The celebrations will kick start on December 1st at 6 pm with a sensational Christmas parade and the lighting of the famed Christmas tree in Beirut Souks, as well as the lighting of various BCD streets, buildings and landmarks that have been specially decorated for the occasion.
The Christmas Parade travelling through the Souks will be set alive by various musical marching bands, dancers, acrobats and Christmas characters lead by Santa Clause. The parade will finally reach Ajami square where the Lighting of the Christmas Tree will take place in an exceptional setting that will impress the audience. The festive events will continue to entertain BCD visitors throughout the entire month.
On December 8th 2012, the inauguration of “Magical Santa’s Village” will take place at The Venue in Souk Al Arwam with exciting new features and activities. The 1,200 square meter village has become a highly popular landmark that attracted around 50,000 visitors in 2011. The various festive activities will carry on until January 7th 2013 and will include workshops, craft works and meeting several Christmas characters. Santa and his elves will welcome children and take pictures with them.
The celebrations will be complemented with the 5th edition of “Beirut Chants”, the sacred music festival organized by Solidere. The events will begin on Saturday December 1st 2012 at 8 pm, with an exclusive performance by the Sextet of La Scala Di Milano at St. Maroun Church. This year’s lineup will showcase renowned Lebanese and International artists with a variety of performances, and will be hosting famous musicians and artists namely the Lebanese pianist Abdel El Rahman El Bacha and L’Archange et le Lys. The performances will be held in various historical BCD churches until December 25th 2012, as per the below schedule.
The Saifi Village Christmas Festivities will take place on two consecutive weekends, December 15-16 and 22-23, from 3 pm to 6 pm. The activities will include a multitude of celebratory entertainments, live music shows, children’s theater, shadow puppet shows, a Christmas parade, interactive story telling for kids and various workshops.