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ITC Welcomegroup is celebrating the season with hot rum punch and Christmas pudding, carols and musical performances and, of course, with jolly old Santa at its two Mumbai properties. The buffets on 24 and 25 December at The Peshwa Pavilion (The Maratha) and Hornby’s Pavilion (The Grand Central) are scrumptious affairs of traditional favourites such as roasted stuffed turkey with cranberry sauce and hints of truffle, spit roasted suckling pig with apple and cinnamon chutney, slow-braised leg of pork with pear and maple glaze and candied figs, Virginia ham, pan-roasted spring chicken with tarragon buerreblanc, terrines and ceviche. Besides lunch and dinner, there’s a special midnight buffet as well on Christmas eve.

Festive feast: What’s Christmas without a sinfully rich plum pudding; at Eau Bar at The Oberoi, Mumbai, the yuletide spirit flows freely.

At the Peshwa Pavillion, all the buffets are for Rs2,300, all inclusive, with unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages of select brands, and complimentary plum cakes. For reservation contact, 022-28303030.

At Hornby’s Pavillion, the midnight buffet, sans alcohol, is for Rs950, plus taxes. The lunch and dinners, with unlimited sparkling wine and beers of select brands, are for Rs1,750. For reservation contact, 022-24101010.

At The Oberoi, Mumbai, the yuletide celebrations last the entire week. Special a la carte Christmas menus at India Jones, the Pan Asian restaurant at Trident, Nariman Point, and Fenix, The Oberoi, are available from 24-30 December. On Christmas Day and Boxing Day, relax at Frangipani, Trident’s Mediterrranean restaurant, over a brunch of salads; salmon, cold cuts, traditional roasted turkey and Canadian duck breast, mince pies, Christmas stollens and Christmas pudding.

Christmas eve dinner at Frangipani are for Rs2750 for adults and Rs1,500 for children. Christmas Day brunch buffets are for Rs3,000 for adults and Rs1,500 for children. The prices include taxes and charges for alcohol for adults. For reservations, contact the festive desk at 022-66322011.

This one’s sure to be a hit with the kids. At the Hilton Garden Inn at Saket, New Delhi, the puddings and cookies get fairytale-ish—on the hotel’s ground floor is a house crafted of gingerbread, inspired by the witch’s house in the Hansel and Gretel story, and stocked with Christmas goodies like plum cakes, pudding, liqueur chocolates and chocolate trees. To tempt the not-so-young, there’s chestnut-stuffed butterball turkey and wild Norwegian salmons. Things get truly decadent with a cheese course that lets you pick from monteryjack, brie, cacciocollo, edam, gouda and emmenthal, and quite an exhaustive dessert selection including Christmas pudding, minced pie, Opera slice, yule log and gateau marjolian.

The Christmas brunch package is for Rs2,999 (all inclusive). Early birds and Hilton Premier Club members get a discount of 10%. For reservations, contact 011-39191919/+919716836509.

Swissotel Kolkata Neotia Vista, Kolkata’s youngest five-star destination at Newtown, is all set to celebrate its first Christmas. At Café Swiss, its signature diner, the celebrations get a Swiss touch— with raclette stations and a glass of glogg or eggnog served upon arrival. Of course, there’s the customary roast turkey, ham, mince pies, ginger cookies and Christmas pudding.

The Christmas buffet at Café Swiss is for Rs1,499.00 (all inclusive). For details, contact Tapash Dev, manager, marketing and communications, at 033-66266666.

At Verandah, at the recently launched The Park, Hyderabad, Christmas eve dinner and Christmas Day brunch promises to be a special affair with a select menu of traditional treats.

The buffets are priced at Rs800 for children upto 12 years and Rs1,500 for adults. For reservations, call 040-23456789 and ask for the festive desk.

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