- Kicks off festive season with ceremonial Christmas tree lighting
Shangri-La Colombo launched a season of festive celebrations with the annual ceremonial Christmas tree lighting on Tuesday (29).
The hotel invited guests to step into a world of enchanted tropical wonders featuring the flora and fauna of Sri Lanka, in an effort to highlight the importance of protecting the island’s rich biodiversity. Over the past few years, there have been many threats to Sri Lanka’s wildlife and nature reserves and this year’s festive theme aims to inspire our visitors to play their part in conserving our environment.
Shangri-La Colombo also invited a Sri Lankan artist, Nirosh Fonseka, to showcase his talent by hand painting the mural of the hotel’s Christmas Goodie Hut. For the next two weeks, visitors to the hotel will be able to see him at work bringing to life enchanted tropical wonders of Sri Lanka.
Similarly, the rattan finishes of the hotel’s Christmas décor have been weaved by a craft community in Wewaldeniya. Rattan and cane weaving are a part of the island’s rich craft heritage which has seen a decline in recent years. Shangri-La Colombo has incorporated this craft to highlight the importance of preserving Sri Lanka’s unique arts and crafts heritage.
Shangri-La Colombo General Manager Herve Duboscq stated: “As a leading hotel brand in Sri Lanka, one of our core values is to uplift our community. We felt it was important to highlight the rich biodiversity, arts, and crafts of Sri Lanka and showcase it to the world. We are delighted to introduce our festive collection full of enchantment with gourmet delights, festive dinners, and many other surprises to make this wonderful season even more joyous.”
This year, guests can get into the festive spirit with a specially curated festive Afternoon Tea featuring exquisite patisserie and scrumptious savouries at Sapphyr Lounge; tuck into a delectable Christmas feast with a live carvery and 16 live action stations at Central; toast to the season with a range of celebratory cocktails that perfectly complement a vibrant, festive meal at Capital Bar and Grill; and ring in the new year in good company dining on an epicurean feast while enjoying firework displays across the city.
The Christmas Goodie Hut offers an array of sweet temptations including gingerbread houses, Christmas cookies, handmade chocolates, cakes, and puddings made of the finest ingredients. Make merry with luxurious gourmet hampers which make the perfect seasonal gift for loved ones, valuable business partners, or even oneself.
Shangri-La Colombo invites guests to delve into seasonal delights, traditional fare, and heart-warming celebrations from gala dinners, exciting entertainment, luxurious wellness experiences, and fun-filled family afternoons, all with an abundance of the Christmas spirit to create everlasting colourful moments of joy.
For more information on Shangri-La Colombo’s seasonal promotions, dining offers, and to make reservations, please visit https://www.shangri-la.com/en/colombo/shangrila/ or contact +94 11 788 8288.