The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on NBC Adds a Special Performance by International Superstar Gwen Stefani,

A Star-Studded Celebration The Parade will include a Dazzling Opening Number and Even More Star Power Along the Parade Route as the Annual Spectacle Kicks Off the Holiday Season

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on Thursday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m., in all time zones; Encore presentation airs 2 – 5 p.m.

The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® adds additional star power as NBC and Macy’s join to kick off the holiday season with a star-studded line-up of performers in the nation’s favorite spectacle. On Thursday, Nov. 23, with more than 3.5 million spectators lining the route and more than 50 million viewers tuned in nationwide, the streets of Manhattan will come alive with a host of special performances from stars of music, film, TV and the stage.

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The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade adds more star power including a special performance by international superstar Gwen Stefani (Photo: Business Wire)

Joining the lineup will be international superstar Gwen Stefani. A three-time Grammy® Award-winner, Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter, and recording artist who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist. Stefani recently released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas which features six original and six classic holiday tunes. Set to perform “White Christmas,” Stefani will warm up the audiences nationwide with her rendition of the classic tune as part of the national broadcast of the Parade on NBC.

After kicking off the holidays on Thanksgiving, Stefani will return to NBC for “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” a modern take on traditional Christmas specials featuring musical performances and fun, holiday sketches. This one-hour primetime special set to air Dec. 12 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) will capture Stefani’s infectious spirit and iconic style.LOGO_KO

On Thanksgiving, to open the 91st edition of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a host of stars will be showcased “Dancing in the Streets” at various locations across the country in anticipation of the big Parade and annual kickoff to the holiday season. Featured stars include Harry Connick Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Jane Krakowski, Gaten Matarazzo, Chrissy Metz, John O’Hurley, Martha Stewart and Thalia, who will dance and sing in the out-of-this-world kickoff to the pomp and pageantry.

As the restyled song unfolds, the show arrives at Herald Square, opening atop Macy’s famed red star mark on 34th Street, where a host of groups will join the impromptu party including the Radio City Rockettes®, as well as dancers for The Teen Company and Malloy/CAP21, among other Parade participants.

Rounding out the lineup will be the incomparable Patti LaBelle, who will take to the streets on The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray® float, joining previously announced stars 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and the one-and-only Santa Claus; completing the starry lineup of the march of wonder.

The 91st march of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will also feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands and six performance groups.

One of the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebrations, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC and hosted by the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker. Telemundo will simulcast the Parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu.

For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, please visit http://www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.

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The Peninsula Hong Kong Celebrates The Holiday Spirit Of Giving With The Trees Of Hope Campaign And Special Events To Bring Seasonal Cheer For All Families

Timeless traditions, festive dining, and a special charitable initiative create unforgettable memories for guests at The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong will shares the festive spirit with guests and local residents during the holiday season with memorable Yuletide events that celebrate the joy of giving and raise funds for Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong. The Peninsula Hotels’ annual Trees of Hope fundraising campaign is now in its 14th year across all hotels and has raised more than US$ 1.5 million since its launch in Hong Kong in 2003.

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Trees Of Hope

For the 14th consecutive year, The Peninsula Hong Kong will participate in The Peninsula Hotels’ worldwide charity program, Trees of Hope. Guests who stay in or visit the hotel will have the chance to purchase a SnowPage custom-crafted glass tree ornament, priced at HK$ 150 each, and a SnowPage plush toy, priced at HK$ 200, with the proceeds going directly to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong’s program, which makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Timeless traditions, festive dining and a special charitable initiative create unforgettable memories for guests at The Peninsula Hong Kong

Timeless traditions, festive dining and a special charitable initiative create unforgettable memories for guests at The Peninsula Hong Kong

Guests will also receive a SnowPage gingerbread cookie with every ornament purchased and will have the option of hanging the ornament on the hotel’s Christmas trees as a symbol of hope or taking it home as a souvenir. For every classic SnowPage plush toy and ornament sold, HK$ 100 will be donated to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong.

The festive season is a time for good cheer and generosity, and both are in abundant supply this year at The Peninsula Hong Kong. To celebrate the spirit of giving this Christmas, the city’s timeless Grande Dame presents a series of programs and special offers throughout the hotel that are sure to put guests in the holiday mood while helping create a brighter future for those who are less fortunate.

The Trees of Hope fundraising campaign will also extend to The Peninsula’s restaurants, which will offer special promotions that include donations to the charitable enterprise.

In the hotel’s legendary Lobby, the much-loved tradition of Afternoon Tea will be given a festive makeover as the “Teas of Hope” Classic Afternoon Tea. Available from 1 to 21 December and 27 to 30 December 2017, the set is priced at HK$ 368* per person and HK$ 658 for two and includes an ornament. For each tea set sold, 20% will be donated to Make-A-Wish®.

*subject to 10% service charge

Six special cocktails created for the festive season will be available throughout December in the hotel’s various restaurants and bars. These “Cocktails of Hope” are the ideal pick-me-up for winter evenings, and include:

  • Warming Glühwein (HK$ 150*), red wine, port, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, orange, and lemon
  • Iced Glühwein (HK$ 120*), grape juice, cranberry juice, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, orange, and lemon
  • Egg Nog (HK$ 150*), brandy, dark rum, milk, coffee cream, egg, and nutmeg
  • Winter’s Ginger (HK$ 150*), Hedonist liqueur, gin, peach puree, white peach syrup and ginger
  • Tropic Cider (HK$ 150*), aged rum, pineapple juice, cherry blossom syrup, fresh lime juice and orange
  • Lemongrass Elixir (HK$ 120*), lemongrass, agave nectar, grapefruit juice and butter

Available in all The Peninsula’s outlets (except the American Bar at Felix), 100% of each cocktail sold will be donated to Make-A-Wish®. Continue reading

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Pop-In@Nordstrom Holidays Featuring MoMA Design Store, A Thoughtful And Innovative Gift Shop

Pop-In@Nordstrom is celebrating the holidays with a design-centric gift shop in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art‘s MoMA Design Store, known for its curator-approved gifts that bring quality, creativity, and design innovation to everyday living. The shop opens November 17 in select Nordstrom stores and online.

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Launched in October 2013, Pop-In@Nordstrom is an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops that transitions every four to six weeks to offer a new shopping experience and batch of new, often exclusive merchandise. Pop-In takes two forms: a shop curated around a theme featuring brands across different product categories (fashion, beauty, lifestyle, home/garden, sports/outdoors, etc.), or a partnership with a single brand to bring “the world of” to customers. Pop-In@Nordstrom was built on a monthly rotation to keep customers coming back to discover new brands, new merchandise and create a fun and compelling experience in stores and online. Each shop features a mix of hand-picked merchandise spanning the high/low price range, with price points often starting at $5.

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Pop-In@Nordstrom was the first initiative from the Nordstrom Creative Projects team, under the direction of Olivia Kim (vice president of Creative Projects). In her role, Kim focuses on creating energy, excitement, a sense of discovery and a bit of disruption through engaging and unique shopping experiences at Nordstrom, both in-stores and online. Kim’s Creative Projects initiatives have established Nordstrom as a platform to test retail concepts, bring limited distribution collections to customers, and introduce them to the best up-and-coming brands and new talent.

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Each item selected by Pop-In@Nordstrom’s MoMA Design Store is product-tested using real-life scenarios, and reviewed by MoMA curators. Prices range from $10 for coasters disguised as toast to $6,000 for a giant clock made up of 24 smaller, round clocks choreographed together to form one digital display. Continue reading

Avon Announces “Ultimate Gift Guide” and Top Deals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Look to Your Avon Representatives for this season’s best gifts, and have a Joyful, Beautiful, Magical Holiday

The holidays are around the corner and Avon is a one-stop shop for all your gifting needs. No matter who is on your list this year, there is something for everyone – from signature fragrances to merrymaking beauty gift sets, to cozy sleepwear and glamorous gold-accented glasses.p700

Before you start clicking, check out the ultimate Avon Holiday Gift Guide to make shopping easier than ever:

$10 and Under:

Under $25:

  • Winter Soft Plush Memory Foam Slipper Bootie $24.99) – The softest slipper ever with a beautiful pom-pom detail
  • Imari and Faraway Travel Size Collections ($15 each) – Each box contains a three-piece set of the franchise scents in rollerball form—perfect for holiday travel
  • Joyful Makeup Collection ($20) – A selection of Avon’s most popular makeup products in the brand’s most popular shades

The Makeup Maven:

Make The Holidays Cozy & Bright:

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Gifts That Give Back: Purchase any Breast Cancer Crusade product in Avon’s Shop for the Greater Goods and Avon will donate 20% of net profits—up to $1 million in 2017—to the Avon Foundation for Women supporting Avon Breast Cancer Crusade programs across the US. Featured products include the Pink Peony Candle ($12), Pink Hope Iconic Lipstick Set($10) and the Pink Hope Jeweled Collared Necklace ($45).

In addition, this season, Avon help make your holiday a whole lot merrier, so don’t miss the opportunity to save with exclusive Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the 12 Days of Deals:

Black Friday: From November 18 – 25, enjoy more rewards with the more you purchase:

  • Spend $20, get free shipping
  • Spend $45, get free shipping and save 20%
  • Spend $65, get free shipping, save 20% AND get a free three-piece gift

Cyber Monday: From November 26 – 29, purchase and enjoy even more rewards—including a free A-Box, Avon’s curated beauty box:

  • Spend $20, get free shipping
  • Spend $45, get free shipping and save 20%
  • Spend $65, get free shipping, save 20% AND get a free A-Box

12 Days of Deals: If you’re shopping from December 1 – 12, be prepared for a free beauty gift with purchase when you spend $45

So, skip the long lines and purchase items from a trusted friend – your Avon Representative – and have presents delivered straight to your door.

Deck The Palms! Four Seasons Resort Orlando At Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates The Festive Season

This holiday season, trade in ski slopes and snow boots for palm trees and infinity pools at the lakeside Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Central Florida’s only AAA Five Diamond Award rated property. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and enjoy elegant holiday décor throughout Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Dive-In holiday movies at the family pool, decadent holiday dinners, and much more.ORL_663_aspect16x9

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From the royal palm-lined pathway lined with twinkling lights to the holiday-inspired floral arrangements and decadent gingerbread display in the lobby, Four Seasons glows with festive spirit that is sure to delight anyone who walks through the door. The lobby will be ornamented with elegant colours of plum and gold, complete with a grand 12-foot-tall (3.7 metre) Christmas tree, wreaths and columns wrapped with garland, and more. Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber’s gingerbread creation will be a fun conversation starter, and Resort guests will enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cider daily. The holiday décor will be in place from December 1, 2017 through January 3, 2018. Plus, a separate gingerbread creation by Chef Saber will be on display at the Festival of Trees event at The Orlando Museum of Art from November 11 to 19, 2017.The Four Seasons Orlando

Suite Celebration

Multi-generational travel is becoming more and more popular, and Four Seasons Resort Orlando is perfectly situated to welcome families of all ages. With a variety of connecting rooms and suite options, families are able to celebrate in style and enjoy the space and comfort associated with suites and connecting rooms. Each of the Resort’s guest rooms includes a spacious furnished terrace, and Park View rooms offer views of the nightly fireworks. A stay in the Resort’s top suites, including the Royal, Presidential and Grand suites, makes celebrating the holidays even more special.ORL_541_aspect16x9

  • Royal Suite: The 3,300 square-foot (300 square metre) suite includes a vaulted great room, a master bedroom, a media room, a private office and a pantry kitchen, perfect for entertaining. Connecting up to as many as nine bedrooms, and with a wrap-around terrace featuring views of the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks, it is the perfect suite for families to celebrate the festive season in the grandest way possible.
  • Presidential Suite: Designed to evoke a Mediterranean villa, the spacious 2,750 square-foot (255 square metre) Presidential Suite includes a great room, master bedroom, master bathroom, private office and pantry kitchen.  Two additional coordinating bedroom units and one guest room suite enable the Presidential Suite to expand to a four bedroom residence, ideal for family and friends to celebrate the holiday season.
  • Grand Suite: A Grand Suite is a beautiful suite to celebrate the holidays, with a spacious living room and sectional sofa and wet bar area perfect for entertaining, plus a dining area to seat eight. Available to connect up to two or more bedrooms, the Grand Suite also features a large terrace and views of the nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park.

For guests of the Royal and Presidential suites, eight hours of butler service per day is included on the day of arrival and the day of departure. Additional hours, including round-the-clock service, are available for an added fee. Guests can take advantage of the butler’s assistance to gift wrap presents, dazzle the suite with holiday decor, create a memorable in-suite holiday dinner party, arrange for a holiday movie with cookies and cocoa, and much more.The Four Seasons Orlando

Holiday Treats

From peppermint s’mores at PB&G to holiday gelato flavours of chocolate cinnamon, gingerbread, and crushed candy cane at Lickety Split, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge. Lickety Split will also offer an array of holiday treats, such as pistachio and cranberry bark, pecan toffee, mini mint chocolate cookies and more to satisfy a sweet tooth. The whole family will enjoy complimentary cookie decorating with Chef Saber, offered to Resort guests on select dates.

 

Toast To 2018 At The Peninsula New York’s Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala At Salon De Ning

Grab a glass of champagne and toast to 2018 high above the city lights of Fifth Avenue at The Peninsula New York’s first Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala, taking place at Salon de Ning rooftop bar and terrace. This glamorous event will see the property’s Salon de Ning transformed into a chic sky-lit penthouse complete with live music, delicious eats, entertainment and dancing, as both the East and West Terraces are enclosed and heated under translucent marquees.1510073027-925c0c2051589fd218c3816db3509a6f

A Manhattan favorite, Salon de Ning is inspired by the fictitious tale of Madame Ning, a celebrated Shanghai socialite, avid world traveler and international hostess who presided over “salons” in her stylish and eclectic residences around the world, making her friends and guests feel at home in a warm and welcoming environment. Boasting the most spectacular views of the glittering New York skyline and its streets below, Salon de Ning makes for the ideal rooftop venue to ring in 2018 beneath the city lights.

Following a red-carpet arrival through a private entrance leading directly to Salon de Ning, guests will be greeted with Champagne and be given an exclusive key with a hashtag for entry, as they then pass through an iridescent photo tunnel which will send a text directly to a guest’s phone with the image. From there, guests will enter an express elevator up to Salon de Ning.

Upon entry and resembling a luxe speakeasy, the West Terrace will welcome guests with crisp couches, vast velvet curtains, dancing and live music from the imaginative French duo Jul & Co, performing their signature mix of multi-instrumental DJ skills to set a unique and eclectic vibe. An exclusive VIP section for 20 people is available for purchase for $20,000, which includes five bottles of Cristal champagne, a lavish caviar setup, a rare bottle of the Balvenie 30-Year-Old Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky and all-night bottle service to ring in not just New Year’s Eve, but mark the start of the hotel’s 30th Anniversary year, taking place in 2018.

On the East Terrace, two full-service bars and a range of dining stations and passed plates will excite guests, along with a performance by The Chip Shop Boys, regarded as the UK’s best rock and pop cover band to dance the night away. Behind them, a video wall with a live feed of New York City’s iconic Times Square ball drop will be broadcast at the stroke of midnight, kicking off 2018 along with a confetti drop, more dancing, drinks and posh late-night bites.

The two atmospheres will meet in Salon de Ning’s interior bar, which will host a decadent tequila-pairing bar complemented with a live sushi station and raw bar for guests to enjoy, as a range of curious performers dazzles through the space. Additional eats include an Asian street food station, taco bar, and post-midnight dessert graffiti station.

The Salon de Ning Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala will take place from 9:00pm to 2:00am and is priced at $725, not including tax and gratuity. Attire is black tie optional. For reservations, please call 212-903-3051 or email holidaypny@peninsula.com.

Holiday 2017: Festive Family Fun At The Peninsula New York

With the 2017 holiday almost upon us, families and children of all ages can experience the joy of New York during the holidays in the heart of the city at The Peninsula New York. As the temperatures begin to drop and the holiday spirit starts to rise, families and children of all ages can celebrate the season with a variety of hotel packages and themed events taking place this winter, guaranteed to create lasting memories for all.

Luxury hotel announces family-friendly rooms packages and events to celebrate the season.

Luxury hotel announces family-friendly rooms packages and events to celebrate the season. Holiday package includes an in-room gingerbread playhouse.

Boys and girls of all ages can journey to the Big Apple with their families and experience the Nights Before Christmas Package, offering holiday fun for the whole family. Children on the nice list will be rewarded with an in-room gingerbread playhouse, Elf on the Shelf candy cane scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating kit, exclusive access to The Peninsula Sweet Shoppe, Christmas movie library complete with classic films and more.

Guests who book this package will also receive:

  • In-room Gingerbread Playhouse set-up
  • Elf on the Shelf candy cane in-room scavenger hunt
  • Exclusive access to the Peninsula Sweet Shoppe
  • Gingerbread cookie decorating kit
  • Holiday-themed turndown amenity
  • Christmas movie library
  • Peninsula Snowpage Snowglobe gift
  • Complimentary dining for children 10 years and under
  • Daily American breakfast for two adults

With room rates starting at $1,145 per night, this package is available for booking from November 24 to December 30, 2017 and can be reserved by calling or emailing Reservations can be made directly online at www.peninsula.com/newyork, by calling (212) 956 2888 or e-mail pny@peninsula.com.

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LUXURY HOTEL ANNOUNCES FAMILY-FRIENDLY ROOMS PACKAGES AND EVENTS TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON 2

Luxury hotel announces family-friendly rooms packages and events to celebrate the season. Special activities include a Gingerbread House Decorating Class.

Children of all ages are invited to journey to the North Pole this holiday season with the Polar Express Children’s Holiday Tea. Taking place in the hotel’s Gotham Lounge on December 17, children can attend dressed in their favorite pajamas and enjoy a book reading alongside the conductor, tea, cookies and more.

Date: December 9

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Price: $85 per person (includes one holiday cocktail per adult)

A holiday favorite for families, join The Peninsula New York’s Executive Pastry team through a Gingerbread House Decorating Class this season. Children and families alike can join in on the festivities complete with a child-friendly Afternoon Tea and storytelling by Mrs. Claus, while adults enjoy a tea buffet and glass of Champagne while watching the decorating activities alongside their little ones.

Date: December 16

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Price: $98 per person (includes one glass of Champagne per adult). Reservations can be made by calling 212-903-3941 or by emailing diningpny@peninsula.com.