Once again the Long Port Group has transformed the Royal Plaza into a Christmas Winter Wonderland with a glittering light display, illuminated figurines and a stunning six-metre Christmas tree. The lights were switched on last night at a fund-raising party for Les Bourgs Hospice hosted by the Long Port Group and Urban Kitchen.
The party goers enjoyed carol singing and the big Christmas light ‘switch on’ was done by Father Christmas himself; there was even an early ‘snowfall’ which delighted the young children who came with their families. Mulled wine and delicious food from Urban Kitchen kept everyone warm and all proceeds from the night will go to support Les Bourgs Hospice. One of the evening’s highlights (apart from Father Christmas!) was a Grand Charity Raffle, which included some fantastic prizes such as a catered dinner party at home courtesy of the Urban Kitchen, gym memberships courtesy of Kings Premier Health Club and Marina Health & Leisure and a boy’s Giant bike from Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop.
The evening kick started the season’s celebrations and the decorations, one of the best displays on the island, has turned the Royal Plaza into a Christmas grotto to be enjoyed by hundreds of local residents, shoppers and office workers.
‘We have thousands of lights, snow, a visit from Father Christmas and carol singing – all the ingredients for the perfect Christmas celebration,’ commented Charles Billson, Chairman of the Long Port Group. ‘We’re delighted to partner with Urban Kitchen in our support of Les Bourgs Hospice and the party got everyone in a festive mood.’
Neil Darby, Manager of Urban Kitchen shares the recipe for their special mulled wine, which was served on the night:
Winter Wonderland Mulled Wine:
- 1 x bottle of red wine (Pinot Noir or Beaujolais grapes work well)
- 60g / 2oz brown sugar
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 2 x whole cloves
- 2 x oranges
- A pinch of nutmeg
Empty the wine into a saucepan with the spices and sugar. Remove some of the zest from one orange and cut into strips; add to the pan along with the juice of one orange. Gently warm the wine until just below simmering point. Slice the remaining orange and add to a heatproof glass before pouring in the warm wine.