Christmas is always a fun affair in Malaysia (albeit commercialised). While not as lavish as celebrations in Singapore, or as festive as the Philippines, most malls try to outdo each other with grand decorations and activities, such as Santa meet and greets, carolling sessions, and more.
At the forefront is Pavilion KL, within the city’s Golden Triangle. As one of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular malls, Christmas deco is serious business – and they’ve come up with some impressive stuff over the years. In 2013, visitors got to experience ‘snowfall’ every night at the mall’s entrance, while last year they had a giant Swarovski tree. So what’s in store for 2016?
Well, for one, there’s a giant 70ft-tall Christmas tree at the entrance, right in front of the Crystal fountain. Great place for pictures! At night, the tree will be illuminated with LED lights and glittering ornaments. :)
The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Christmas Ever After’, inspired by the magic of fairytales. For their launching ceremony, performers dressed up as princesses, elves and other enchanting characters to entertain the crowd.
The centrepiece is the Fairytale Castle, its semi-transparent walls lit up with different coloured lights – surrounded by ornamented Christmas trees, gold pillars and red flowers.
Next to the Castle is the Swarovski Crystallised Merry-Go-Round. The carousel is decorated with sparkling crystals on its floor as well as on the horses. Visitors can go on it for rides, with part of the proceeds going to charity. All in the spirit of giving and sharing, right? :)
There will also be pop-up stores in the centre court selling all manner of Christmas-y items, from gifts to souvenirs and ornaments. Better get that Christmas shopping in ! :)
The best place to see everything is from the Spanish steps, which has aptly been dubbed the Theatre of Dreams – thanks to the two large red curtains ala an actual theatre on each side. Throughout the month, visitors will be entertained by various shows such as Santa’s Magical Band, Santa’s Bagpipe Performance, Magnificent Dance Show, Santa Meet & Greet and Spectacular Holiday Performance.
The little ones will enjoy the Fantasy Train, running from now until January 1 for RM10 per ride at the mall’s main entrance.
Lighting up the Spritzer Christmas tree !
So if you’re ever in KL over Christmas, go check out the lovely deco at Pavi KL, as well as the surrounding cloisters in Bukit Bintang. A very Merry Christmas to you, dear reader. :)
More info and showtimes @ pavilion-kl.com.
*pictures not watermarked courtesy of MilkPR & Pavilion KL