Santa arrives at Pinnacle via elephant
The Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya organized on St. Nicholas Day (December 6) a typical St. Nicholas Party at the Pinnacle Grand Hotel. More than 50 orphans and children from the Redemptorist drop-in center were invited.
Father Christmas on his elephant.
Money raised in this event goes to a disaster fund in Thailand .
The children had big eyes when they saw Santa Claus riding in on an elephant.
For the little Thai children it made no difference if Santa jumped through a fireplace or rode on an elephant as they love him anyway. The children's eyes lit up further when Santa opened his big sack to give little presents to all of them.
After the kids received their presents, a children's show brought entertainment and good food. Surely, the kids won't ever forget that beautiful afternoon.
In the evening an oldies party was held by the hotel pool. Many guests, members of the club and hotel guests were present. They all were welcomed by Santa, who once again rode in on an elephant. People stood in line to take photos with him.
Ingo Räuber, the hotel's general manager, took care that only the best food was served at the buffet and the oldies music invited the guests to dance.
Special attractions were the shows from the Dance-Studio Pattaya, The Family from Bangkok and the transvestite show Cabaretchen. Great prizes, such as a hotel stay in the Philippines , helped to raise the festive mood and the party went on until the early hours.
Heidi Glémeau and her friend from Germany Professor Warcke with Santa.
Phoenix President Stephan Heynert and one of his members Siegfried Broda (last row 2nd and 3rd) take a picture with Rotary Governor Peter Malhotra and ladies from YWCA.
Uncle Santa, Auntie Esther and Auntie Sue are playing with the children.