Christmas came early at Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s newest edition of the Christmas Trail masterclass at Le Méridien New Delhi. Here is all that happened during the fun-filled holiday extravaganza. By Bayar Jain

Christmas Trail at Le Meridien
The glass-beaded Christmas Tree.

Celebrating with family is the best way to bring in the holiday season, and the latest edition of T+L Masterclass aimed to do just that. Held on December 15, 2019 at Le Méridien New Delhi, the Christmas Trail masterclass brought in the holiday-spirit in full swing. Families from all across the city were given the opportunity to experience a winter-wonderland replete with food, drinks, and of course, Christmas-based activities.

Christmas Trail at Le Meridien
A gingerbread house decorated by children during the Christmas Trail.

On entering, families were greeted with a jolly Santa and his accompanying, ever-smiling elves. The first stop of the trail began with a tour inside a glass bead-based Christmas tree, after which hearty carols followed. Children were encouraged to write letters addressed to Santa in the North Pole, and then drop it off at a lit-up post box. While the little munchkins were busy decorating gingerbread houses at the Elf Workshop at Longitude or Le Méridien Hub, adults were occupied learning the art of making a traditional vodka-infused fruit punch at Nero. While here, Naughty Gummy Bears a.k.a alcohol-infused gummy bears gave them company.

Christmas Trail at Le Meridien
Santa, his elves, and the little guests.

The Christmas spirit then continued onto eau de Monsoon where a traditional Turkey carving wooed guests of all ages. Paired with gourmet cheese, baby carrots, asparagus and more, this session doubled as the precursor for the food extravaganza that lay ahead. After this, guests were again split into groups of two–children, and adults. As children dug into a plethora of foods like pizza, fries, cheese balls, and spring rolls, the older guests were taken on a culinary journey with wine-paired dishes. Kasundi marinated sole, laal maas lamb curry cooked with mathania chilies, bharwan paneer, tomato sauce, cilantro pesto, and dal makhni graced the menu.

Christmas Trail at Le Meridien
The Christmas Punch.

A journey to the North Pole culminated the trail. A mesmerising journey up to the 20th floor of the hotel with snow-y blue views of the lobby from the glass lift ascertained the magical experience that lay ahead. The last leg of the trail was about all things sweet. An array of chocolate, strawberry, and gingerbread goodies served as the ideal indulgence. On one end, a silky smooth chocolate fountain and nostalgia-inducing cotton candy gave guests a happy sugar rush, on the other, coffee art–courtesy kids themselves–served as the ideal representation of the family bonding replete throughout the day.

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Guests digging into the many sweets available at The North Pole.

The second edition of the Christmas Trail will take place on December 21. For more details, call 91-1123460220/21

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