Expect a Rustic Woodland Christmas to Delight at 1 Utama Shopping Centre This Year

A Rustic Woodland Gathering awaits shoppers at 1 Utama this Christmas.

A rustic woodland gathering greets shoppers at 1 Utama this Christmas.

As a child, one of my favourite things about Christmas was enjoying the annual displays of tinsel and baubles but back then, they were never as elaborate or festive as what we’re seeing here in Kuala Lumpur today.

Nevertheless, when you’re only four year old – every Christmas tree is taller than you are and each piece of tinsel is magical.

Starstruck! - Christmas is my favourite time of the year

Starstruck – Christmas is my favourite time of the year!

I can only imagine the wonder that is going through the minds of the kids today as they weave through the decadent wonderlands that have sprung up all over the malls in this town for Christmas. Lucky kids!

Truly, the displays in this country are so much more amazing here than anything I ever witnessed as a child. The level of creativity and care involved in each holiday showcase is testament to how much Malaysians love celebrating!

Since moving to Malaysia,1 Utama Shopping Centre, has been one of the malls that I make a beeline for every Christmas because, without fail, 1 Utama makes a song and dance of each festive season with their abundance of seasonal exhibits that are always inspired, stunning and, even sentimental.

This year, thanks to 1 Utama and The Butterfly Project Malaysia, I had a chance to preview the gorgeous woodland-themed happenings you can expect from 1 Utama this holiday season.

Christmas 2014 has officially begun!

Christmas 2014 @ 1 Utama has officially begun!

Another notch on the belt for the Butterfly Bloggers

Another notch on the belt for the Butterfly Bloggers – the first bloggers’ group to attend the 1 Utama Media Launch

Vanessa Chong, celebrity MC

Vanessa Chong, Host of NTV7’s Bella, is celebrity MC of the day

The Concourse Oval at 1 Utama this year has now been transformed into a woodland wonderland of snow-capped evergreens and features a menagerie of kindly forest critters gathered in happy celebration of the festive times ahead.

The Concourse Oval @ 1 Utama is a woodland wonderland

The Concourse Oval @ 1 Utama has been transformed into a rustic woodland wonderland

Festive woodland scenes

Festive woodland scenes pepper the Concourse Oval

Critters in Harmony

Grab a photo op with these kindly critters

Gotta love those Meer Cats!

The original smokey eye is perfected by these adorable meerkats!

Forest band

Pose with a forest band

And of course, no Christmas festivities are complete without a visit from Santa and during December, you might be lucky enough to spot a dashing Mr & Mrs Claus out and about.

Meet Santa

Meet Santa!

Mr & Mrs Claus

A rather fit & slimmed down duo is Mr & Mrs Claus, don’t you think?

Tan Sri Dato' TEO CHIANG KOK, Director of 1 Utama Shopping Centre

Tan Sri Dato’ TEO CHIANG KOK, Director of 1 Utama Shopping Centre

Tan Sri Dato’ Teo Chiang Kok, Director of 1 Utama, was excited about the festive and future plans of the 1 Utama mall and spoke briefly about the woodland theme for this year’s Christmas display.

He also mentioned how the The Klang Valley MRT, when completed, will make 1 Utama more accessible to more people from all corners of the city.

The VIP Set doing the official honours

The VIPs including Pn. MARLIN A NORDIN of MAYBANK Malaysia do the honours of lighting the festive table

Let the games begin!

Let the games begin!

This begins a month of Christmas cheer as 1 Utama plans to fill our dance card with plenty of promotions and activities all the way through to Christmas Day…and a little beyond.

Christmas Events

Christmas Events @ 1 Utama

Juize By Five

Juize By Five will be at center court on select dates with personalised hand-punched key rings and pencil cases for lucky children but be quick as stocks are limited.

Get a personalised key ring just by Juize!

Get a personalised charm key ring or pencil for the kids by Juize By Five!

During the Media Launch, I had a chance to have one made for myself and I have to tell you, those Juize By Five folk are like Santa’s little elves and pretty deft with a hammer and punch. They had it ready in almost no time!

I picked a strap, a name tag colour, a rustic metal charm and voila…moments later I received this adorable personalised key holder with my name stamped on in big letters. Merci!

Here's mine

Here’s mine!

Excuse the butterflies! I’m staying incognito.

Betjeman & Barton

Betjeman & Barton were on hand with Christmas refreshments

Betjeman & Barton tea salon served a festive afternoon tea

Purveyors of fine teas, Betjeman & Barton made this meeting the party it was with a host of their gorgeous festive treats and refreshing teas for us.

Christmas Macarons are the best kind

Christmas macarons are the best kind

Their red holly-tipped macarons were strawberry and the frosty grey ones were black sesame.

How much do I love these festive macs

A necessary close-up of these beautiful treats ~ How much do I love this pile of macarons?!

Eat Me? I don't mind if I do!

Eat Me? I don’t mind if I do!

The tipple of the day was a refreshing blend of tea leaves and citrus peel called Pouchkin and it was delicious served sweetened and gently-cooled but without ice.

I queried the Betjeman & Barton tea people that day about the lack of ice and they advised that adding ice to tea only served to dilute the brew and was not recommended for best flavour.

Betjeman & Barton 2

The elegant and refreshing Pouchkin Tea is a citrus-infused blend and Betjeman & Barton’s bestselling tipple

Everything at the Betjeman & Barton table was delicious, elegant and indulgent.

Betjemana & Barton do not only just sell tea leaves but offer a complete all-day Afternoon Tea experience at their comprehensive Tea Room located on the Ground Floor of 1 Utama.

An awesome dessert spread

The Betjeman & Barton festive dessert spread was a hit

In addition to the delicious spread of sweet and savoury finger food, Betjeman & Barton had set up a Tea Appreciation Table at the launch so we could indulge in the aroma of their tea leaves and learn more about their signature blends.

Betjeman & Barton Tea Sampling

Betjeman & Barton Tea Appreciation Table

Love this Pillar Box Red tin

Love the Pillar Box Red tin by this brand

I was so enamoured with the Pouchkin Tea and macarons by Betjeman & Barton that day that I couldn’t resist stopping by at their Tea Room for a quick peek into the windows of the boutique. It’s a huge retail and dining salon devoted to all things tea!

In fact, I think their turn as official caterer of the launch that day has put their Tea Room top on my list of things to do when I am next at 1 Utama.

The Tea Room of Betjeman & Barton

The Tea Room of Betjeman & Barton

Enough tea to make your heart sing!

Enough tea to make your heart sing!

I’ll be back for you, Betjeman & Barton!

Christmas Performances

During the month of December, 1 Utama will be hosting an array of festive performances by local choirs and song & dance groups. Shoppers will be serenaded with live performances by Santa and his helpers as they go about their Christmas shopping.

There will also be plenty of holiday activities for the kids.

Festive performances take centre stage

Festive performances will take center stage all the way through to Christmas Day.

Christmas shows for young & old

The Christmas shows are for young & old

There’s also a chance to meet some life-sized forest critters sing and dance their way into our hearts this Christmas.

An awesome pantomine by Loving Gaia

An awesome animal musical pantomime performance by the stars of Loving Gaia

An animal Christmas

Can you guess the animals being represented?

Little Miss Meerkat and Rudolph

Little Miss Meerkat shares a pensive moment with Rudolph

Lovng Gaia are just one of the many Christmas acts to entertain seasonal shoppers

Lovng Gaia are just one of the many Christmas acts to entertain seasonal shoppers to 1 Utama

 1 Utama Gift Rewards for Christmas Shoppers

This year, 1 Utama has partnered with brand partners, MAYBANK and The Body Shop to reward shoppers with a host of gifts to loyal seasonal customers…

  • Spend RM150 (max. 2 receipts) and receive an exclusive 1 Utama Desk Calendar. ONECARD Members are entitled to two calendars a day.
Don't forget to stake a claim on this if you spend more than RM150 at 1 Utama this Christmas

Don’t forget to stake a claim on this fabulous oriental calendar for 2015 if you spend more than RM150 at 1 Utama this Christmas.

  • Pick up a Christmas Redemption Card and start collecting stickers with your purchases to redeem exclusive Christmas Gifts like the ones below…
Christmas Rewards 2014 Gifts Redemption

Christmas Gift Rewards 2014

For more information about these festive promotions, do drop by special seasonal counter set up opposite the Customer Service Centre at Ground Floor, Highstreet for more advice.

In addition to these Christmas rewards, Maybank has set up a booth at the Lower Ground Floor Highstreet with even more gifts for shoppers who pay for their purchases with their Maybank credit or debit cards.

  • One exclusive Maybank Christmas Tote for purchases at 1 Utama using a Maybank card of RM300 or more

OR

  • A Festive Tin Container Set with purchases using Maybank anywhere at 1 Utama of RM600 or more

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1 Utama, is incidentally one of Malaysia’s premier malls and I was quite amazed to discover that it is in fact also the 4th largest mall in the world!

I spent the day at 1 Utama after this media event and with more than 700 retail shops and dining options,  I was spoiled for choice. It’s a place to marathon shop and dine and one day isn’t even enough to enjoy it all.

In addition to all the year-end sales going on around the centre, the Christmas display at the Concourse Oval will be home to an array of pop-up shops from popular brands in beauty, treats and gifts and they will all have some amazing promotions just for Christmas that include special discounts for customers as well as plenty of Gifts With Purchase selections that are only for ONECARD members.

Christmas Pop-Up Stalls dot the Concourse area

Christmas Pop-Up Stalls dot the Concourse area

Some of the pop-up shops I spotted around the Concourse were-:

  • Laura Mercier
  • L’Occitane
  • O.P.I
  • Claire Organics
  • Royce Chocolate
  • Kiehl’s
  • …and lots of Christmas Gift Shops
Some of the swag...

Some of the swag…

1 Utama really is one of the most amazing malls in this city and with all the Christmas promotions going on – it’s the place to do so much this Christmas. I could live there…and I know some shopaholic friends who almost do! (They know who they are!)

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1 Utama's Christmas 2014 (1)

For more information…

1 Utama Website

1 Utama Facebook

LG 350, Lebuh Bandar Utama,

Bandar Utama, 47800

Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

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[Notes: Commentary, event and product photos and are all by me. Please do not use and republish without written permission from me and a credit link back to this blog. Promotional Christmas graphics courtesy of 1 Utama.]

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