The holidays are here! Now is the time where children everywhere write their letters to Santa Claus and hope their wishes come true. This year, many orphaned children from Vietnam will have the same opportunity thanks to those at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi. Once again, children from local orphanages will be warmly welcomed to the property to take part in the annual “Lighting Ceremony,” a charitable event to signify the start of the Christmas season of the hotel.
Last year, 118 children from 3 orphanage homes were invited to the event. This year, they extended it to include 200 children from 4 orphanage homes. Children invited to the hotel were treated to a festive dinner served by the hotel staff, and then took part in fun activities like clay molding, gingerbread making, castle playhouse, and origami.
At 6:30 PM, the hotel’s lights were turned off and everyone gathered in the hotel lobby to welcome Santa Claus and his helpers. This year, Santa entered in style as he was pulled by a motorbike rather than the traditional reindeer! Shortly thereafter, the Christmas lights were switched on, bringing excitement and amazement to the crowd.
Each child was then given a star to write down their Christmas wish and hang it on one of the Christmas trees located around the hotel. From December 1 to Christmas day, guests can select a star from the trees and choose to fulfill the wish or make a donation. Presents and donations will be delivered to the children on Christmas day.
What a wonderful way to begin the holiday season!