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                                                One of the most highly anticipated dates on the social calendar, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the main lobby of Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai was held on the 26th of November to herald the start of the festive season.

                                                In the spirit of giving, guests donated generously to charity program Soap of Hope, which raises money for the distribution of soap to poor communities in rural China in order to improve sanitation and reduce the chances of serious infections, as well as create a livelihood for the local communities by recycling and making soap. It gives hotels such as our own a meaningful way to recycle and involve staff members in a project that makes a positive impact on society. This year, guests who donated 100 RMB or more received a charming gift of soap, as well as a customized piece of brick made from gingerbread. Our chefs wrote the benefactors name or company on it and it was attached to our large gingerbread house at lobby lounge.

                                                The ceremony opened with MC welcome speech followed with the heavenly voices of the Wellington Collage Shanghai choir and a festive spread of traditional European Christmas food and drinks, including Glhwein, eggnog, Christmas cookies, and stollen were set. Guests also enjoyed Kempinskis own creation C the Candy Cane Margarita.

                                                At 18:18, General Manager Mr. Mark Stephen Kirk, personally lit the Christmas tree lights. Following the lighting of the tree, heavenly voice of the Wellington collage Shanghai choir spread around in the lobby. Santa Claus emerged to give out candies and take photos with the guests. For our annual prize draw, the lucky winners received prizes of vouchers for our sister hotels and in house dining voucher but even those who didnt win a prize this year didnt leave empty handed; goody bags were handed out to all guests in attendance, marking the end of yet another successful lighting ceremony.


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