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Rosen Hotels & Resorts Celebrates the True Meaning of the Holidays with Free Holiday Entertainment Celebrating Local Performing Arts

Local Residents and Hotel Guests Invited to Enjoy Free Performances, Innovative Holiday Workshops and Seasonal Dining Events at Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek

For more information, contact:
Mary Deatrick, DPR
(407) 332-5212 mary@deatrickpr.com

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ORLANDO (Nov. 1, 2012) – While parties, feasts, decorations, and carols are all a welcome part of the holiday season, the associates at Rosen Hotels & Resorts recognize that friends and family are what make the season bright. Friends and families reuniting to share memories and create new ones are at the heart of the holiday celebrations at the company’s three award-winning leisure and convention hotels. Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek will play host to a variety of traditional and innovative holiday events showcasing local visual and performing arts groups, as well as a host of holiday buffets and teas, hands-on activities such as chocolate making, holiday tree decorating, craft cocktail making, cookie decorating, and much more. While there is a charge for dining and other selected activities, many of events at each of the hotels are offered at no charge and are open to anyone in the community who cares to share in the spirit of the season.

Capturing the true spirit of the holiday season, Rosen Shingle Creek also is proud to present a new program to benefit Runway To Hope. From Nov. 28, 2012 through Jan. 4, 2013, the hotel will raise funds for the Orlando-based charity (www.runwaytohope.org), a not-for-profit organization founded by Mark and Josie NeJame. Runway To Hope’s mission is to serve and provide direct support to the children and families in the Central Florida community who have been impacted by pediatric cancer. Throughout the season, Rosen Shingle Creek will sell boxed ornaments for $15 each available for purchase at the hotel’s front desk to benefit the charity. Josie NeJame will decorate a themed Christmas tree in the Rosen Shingle Creek lobby in celebration of the holiday giving campaign.

For a complete listing of all of the holiday events at Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza, please refer to the information below. Special room rates also will be available at the hotels on select dates. Please call each hotel for more details.


ROSEN PLAZA

www.rosenplaza.com
9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
For more information, please call 407-996-9700.

Holiday Performances and Santa Visit
Fridays, (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21), 6-10 p.m.
Free

From 6-7 p.m., enjoy Santa sightings, holiday carolers and holiday cheer, to the tunes of holiday jazz performed by the “Solid State Jazz Trio.” The trio will perform from 7-10 p.m.

“A Classical Holiday” Entertainment
Saturdays (Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22), 6-7 p.m.
Free

The hotel presents “A Classical Holiday” with presentations from local artists who will share classical harp and violin selections, accompanied by holiday carolers.

Santa’s Cookie Stop
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:30-4 p.m.
Free

It’s all about Santa! Visit Santa’s Workshop, put in a gift request with the big man and his number one elf, get a photo taken, sing along with Christmas carols and enjoy holiday cookies and punch. Santa’s Cookie Stop is located in the hotel’s lobby next to the holiday tree.

Breakfast with Santa and Gift Event
Saturday, Dec. 22, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
$15 per adult; $10 per child age 4-12; children under 4 free with paying adult. Price includes tax and gratuity.

Join us at Café Matisse where Santa and one of his hard-working elves host a breakfast and gift event. After breakfast with Santa, children can select their gift for wrapping (wrapping station, paper provided). Adult supervision is required. One gift is included with purchase of each child or adult lunch buffet. Space is limited; reservations recommended. Stay over on December 21, 2012 for just $79 plus tax and receive Breakfast with Santa included in the price of the room.

Dining and Caricatures at Jack’s Place, Rosen Plaza
On-going Fridays and Saturdays (Nov. 30 thru Saturday, Dec. 22), 6-9 p.m.
Varies

Dine under the stars at Jack’s Place this holiday season and receive a complimentary holiday caricature with the purchase of dinner for two. Jack’s Place is named after Harris Rosen’s father Jack, who worked as a safety engineer at the Waldorf Astoria NY starting in 1932. As a side vocation, Jack sketched thousands of caricatures of celebrities and VIPs visiting the hotel and who autographed their drawings, a selection of which are now adorning the walls at Jack’s Place at Rosen Plaza. Cost of each caricature without dinner is $10 per person including tax. Reservations are suggested.


ROSEN CENTRE

www.rosencentre.com
9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
For more information or to reserve your space at a paid holiday event, please call 407-996-9840.

Holiday Lobby Entertainment and Culinary Events
Fridays (Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14), 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Free

Get into the spirit of the season with roving carolers who will perform standard holiday favorites while gathering ‘round the hotel’s holiday tree gracing the Grand Lobby.

Then, stay to learn tips and tricks from the pros to impress your guests this holiday season at our hands-on tasting events conducted by our experienced team of award-winning chefs and beverage professionals. This is the perfect activity for anyone hosting parties this season or just looking for a fun Friday night with friends. Attend one or attend all sessions. Guests will have the opportunity to watch the professional demonstrations and then make their own, tasting everything along the way. Take home gifts, recipes and tips are included and an extra special holiday gift will be provided to guests that attend all three sessions. Cost is $25 plus tax per adult. Space is limited; reservations recommended.

Holiday Cocktail and Culinary Artistry
Friday, Nov. 30, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
$25 plus tax per adult.

Learn how to make and present holiday cocktails that will have your friends believing you are a true mixologist. Then watch as our chefs show you amazing tricks to make any food presentation a masterpiece. Two cocktails and hors d’oeuvres included.

Wine & Food Pairings and Wine Gift Giving Tips
Friday, Dec. 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
$25 plus tax per adult.

Learn insider tips for food and wine pairings and how to pick the perfect bottle of wine for a gift from our wine expert all while enjoying five wine and nibbles combinations that will make your holiday party sparkle. If this wasn’t enough, you can get your holiday shopping done as wines will be available for sale with holiday packaging to take home. This is true multi-tasking at its best! Five wine with tasting bites included.

Sweet Sensations: Holiday Desserts & Dessert Cocktails
Friday, Dec. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
$25 plus tax per adult.

Learn how to craft beautiful and delicious miniature desserts including our unique Fruit Sushi created and taught by our Pastry Chef. Dessert wouldn’t be the same without a sweet concoction presented by our resident mixologist. Two cocktails and desserts included.

Holiday Lobby Entertainment and Santa; Holiday Dining Experiences — International Buffet and Free Holiday Movie or Everglades and Cool Jazz
Saturdays (Dec. 1, 8 and 15), 5:30-11 p.m.

From 5:30-6:30 p.m., join guests in the Grand Lobby where roving carolers and a visit from Santa await to spark holiday cheer. From 8-11 p.m., jam to the sounds of the band Chill Switch who will perform live holiday favorites and jazz in the Lobby Lounge. In addition, enjoy one of two of our holiday dining offerings and our holiday gift to you of free holiday entertainment:

International Holiday Dinner with Santa & Holiday Movie Under the Stars
5:30-8 p.m.
$23.95 per adult; $10.95 per child ages 4-12; under 4 free with a paying adult. Price does not include tax and gratuity.

From 5:30p.m. – 6:30pm, join us in the Grand Lobby where roving carolers will delight with songs of the season, then have dinner with the jolly one himself during Dinner with Santa in Café Gauguin. Family fun to be had as young and old enjoy our International Holiday Dinner buffet featuring our award-winning Herb Crusted Prime Rib, stations of holiday favorites from around the world and an extensive selection of holiday cakes and pies and ice cream sundae bar for dessert. Restaurant reservations recommended.

Wine Pairing Dinner and Evening of Live Jazz
5:30-11 p.m.
$45 plus tax and gratuity per adult.

For the grown–ups, enjoy a three course prix-fix gourmet menu expertly paired with wines selected by our sommelier at the award-winning Everglades. After dinner, enjoy reserved seating in our Lobby Lounge, an after dinner cocktail and sweet bites all included in dinner price while jamming to the sounds of the band Chill Switch who will perform live holiday favorites and jazz from 8:00p.m. -11:00pm. Cost of three-course wine pairing menu is $45 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations recommended.

Lunch With Santa and Holiday Cake Pop Decorating
Saturdays, (Dec. 1 and 8), 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
$15.95 per adult; $9.95 per child age 4-12; under 4 free with a paying adult. Price does not include tax and gratuity.

Enjoy a bountiful buffet lunch with Santa at the hotel’s Café Gauguin, get your picture with Santa and then decorate cake pops with our Pastry Chef to the tunes of favorite holiday songs. Santa and cake pop decorating included at no charge in the regular price of each lunch buffet. Adult supervision required. Cost is $15.95 plus tax and gratuity for adults; $9.95 plus tax and gratuity per child age 4-12; children under 3 are free with a paying adult. Space is limited; reservations recommended.


ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK

www.rosenshinglecreek.com
9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819
For more information or to reserve your place at a paid holiday event, please call 407-996-9939.

Lobby Nutcracker Dance Performances
Fridays (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, and 14), 6-9:30 p.m.
Free

Greet Santa as he makes his appearance from the North Pole, then stay for selections from The Nutcracker Ballet performed by the Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance and Windermere Ballet Community Theatre. Santa and caroling will begin at 6 p.m., followed by ballet performances. After the ballet performances, join holiday revelers at the hotel’s Osceola Winter Path located outside on the lower lobby to enjoy with holiday karaoke. A cash bar and snacks will be available for sale from 7:30 -9:30 p.m.

Visit from Santa and Holiday Dance Performances
Saturdays (Dec.1, 8, and 15), 6-9:30 p.m.
Free

Enjoy a visit from Santa and holiday caroling and then tap your toes as Miriam and Val’s School of Dance and The Sanford Pops Dance Troop present a variety of ballet, tap and contemporary holiday dances. Santa and caroling will begin at 6 p.m followed by the Sanford Pops. After the ballet performances, join holiday revelers in the hotel’s scenic Rose Garden for holiday karaoke. A cash bar and snacks will be available for sale 7:30 -9:30 p.m.

Shingle Creek Winter Wonderland Stroll
Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Free (other than Shingle Creek Express Train — $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 12 – 4, under 4 is free. Price does not include tax)

Join us for Rosen Shingle Creek’s newest tradition, the Shingle Creek Winter Wonderland Stroll. Stroll among the hotel’s pristinely manicured grounds now magically transformed into a winter wonderland complete with gently falling show (at 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30pm), holiday carolers and a beautifully lit 25-foot Christmas tree and tree lighting by Santa Claus. Enjoy storytelling and winter characters such as the Sugarplum Fairy, Snowflake girls, Santa and his elves, available for photos. Or take a ride on the Shingle Creek Express Train with our very own conductor. Those who want to truly revel in the spirit of the season can grab the microphone for holiday karaoke. The event is free and open to the public. Cash dining carts and cash bar will be available for sale 6:30-9:30 p.m. Snow falls nightly 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Santa tree lighting at 7:00 p.m.

Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy Afternoon Tea
Sunday, Dec. 2, 1:30- 3:30 p.m.
$20 plus tax for guests age 4 and older; under 4 is free with paying adult.

Enjoy a traditional English-style tea service with a deluxe assortment of sandwiches, imported teas, lemonade and fabulous desserts along with a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy. The stunning costumed character will pose for photos, sign autographs and mingle with guests from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Each child will receive a complimentary tea hat, and each guest will receive a complimentary photo and novelty holiday frame by which to remember the special day. Space is limited; reservations recommended.

Holiday Entertaining and Tree Fluffing Retro Rad Style hosted by Emily Ellyn
Saturday, Dec. 8, 5-6:15 p.m.
$25 plus tax per adult.

Back to the 1960’s we go for a “Mad Men” holiday! Have fun making retro holiday hors d’oeuvre and cocktail recipes with Emily Ellyn, previously featured on the 2012 Food Network Star. Guests will enjoy holiday cooking demonstrations, food and cocktail making and sampling, a photo with Chef Emily and will go home with recipe cards. Space is limited; reservations recommended.

Holiday Tap ‘n Tea Social
Saturday, Dec. 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
$20 plus tax for guests age 4 and older; under 4 is free with paying adult.

Put on your glitz and glam for Rosen Shingle Creek’s first annual Holiday Tap ‘n Tea Social. Mix and mingle with girlfriends of all ages while enjoying tasty treats from the hotel’s award-winning culinary team and lively tap performances featuring the Sanford Pops. Your afternoon will be captured in a photo to take home as a gift. Space is limited; reservations recommended.

Holiday Chocolate Making Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
$25 plus tax per person (for all participants).

Chocolate lovers young and young-at-heart will enjoy an afternoon with “Orlando’s Willy Wonka” Executive Pastry Chef David Ramirez. Guests will enjoy sampling treats, as well as creating their own chocolate-themed gifts they can bring home after the workshop. The event is open to the entire family. Space is limited; reservations recommended.


HOLIDAY BUFFETS AND DINING EVENTS

On Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, Thanksgiving Day and Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, Christmas Day, Rosen Hotels & Resorts will offer a choice of three delicious holiday buffets:

Rosen Plaza/Grand Ballroom
9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Holiday Buffet with Wine
Buffet Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price: Adults $34.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 5 – 10; $15.95 plus tax and gratuity; children 4 and under, one free child with each paying adult; Visit the website for a coupon for $5 off each adult.
Reservations: 407-996- 0256
www.rosenplaza.com

Rosen Centre/Cafe Gauguin
9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Champagne and Mimosa Holiday Buffet
Buffet Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Price: Adults $39.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 4 – 12 $16.95 plus tax and gratuity; children under 4 are free
Reservations: 407-996-2385
www.rosencentre.com

Rosen Shingle Creek/Café Osceola
9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819
Champagne Holiday Buffet
Buffet Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: Adults $64.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 4 – 11 $24.95 plus tax and gratuity; children under 4 are free; 25 percent off adults if Florida resident or hotel guest
Reservations: 407-996-FOOD (3663)
For parties of 10 or more, please call 407-996-9770.
www.rosenshinglecreek.com

 

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