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Taking the Holidays to New Heights at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Downtown Toronto Hotel Invites Guests to Enjoy the City's Tallest Gingerbread House and Other Holiday Delights

TORONTO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/10/12 -- Toronto is already known as one of the friendliest cities in Canada -- and now it is one of the sweetest. With the unveiling of Toronto's tallest holiday gingerbread creation at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, 200 pounds of flour, 85 pounds of sugar, 20 pounds of spice, 26 pounds of egg whites, 51 pounds of butter and over 500 construction hours come together for a breathtaking display at the downtown Toronto hotel.

Featuring a replica CN Tower and measuring 17 feet tall, this sweet structure will be available for public viewing in the luxury hotel's main lobby until December 31st.

The giant gingerbread display isn't the only holiday offering at the 5-diamond Toronto hotel. Starting December 7th, DEQ Lounge will offer a long-standing Ritz-Carlton tradition with its Teddy Bear Tea. Featuring a child-friendly menu, cookie decorating and hot chocolate refreshments for the little ones, Teddy Bear Tea is available every Saturday and Sunday during the month of December. Children are encouraged to bring in their favorite stuffed friend to take part in the fun, and can also help support the hotel's toy drive in support of the Herbie Fund, by donating a new or gently used stuffed animal.

TOCA restaurant is offering a delectable Christmas Prix Fixe Dinner on December 24th and 25th, 2012, with a first seating at 5PM. The luxury Toronto hotel's signature downtown restaurant is also offering a festive Christmas Day Brunch from 11AM to 4PM.

Available through January 13, 2013, the exclusive holiday "Shop 'Til You Drop" hotel package gives guests the opportunity to explore Bloor-Yorkvile, Toronto's most celebrated neighbourhood of style and culture offering a unique blend of designer boutiques or the 250 stores of Eaton Centre in the heart of downtown Toronto. Starting at $440 CDN per night,* the exclusive package includes luxurious hotel accommodation in a deluxe room, a $100 American Express® gift card, a welcome amenity, and valet parking nightly. Upgrades are also available to some of the most sought-after luxury suites in Toronto.

Finally, to relieve holiday stress, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto is also pleased to offer festive day spa specials throughout the month of December at the 23,000 square foot Spa MyBlend by Clarins. These Toronto spa packages include holiday themed favorites such as the Holly Berry Body Buff, Candy Cane Manicure, Mistle-Toes Pedicure, and the Hot Toddy Body Wrap. Guests who book any three of the above treatments on the same day (Monday-Thursday) will enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, plus complimentary lunch from the spa menu.

For inquiries, reservations, pricing, or more information about the luxury Toronto hotel, please visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Toronto/Default.htm or call 416-585-2500.

As Toronto's only 5-Diamond hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto offers unforgettable stays in the heart of downtown. Ideally situated in the city's bustling financial and performing arts districts, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto is located across from Roy Thompson Hall and just steps from the Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox. The downtown Toronto hotel features 267 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites that offer magnificent city or lake views from floor to ceiling windows.

Along with its legendary service, luxurious amenities and offerings include North America's only Spa MyBlend by Clarins, the spacious outdoor terrace at DEQ Lounge, signature Ritz-Carlton Club Level service and the impeccable dining experience of TOCA restaurant.

*Rate is per room/per night, based on double occupancy, exclusive of taxes, gratuities, fees and other charges; does not apply to groups; cannot be combined with any other offer and is not applicable for Rewards redemption. Advanced reservations are required. Suite upgrade available for an additional cost. Offer is subject to availability. No credit back if inclusions are unused.

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