Festive activities draw big crowds

Visitors from near and far thronging the Christmas Market at the Esplanade in George Town.

DONNING a reindeer headgear, 10-month-old baby J.W. Seet seemed carried away by the lights and sounds at the Christmas Market at the Esplanade in George Town.

His parents Brandon Seet and Dr R.C. Chow, both 35, who wore a Santa hat and reindeer headgear respectively, snapped away photos of him while checking out the stalls and decorative spots at the event.

“This is our son’s first Christmas and we are excited about celebrating it together.

“We got to know about this event through Facebook and decided to drop by and have a look.

“We are capturing this meaningful occasion on camera to show our son when he is older, ” said Chow.

It was also a first-time experience for cultural exchange student Ellen Ahn, 29, from Korea.

“In Korea, we also have places decorated with lights and festive items during Christmas.

“There are also big Christmas trees at tourist spots, churches and shopping malls back home.

“I am here with three other Korean students and another from China. We had fun walking around and taking lots of photos, ” said Ahn.

Brothers Emmanuel Christopher, 11, and Gabriel Christopher, nine, were seen happily playing with ‘snow’ at the event.

“This is our first outdoor snowfall experience. It is really fun and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, ” said Emmanuel.

Thousands of visitors thronged the recent three-day Christmas Market held from 5pm to 11pm.

Besides visiting stalls selling food and a variety of items, the crowd also enjoyed the buskers’ performances.

Many were seen flocking to a stall that was selling poinsettias, also known as the Christmas plant.

Trader Y.Y. Tan, 35, said the plants were from Cameron Highlands, adding that they grow well in Malaysia throughout the year.

“If they are well taken care of, the poinsettias will remain red until Chinese New Year.

“In other countries, churches, malls, cafes and homes use this plant as part of their decorations for Christmas, ” he added.

A stall selling Yulelog cake and Christmas-themed cupcakes was also a hit among children and adults alike.

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