2011 Hilton Beijing Christmas Train Launch & Tree Lighting Ceremony

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December 06, 2011

BEIJING - The highly anticipated Hilton Beijing Christmas Train Launch and Tree Lighting Ceremony was successfully held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011. Counting down before an eager audience made up of more than 1,000 visitors, the three-story tall Christmas tree was illuminated to the festive tune of the Christmas Train’s whistle at the Hilton Beijing!

With the strong support of the Hilton Beijing’s guests and business partners, this charitable event has successfully raised 100,000 RMB in donations for Project Hope, in association with the China Youth Development Foundation, to aid Hope Schools in Northern China.

The ceremony began with three beautiful Christmas carols sung by The Lady of China, Catholic Foreign Community Choir, followed by the highlight of the night – a surprise visit by Santa Claus himself who made a dramatic entrance through the rooftop window. He then, along with five other special guests who made this evening possible – Mr. Chen Yan Yun, Deputy Secretary, China Youth Development Foundation; Dr. Gerrit Marx, President, Skoda China; Mr. Ronald Marris, CEO, Roc Oil; Mr. Wang Shu Sen, Deputy General Manager, Hilton Beijing; and Mr. Michael Nagel, General Manager, Hilton Beijing – lit the beautiful Christmas tree, ushering in the holiday season.

“I’m thrilled to see so many people gather to celebrate this festive occasion with us tonight,” said Mr. Nagel. “Christmas is the season to share and we are honored to have received such strong support from our guests and partners, and to join together to help those in need.”

The evening ended with the conclusion of the Charity Bazaar, but the season’s festivities live on and the Christmas Train will be running on schedule in the hotel lobby through January 8th, 2012. So please join the Hilton Beijing in celebrating this festive season, and share the love and care with the less fortunate.

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