It’s almost that time of year. Let’s get in the spirit as we rejoice over sumptuous food and fun celebrations, to spread the festive cheer with our loved ones.

The lovey-dovey couples

Love is in the air, which is especially true when Christmas is more than just glitter and glow.

Before the shimmering Christmas lights on both sides of the harbor are on, start your romantic Christmas date early, with a thoughtfully-curated menu at Harbourside Grill • Bar • Terrace, where the alfresco lunch with impeccable views of the Victoria Harbour is definitely going to impress your beloved. You’re going to love the Seared Foie Gras and Confit Duck Leg with Poached Quince. But we suggest saving space for the Roasted Capon Chicken with Koffmann Cabbage and Truffle Sauce, and of course, desserts, too.

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When the night falls, swap the good old candlelight dinner this year for a blend of Asian and continental fare. Kinabaji will serve up a Christmas dinner set, in which you and your beloved can savor Asian-inspired dishes as you take in the views of sparkling night sky stretching in every direction. Kick-start your meal with the Hamachi Tartare in Soy Sauce, and let the fresh flavors build further as you enjoy the Pan-fried Marinated Eel in Korean Spicy Sauce and King Prawn.

The sweet-toothed

No Christmas celebration is complete until the yuletide-themed desserts are served.

Don’t be fooled by the classic red and white combo. Dang Wen Li  by Dominique Ansel’s Candy Cane cake is a pleasant surprise that replaces the traditional peppermint flavor with pink guava and strawberry, with citrus hints from the yuzu mousse.

If that tangy, citrus kick is leaving you for more, Café&Meal MUJI’s Yuzu Yule Log, a cake roll filled with buttercream and dusted with mellow chocolate powder is next.

The Santa’s Cookie Dough by Sugarfina® is a tin of perfection. The classically American chewy cookies are dipped in dark chocolate before the crushed walnut adds the crunch to the mix.

The impatient ones are just going to have to fight the urge as they unwrap this – Venchi ’s Advent Surprise Calendar. It’s supposed to offer one chocolate fix a day until Christmas comes, but we won’t tell Santa who emptied every little drawer, way before the sleigh bells ring!

The sophisticated ones

While this year’s celebration might necessitate a slightly quieter affair, it doesn’t mean you can’t dazzle an intimate get-together with Christmas platters, hampers – and of course – festive tipples.

Elevate your party with the Premium Gourmet & Wine Hamper by Reserva Iberica . The Pre-sliced Acorn-fed 100% Ibérico Ham is a match made in heaven with the Spanish Maset Del Lleo Tinto 1777 Reserva Estuche red wine.

Choose among the amazing selections of seafood platters by sen-ryo and your friends are definitely going to be impressed. The Dassai  45 Sparkling Junmai Daiginjyo is yet another crowd-pleaser, with its pleasant fruitiness and champagne-like smooth bubbles.

Great food and thoughtful gifts aside, Christmas is all about filling your loved ones’ hearts with love and joy. So shower them with affection as we welcome the new year!

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