The Galle Face Hotel celebrated the start of the holiday season in style, with their annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree among guests and friends of the hotel.
Guests were treated to an array of delightful canapes and Christmas delicacies such as mulled wine, while everyone sang along to carols sung by the St. Methodist’s College Choir. The lights on the Christmas Tree were switched on by Deputy Chairman of the Galle Face Hotel, Mrs. Mavis Gardiner.
This year the hotel put a new twist on the traditional Christmas Tree by creating a “Tree of Kites.” For centuries, the Galle Face Hotel has boasted a stunning view of the endless Indian Ocean, happy families and a multitude of vibrant kites flapping against the sky. The exhilaration and joy of flying a kite at the Galle Face Green is a part of every childhood, an experience that connects generations in Sri Lanka.
Much like the scene it overlooks, the hotel itself has been synonymous with friends, family and moments of soaring joy. In the true spirit of Christmas, the Galle Face Hotel celebrates these moments by creating this Tree of Kites, with the hope of bringing a familiar yet festive cheer to the season.
South Asia’s leading Grande Dame, the Galle Face Hotel is testimony to both Sri Lanka’s colonial past and its independent present. Celebrated within the hospitality world, it blends historical splendour with crafted modernity to form a new model for heritage properties. International guests are immersed in the Galle Face Hotel’s rich traditions and compelling stories, while Colombo society perceive the hotel as the most prestigious, desirable destination in the city for memorable dining and special events. Whether at the hotel for dinner or for a month-long stay, an experience of the Galle Face Hotel is one of timeless grandeur and exceptional hospitality.
Celebrating 150 years, the Galle Face Hotel is one of the landmarks in Asia and was acclaimed as one of the best heritage Hotels in Sri Lanka in 2012. Further it is the first Hotel in the country to be featured on a postage stamp.