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Fairmont Royal York for the Holidays

It might be easier to ask what ISN'T happening at Fairmont Royal York this holiday season.
For over 94 years, Fairmont Royal York has been the best host for big-city holiday traditions, new and old. The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is a magical kick-off to the season, and the surprise musical guest performance always delivers. The timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea features a decadent holiday menu of savoury sandwiches and delectable pastries. Then there’s the kitschy glow from The Thirsty Elf pop-up bar – a fan-favourite to your holiday roster. The Christmas & New Year’s prix fixe selections at REIGN Restaurant are everything a holiday meal should be, while shoppers can recline in the rosy glow of the stylish Clockwork Bar and indulge in an exclusive list of 94 champagnes or the fine selection of cocktails. End 2023 on a high note and ring in the New Year at the Library Bar, the city’s coveted cocktail den, featuring timeless classics like the Birdbath Martini or new masterpieces like The Curator and King of Dreams from Director of Mixology James Grant.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Celebrate 94 years of holiday magic with your loved ones at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with Make-A-Wish® Canada. Plus a very festive window reveal, and a surprise musical guest performance.

Date: November 22nd

Time: 4:30 pm Window Reveal, 5 pm Tree Lighting

Location: Main Lobby, Fairmont Royal York

Notes: Open to the public

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Christmas sweaters, kitschy décor and cheerful, festive cocktails – what more do you need to get into the holiday spirit? Toronto’s favourite annual holiday-themed pop-up, The Thirsty Elf, is waiting to take your order.

Opening Night: Wednesday, November 22

Dates: November 22nd to December 22nd, Thursday through Saturday

Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Menu: available here
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The timeless ritual of Afternoon Tea unfolds under the rosy glow of the clock. The stunning lobby bar is the setting for holiday-themed confectionaries, delicate pastries, and a fragrant selection of Fairmont Lot 35 teas. 

Savoury: Smoked Turkey Croissant, gruyere cheese, black grainy mustard, cranberry sauce; Sausage Roll, spiced pork, onion and sage jam, preserved apple; Beef Tourtiere, warm spices, preserved tomato; Chicken and Foie Gras Parfait, preserved cranberry, chocolate, basil, brioche soldiers; Cucumber on Rye, juniper, lime, basil, whipped fromage; Coronation Chicken, spiced mango, curried aioli, smoked chicken, apricot chutney, herbs, brioche roll

Sweet: Vanilla Panna Cotta, pistachio crumble and citrus orange; Chocolate Reindeer, truffle mousse and fudge cake; Mont Blanc, chestnut cream, dehydrated meringue; Hazelnut Tart, milk chocolate ganache, candied hazelnuts; Snow Religieuse, peppermint cream and cream cheese

Dates: November 18th – December 31st

Noon – 4:00 pm, Saturday
Noon – 5:00 pm, Sunday

Cost: $94 per person

Book Now: Saturday Seatings

                        Sunday Seatings

Menu: available here

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Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your loved ones. Executive Chef Paul Shewchuk and our culinary team have prepared your entire holiday meal with all of the trimmings. Conveniently pick-up at the hotel, warm and serve! $5 from each order will be donated to Make-A-Wish® Canada.

Order by December 1st with code EARLY20 at online check-out and enjoy $20 off your order.

Order by noon, 12:00 PM, on Thursday, December 21 (or while quantities last)

Pick-up Dates: December 24th & 25th

Pick-up Times: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Cost: Starting at $300


  • Cider + Thyme Brined Ontario Free Range Turkey; OR Royal Honey and Grainy Mustard Glazed Leg of Ham
  • Brioche Popover Rolls
  • Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Bisque
  • Rosemary and Onion Stuffing
  • Roasted Onion and Sage Pan Gravy
  • House Cranberry Sauce
  • Roasted Petite New Potatoes, Fresh Rosemary, Sea Salt Butter
  • Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts, Squash, Carrots
  • Homestyle Pumpkin Pie, Whipped Vanilla Bean Cream or Apple Pie, Whipped Vanilla Cream

Order today here.
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REIGN Holiday Lunch Buffet

This decadent buffet is served in a luxurious and refined atmosphere, creating a memorable festive experience. With no dishes!

Cold Items: Squash & Farro Salad, sautéed kale, artichoke hearts, parsley, pickled pearl onions, balsamic vinaigrette; Roasted Beetroot Salad, orange, Lindsay goat’s cheddar, puffed quinoa, citrus vinaigrette; Arugula Waldorf Salad, mighty harvest greens, green apple, pickled celery, dried cranberries, yoghurt dressing, pecans; Smoked Atlantic Salmon, capers, lemon, pickled red onions

Hot Items: Roast Turkey, slow-cooked turkey breast & thigh, turkey gravy; Maple & Mustard Salmon, black tobiko, parsley, lemon; Squash Gnocchi, vegan gnocchi, roasted squash & mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, chives

Dessert: Mince Pie, Yuzu Snowman, Manjari Truffle Cake, Christmas Linzer, White Chocolate Walnut Brownies, Oreo Cheesecake, Strawberry Panna Cotta, Traditional Christmas Log Cake (vanilla or chocolate)

Dates: November 29th to December 15th, Monday – Friday

Time: Noon – 2:00 PM

Cost: $69 per person

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Menu: available here

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REIGN Christmas Day Brunch Buffet

Celebrate Christmas Day with a festive brunch buffet at REIGN. Featuring a made-to-order menu and a deluxe buffet presentation by Executive Restaurant Chef Roland Torok-Ducharme and his team, which includes an array of fresh fruit, pastries, charcuterie, roasted striploin, maple and mustard glazed salmon, and an impressive dessert table.

Dates: December 25th

Time: Noon – 2:00 PM
Cost: $99 per person

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Menu: available here

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REIGN Christmas Dinner

All the flavours of Christmas are at this holiday-inspired 3-course prix fixe menu. Prepared by Executive Restaurant Chef Roland Torok-Ducharme and his team, with seasonal ingredients such as Leek and Potato Soup to our REIGN Turkey Dinner and Seared Cauliflower Steak.

Dates: December 24th, 25th & 26th

Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Cost: $99 per person

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Menu: available here

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REIGN New Year’s Eve Dinner

Celebrate the new year with a celebratory 4-course or 6-course prix fixe menu created with French techniques and inspired by Canada’s rich bounty. Toast to the grand occasion with an added wine pairing by our expert Sommelier, Steven Karataglidis.

Dates: December 31st 

Time: First Seating – 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

          Second Seating – 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost: First Seating – $109 per person (optional wine pairing $89)

           Second Seating – $179 per person (optional wine pairing $150)

Book Now: First Seating 

             Second Seating

Menu: available here

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REIGN New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet

This New Year’s Day celebratory brunch buffet will launch 2024 in style. There’s a grand array of fresh fruit, pastries, charcuterie, roasted striploin, maple and mustard glazed salmon, and an impressive dessert spread.

Dates: January 1st, 2024

Time: Noon – 3:00 PM
Cost: $99 per person

Book Now

Menu: available here

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LIBRARY BAR New Year’s Eve Dinner

Delve into the world of premium spirits and tell your tale in Toronto’s gem of a cocktail den. This elevated New Year’s Eve experience features oysters, caviar, and a Birdbath Martini.

Date: December 31st 

Time: First Seating – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

      Second Seating – 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost:  First Seating – $150 per person, with glass of sparkling wine

           Second Seating – $250 per person, with a welcome cocktail and glass of sparkling wine

Book: First Seating 

             Second Seating 

Menu: available here

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