Holiday Travel: Nutcracker Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common is getting in the holiday spirit with all things Nutcracker. The hotel's Sugar Plum Fairy Tea is a festive tradition where guests get to mingle with costumed members of the Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. There’s a children’s sing-along, holiday cookie decorating and a visit with the Sugar Plum Fairy. If the kids miss the tea (held on November 26, December 3 and 7, 2011), there’s also a Nutcracker Breakfast with Mrs. Claus (Sundays, December 4, 11, and 18, 2011). The hotel has even custom-designed a suite as a magical Nutcracker dreamland. Designed by Be Our Guest, Michael Barnum Studio and Neiman Marcus, the suite flaunts holiday decoration inspired by Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker performance including the Dew Drop Fairy’s tutu. The king master bedroom connects to a double for the children.

The suite can be booked with a special holiday package-- valid from November 25, 2011 through January 1, 2012 from $895 per night-- which includes some fun extras. At night, the kids will enjoy bedtime holidays treats from Neiman Marcus and pastry chef Kerry Meister, delivered by The Dancing Bear, one of the stars of Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Also included in the package: a Satin pointe shoe, autographed by a Boston Ballet company dancer; a CD recording of The Nutcracker, performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra and Music Director Jonathan McPhee; a Sugar Plum inspired bubble bath from the Land of the Sweets drawn by The Ritz-Carlton Bath Butler; a make-up consultation at Neiman Marcus for Mom with a special theatrical makeup session for the children inspired by their favorite performer from The Nutcracker; and overnight valet parking.