As Mount Lavinia Hotel’s theme for the season is based on iconic traditions it is no wonder that the celebration of St. Lucia, the patron saint of light, is an important part of their festivities. As Anura Dewapura, General Manager stated, “While St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated differently in different countries, its message of light and hope resound with all who participate in the day’s festivities.”
With regards to seasonal offerings the Mount Lavinia Hotel is packed with many forms of entertainment and sensational festive menus that will add on the true meaning of Christmas. The hotel’s Christmas celebrations are scheduled to kick off from the 26 November which is the day after Thanksgiving with the lighting of the Christmas tree and an evening dedicated to iconic traditions, with Sri Lanka’s best in celebrity voices by Soul Sounds and Voice Print will echo in the Christmas season. This year’s Christmas tree is estimated to be the tallest ever tree to be lit in the country. The Christmas tree will be around 30 feet tall and will be made with environmentally friendly recycled materials. The hotel will also be offering the traditional Christmas drinks such as eggnog, Glüh wine and Kokito as well as other festive beverages from around the world.
On 1 December the hotel will take on the theme of ‘Christmas around the World’ which will be the focal point of all its seasonal celebrations which will be depicted in all its restaurants. This year Santa Claus will make his visit to the hotel by boat and every Saturday the hotel will come alive with Christmas carols which will be sung in different locations of the hotel’s properties with the voices of Voice Print and Vocal Essence from 4 - 18 December, respectively. On the 13 December the hotel will celebrate St. Lucia’s Day, which is a popular festival mostly celebrated in Northern Europe proclaiming the message of light and hope. This festival will be celebrated in style with traditional music and other delicacies at the Governor’s Roof Top. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will also offer the very best menus and celebrations all conjured up by the European Food specialist Chef Mats. Following Christmas Day the hotel will host a gospel jazz brunch with traditional gospel music by the Soul Sounds. The hotel is also gearing up to host a special New Year’s Eve celebration where the well known band ‘Misty’ will be performing at the Empire Ballroom. Also a special party will take place at the Governor’s Terrace which will include a musical entertainment mix of jazz and blues and will take on a mardi gras like ambience typifying New Orleans non-stop party, ‘night does not end till daylight,’ not just steeped in history but sautéed in it, etc. In addition to this the hotel’s Seafood Cove will offer a five course seafood dinner where the night will come alive with classical music and the seafood experience will be nothing but the best.