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Special activities and festive decor is transforming regular spots across town into magical wonderlands

 

Stars above
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Have a white Christmas evewith Christmas Freeze at this 16th-floorvenue. Expect heavy snowfall and ice through the party and the hosts dressed as elves and serving wine and plum cake to make for a truly festive time. The Moon bar will feature circular serial lighting and a revolving Santa Claus. A party stall with candles, mufflers, santa caps and reindeer hats will also be set up. Rs5,000 per couple. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road.
Details: 9900343204

Decor galore
aTaj West EndClassic wreaths, stars and mini Christmas trees, the vibrant red and green theme sets the festive tone all across this heritage property. The main attraction is the massive tree in the gardens dotted with baubles and beads. Gingerbread houses add a bit of colourand a lively two-piece band will serenade you with carols during the Christmas eve dinner and Christmas day brunch. At Race Course Road. Details: 66605660

 

Carols and pudding
merrytrail2The Oberoi The hotel houses a Christmas chalet with all the usual suspects like freshly baked plum pudding, traditional fruit cakes and yule logs. Plus some top notch confectionery from cookies and chocolates to gourmet breads and marzipan stollen.If you are not shopping for goodies then you can make this a perfect Christmas Kodak moment to cherish always. On the 23rd and 24th, join the carrolers from The Cheshire Home for Girls. At MG Road. Details: 25585858

Fairytale come alive
merrytale3The Leela Palace The annual gingerbread house at The Leela Palace is back and is better than ever. Made up entirely of gingerbread, cemented together with royal icing resembling snow, serves as a store for Christmas treats. We loved the candies in varied colours, and the plies of plum cakes, dundee cakes, mince pies, nuts and marzipan stollen, macaroons, miniature gingerbread houses, gingerbread men and yule logs in interesting flavours like cinnamon brulee, rose petal and passion fruit. Don’t for get to take some cutesy pics too. At HAL Airport Road. Details: 25211234

Santa’s helpers
merrytale4Hamleys Though Phoenix MarketCity is abuzz with festivities, the Hamleys store is a must do for all ages. With the staff dressed as Santas and elves, Hamleys turns into a live Santa’s workshop with a tree, fairy lights and a Christmas-themed display meant to draw the attention of its most important customers — kids of all ages. The store has alsoorganised ‘Letters to Santa’ where children get to write their wishes to Santa. Later, the helpful elves at the toy shop ensure the gifts are delivered to the kidseven if you dont have a chimney! At Whitefield. Details: 67266484

Festive cheer
JW Marriott
merrytale5Be a part of JW Marriott’s Christmas extravaganza as you do some tree spotting, meet the snowman at the chalet holding out goodies for you or admire the stocking cutlery holders on tables and the tastefully decorated 14-feet tall Christmas tree. Crafted in wood, the chalet at the lobby, lends a rustic feel to the surroundings and is stocked with goodies and hampers which include cookies, marzipan, cakes, truffles, cheese crackers, mince pies, brie, home-made fruit jelly, and plum pudding, cinnamon crinkles, shortbread, gingerbread houses and more. Tomorrow, the Christmas Carnival for kids will see elves, dwarves and sugar plum fairies at the Marriott lawns. At Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 67189999

 

 

Engage in some carol singing, share your secret wishlist with Santa or visit a life-size gingerbread house just for fun this season. By Rashmi Rajagopal