Hotel Grand Pacific brings in the holidays with good cheer all around

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HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC BRINGS IN THE HOLIDAYS WITH
GOOD CHEER ALL AROUND
Victoria property offers seasonal highlights and holiday moments for locals and visitors alike
www.hotelgrandpacific.com

October 17, 2011; Victoria, B.C. – The Hotel Grand Pacific is preparing to deck the halls and toast the holidays with lashings of festive cheer this year. From holiday cocktails in The Pacific, through to a yuletide buffet with all the trimmings, and the annual Bear Wear event, the hotel is looking forward to welcoming visitors to Victoria and locals to bring in the season.

Amongst beautiful holiday decorations inside and out, guests at the Hotel Grand Pacific will find a myriad of ways to celebrate the season. The Pacific Restaurant’s much-loved Christmas Lunch Buffet is back – at just $28 per person, it’s perfect for a catch-up lunch with a friend, entertaining clients or a treat before hitting Victoria’s shopping streets. Choose from a spread of dishes including roasted turkey with double smoked bacon and apple dressing; roasted beet salad with arugula, frisée, goat cheese, ginger orange vinaigrette; pan-seared salmon in citrus cream broth; and desserts including warm Christmas pudding, chocolate mousse and mincemeat tarts. The buffet is available from December 7 through 23 inclusive, from 12:00pm – 2:00pm each day.

“This is our favourite time of year at the hotel,” said General Manager, Reid James. “It’s a time to share a special meal, get together with friends over a drink, take in Victoria’s spectacular lights, and remember how fortunate we are. We love setting the scene for a great holiday experience for our guests.”

The annual Bear Wear event, benefitting the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children is back at the Hotel Grand Pacific for another year. Running from November 24 – January 3, 2012, a display of teddy bears dressed up for the season by local companies will grace the hotel’s lobby, providing a family-friendly free event for all. Each bear is sponsored and dressed by a Victoria business in exchange for a donation to the foundation.  This year, Bear Wear will support the Queen Alexandra School Age Program.  When children enter the school system they often need a range of supports to help them achieve their full potential.  The therapists in this program work with the students, education assistants and teachers to develop strategies for success. More information about the event can be found at www.queenalexandra.org.

Those looking to add some additional Christmas cheer will love The Pacific Lounge’s range of holiday cocktails – just the thing to toast the season or bring in the New Year. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options are available, all specially created to capture the celebratory spirit. Creations include:

The Singing Elf
Spicy mandarin tea with orange, cinnamon and clove, spiced rum and Grand Marnier

Yukon Cornelius
Van Gogh espresso vodka, Yukon Jack liqueur and Goldschlager

Trim the Tree
Kahlua, Goldschlager and eggnog, with shaved nutmeg and cinnamon

The Abominable Snowman
Silk Road “Jewel of India” black tea-infused Sambuca with vanilla steamed milk

As part of the ongoing Artishow Artist in Residence program, Vancouver-based artist Colleen Lumb will be in residence at the Hotel Grand Pacific through the month of December. Lumb, who is known for her use of “juicy” colour and texture in her pieces will offer a number of ways for visitors, especially children, to get involved with the creation of art, while observing her at work on her Christmas paintings.

For travellers looking to celebrate Christmas in Victoria, the hotel is also offering a deluxe three-night package which includes everything from a Christmas Eve welcome reception and group dinner, through to a brunch buffet and three-course dinner on Christmas Day, as well as a tour of the Christmas lights at Butchart Gardens on Boxing Day. The package is priced at $635 per person for the three nights: December 24, 25 and 26, and is based on double occupancy. For more information, please visit the hotel’s website, www.HotelGrandPacific.com

The Hotel Grand Pacific is a four-Diamond property conveniently located on the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria.  With 304 spacious guestrooms and suites, the Hotel Grand Pacific is renowned for delivering an exceptional and personalized guest service experience. With a focus on health and wellness, the hotel offers complimentary access to the Victoria Athletic Club, located on-site. Relax at the spa or dine at the all-day Pacific Restaurant or The Mark, an award-winning fine dining restaurant.  The Hotel Grand Pacific is a proud member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

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Media Contacts:
Wendy Underwood    
Fever Pitch Marketing Communications  
T: 604.418.5253     
E: wendy@feverpitchcommunications.com

Dale Ryan
Hotel Grand Pacific
T: 250-380-4453
E: dryan@hotelgrandpacific.com

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