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Christmas 2017: Winter wonderland comes to Delhi with innovative Xmas trees and gingerbread houses

Here are some cool Christmas trees and gingerbread houses in Delhi-NCR, which you must check out this festive season.

more lifestyle Updated: Dec 16, 2017 19:01 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
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The Christmas trees at different hotels in Delhi-NCR have used different concepts and materials.

Christmas cheer has already made its way to the Capital and hotels in Delhi-NCR are pitching in their bit by decking up some of the awesome trees and gingerbread houses. From interactive and eco-friendly Christmas trees to a 20-feet high gingerbread house, there’s something unique in every display.

Here’s a low-down on where to head for a glimpse of the season’s best Christmas tree and decor before the Santa descends on his one-horse open sleigh.

Tree of Happiness

Bringing happiness and joy to the world, is the concept behind the Tree of Happiness at Le Meridien, Delhi. An artistic installation, the interactive tree made of photo frames and LED screens captures moments of happiness. Meena Bhatia, vice president, operations and marketing, says, “The thought of cheering up and bringing some happiness in the world was how the idea came up. We’re encouraging people to use #momentsofhappiness and we’re going to do a live feed of these. And the number of hashtags will impact those many people with some moments of happiness.”

The interactive Christmas tree was lit up by the Bhutanese ambassador, Vetsop Namgyel, which added to the festive mood. “We have a very special word in Bhutan called Deki. ‘De’ means a state of comfort and well being, and ‘ki’ means an environment of peace and contentment. This is a very wholesome definition of happiness in Bhutan. And this is what the government of the country tries to achieve,” said Namgyel.

A Christmas tree, made of 500 beer bottles, is set-up at Westin, Gurgaon.

Sustainable Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree at Westin in Gurgaon stands tall at 17.5 ft, and is made using 500 beer bottles along with the festive red caps. Illuminated with lights and a huge electric star representing the star of Bethlehem, the tree aptly fits into the description of modern yet sustainable. “Rather than investing in a tree that’s made of non-sustainable and non-biodegradable material, we thought of making something sustainable, and yet keep the spirit alive. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, hence we have continued with the concept for second year in a row. Even the reeds (put up) all around the lobby are made of recyclable materials such as newspapers and magazines, instead of fresh flowers and plants ,” says Ashwani Nayar, general manager, Westin Gurgaon, Delhi and Sohna Resort and Spa.

Step inside this 20 feet high gingerbread house at the Oberoi, Gurgaon.

Walk into a 20 feet high gingerbread house

Watch out for a 20 feet high ginger bread house at the Oberoi, Gurgaon. It is made using more than 250 kgs honey, 300 kgs sugar, 400 kgs flour, 10 kgs of spice mix (that includes ginger powder, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg) and 550 eggs. The delectable, handcrafted abode with stylishly decorated edible walls is truly what sweet dreams are made of. The gingerbread house has Christmas goodies including chocolate reindeers, Santa’s sledge, a gingerbread family, letters from Santa, chocolate penguins, owls, smaller Christmas trees, and lots more. Pastry chef Rithvik Ananthraman says, “We wanted to do something more in line with Santa’s living room and fireplace. Since it’s a gingerbread house, everything is edible. During Christmas, it will double up as a dessert station, with desserts on the theme of Christmas.”

Christmas tree or Human chain?

Heard of a human Christmas tree ever? Over 500 employees of Welcome Hotel Sheraton Delhi are all set to form a live human Christmas tree on December 20. Everyone will be dressed in hues of green, brown and gold colours. Benita Sharma, general manager, Welcome Hotel Sheraton Delhi, adds, “We do not believe in using artificial décor. Our people are our strength and lifeline, and hence we came up with the idea of a unique Christmas tree, which symbolises the spirit of the Christmas season and the fun, laughter and happiness that it brings along.”

The Christmas tree at ITC Maurya has been made using 300 poinsettia plants.

A Christmas tree of Poinsettia

The ITC Maurya is ushering in the festive season with a Poinsettia Christmas tree. The tree is made using more than 300 Poinsettia plants sourced from Pune and Bengaluru. The ancient Aztecs (the Mexican Indians) considered the Poinsettia as a symbol of purity. Even Mexico’s early Christians adopted it as the flower for the Christmas Eve. The Mexican Poinsettia, known as the Christmas flower in North America, is prominently used in Christmas decorations, due to its bright red colour, and also because of the fact that it blooms during the Christmas season.

Get clicked with Santa Claus at Crowne Plaza, Rohini.

Selfie with Santa

Apart from a well-lit and beautifully decorated Christmas Tree, placed in the centre of the hotel lobby with goodies and cotton representing snow, there’s a section featuring Santa Claus. It’s here that one can click that perfect selfie to remember Christmas 2017, in all its grandeur. The highlight of the entire decor is a walk-in gingerbread house that has various Christmas offerings, which have been prepared keeping in mind the festive season and includes plum cakes, plum puddings, smaller gingerbread houses, stolen breads, chocolates in shape of Santa Claus and lots more.

The gingerbread house at Leela Palace, Delhi.

Taste of Christmas

3000 bricks of fresh-baked gingerbread, and 440 pounds of royal icing adorned with gleaming Christmas decorations is how the 22X11 ft gingerbread house at Leela Palace, Delhi is made of. The house designed by an engineering team, and sculpted by the head pastry chef Rishabh Anand and his team of 16 colleagues, consumed more than 120 hours to be complete. Featuring a delectable range of festive gourmet offerings, and the signature cake boxes, this gingerbread house has something for everyone.

(With inputs by Nikita Saxena)

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First Published: Dec 16, 2017 19:00 IST