Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Seen a Christmas tree 20 feet tall high? I was at the Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting recently. Continuing a tradition that started years ago, the event was officiated by Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Ammar Abd Ghapar, Senior Director of Tourism Malaysia, alongside His Excellency Mr. Petri Juhani Puhakka, Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to Malaysia and witnessed by officials from the Malaysia Book of Records. Yes, it's a record folks!
|Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting|
It was a magical evening, kicked-off with the hotel’s General Manager, Mr. Peter Gibbons welcoming guests, followed by a speech from Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Ammar Abd Ghapar and the reading of a special letter from Santa Claus by His Excellency Mr. Petri Juhani Puhakka. The spirit of the festive season was shared with in-house guests, media friends, corporate clients as well as other luminaries from various walks of life.
|Snowman at the hotel's lobby|
Embracing the theme of ‘Countdown to a Magical Holiday Season’, this year the hotel’s lobby was adorned with snowmen Jack and Jerry, two Christmas sleighs, Santa Claus as well as an advent calendar house, all of which were handcrafted by its very own talented team of engineers.
|I need some presents|
|It's official! Into the record we go|
For the first time, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur was inducted into the Malaysia Book of Records following its success in recording a feat for the nation’s Biggest Advent Calendar House. The 5.5m x 7.3m structure resembled a three-storey cottage and featured 25 numbered windows, each with a lighted festive Christmas scene. Starting from 1st December 2016, a selected guest will be invited to unveil one window to countdown to the 25 days of Christmas.
|Go check out the nation’s Biggest Advent Calendar House in Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur|
Moments after the 20 feet tall Christmas tree was illuminated, 50 golden stars which carried the name, gender and age of children from the Paediatric Oncology Unit of the General Hospital Kuala Lumpur were placed on the tree to mark the launch of the hotel’s yearly corporate social responsibility programme, ‘A Star for a Child’. Running for the ninth year now, the yuletide charity campaign invites visitors and guests to pick a star from the cherished Christmas tree to sponsor a gift for their chosen child. All gifts will then be placed under the tree and personally hand-delivered on 20th December 2016 to the children at the hospital.
|Mr. Peter Gibbons, General Manager of Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur.|
|‘A Star for a Child’|
“The festive season is a time of celebration and reflection. It is a time to give thanks for the many blessings and opportunities bestowed upon us; and it is also a time for sharing and giving. As we reach out to family, friends and business associates, we also open our hearts to those who are less fortunate. We are truly delighted to continue a wonderful tradition that was started years ago, more so one that sends a strong message of hope to the children and their families,” said Mr. Peter Gibbons, General Manager of Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur.
|A special performance by the Garden International School Junior Choir|
|Happy smiles, all around!|
The event concluded with a special performance by the Garden International School Junior Choir who serenaded guests with hymns of the yuletide season, followed by a visit from Santa Claus. So have you checked out Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur's Christmas Tree yet? Watch out for my next blog post on their Christmas and New Yea buffet spread.