Full array of holiday events lined up at Grande Lakes Orlando

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Grande Lakes Holiday guide

There’s no doubt that the holidays are going to be a bit different this year. But at least we can still rely on Grande Lakes Orlando to put on its always fun array of holiday happenings in and around the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott.

And this year there’s a new restaurant joining in all the reindeer games – though considering it’s Knife & Spoon, I wouldn’t get too close if I were a reindeer, if you know what I mean.

Knife & Spoon will be among the resort’s restaurants that will be offering Thanksgiving dinner this year. And if you haven’t already experienced the high quality of food it’s putting out, this would be a dandy excuse to visit.

The restaurant will offer a $125 four-course menu that will include buttermilk-brined turkey. (And to get a taste of executive chef John Tesar’s method of dry aging beef, you can add prime rib for another $15.)

Also for Thanksgiving, the Ritz will offer a Turkey To-Go option for those who want to dine at home without having to do the cooking. For $265 you get Whisper Creek Farm Seminole pumpkin soup, a 14-16 pound roast turkey, dressing and side dishes, plus dessert. It’s enough to serve up to six people (unless you invite that certain uncle; you know the one).

If you can’t make it for Thanksgiving, Knife & Spoon is offering a Christmas dinner to go that features a 60-day aged prime rib. The cost of the multi-course meal is $450 and it will serve 4 to 6 people. For $525 you can add winter black truffle and really make it a special dinner.

All of this is in addition to offering from the other fine restaurants on property, including Highball & Harvest and Primo. Plus an array of activities, such as the always-popular Gingerbread School and Santa’s Teddy Bear Tea.

You can see all of the activities and events by digitally thumbing though the gorgeous holiday brochure. Note that reservations are necessary for all dinners and events. Many, such as the Gingerbread School, sell out early. And rest assured that all events and activities will be carried out with the appropriate cleanliness and distancing.

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