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December 24, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me. . .

Twelve Drummers Drumming
There’ll be drums and much more at aChristmas Jazz Concert by acclaimed New York jazz singer Irene Atman on Christmas Day at The Luxe Manor’s Dada Bar + Lounge. (from 9pm, HK$350/per person including one drink, 3763 8778)

Eleven Pipers Piping
From beauty editors to celebs, everyone’s piping up to sing their praises for the new Aromatherapy Associates revolutionary anti-aging skincare line. The cult favourite product is the Overnight Repair Mask, a gift that any beauty buff would adore (HK$650), or for a little winter indulgence, book in for a richly hydrating facial at The Mandarin Spa using the entire new product line. (2825 4888)

Ten Lords a Leaping
Take a leap up to the top of Prince’s Building to celebrate Christmas at suave hotspot SEVVA, which is decking it’s stunning halls in holiday splendor and serving up an elegant 4-course Christmas lunch (HK$520, 2537 1388)

Nine Ladies Dancing
For the ultimate ladies holiday high tea, dance on over to MOBar at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental for an afternoon inspired by the Fragrances of Jo Malone. Teas and pastries will be derived from Vanilla, Lavender, Ginger and more, while Jo Malone arm massages and complimentary gifts will ensure a scent-sational start to the holidays. (HK$190, 2132 0077)

Eight Maids a Milking
Milk, tea, hot chocolate, apple cider, sandwiches, pastries, scones and Christmas cookies will be on offer at Café Gray at The Upper House on the 24th of December. They have created the ultimate post-shopping pick me up to warm you up and keep your holiday spirits on high. (HK$250, 3968 1106)

Seven Swans a Swimming
Swan Lake will have to wait until spring. This season, pas de bourrée on over to the HK Cultural Centre to see HK Ballet‘s stunning performance of The Nutcracker, guaranteed to start the festive season on a high pointe!

Six Geese a Laying
If it’s a Christmas goose you want, a goose you shall have at the Deluxe Chef’s Table at WHISK at The Mira Hong Kong where Chef Justin Quek can create a personalised menu for your own private Christmas banquet filled with anything your little heart desires. (2315 5999)

Five Golden Rings
The must have rings on everyone’s wish list this season are not gold but “green” from the John Hardy bamboo collection. For every piece purchased a certain number of bamboo seedlings are planted to help fight global warming and that number will be carefully engraved on the inside of the piece. We love the set of three slim silver bamboo bangles. (US $350,

Four Calling Birds
If giving back is your calling, the InterContinental has created the perfect gift for you to present to a loved one this holiday. The “Show You Care” Organic Hamper is filled with delicious organic fruits, honeys, olive oils, wines, teas and cheeses and also includes a certificate for a private “ihealth” cooking class and lunch for two. To embrace the giving holiday spirit, a $500 donation will be made to charity in the recipient’s name. (HK$2800, 2721 1211)

Three French Hens
Whether it’s three French hens or two-Michelin-stars that you have on your wish list, stunning Caprice at the Four Seasons is waiting to fulfill your Christmas fantasies. An eight course Christmas Eve dinner filled with gastronomic delights will ensure you’ll be dreaming of sugarplum fairies as you wait for Santa to make his way down the chimney (err, elevator!). (3196 8899)

Two Turtle Doves
If your winter travels may call for a few extra feathers and a super cosy shell, look no further than Club Monaco, who has brought out an exclusive line of men’s puffer jackets and is offering a special 20% discount, only during the gift-giving season. (2118 1987)

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree
A holiday tree house has nothing on the gigantic gingerbread dream castleThe Peninsula Hong Kong has created to enchant kids and sweet lovers of all ages this holiday season. Enjoy festive afternoon tea in this delightful setting followed by Christmas story hour conducted by The Peninsula’s very own elves. (HK$188 Child / HK$288 Adult, 2315 3220)

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

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