Countdown to a Magical Holiday Season at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, KL

I’ve seen the tallest Christmas tree in Malaysia, which is of course at the KLCC.. and yesterday, my mini me and I got to witness another Malaysia Book of Record induction… which is the biggest Advent Calendar House in the nation…. The 5.5m x 7.3m structure looked pretty much like a gorgeous cottage , albeit a 3 storey one with 25 numbered windows, each with a lighted festive Christmas scene…. At the 5 –star luxury hotel Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, of course… and beginning from 1st December, a selected hotel guest will be invited to unveil one window a day to countdown to Christmas…

The Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur’s lobby was transformed to a magnificent Christmas wonderland with that gorgeous advent house, a magnificent 20ft Christmas tree, two Christmas sleighs laden with packages – all painstakingly handcrafted by the hotel’s team of talented engineers and two snowmen, Jack and Jerry… and in case you are asking, yes, they are REAL snowmen and made of snow..

We were there at its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which is part of the Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur’s tradition that started years ago… the event was officiated by Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Ammar Abd Ghapar –Senior Director of Tourism Malaysia, alongside His Excellency Mr Petri Juhani Puhakka – Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to Malaysia and witnessed by Malaysia Book of Records officials..

Children’s eyes sparkled as His Excellency Mr Petri Juhani Puhakka read out a special letter from Santa Claus, right after speeches by the hotel’s  General Manager Mr Peter Gibbons and Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Ammar Abd Ghapar…

….then the Christmas tree and the Advent House was illuminated, immediately brightening up the entire lobby…

…this was followed by the hanging of 50 gold stars, bearing the names, gender and age of children from the Paediatric Oncology Unit of the KL General Hospital on the tree to mark the launch of the hotel’s yearly corporate social responsibility campaign, ‘A Star for a Child’…  This yuletide charity campaign, which has had happened nine years in a row, invites visitors and guests to pick a star from the tree and sponsor a gift for their chose child… all gifts are to then be placed below the Christmas tree and will be hand delivered personally by Mr Peter Gibbons and his team to the kids in the hospital with the hope of spreading a little cheer to these cancer stricken kids…

We were then entertained by a beautiful performance by the very talented kids of the Garden International School Junior Choir which mesmerized us with their rendition of a Malaysian folksong, ‘Burung Kakaktua’ followed by a Christmas medley and some carols.. it is always heartwarming when you hear someone from another country speak some of the local language… and these kids came from different countries and backgrounds and they sang ‘Burung Kakaktua’ so melodiously…. More Pictures

We then adjourned to our pre-Christmas festive dinner at the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Mill Café where we indulged in a sumptuous spread of amazing food….. from the Signature whole and de-boned stuffed turkey with chestnut, roasted beef rib eye, home-cooked salmon, and a whole load of selection that is bound to make your mouth water….

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I decided long ago to behave when it came to buffet dinners and stuck to seafood or meats and not both –as there has been moments I got pretty ill after indulging too much of both, nothing to do with the food, but rather the food combination in my sensitive stomach.… and this round I chose to indulge in seafood which was aplenty including the ones on ice…

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And even the sweet treats for desserts were just plain decadence… huhuhu…and being one with a sweet tooth, I found it hard to control myself… hahah

And so yes, The Mill Café , Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur is also one of my most favorite places to indulge my palate in… and you should also consider this place for a lavish dinner with unrivalled culinary delights for two with your date/spouse/BFF or well, just a wonderful get together with the family or ringing in the season with good friends, there is just everything you need to make your holidays memorable…

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner –Saturday  24th December 2016

7pm – 10pm , RM158 nett per adult / RM88 nett per child

Christmas Day Brunch –Sunday  25th December 2016

12pm – 3pm , RM118 nett per adult / RM58 nett per child

New Year’s Eve Seafood Buffet –Saturday  31st December 2016

7pm – 10pm , RM158 nett per adult / RM88 nett per child

New Year’s Brunch –Sunday  1st January 2017

12pm – 3pm , RM118 nett per adult / RM58 nett per child

You can also choose to indulge in a premier oriental-inspired 8-course dinner at Lai Ching Yuen with authentic Cantonese specialities featuring Hong Kong style roasted crispy duck, steamed seabass in superior soy sauce and cranberry, fried rice with goose liver and pine nuts, chilled mango cream with sago pearls and more….

Festive 8-Course Dinner- 16th to 31st December 2016

6.30pm to 10.30pm, RM1,888 nett per table of 10

For your private home parties and handcrafted take aways, be sure to check out The Lodge at Bistro 160 where you can take away a luxurious hamper of carefully curated delights, from quintessential festive goodies of gingerbread houses, yule logs, traditional mince pies and turkey roasts… be sure to book them three days in advance though…. Anytime from 1st December to 26th December 2016…

For more details, check out grandmillenniumkl.com , call 03 21174888

160, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

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