Tree Lighting Tradition

Tree Lighting Tradition

04 Dec 2023

The annual ceremony marks the beginning of the festive season at the 5-star luxury hotel in Accra

Accra, 4 December 2023 – Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra on Sunday 3 December hosted its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, a cherished tradition that marks the official commencement of the festive season. The event brought together music ensembles, soloists and esteemed guests who gathered to witness the symbolic illumination of Christmas trees.

During the ceremony, Mr. Hanno Barkhoff, General Manager of the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra, joined by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Ghana, Lebanese Ambassador H.E Maher Kheir, gracefully turned on the first lights adorning the classic Christmas trees at the hotel.

In his welcome address, the General Manager Mr. Hanno Barkhoff expressed his heartfelt appreciation to guests for continuously being a part of the hotel’s success story. He stated that, “Throughout the years, this hotel has achieved remarkable milestones, but none of these achievements would have been possible without your unwavering support, trust and patronage. It is an honour to stand before you today and acknowledge each and every one of you as an integral part of our success story.”

Mr Barkhoff also provided insights into some key moments for the hotel this year, which included the launch of BE Health, a flagship corporate social responsibility programme in partnership with Breast Care International. He explained that, “Through this initiative, we have been able to contribute to the awareness and fight against breast cancer, offering support to those affected by this devastating disease. We have also provided education and offered assistance to individuals and families on their journey towards recovery and healing.”

The tree lighting event also sought to shed more light on children living with autism in Ghana. Speaking about the hotel’s contribution, Mr Barkhoff said, “We organised a fun day for children with autism, providing them with a safe and inclusive space to engage in recreational activities and foster social connections. Not only did this bring smiles to the faces of these incredible children but it also touched the hearts of everyone involved.”

Addressing the audience, the Special Guest of Honour, H.E. Maher Kheir shared a unique perspective on the occasion by stating that, “In the midst of economic crisis and the shadows of conflict and wars, the symbolism of this Christmas tree takes on an even deeper meaning. The ornament on this tree represents not just festive decorations, but also the diverse threads of humanity, each facing unique struggles. It is during this time that the spirit of Christmas becomes a guiding light, a beacon of compassion, empathy and collective strength.”

He added that, “In lighting this tree tonight, let it serve as a symbol of solidarity and a testament to our ability to find hope even in adversity. As the lights brighten the nights, may they illuminate the path towards a future where kindness prevails, where communities come together and where the spirit of Christmas serves as a catalyst for positive change.”

H.E. Maher Kheir ended by encouraging all attendees to carry the flame of justice and fairness in the coming days so that compassion may prevail amongst all people in the world.

Undoubtedly, the event served as the perfect catalyst to kindle the holiday spirit in all who participated. From the soulful carols and inspiring speeches to the vibrantly illuminated Christmas trees, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra showcased its commitment to providing exceptional service during this joyous season.

The tree lighting celebration featured enchanting performances by renowned musical groups, including the +233 Jazz Band, the Papillion Band, Klicks Foundation led by Ms. Nasba, the Manna Mission Choir and a delightful showcase by the talented students of Roman Ridge School.