2016 Season’s Greetings from Sri Lanka

December 18, 2016

Visit Sri Lanka this holiday season and celebrate Christmas in the true Lankan style! While Christians are a minority in the country, there is much enthusiasm for Christmas celebrations in Sri Lanka. Preparations begin several weeks in advance and the Christmas spirit can be seen all over the country, including small road-side boutiques to huge shopping centers. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees light up shopping complexes and Christian households.

If you choose to spend your Christmas holidays in Sri Lanka, you can be rest assured that it will be a very memorable one accompanied with all the amenities of the festive season. You can decide which one of the many scenic locations in Sri Lanka you would like to spend Christmas at. Blue Lanka Tours will arrange for you to stay at one of the many luxury hotels we have partnered with around the island and there you will have wonderful Christmas spreads, carols, dancing and other such festive activities. You will feel like home away from home, along with a range of additional experiences. If you have any special Christmas requirements, simply mention them to us and we will be sure to include them in your tour package.

COLOMBO

On Christmas eve, OZO Colombo presents a unique menu known as ‘Roast and Toast’, which is a roast dinner buffet that features a special section for roasted turkey, pork leg, lamb leg, Australian beef, crispy duck and much more! On Christmas day, they have an international brunch buffet to kick start the day by tasting multiple cuisines and satisfying your taste buds. For dinner on 25th December, OZO offers Turkey Night (which is also an international buffet) with live entertainment. Roasted turkey and oysters are highlights on the menu.

The Harbour Court Restaurant at Kingsbury Hotel is hosting a Christmas Eve and Christmas day dinner with a splendid seven course international buffet. Known for their salads and veggies, the restaurant is also highly competitive in its seafood variety. For a quality meal worth for the price, Kingsbury Harbour Court is highly recommended.

Hilton Colombo offers Christmas Eve and Christmas day dinner at their well-known Italian restaurant – Il Ponte. If you choose to dine here during your Christmas holiday in Sri Lanka, you can expect premium quality Italian cuisine in a highly romantic ambience with great service from staff at the restaurant.

Looking for a fun way to entertain your children this Christmas? Visit the coffee shop at Galadari Hotel on Christmas day and join a lunch table with Santa Claus. Make it an unforgettable Christmas for your children by engaging in fun-filled conversations with Santa and learning more about his elves, flying reindeers and Mrs. Claus!

Celebrate a pink Christmas this season at Cinnamon Grand – Colombo. The hotel is all dressed up with striking pink and white colors and angels along the driveway, exhibiting a wonderful display. Here you will see some of the best Christmas decorations – all set to dazzle the city! As for events, the Taprobane restaurant has an international Christmas buffet on Christmas Eve, while the London Grill offers a seven course Gourmet Christmas meal. The Noodles restaurant is publicizing an all-you-can eat fest or you could try an Italian Christmas buffet at Echo.

Christmas Eve celebrations at the Galle Face Hotel Verandah Restaurant offers a wide selection of traditional Christmas culinary delights while the 1864 Restaurant offers an extensive set menu. On Christmas Day, you can be a part of the special luncheon buffet at Verandah Restaurant or enjoy a Christmas themed dinner at the 1864 Restaurant. Once you are done with your luxury Christmas meals, head on over to the neighboring Galle Face Green to see the world’s tallest Christmas tree. Currently under construction, the 325 foot tree aims to be complete by Christmas Eve and will be displayed for ten days.

Cinnamon Lakeside is celebrating a purple Christmas this year with decorations in all shades of purple. Plenty of man-made snowmen will greet your at this hotel, along with an abundance of purple snowflakes covering the ground. Don’t forget to visit the garden full of reindeers, which is an unmatchable sight when lit up in the evening. The restaurants at Cinnamon Lakeside offer gala buffet spreads on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Make merry with Taj Samudra during your Christmas holiday in Sri Lanka this year. If you are missing singing carols back home during Christmas, Taj brings you the chance to Carol the night away on 22nd December with Christmas Carols by Choro Calibre at the Lattice at 8.00 p.m. On Christmas day, the Latitude restaurant features a roast lunch buffet and a family dinner buffet while the popular Golden Dragon restaurant offers A La Carte menus with an exclusive selection of authentic Chinese dishes.

Christmas is the greatest season to celebrate love and joy with family and friends, and Water’s Edge – Battaramulla offers the best of celebrations this season. Whether you want to celebrate on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day – brunch, lunch, dinner or high tea, Water’s Edge has a package suitable for everyone. You could also celebrate Christmas in unique style this season by reserving your seats at the newly launched “Party Bus at the Edge” and make it an unforgettable Christmas!

If you are in Colombo from 20th – 23rd December 2016, don’t forget to visit the Arcade Independence Square one evening to be a part of the Christmas Fest 2016. Here you can learn about Sri Lankan culture, visit the many food stalls, enjoy live music and cultural shows, view a stunning fireworks display, entertain your kids, shop until you drop, and of course, enjoy Christmas carols at its best.

 

KANDY

Come alive with the hills in Sri Lanka this Christmas season at Amaya Hills in a typical Kandyan style extravaganza. Celebrate with your family and loved ones at Amaya Hills – Kandy and receive loads of gift hampers, weekend vouchers and other festive goodies to make a perfect Christmas this year. Christmas goodies include Yule logs, cookies, German Stollen and much more. If you are in Kandy just for a day on Christmas, opt for a high tea at the terrace of this hotel where you can enjoy an amazing view of the sunset while nibbling on those delicious finger foods. For those residing at Amaya Hills, be a part of their special theme nights from 20th – 31st December 2016 and indulge in culinary delights from around the world.

NUWARA ELIYA

Jetwing St. Andrews in Nuwara Eliya is celebrating 12 days of Christmas beginning on the 20th of December and includes an array of festive celebrations such as carols, games, nativities and of course amazing food, which the Jetwing chain of hotels is well known for. Along with the walls of the hotel being decorated in the traditional red and green colors, a Mexican dinner is promised at Jetwing St. Andrews on the second day of Christmas. Join in the holiday spirit in an exciting way amidst the mountainous peaks and serene greenery of Sri Lanka’s hill country.

NEGOMBO

Enjoy a tropical Christmas on the sun-kissed beaches of Negombo. At Jetwing Beach, Christmas Eve will include an incredible seven course dinner buffet along with Jazz music by popular musicians Rex and Jazz Dynamos. To top off this perfect night, a magnificent display of fireworks will be held at the crack of dawn on Christmas Day.

GALLE

Christmas in Galle will let you experience the now hip 17th century Dutch fort town in the south of Sri Lanka. Within the barricades of the massive, 36-hectare fort built in 1663, you can stroll around to observe some of the finest Dutch, Portuguese and British colonial architecture in all of South Asia. Look around and you will find almost every shop decorated with lovely Christmas trees to celebrate the birth of Christ. Try some delicious burgers and homemade ice cream to go with it while celebrating Christmas in true Lankan style.

Sri Lanka prepare for the Christmas season weeks in advance with Christmas trees and decoration being invested by shops around the island. Churches, chapels and cathedrals hold midnight masses on Christmas Eve, companies and families hold get-togethers where a wide variety of seasonal Christmas food is offered. Plan your next holiday in Sri Lanka during Christmas and enjoy the festive mood that remains in the air for weeks to give you an undoubtedly incredible experience.

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