Christmas Decorations In Colombo: Cinnamon Grand And Hilton.

Decor at the Cinnamon Grand

As a festive offering YAMU is taking a look at the city's five star staples and their Xmas decorations. 

For starters here are the two big ones; The Echelon Square heavy weight and the Kurundu Mandira.

Here's another classic quirky Colombo Christmas tradition – the family hotel lobby visit to ogle decorations and meet santa in a more sanitized grotto than the back of Cargills.

From the city's tropical streets you'd walk into well air-conditioned lobbies doing their best to imitate a northern Christmas. Counters packed with ginger bread, yule logs and pralines, captive choirs belting out carols, steaming mugs of mulled wine and stars, silver bells and stylized snow on everything.

Now a tropical island's idea of a western Christmas might sound like an unfortunate exercise in kitsch but at their best these lobbies were warm and homely. Full of people you knew and packed with everything you'd ever want to eat. Growing up in the midst of a 30 year war this is where you went in order to not see armed men and barbed wire and where every thing seemed like anywhere else, sort of.

While nowadays there's much more available outside the staple 5 star hotels a quick whirl through the hotel lobbies of Colpetty and Fort remains an excellent and, not necessarily expensive, way to get into the festive spirit. Particularly good for anyone with young children but you don't have to be five to be entertained by lots of sparkly lights and bits of yule log.

Cinnamon Grand

The most popular of Colombo's 5 star hotels has never been my favorite Xmas spot. The new lobby, which veers towards the toiletesque, doesn't enjoy the natural beauty of the Galle Face Hotel's terrace or the charm of Hilton's duck-view lounge. It compensates somewhat by virtue of its sheer popularity- it's always buzzing.

I never remember the Christmas decorations here really standing out but this year they've done a good job. There's a silver, gold and soft pink color scheme, mounds of oversized baubles piled artfully on the floor and some quite delicate and attractive trees.

It's a deviation from the standard green and red xmas grotto and it works. There something faintly Venetian carnival about it. The coffee stop has the usual – Xmas offerings… breudher, x mas cake etc and there's a trolley dishing out mulled wine. Sufficiently Christmassy without being over the top, we recommend.

Xmas Decos- 7.5 /10

The Hilton

This has always been a firm Xmas favourite. Their decorations were always that much more spectacular. The towering bauble festooned tree at the entrance, the amazing clockwork Santa's workshop with little mechanical elves hammering away at toys.

What really lifted the place into Colombo-Xmas stratosphere though was the life-size edible gingerbread house. For years they had this truly fantastic sweet counter shaped made of gingerbread and light sugar frosting and anyone visiting the lobby was welcome to nibble. Well nibble within reason. I once chewed off a fair portion of the roof and the management had to have words with my parents.

This year though the gingerbread house is gone! as are the mechanical elves. While I was initially horrified and keen to urge fellow Colombars to rise up in protest I have to admit the new decorations aren't bad. There are lots and lots of trees though things are a little too white (weddingy). They've replaced the edible house with an impressive chocolate fountain in which you can dip your – washed – fingers.

The chocolate isn't as good as the gingerbread was… but I'm sure the younglings of today will be equally impressed.

Decor 8 out of 10

Service (in the Thorana lounge) 3/10. Things have descended to Galle Face Hotel terrace levels; getting their attention is misery.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp




Beyond the Hook: Exploring Totally Hooked’s non-Seafood dishes

By Hashini Pathirana Totally Hooked CMB, as we are all aware, is widely renowned for

Kamu Yamu Guide

The Art of Fusion Cuisine at Mövenpick Hotel

By Vera Wadugodapitiya We walked into Robata Grill, Mövenpick. Instantly, what struck me about the

Highlights Kamu

A Taste of Mexico – Cinnamon Red’s Latest International Cuisine

By Shamrina Carim Every month, Cinnamon Red has come up with an exciting initiative to

Highlights Kamu

A Classical High Tea Encounter with the Coronation at Mount Lavinia Hotel

By Shamrina Carim Mount Lavinia Hotel hosted a casual evening of classic high tea encounters

Highlights Kamu

The Bento Box at Royal Thai, Cinnamon Lakeside

By Hiruni Herath When you step into the Royal Thai Restaurant at Cinnamon Lakeside, you’ll

Highlights Kamu

Totally Hooked – The Ultimate Seafood Destination

It is not a surprise that “Totally Hooked CMB", the talk of the seafood town,

Highlights Kamu


Chef Sanjay Brings the Flavours of Our Neighbours to Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

Colombo, Monday 05th June 2023: Despite Sri Lanka’s proximity to the Indian Sub-Continent and a


Award Winning Indian Restaurant Junior Kuppanna in Colombo

Junior Kuppanna, opened its newest international branch in Colombo on 25th May 2023. The new


Hilton Sri Lanka Unveils ‘Enchanting Beginnings’ Wedding Sale

Swoon over exclusive wedding packages in stunning venues for a lifetime of memories Colombo, Sri


Ramada Colombo’s Exclusive Limited Time Wedding Discount

Book before June 15th and enjoy 25% off Planning the perfect wedding can be an


The 30th Gratiaen Prize shortlist was announced with the launch of the Gratiaen Trust Young Writers Club

The Gratiaen Trust in association with the John Keells Foundation partnering with the Trust for


Hilton Sri Lanka is set to commemorate Mother’s Day in grand fashion

Continuing our long-standing tradition of celebrating extraordinary mothers, Hilton properties across Sri Lanka have gone


Yamu Guide.

7 Yoga Studios in and around Colombo

By Udaraa Gamage Are you looking for ways to escape from all that hustling and

Highlights Yamu Guide

Beyond the Hook: Exploring Totally Hooked’s non-Seafood dishes

By Hashini Pathirana Totally Hooked CMB, as we are all aware, is widely renowned for

Kamu Yamu Guide

7 Decent BnB spots for under LKR 7500 – Sri Lanka

We all like spending mini vacations at affordable spots to relax or stay on the

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Places to Dine Under LKR1500 LKR per person

By Udaraa Gamage Are you a foodie looking for budget places to satisfy your taste

Highlights Yamu Guide

The Aesthetics of Club Palm Bay

Club Palm Bay is a hotel located in the heart of a charming fishing village

Yamu Guide

High Tea Affairs at L.A.B by Hilton Colombo

By Hashini Pathirana A little chit chat with your besties, while sipping onto an Iced

Yamu Guide