The setting for countless festive celebrations over the past 87 years, The Peninsula will be transformed into a winter wonderland this Christmas as Hong Kong’s Grande Dame unveils a captivating seasonal programme that will charm guests of all ages.
The hotel will be bedecked in a blizzard of white and gold, as snowy willows and twinkling fairy lights bring a touch of festive enchantment to the iconic building’s public spaces. Outside, giant neon snowflakes strung between the hotel’s wings will illuminate the forecourt and driveway along with Santa in his reindeer-drawn sleigh under a shimmering canopy of twinkling lights.
A hallowed annual tradition for many families, Christmas and New Year at The Peninsula will feature an extra touch of sparkle this year thanks to a selection of expertly curated programmes that celebrate the magic of the season.
Santa’s Little Runway
Christmas is always a special time for children, and budding style mavens will be given the chance to shine and win prizes with the Santa’s Little Runway promotion. Between 22 and 26 December 2015 in The Verandah, Spring Moon and The Lobby, Santa and his elves will be on the lookout for mini-fashionistas sporting adorable festive outfits and rewarding them with a commemorative photograph and the chance to draw an exclusive prize from Santa’s sack.
The fabulous festive treats on offer include personalised chocolate pageboys, artisanal chocolates, weekend brunch or Afternoon Tea in The Lobby, Saturday buffet lunch at The Verandah, dinner at Spring Moon, and a grand prize of a one night’s stay in a Deluxe Suite, inclusive of daily breakfast, for two adults and two children. There will also be SnowPage gingerbread cookies to make sure no well-dressed tot walks away empty-handed.
Boxing Day Children’s Party
Youngsters will also have the opportunity to embrace the traditions of the season at The Peninsula’s Boxing Day Children’s Party on 26 December, when Santa will be on hand to deliver gifts to those who have been nice throughout the year. There will also be a buffet spread of festive goodies, drinks and a Dessert Wonderland, all exclusively prepared for hotel guests under the age of 12.
The Peninsula has plenty to entice the rest of the family this festive season, including a fairy-tale Christmas market in the forecourt on Christmas Eve. Exclusive to hotel guests and those dining at one of The Peninsula’s restaurants on Christmas Eve, the one-night-only Marché de Noël is modelled on traditional European winter markets and will feature a variety of speciality stalls offering a range of seasonal goodies.
From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on 24 December, the forecourt will be filled with the unmistakable aromas of spicy glühwein, fresh gingerbread and roasted chestnuts, traditional treats that guests are invited to enjoy along with The Peninsula’s signature canapés and festive drinks. Rumour has it that the market will even have its own snowfall, bringing Hong Kong a rare White Christmas.
A SnowPage for All
Above all, Christmas is a time for giving generously, and The Peninsula’s festive ambassador SnowPage returns to spread joy and goodwill throughout the city. The jolly snowman has been recreated by luxury toy brand Papinee in a series of 10 plush versions, one for each Peninsula destination around the world, with the Hong Kong edition sporting a richly embroidered jacket with a traditional Chinese junk embellishment on the back to symbolise the city’s maritime history.
Limited to just 300 pieces and priced at HK$ 600 each, the SnowPage toys will be available for purchase at the Trees of Hope Gingerbread House in The Lobby from 1 to 30 December, as will the classic SnowPage custom-crafted glass tree ornament, priced at HK$ 150 each. For every SnowPage toy or ornament sold, HK$ 400 or HK$ 100, respectively, will be donated to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong, helping bring a touch of Christmas cheer to the less fortunate. Guests will also receive a SnowPage gingerbread cookie with every ornament purchased, and will have the option of hanging the ornament on the hotel’s Christmas trees as a symbol of hope, or taking it home as a souvenir.