Christmas splendour at every corner

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 09 Dec 2019

E&O Hotel’s Christmas tree once again sports traditional red and gold ornaments, as well as large gift boxes.

THE magic of Christmas embraces all who gaze upon the sparkling festive displays in Penang’s leading shopping centres and hotels.

With glistening ornaments, twinkling lights and cute characters accompanied by jolly carols, holiday joy and cheer radiates in every direction.

From the whimsical to traditional, the elaborate backdrops transport visitors to another world and afford ample photo-taking opportunities.

Some exude a regal feel, like Gurney Paragon Mall’s Merry-Gold Christmas setup featuring a three-storey or 17m-tall tree with gold and silver leaves.

Shoppers can walk inside the conifer to get unique upward perspectives. Accompanying it are giant shiny baubles and gold reindeer.

Hunza Group executive director Khor Tze Ming said of the display, “We hope to bring shoppers a Yuletide celebration that is heart-warming yet magical.”

The Hello Kitty Christmas at neighbouring Gurney Plaza offers sweet delights and cute sights in celebration of the beloved character’s 45th anniversary.

Many visitors find the 4.5m-tall ‘Christmas tree’ made out of macarons irresistible for selfies. So too the giant arch, cups, snow globe and a 4.8m-tall doughnut Ferris wheel.

“While our decorations are usually elegant or traditional, we decided to spring a sweet and cheerful surprise this year,” centre manager Peter Chan said of the pinkish world.

Holiday crowds at Queensbay Mall found themselves walking in a winter wonderland in the company of lots of adorable penguins, reindeer, polar bears and owls.

Coupled with chilly snow showers and interactive floor projections, the frosty Winter Joy celebrations have warmed the hearts of tropic dwellers here.

It caps off the the mall’s season-themed festivities for the year - following the Spring Chinese New Year, Summer Hari Raya and Autumn Deepavali celebrations earlier.

A Whimsical Christmas takes place at Straits Quay, with the seafront retail marina having transformed itself into a veritable festive playground for families.

Marketing manager Gillian Tan said patrons could hop on the Straits Quay Express for a train ride along the promenade or the Carouwhirl for good old- fashioned fun.

“Besides picturesque decorations for photo-taking, the rides add an interactive experience that families can enjoy together,” she added.

Hotels have also gone all out to create a festive ambience for guests, with Hotel Equatorial Penang notably celebrating the Greenest Christmas for a Greener Penang.

Its centrepiece is a 5.5m-tall tree made from 4,000 recycled drinking bottles, which general manager Andreas Knussi said is meant to encourage the habit of recycling.

“The festive season offers an opportunity to think about the waste we generate and how we can make significant changes to reduce it.

“We are highly committed in practising the 3R concept of reduce, reuse and recycle in whatever we do, to nurture a better future for coming generations,” he added.

Santa Claus and his reindeer have made a pit stop at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa to swap their usual sleigh for a local trishaw.

They were likely drawn to the fragrant aromas emanating from a unique spice Christmas tree made out of 9,890 nutmegs.

Director of communications Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman said it took two chefs a week to complete the tree. Last year, they featured one made from star anise.

“We use a different spice yearly to showcase the many varieties available at our Spice Market Cafe’s spice boutique. These, together with the trishaw, allow guests to experience Christmas with a distinct Malaysian flavour,” Suleiman added.

Eastern and Oriental (E&O) Hotel continues tradition by dressing up its 6m-tall Christmas tree in elegant shades of red and gold, with lots of oversized gift boxes.

“Its lighting up was more significant this year as it coincided with the reopening of the hotel’s newly refurbished Heritage Wing,” said general manager Alison Fraser.

“Today marks another milestone for the E&O as we reopen the doors of this wing after months of refurbishment. We’re delighted to celebrate the spirit of Christmas in the company of supportive guests, business associates and media liaisons,” she added.

Another 6m-tall conifer would have caught the eye of motorists passing by Menara M Summit - which houses M Summit 191 Executive Suites - along Magazine Road.

Also heeding the state government’s Go Green message, it is decorated with flower ornaments made from 300 recycled bottles. There is also a giant gift box and number 20, to mark the group’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

Over in the neighbouring state of Kedah, Aman Central has teamed up with Sony Pictures Entertainment to bring visitors an adventurous Jumanji Christmas!

A jungle has come to life inside the mall, with live plants, a tree house and plenty of green vines. Keep an eye out for the baboons, elephant and leopard that lurk.

Marketing and communication senior manager Ken Chin said the theme shows that Christmas need not necessarily mean cold weather. Rather, it is more about spending time with loved ones.

He added, “This year, shoppers will get to experience the world of Jumanji that is full of adventure, fun, enjoyment and hope.”
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