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Eat, drink and be merry

The city is in Christmas mood. Find out how and where

CELEBRATIONS AND MORE The city celebrates the season in style with an all pervading Christmas spirit

The spirit of Christmas is all pervading. Every nook and corner, every lane and by lane of the city are soaked with it. Check into any hotel and there is a frisson of excitement at the traditional and exotic food lined up for guests to relish. Besides, all this comes with music, mistletoe, candy sticks, bells, sleigh, Father Christmas, goodies and gifts, recreating the white Christmas at many places. Ho! Ho! Ho! what more can one ask for. Here are what some of the city hotels have on their platter for Christmas.

The Renaissance

The Renaissance offers a grand Christmas Eve celebration from 7.30 pm onwards. The evening will have an orchestra led by Sangeeth, B. Lakshmi and Mithu- the Amrita TV superstars . A western live band and a saxophone performance by Rody will also be there to enjoy. The extravaganza is planned at the lawns, Collosseum. A wide choice of menu, a dance floor to accompany the great music will complete the experience.

All this comes at a price of Rs. 500 inclusive of taxes.

A gala Christmas Lunch, in addition to the usual meals awaits you at the hotel. The Lunch served at Versailles Hall from noon to 3 pm. will have live band music and saxophone performance by professionals. To escort the guests to the venue, there will be Santa Claus with gifts for the children. The buffet will have traditional delicacies like Roast Turkey with Cranberry sauce, kadathanadan konju curry, pork varattiyathu, chou-fleur epinard mornay, pasta counter and a large spread of desserts . To take home, yummy fresh Christmas cakes are available at Honeycomb, the hotel's Pastry shop.

The Christmas Lunch is priced at Rs. 350 for one person inclusive of taxes.

Le Meridien

Begin Christmas celebrations literally with a bang at Le Meridien's nightclub, Tandav, on December 23. The DJs will make it a memorable experience as you ring out 2006 and bring in the New Year. Do join in the festivities and don't forget to bring your Santa caps.

Enjoy the Christmas spirit with an Xmas eve dinner at Treasure Trove (upgraded buffet with Christmas trimmings, carol singing) or at Lagoon Seafood Restaurant (five course set seafood menu, wines, duo guitarists) and Xmas day lunch at Treasure Trove restaurant (upgraded buffet with Christmas trimmings, live music, Santa Claus and children's gifts).

The party continues and the celebrations climax with Tandav soaring by December 29 and 30 followed by the God of celebrations, the New Year Eve Party by the poolside and backwaters.

All this comes with an exotic menu where you can relish tantalising starters of fresh Oysters in white wine, crab soup with fresh avocado, Norwegian smoked salmon, lobsters, king prawns in home made sauces and mouth watering Yule logs. Savour our Christmas goodies of Plum cakes, roast turkey's, glazed pineapples, mince meat tarts and Christmas puddings. Follow tradition and kiss the love of your life under the mistletoe, treat them to Candle light Romance, feel the spirit with Christmas Carols, stockings and Presents. Meet Santa Claus in person and make that special wish that you hope to see come true...all in true holiday spirit at Le Meridien.

Gokulam Park Inn

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Periyar, the multi-cuisine restaurant at Gokulam Park Inn. A three-piece band will entertain you through the traditional Christmas dinner which is on from 7.30 pm till 11 pm. On December 25 enjoy Christmas lunch buffet at Rs.350 per head and Rs.200 for children between ages 5 to 12.

Taj Malabar

Xmas begins much before the D- Day as Taj Malabar's patisserie outlet has its Ginger Bread house open. With Oven fresh cakes, cookies, apple mince pies, traditional plum pudding, ginger bread miniature house and lots more it's a real Xmas treat. The Xmas bash is on the lawns and comes at Rs.3, 000 for one person plus taxes. With this you can have a choice of drinks from a select bar, live music from an international band and a Christmas theme to go with the celebrations.

Casino Hotel

With the onset of the festive season, Casino Hotel is once again hosting innovative parties designed to start your Christmas with a swing. On December 23, there will be a Syrian Christian Dinner. On Xmas eve also there will be a special dinner. On D-Day, there is a special White Christmas lunch and dinner, while on December 26, it's `Love of my life'! Now this is a special couple dinner. On December 30 is Hawdy Daady Day, a Mexican evening before ushering in the New Year.

Abad hotels

At the Abad Plaza, buffet lunch is available for Rs 300 (adult) and kids, Rs 150. At the Regency restaurant, you will get stuffed turkey, dum ka ghost, chicken fry, chemmeen tawa masala and much more. At Kadaloram restaurant, Kerala cuisine will be served.

At Abad Atrium, at the Café Royale restaurant, there will be Kuttanadan duck roast, cheese almond soufflé among other dishes. At Abad Metro, on 24th there will be Xmas eve buffer dinner costing Rs 200 for the adult and Rs 100 for kids. Christmas buffet lunch will be on between noon and 3 pm for the same rate.

At Abad Chullikkal, Xmas eve dinner and lunch at Pavilion restaurant and Café Mattancherry will be for Rs 200 for adults and Rs 100 for kids. Fish moily, beef ularthiyathu and naadan vegetable delicacies can be savoured.

The Abad Airport hotel, have Xmas lunch and dinner at Rs 250 per head and Rs 125 for your kids. At all Abad outlets you can have takeway Xmas lunch from December 24-31 for Rs 125.

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