Warm Christmas cheer all around town

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Santa arrived on the back of an elephant to hand out gifts to deserving children who appeared on the “nice” list at the Thai Garden Resort.
Santa arrived on the back of an elephant to hand out gifts to deserving children who appeared on the “nice” list at the Thai Garden Resort.

Who needs a white Christmas when a balmy tropical setting like Pattaya is available? Once again Christmas this year was celebrated with tradition and gusto throughout the area, as only Pattaya can provide.

From beaches to bars, from eateries to entertainment venues, there are always plenty of ways to celebrate Yuletide fun. Christmas carolers were prominent and Santa was busy keeping up with demand, with both the aforementioned seen almost everywhere in town, often simultaneously.

Christmas carolers from the Father Ray Foundation brought joy to guests at the Pullman Pattaya Hotel G.
Christmas carolers from the Father Ray Foundation brought joy to guests at the Pullman Pattaya Hotel G.

Santa made an appearance at the Thai Garden Resort where he traded in his sleigh for an elephant loaded with holiday gifts. The sight of old St. Nick on a pachyderm attracted plenty of photos and guests. Area children were rewarded with toys, sporting goods and other presents.

At the Dusit Thani Pattaya Resort, Christmas Eve was filled with joy, happiness and smiles as many guests spent time there with loved ones and dear friends. The night featured a buffet dinner full of Christmas favorites, while entertainment was provided by the Dusit Jazz Band from the Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University, featuring lead vocalist Natt from Skykick Ranger.

Santa Claus made a special visit to the Dusit to hand out gifts to the young’uns, and Christmas Carols were sung by the Pattaya Orphanage Choir. The evening climaxed when Dusit Thani Pattaya’s General Manager Neoh Kean Boon and Executive Assistant Manager My Larry Choi presented gifts to lucky winners.

This year, around 320 people joined the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya’s Christmas buffet dinner at Starz Diner. The evening also featured Christmas Carols from Father Ray Foundation children, and, in addition, lil’ rockers received Christmas giveaways from Santa Claus.

About 300 Rotarians and community activists celebrated Christmas together at the Rotary Club of the Eastern Seaboard’s annual holiday party at the Siam Bayshore Resort & Spa Dec. 20. Club President Brian Songhurst welcomed members and friends from the Pattaya International Ladies clubs and the Pattaya and Jomtien Rotary Clubs.

The party was a purely social event, with a chance for the hard-working community leaders and advocates to share stories and good times. Children from the Human Help Network sang Christmas carols, Santa Claus made an appearance and Dutch swing band B2F entertained for three hours.

At Pullman Pattaya Hotel G, guests, family and friends were invited to celebrate a beachside Christmas eve buffet dinner on 24th December 2018 and Beach & Beats Christmas Day Brunch on 25th December 2018. The buffet was accompanied by live music from Marina Perfileva during dinner time and the beat of music by DJ DAN during brunch time. Activities and games were held around the pool on the Christmas Day.

Guests also enjoyed a surprise visit by Santa Claus carrying gifts for all kids and Carol singers from the Father Ray foundation for the charity on both days.

Denis Thouvard, General Manager of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, led hotel guests and other participants in the Christmas Eve Dinner at the Mirage Grand Ballroom.
Denis Thouvard, General Manager of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, led hotel guests and other participants in the Christmas Eve Dinner at the Mirage Grand Ballroom.

At city hall, Pattaya officials sang Christmas carols with AIDS patients and caretakers to raise funds for the Glory Hut Foundation. Deputy Mayors Poramet Ngampichet and Banlue Kullavanijaya led the chorus of civil servants who joined with Glory Hut co-founder Pornsawan, hospice staff and patients on Christmas Day. The event was aimed at raising funds for the charity which helps people who suffer from HIV and AIDS.

Wherever you celebrated Christmas, there’s little doubt it was memorable one, as there is no place like Pattaya for the holidays.

Santa paid a visit to Dicey Reilly’s where he dished out gifts for one and all.
Santa paid a visit to Dicey Reilly’s where he dished out gifts for one and all.
Anselma Niehaus receives a Christmas kiss from a beautiful little angel at the Thai Garden Resort.
Anselma Niehaus receives a Christmas kiss from a beautiful little angel at the Thai Garden Resort.
Centara Pattaya Hotel and Centara Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya made it a December to remember and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019.
Centara Pattaya Hotel and Centara Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya made it a December to remember and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019.
Dusit Thani Pattaya General Manager Neoh Kean Boon (center) creates a Christmas card with members of the Dusit Jazz Band featuring lead vocalist Natt (2nd left) from Skykick Ranger.
Dusit Thani Pattaya General Manager Neoh Kean Boon (center) creates a Christmas card with members of the Dusit Jazz Band featuring lead vocalist Natt (2nd left) from Skykick Ranger.
Lil’ rockers at the Hard Rock enjoyed loads of fun and a lot of Christmas giveaways from Santa Claus.
Lil’ rockers at the Hard Rock enjoyed loads of fun and a lot of Christmas giveaways from Santa Claus.
Santa Claus brought happiness to customers on Christmas Eve at Holiday Inn Pattaya.
Santa Claus brought happiness to customers on Christmas Eve at Holiday Inn Pattaya.
The Pattaya Orphanage Choir sang beautiful melodies at the Royal Cliff Christmas celebrations.
The Pattaya Orphanage Choir sang beautiful melodies at the Royal Cliff Christmas celebrations.
Rotarians and community activists dance to the sounds of B2F during the Rotary Club of the Eastern Seaboard’s annual holiday party.
Rotarians and community activists dance to the sounds of B2F during the Rotary Club of the Eastern Seaboard’s annual holiday party.
Deputy Mayors Poramet Ngampichet and Banlue Kullavanijaya led a chorus of civil servants who joined with Glory Hut co-founder Pornsawan, hospice staff and patients in singing Christmas carols at city hall on Christmas Day to raise funds for the Glory Hut Foundation.
Deputy Mayors Poramet Ngampichet and Banlue Kullavanijaya led a chorus of civil servants who joined with Glory Hut co-founder Pornsawan, hospice staff and patients in singing Christmas carols at city hall on Christmas Day to raise funds for the Glory Hut Foundation.