THE WESTIN SANTA CHASE & TREE LIGHTING
The first ever Westin Santa Chase rallies a 450+ strong crowd of festive goers
Abu Dhabi, UAE– December 17, 2011 - The newly opened Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa hosted the very first ‘Westin Santa Chase’ on their lawns facing the open fairways of the National Course, home to the European Tour Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. 150+ children, from as young as 2 years, stood in awe as they witnessed their favourite Christmas character appear before their eyes and cast a teasing wave from the overlooking Presidential balcony of the hotel. As the excitement grew in the beating hearts of 150 youngsters, moments later Santa Claus was witnessed trying to sneak out of the hotel un-noticed. With the fluidity of cascading dominos the children spotted Santa and made haste after what quickly became a blurry, bearded red and white a speck disappearing on to the fairways of the National Course.
Santa Claus returned unharmed and thankfully able to perform his duties on the December 24th, but with an unshakable swarm of young fans at his side all yearning for his attention. One young man however stood out from the rest. From the roars of cheer and laughter that came from hundreds of parents and spectators, young Alex Vleigen was the boy who claimed the crown, and won a rather large chocolate camel, for laying the first hand on a very tired Santa Claus.
Celebrating the first Christmas at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, the evenings chase was followed by the inaugural tree lighting ceremony and host of Christmas carols from the resident choir. Lashings of Gluhwine, Eggnog and mince pies were bounded around however the star of the show was still very much Santa Claus who was found seated next to the towering Christmas tree with a patient queue of star struck adolescents eagerly waiting to bestow their Christmas list.
The new hotel is planning a host of additional festive activities such as Festive Hampers, Christmas day luncheons and a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza featuring international house band GrooveStone. General manager Klaus Niefer comments “Westin is my most preferred brand within Starwood and I am immensely proud of the truly special people who assisted me opening this very unique property. It was a great picture to watch Santa being chased by hundreds of youngsters around the greens of the Westin, we will most definitely make this an annual event for the community around us.”
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