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The Peninsula Shanghai holds events for every major holiday in the Western and Lunar calendar. It throws a big Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, where you can hang ornaments on the lovely tree in the lobby as part of the festivities. The regular high tea gets festive by subbing in some hot chocolate, and the gingerbread village with edible handmade houses and sugar trees helps set the mood. A big holiday gala in the ballroom and a formal four-course Christmas Eve dinner with a dessert buffet cap it off. The Shanghai hotel also hosts brunches for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, New Year’s Day and Easter, as well as dinners for New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. In October, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star luxury hotel marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting Pink Afternoon Tea in the lobby with a glass of rosé and rosy-hued pastries and having a three-course Pink Luncheon at fine-dining spot Sir Elly’s — of course with pink desserts. One of the biggest celebrations at The Peninsula Shanghai is Chinese New Year; the Five-Star hotel offers special packages for the holiday. To ring in the Lunar New Year, the hotel really puts on a show, complete with a line-dancing troupe from Hong Kong, live music and lots of tasty treats.