Christmas with a difference:
Festive events to put every Grinch in holiday mood
For many people, Christmas is the most wonderful time of year but others can get lost in the celebrations. Even if you’re more of a Grinch type who hates Christmas, and traditional customs just don’t win you over, there are some things that are almost guaranteed to put you in the Yule mood. And we’re not talking baking mince pies, decorating the Christmas tree or carol singing here either.
- Pizza delivery by reindeer
- Dinner in Santa’s Sleigh
- Dinner at the Gingerbread House
- Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
Pizza delivery by reindeer
If fast food is your thing, this winter, Domino’s Pizza came up with the perfect Christmas delivery. In Hokkaido, Japan, the group wanted to deliver pizzas using GPS-equipped reindeer after weather forecasters predicted heavy snowfall for the region.
However, Santa’s loyal but reluctant animals scuppered the plan. Instead, Domino’s now sends funny reindeer motorcycles onto the streets. Will these three-wheeled versions deliver through the snow in time?
Dinner in Santa’s Sleigh
Who wouldn’t want to fly with Santa Claus while dining on a festive feast? In the Belgian capital, Brussels, a few hungry mouths were lucky enough to have the pleasure. Under the motto “Santa in the Sky”, the company “Dinner in the Sky” held a four-day pop-up event. A crane pulled Santa’s sleigh into the air, while the guests drank cocoa and chowed down on Belgian waffles. Of course, there were also chefs behind the stove in the kitchen to spoil the visitors’ palates with a fancy holiday menu. If everyone behaves, Santa’s Sleigh should fly again next year.
Dinner at the Gingerbread House
Diners in the US state of Arizona are getting to live like real-life fairytale characters Hansel and Gretel. The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain in Tucson invites dinner guests to a very special location. To get their visitors into the Christmas spirit, the hotel has created a real gingerbread house in its lobby. Up to six people can enter the structure with edible walls.
There’s even a working fireplace in this home sweet home. Of course, this house wasn’t built with cement or wood. Instead, the builders used 388 kilos of sugar, 180 kilos of honey, 158 kilos of flour, 45 kilos of ginger powder, 250 eggs and 4.5 kilos of nutmeg. Guests can rent the Gingerbread House for a three or four-course meal until December 30. Cost: £158 or £198.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
The annual Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park has opened its doors once again. To mark the 10th anniversary of the festival, the organisers have come up with something special. They’ve commissioned stunning ice sculptures for the “Magical Ice Kingdom.” Visitors can wander between gigantic polar bears, ships, birds and even Eskimos, all cut out in extraordinary detail from ice blocks.
You can gaze upon the frosty sculptures until early January. The sprawling festive playground in central London also includes markets, fairground attractions, and a Bavarian village with beer halls. We Brits know how to celebrate Christmas in style.