Jakarta, 29 November 2016 – InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza celebrated the official launch of the festive season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on 29th November 2016. There were smiles all round as this joyful event took place in the hotel’s elegant Lobby Lounge.
The festive season is a time of goodwill and once again InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza chose this moment to give back to those less fortunate within the community. Young children from a local orphanage were invited to attend the ceremony and experience the true spirit of the season.
Blue Bird Group generously transported drop off and pick up 30 little ones safely to and from the hotel and Pondok Si Boncel in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta. Operating under the banner of Vincentius Association, this charity facility provides a nurturing home environment for underprivileged children under the age of 6 years. Pondok Si Boncel assumes full responsibility for the physical and spiritual wellbeing of youngsters in need.
The event was opened by fun-loving presenter Marcella Lumowa, who is known for her role in the popular reality show Bukan Empat Mata. She set the mood as the children along with media partners, celebrity guests and hotel staff members gathered for this inspiring occasion.
This year the children were entertained with lots of fun activities such a decorating their own Christmas treats. There was also a heartfelt performance of traditional Christmas carols performed by the children’s choir from Studio Ratu Makin and storytelling by Tania Kathryne from Rumah Dongeng Pelangi that will share a tale about the wisdom of Christmas. Local Jakarta artists Nina Yunken and Meivin Malelak then took to the stage for more uplifting songs and games.
Finally, the General Manager of InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza, Mr. Hendrik Eising, pushed a button to bring the Christmas Tree to life in a dazzling display of lights. This was followed by group photos and a delicious dinner for everyone served in the festive ambience of the Lobby Lounge.
This event was supported by the hotel’s media partners including a number of printed publications, online magazines, radio stations. Our appreciation goes out to Asia Dreams, Augustman, Cosmopolitan, Djakarta!, Esquire, Exquisite, Femina, Foodies, Gaya Travel, Getaway, Jakarta Shimbun, KisFm, Le Mariage, Maxx-M, Network!, NOW! Jakarta, Sorotan, Viva Asia, Watches, Weddingku, What’s New Jakarta and Yuk Makan.
The hotel also took this opportunity to launch its Christmas Giving Tree, which is an inspiring initiative symbolizing community care. The tree is decorated with a collection of cards featuring the photos and Christmas wishes of children from Pondok Si Boncel. Over the coming weeks, guests will be invited to choose a card and make an appropriate donation to ensure that every child receives a gift. Guests who purchase a card from our Christmas Giving Tree will receive a special festive souvenir from the hotel.
“Our Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is an important event on the hotel’s calendar. It is just one of many initiatives carried out under the banner of our ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Christmas really is all about giving children a magical experience filled with happy memory. I would like to thank all of our sponsors for making this celebration possible,” comments Mr. Hendrik Eising.