The Peninsula Tokyo Reveals Calendar of Festive Activities to Celebrate The Joy of Giving
Modern life can often feel busy, with time seemingly passing at an ever-faster rate. With the approach of the festive season, The Peninsula Hotels – the home of the holidays – is encouraging guests and visitors alike to reflect and enjoy the present moment while surrounded by those they love.
The luxury hotel brand today announced a calendar of fun activities and experiences for all to enjoy – including bountiful, festive-themed dining options; indulgent holiday cakes and gift hampers to present to loved ones; gingerbread house decorating class led by the hotels’ professional pastry chefs; and live story book reading session of The Peninsulas Hotels’ digital storybook for children, “The Gingerbread Man’s Tale,” available for complimentary download via peninsula.com’s festive webpage.
Sharing Holiday Cheer
The protagonist of this year’s story – which has been specially written for The Peninsula Hotels – is the Gingerbread Man. A familiar sight adorning decorated trees, the Gingerbread Man represents the “Stories from within the tree” chapter of The Peninsula Hotels’ three-year festive campaign titled “Stories from the tree.” In keeping with last year’s “Stories from under the tree” and next year’s “Stories from the tree top,” this year’s theme is about sharing the joy and fun of the season. Accordingly, the magic of the festive season will be celebrated at each of the ten Peninsula hotels around the globe with Christmas trees erected in the grand lobbies, and resplendent decorations on view for all to enjoy.
Embracing Acts of Kindness
Often, the joy and fun of the season is felt most strongly by the children in our lives. In support of those less fortunate, the six “Stories from the tree” characters will be available for purchase at each hotel in the form of tree ornaments, with JPY 500 from each purchase being donated to local youth-empowerment charities. This year, The Peninsula Tokyo has chosen the Japan School Library Association, which supports literacy efforts in the local community.
Celebrating Magical Moments
To kick off the festive season and get the holiday spirit underway, Executive Pastry Chef Pascal Cialdella and his skilled team of pastry experts will hold a Gingerbread House Decorating Class on December 7. In this favorite program of the holiday season, children will be guided in a fun, hands-on workshop that allows them to decorate their very own gingerbread house using colorful candies, icing, chocolates, and baked goods. Participating children will also enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea buffet featuring an indulgent spread of both savory and sweet delights. Afterwards, participants can take their unique creations home to display and enjoy with family and friends. A donation of JPY 5,000 from the total participants’ fee will benefit the Japan School Library Association.
During this special season of giving, the hotel expresses its appreciation to the community with its Acts of Kindness program. From December 23 to 25 between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm, hotel guests and pedestrians will be treated to complimentary hot chocolate, tea, roasted chestnuts, and Glühwein, a traditional holiday drink of spiced wine. Come by and cozy up with these classic festive treats, served at The Peninsula Café at Marunouchi Naka Dori Avenue, which will be decked out in cheerful Christmas décor.
The hotel’s adorable and much-loved Peninsula mascots Peter and Penny the Bear will also make special appearances to meet guests on weekends throughout December. The two lifesized, fluffy friends will charm families and young guests and ensure memorable moments during their visits to The Lobby. Additionally, the angelic Children’s Christmas Choir will serenade guests with Christmas carols from December 23 to 25, between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm.