In what was called (by employees) “the first ever Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Cambodia”, Raffles Hotel d’Angkor lit up a real tree imported from the US on December 9. A cute choir of orphans from the New Living Hope Center performed for the first time, singing Yuletide classics with Khmer tweaks like “Oh what fun it is to ride in a tuk-tuk all the way.” The ceremony wasn’t much more than a flipping of the “on” switch and a quick reading on the history of lighting ceremonies, but guests had fun plus wine and hors d’oevres.
Raffles lights up for Christmas
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