerbread House Decorating Class this season. Children and families alike can join in on the festivities complete with a child-friendly Afternoon Tea and storytelling by Mrs. Claus, while adults enjoy a tea buffet and glass of Champagne while watching the decorating activities alongside their little ones.

Date: December 16

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Price: $98 per person (includes one glass of Champagne per adult). Reservations can be made by calling 212-903-3941 or by emailing diningpny@peninsula.com.

Lord & Taylor Unveiled 2017 Holiday Windows, Presented By Hallmark Channel

Lord & Taylor unveiled its 80th annual world-famous holiday windows in New York on Thursday, November 9 with a magnificent event in collaboration with Hallmark Channel and Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Following a performance by American country pop singer-songwriter Jessie James Decker, Lord & Taylor President Liz Rodbell joined the stage for the much-anticipated window reveal. Together, they introduced this year’s spectacular window theme of The Best And The Brightest to a bustling crowd.

Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

Lord & Taylor Unveiled 2017 Holiday Windows, Presented By Hallmark Channel, with a performance by American country pop singer-songwriter Jessie James Decker (left). Lord & Taylor President Liz Rodbell (right) joined the stage for the much-anticipated window reveal.

The Lord & Taylor holiday windows are considered a gift to the city as the retailer never includes commercial products in its animated displays on Fifth Avenue. The windows are created by a team of nearly 75 craftsmen, artists, and engineers who have spent more than 35,000 hours refining every detail. In the days leading up to the unveiling, the vignettes are raised into the street-level windows on hydraulics—a unique feature of the 103-year-old landmarked building. The retailer introduced its first-ever animated holiday windows in 1937.

Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

The Fifth Avenue windows have been transformed into a whimsical journey, as seen through the lens of enchanted snow globes, featuring over 60 variations throughout the display. Each of the five animated windows boasts a unique scene, including:

  • Arctic Adventures: Two polar bears meet for a celebratory high-five in an arctic scene
  • Christmas in the City: Starry holiday scene set against NYC skyscrapers
  • Holiday Circus: A vintage-style circus is conducted by the master of ceremonies
  • Santa’s Magic: A modern-day Santa looks into his globe
  • Winter Woodlands: A rabbit ventures toward a magical tree with woodland creatures
    Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

    Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

    Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

    Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

    Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

    Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

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Soprano Emily Birsan and Tenor Gregory Turay to Star in “La Traviata” at The Indianapolis Opera

Indianapolis Opera opens its “Season of Delights” with one of the most beloved operas of all time, “La Traviata.” No art form can surpass opera’s ability to present the passion and drama found in universal stories and “La Traviata” is a superb example of this. Verdi’s tale of desire, love, and redemption comes to the intimate Tarkington Theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel November 17, 18, & 19.

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Indianapolis Opera Logo

Indianapolis Opera’s artistic vision is to present both traditional and contemporary operas that feature some of the best national and regional talent.

No opera express the transformative power of love more than “La Traviata.Violetta, a Parisian courtesan, transcends the haze of riches and excess by sacrificing herself to her true love. But it’s just not that easy, as the audience will witness. This particular opera is great for someone who has never been to opera and, of course, it will bring back memories and enjoyment for opera lovers who have seen it many times.

We are pleased and proud to welcome Indianapolis Opera back to the Tarkington,” said Jeffrey C. McDermott, President/CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts. “Given our shared mission of bringing world-class performances to central Indiana audiences, this partnership is very important to us.

Soprano Emily Birsan, Rising Star with Lyric Opera of Chicago and critically acclaimed for her many prominent interpretations of concert and operatic repertoire, will appear as the lead, Violetta. Indy Opera also welcomes tenor Gregory Turay, Metropolitan Opera Veteran, who appears as Alfredo. Mr. Turay has sung leading tenor at the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of “Don Giovanni” and “Falstaff,” and with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Rodolpho in the world premiere of “A View from the Bridge.

“We are excited to have artists of this high caliber collaborating with our company,” said David Craig Starkey, Indianapolis Opera’s new General Director.Audiences will be moved by this production as they experience one of Verdi’s finest masterpieces in the intimate environment of the theatre.

All performances will be sung in Italian, with English supertitles to enhance the audience’s experience. Tickets are on sale through www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org.

San Francisco Ballet Announces Program Details for Unbound: A Festival of New Works, April 20-May 6, 2018

San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has announced the program order and select titles for Unbound: A Festival of New Works, from April 20-May 6, 2018. Unbound, an unprecedented festival of new works, celebrates the city’s spirit of curiosity and experimentation. Over 17 performances, Unbound will include 12 world premieres by international artists including David Dawson, Alonzo King, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cathy Marston, Trey McIntyre, Justin Peck, Arthur Pita, Dwight Rhoden, Myles Thatcher, Stanton Welch, and Christopher Wheeldon. The festival, comprised of four programs, will make San Francisco the epicenter of the dance world next spring.

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San Francisco Ballet’s Miranda Silveira (© Erik Tomasson)

Program A opens on Friday, April 20 and will feature new works by Alonzo King, Christopher Wheeldon (entitled Bound©), and Justin Peck (entitled Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming). Program B opens on Saturday, April 21 and features new works by Myles Thatcher, Cathy Marston (entitled Snowblind), and David Dawson (entitled Anima Animus). Program C opens on Tuesday, April 24 and will feature new works by Stanton Welch, Trey McIntyre (entitled Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem), and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Program D opens Thursday, April 26 and includes new works by Edwaard Liang (entitled The Infinite Ocean), Dwight Rhoden, and Arthur Pita.

The festival will also include ancillary programs such as a dance film series, a symposium, a series of community pop-up events, as well as a recently completed series of live streams.

As part of Unbound, SF Ballet is partnering with the San Francisco Dance Film Festival to produce four short dance films. Participating filmmakers and artists include filmmaker Kate Duhamel with choreographers Alonzo King and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; filmmaker Mark Kohr with choreographer Cathy Marston; and filmmaker Matthew McKee with choreographer Dwight Rhoden.

Also, in conjunction with Unbound, SF Ballet is presenting Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet’s Future, from April 27-29. The Symposium includes an opening roundtable hosted by critic Marina Harss and three panels: “Silicon Ballet:” Bringing Ballet and Technology Together On Stage, On Film, and Online; Ballet Unbound? The Aesthetics and Politics of Ballet in a Globalized World; and Boundless: Featuring New Voices in Ballet Choreography, Leadership, and Audiences. The panels will include an array of critics, academics, industry leaders, and artists.

Unbound Out of Bounds is a series of pop-ups that take place throughout the winter and next spring, in unexpected spaces throughout San Francisco. A full schedule will be announced soon.

A World of Adventure Awaits: Royal Caribbean Brings Together Bold Itineraries and Unrivaled Innovations for 2019-2020 Season

Cruise Line Inspires Adventure with Industry-Changing Ships Sailing to More Destinations than Ever

Royal Caribbean International‘s expanding global footprint is evident in the 2019-2020 deployment plans, thanks to having unparalleled product offerings in the Caribbean, four new ports of call in Europe, and the first-ever Quantum Class ship to visit the Alaskan frontier. Combined with newly transformed ships designed to offer an unmatched short Caribbean vacation, Royal Caribbean is offering more adventures than ever for guests of all ages.Royal_Caribbean_International_logo

More Ways to See the Caribbean

Royal Caribbean is changing the game when it comes to short Caribbean cruise vacation offerings. Newly modernized and purposefully redesigned with families in mind, two of the cruise line’s Voyager Class shipsMariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas – will sail 3- and 4-night itineraries to The Bahamas. Touting favorites unique to Royal Caribbean, and new features catering to emerging trends and traveler preferences, both ships will represent the best product in the industry offering short, weekend vacations to the Caribbean. Mariner will sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, while Navigator will be based in Miami where guests will be welcomed through Royal Caribbean’s new, state-of-the-art Terminal A in PortMiami. Voyager Class changed the industry by introducing unexpected activities and adventures, including the rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink and Royal Promenade. Together with some exciting new features, they will be perfect introductions for first-time guests and families, who are short on time, to experience the best of the Caribbean in a weekend.

Travelers from the Southwest also seeking short Caribbean getaways can take advantage of 4- and 5-night sailings on Enchantment of the Seas from Galveston, Texas to various destinations in Mexico, year-round. Short Caribbean itineraries will be available to book the week of Nov. 20, 2017. All itineraries will be available to book by Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members one day prior to the general opening date.

All four of the world’s largest cruise ships – Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas – will set sail from Florida in 2019 through April 2020. Oasis of the Seas, the first ship in its class, will undergo a bow-to-stern transformation before homeporting at Royal Caribbean’s custom-built Terminal A at PortMiami for the fall and winter seasons, alongside her newest record-setting sister ship, Symphony of the Seas, which will be a year-round Miami resident. Continue reading