Kickstarting Christmas!

This is probably one of Bangkok’s favorite Kiddie events to ring in the Christmas season — the Giant Gingerbread House Party annually held at the beginning of December at newly-renamed The ATHENEE Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel . This last Saturday saw the largest turnout of more than 200 guests, in the nine years of the hotel hosting this event with Central Thailand Mission.
An hour before the opening, the hotel lobby was filled with the vibrant presence of excited children, all eagerly awaiting the start of the event. When GM Gilles Evrard cut the ribbon to open the event, everyone speedily got to their tables to work on their cookies. The older guests of course enjoyed the large array of the sweet & savoury foods laid out, as they enjoyed the whole affair and ambiance, with a glass of wine in hand.
Carols filled the air as the 24-strong senior choir from the St Andrews International (Ekamai campus) school performed a beautiful repertoire of Christmas favorites which definitely put us all in the festive mood with guests freely joining in to sing along.
When the kids were done dressing up their cookies, they got to go out to the Giant House to plaster up the walls of the house with more colorful cookies! Cookies galore as there were cookies to eat, to take home and to dress up the Gingerbread house!
And the FUN didn’t stop there – After all that, the kids sat around in the lobby and got to watch the kids & teens from the Thanksgiving Home performing magic tricks in a skillful display of making doves, flowers and umbrellas appear from NO-where?!! They had everyone mesmerized. After the show, Khun Wanchai and his team had a busy booth where they showed interested kids how some tricks were done. Other kids and families enjoyed perusing our CTM Sharity Shop where we offered an arrange of Christmas gift ideas for parents to shop for a cause!
Thank you everyone for the tremendous support, with so many of you turning out for this! We are also most grateful to The Athenee Hotel and Khun Wallapa of Asset World Estate Co. for the generous support they have given us and our projects, through this and our past many events. Thanks also to Mr Alex Huels, Khun Marisa Saengwanich and the team for coordinating all the details for this event. It truly was a memorable FUN-d-raising event! 

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