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Tree Lighting With Carols and White Christmas

November 30, 2015
Tree Lighting With Carols and White Christmas
The 2015 festive season was launched in spectacular style at The Peninsula Shanghai with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and cocktail reception, hosted at The Lobby on Friday 27 November. 

Around 800 guests, local residents and media were treated to memorable performances by harpist and singer Katie Targett-Adams, who sang “White Christmas,” and the Wellington College International Shanghai Choir, which performed beautiful renditions of classic Christmas carols as warming glühwein and seasonal delicacies were served.

The Peninsula Shanghai Ambassador, Singapore an actor and TV host, Allan Wu, made his first appearance at this special occasion, and alongside two local children he flicked the switch to illuminate the beautiful Christmas tree and the hotel’s festivity lit facade. The evening also witnessed the unveiling of a spectacular gingerbread village in The Lobby, and the launch of a charitable silent auction enabling guests and residents to purchase and name their own gingerbread houses and buildings in the village.



The festive booth in The Lobby showcased memorable gifts for family and friends to share.
For the sixth consecutive year, The Peninsula Shanghai’s Trees of Hope charity initiative was also launched, with guests invited to purchase ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree and a limited edition SnowPage by Papinee luxury toy. 

This year, the Tree Lighting ceremony evening raised RMB 33,668 for the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, which grants wishes to children between three and 18 years old with serious illnesses. 

Also during the evening, Chef Terrence and Chef Lucien took to the stage to present a giant homemade Christmas Pudding, weighing approximately 30 kg. Based on a classic British recipe passed down through generations, the pudding is made with a multitude of dried fruits, nuts and spices, and is fortified with generous proportions of brandy, rum and Guinness.
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