• Written by Caroline Drahan-Pietrzak

Create lasting memories and celebrate the upcoming festive season in style at The Westin Melbourne. Playing host to a program of seasonal events throughout December, gather with family and friends and indulge in culinary experiences including Christmas Day buffet lunch, festive high tea and a special NYE degustation dinner.

Festive High Tea
Settle in for an afternoon of indulgence and experience a festive twist on the traditional with a specially themed Christmas high tea. Served amongst the stunning surrounds of the Lobby Lounge, three tiers will feature bite-sized delicacies including favourites such as scones and finger sandwiches in addition to handcrafted treats.

Prices start from $49 per person including unlimited coffee, tea and herbal infusions. Price per child $30 (4 – 12 years.)

Available daily from 11:00am to 4:00pm, 1 – 31 December, 2016.

Christmas Day Lunch
Serving up a decadent buffet in the hotel's signature restaurant, Allegro, you'll be spoilt for choice as you dine on an array of festive dishes. On offer will be an abundant seafood selection including lobster, oysters and blue swimmer crab, charcuterie spread featuring duck liver parfait and traditional favourites such as ham on the bone and an extensive dessert buffet including Christmas pudding with cognac crème anglaise and raspberry and white chocolate trifle.

Price is $295 per adult including or $100 per child (4 – 12 years) including a glass of Moët and Chandon on arrival, selected beer, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee plus a visit from Santa with gifts for the children.

Served 12:00pm to 3:30pm on Sunday 25 December, 2016.

New Year's Eve Degustation Dinner
Usher in 2017 with a tantalizing six course New Year's Eve degustation dinner in the heart of the city. Allegro Restaurant will be serving up a special menu featuring dishes such as native Angasi oysters with Osietra caviar, Victorian venison smoked in red gum with summer blackberries, onion and bone marrow sauce and an almond buttermilk sponge with crunchy dark chocolate and river mint.

A complimentary glass of champagne will be served on the restaurant's outdoor terrace to dinner guests that stay on for the NYE countdown.

Seatings will be available from 6:00pm to 9:30pm on Saturday 31 December, 2016. Price is $180 per person including a glass of Moët and Chandon and canapés on arrival or $260 with matching wines. Dinner guests that stay on for the NYE countdown can take in all the action from the Allegro outdoor terrace with complimentary champagne served at midnight.

Bookings for these special events are essential. For reservations call 03.9635.2222 or email Service.01185@westin.com.

More information and menus can be viewed online at westinmelbourne.com/festiveseason

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About The Westin Melbourne
With its commanding Collins Street address, elegant accommodation and intuitive service, The Westin Melbourne is the city's stylish centrepiece. Offering the ideal setting to relax, revive and experience renewal, the hotel boasts 262 guest rooms and suites featuring the signature Westin Heavenly® Bed, luxurious marble bathrooms and sweeping views of Melbourne. Facilities include a 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Centre, serene Wellness Centre with 20-metre lap pool, sauna and steam room, sophisticated dining at Allegro Restaurant and refined ambience in the Lobby Lounge bar. Guests can immerse themselves in the city's culture, enjoy the finest shopping and dining experiences and access Melbourne's top attractions all from the hotel's doorstep. For more information, visit westinmelbourne.com.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts, a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade, lives its philosophy “For a Better You™” through the Westin Well-being Movement's six pillars: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Sleep Well and Play Well™. At more than 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, guests can experience offerings that include the iconic Heavenly® Bed, RunWESTIN™ and Westin Gear Lending with New Balance®, delicious and nutritious SuperFoodsRx™, the innovative workspace Tangent, Westin Weekend signature experiences, and Heavenly Bath® and Heavenly Spa by Westin. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com and @MarriottIntl.

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